Category: Pipelines

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 »

Company won’t be fined for pipeline without permit

A company that operated a natural gas pipeline for more than two years without a permit will not be fined by the state Public Service Commission.  More »

Panel backs Canadian oil pipeline to Pacific

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has staunchly supported the pipeline.  More »

Oil trains raise concerns in small towns

The number of carloads hauled by U.S. railroads has surged in recent years, from 10,840 in 2009 to a projected 400,000 this year. Officials in dozens of towns and cities where the oil trains travel say they are concerned with the possibility of a major derailment, spill or explosion, while their level of preparation varies widely.  More »

Q&A: Another good year for midstream partnerships

Vinson & Elkins partner Keith Fullenweider, who advises clients on energy industry mergers and acquisitions, sees another active year for master limited partnerships in the midstream sector.  More »

Lawmakers want Keystone XL decision delayed

Roughly two dozen congressional Democrats want the Obama administration to postpone a final environmental assessment of TransCanada Corp.’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline until conflict of interest allegations surrounding that review have been resolved.  More »