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Company won’t be fined for pipeline without permit

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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.
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks to business leaders during a meeting in New York in May. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Adrian Wyld)

Panel backs Canadian oil pipeline to Pacific

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Prime Minister Stephen Harper has staunchly supported the pipeline.
Categories: Canada, Pipelines
(AP Photo/Skagit Valley Herald, Scott Terrell)

Oil trains raise concerns in small towns

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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.
Vinson & Elkins partner Keith Fullenweider. (Sylvester Garza photo for Vinson & Elkins)

Q&A: Another good year for midstream partnerships

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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.
Protestors at the National Mall call on President Obama to reject the Keystone XL pipeline on Feb. 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Lawmakers want Keystone XL decision delayed

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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.
(U.S. Development Group)

North Dakota oil rail shipments expected to spike

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The percentage of North Dakota oil shipped by rail will likely jump significantly in the next year as producers increasingly turn to trains to reach U.S. refineries where premium prices are fetched, the state’s top oil regulator told lawmakers Thursday.
A series of pipes direct natural gas in Bismarck, North Dakota. (Daniel Acker/Bloomberg)

Poll: Americans support more pipelines, including Keystone XL

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Eight out of 10 Americans support expanding the nation’s energy infrastructure, with new pipelines and other facilities to transport oil and gas across the U.S., according to a survey released Thursday.
(AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

Dallas restricts gas drilling in city

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The Dallas City Council has decided that drilling natural gas wells will not be allowed to happen less than 1,500 feet from protected areas such as homes.
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Valero Energy Partners shares soar in trading debut

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Valero Energy Partners, a master limited partnership, was formed in July by refiner Valero Energy Corp. to own pipelines and other logistics assets.
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Natural gas company proposes pipeline upgrade

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American Midstream Partners is proposing the reconstruction of its American Midstream Midla mainline pipeline in Louisiana and Mississippi.