Category: Pipelines

Federal probe details events in fiery train oil spill

Federal investigators said Monday that 18 rail cars carrying oil were punctured when they derailed during a crash and explosion in December that spilled about 400,000 gallons of crude.  More »

Alaska unveils new way forward on gas line

Gov. Sean Parnell said he would seek legislative approval for a new agreement with TransCanada .  More »

North Dakota delegation to meet with officials on derailment

Members of North Dakota’s congressional delegation say they plan to press federal officials for more information about a tanker derailment and fiery explosion outside of Casselton.  More »

China blames leaking, sparks for deadly oil blast

A November pipeline explosion in northern China that killed 62 people was caused by sparks from a jackhammer igniting oil that had leaked into the sewage system, revealing major vulnerabilities in China’s aging pipeline network, government safety officials said Thursday.  More »

Voting majority backs Keystone XL pipeline, poll finds

The oil industry has spent years working to convince lawmakers and the American public that the proposed Keystone XL pipeline means more energy and more jobs for the U.S. But it looks like the sales pitch hasn’t been a complete success.  More »

Train explosions prompt regulator warning on Bakken oil flammability

Oil moving out of the booming Bakken Shale play in North Dakota and Montana may be more flammable than traditional heavy crude oil, the nation’s pipeline regulator warned Thursday.  More »

Pipeline from Oklahoma to start shipping Jan. 22

The pipeline is the southern leg of TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline.  More »

Rail explosions won’t curb soaring oil shipments

The derailment of a train carrying oil in North Dakota on Monday, and the subsequent evacuations caused by its explosion, could draw more regulatory scrutiny to rail shipments of crude. But the soaring use of trains to move oil is a long-term trend that is not likely to change soon, analysts say.  More »

Buffett strikes deal to buy $1.4B Phillips 66 unit

Berkshire Hathaway made a deal on Monday for Phillips 66’s flow improver business, which manufactures a chemical agent that breaks up debris and moves oil and gas through pipelines.  More »

Keystone XL foes want focus on spill clean up

Dilbit is made up of bitumen, a thick, sticky hydrocarbon harvested in Canada that is too hard at room temperature to flow through pipelines on its own. To ready it for pipeline transport, companies dilute the bitumen with natural gas liquids or other substances.  More »

Pipeline giants seek high-tech solutions to leaks

In a large green container in a climate controlled warehouse in Canada, pipeline owners TransCanada and Enbridge are researching new ways to detect oil leaks.  More »

More Eagle Ford pipeline expansion

A joint venture of Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP and Magellan Midstream Partners LP has entered into a long-term agreement to move Eagle Ford Shale liquids for Anadarko Petroleum Corp.  More »