Category: Pipelines

Swift approval sought for Midwest oil pipeline

A Canadian company’s plan to build an oil pipeline that will stretch for hundreds of miles through the Midwest, including through many sensitive waterways, is quietly on the fast-track to approval — just not the one you’re thinking of.  More »

Minn. regulators OK proposed pipeline expansion

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission unanimously approved plans Wednesday by Enbridge Energy to boost the capacity of its oil pipeline in the state.  More »

Kinder Morgan reports higher second-quarter earnings

Profit soared for pipeline giant Kinder Morgan Energy Partners in the second quarter of the year, with recent acquisitions helping it multiply its net income more than seven times from the same period a year ago.  More »

Calif. seeks record fine in pipeline explosion

California regulators on Tuesday called on Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to pay at least $300 million in fines in connection with a deadly 2010 gas pipeline blast in what they said would amount to the largest fine ever levied by the state Public Utilities Commission.  More »

Report: Keystone XL will hike gasoline prices for some US drivers

California billionaire Tom Steyer and other Keystone XL opponents pulled out another weapon in their fight against the pipeline on Tuesday, by arguing that the project would cause gasoline prices to climb by up to 40 cents per gallon in the Midwest.  More »

Oil pipeline pushing through Jackson Co wetlands

Heavy machinery is cutting wide ditches through 41 miles of wetlands in Jackson County.  More »

Exxon: Report blames Ark. pipeline bust on defects

ExxonMobil has submitted a report to federal regulators on a pipeline rupture that dumped an estimated 150,000 gallons of crude oil in a Mayflower neighborhood but the contents of the report are being kept under wraps.  More »

Crude-by-rail shipments soaring, but pace could slow

Rail shipments of oil and petroleum products jumped 48 percent in the first half of 2013, but the pace of crude-by-rail growth is slowing, according to an analysis from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.  More »

PUC drops PG&E penalty proposal

Under pressure to punish Pacific Gas & Electric Co. for the deadly San Bruno pipeline explosion, the California Public Utilities Commission’s safety division has dropped a proposal that would have limited the utility’s penalty to the money it was already spending to upgrade its gas system.  More »

Canadian blast revives complaints of rupture-prone rail cars

U.S. and Canadian regulators have warned for years that the type of rail tanker involved in a fatal explosion in Quebec is prone to rupturing during derailments.  More »

Oil industry uses Clinton, Bush to push Keystone XL (video)

The oil industry’s top lobbying group is launching an ad campaign aimed at convincing the Obama administration to approve the Keystone XL pipeline.  More »

3 firms face fines in Parachute spill cleanup

Federal regulators have proposed fines for a Williams Co. contractor and subsidiary following a natural gas liquids leak that was discovered in March near Parachute.  More »