Category: Pipelines

PG&E memo: Downgrading leaks would cut costs

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. suggested to managers before the San Bruno pipeline explosion that downgrading more than 2,300 natural-gas leaks – and potentially not fixing them – would save the company nearly $5 million, according to an internal document obtained by The Chronicle.  More »

Pipeline co. fined $5,000 for oil spill in Texas

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has fined Enterprise Crude Pipeline $5,000 for spilling some 4,200 gallons of crude oil into a Texas tributary that feeds into a major river.  More »

Gas drilling a boom for drug traffickers, too

Energy companies boring into the depths of South Texas in the multibillion-dollar hunt for natural gas and oil are opening a growing fissure in U.S.-Mexico border security as they build hundreds of miles of private back roads and an uncharted pipeline to America for drug traffickers.  More »

Shell touts progress of Ho-Ho pipeline reversal

Shells plan to move fuels eastward from Houston to Houma, La. is winning customers and federal approvals, the company said.  More »

$750M gas line draws critics

There’s a new $750 million battle front in the state’s hydrofracking wars.  More »

Feds settle Western energy corridor lawsuit

Parts of a plan for designating thousands of miles of energy corridors in 11 Western states will be revamped under a settlement reached by federal land managers, more than a dozen environmental groups and one Colorado county.  More »

Marathon Petroleum pipelines unit files IPO

MPLX LP, the pipelines and storage subsidiary of Marathon Petroleum Corporation, has filed plans to list its common units on the New York Stock Exchange, worth an expected $365 million, according to SEC documents.  More »

PG&E: 239 Calif. pipelines at risk of failure

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. on Monday proposed raising utility customers’ bills by as much as $12 per month to upgrade its gas and electricity systems, as more questions surfaced about the company’s oversight of its gas lines in the wake of the deadly San Bruno explosion.  More »

Nation’s energy transportation getting a revamp

The nation’s energy transportation network is undergoing a multibillion-dollar overhaul, as oil and natural gas production surges in new regions of the country.  More »

Verizon joins oil industry to support Obama on sea treaty

Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ), an investor in 80 underwater cable systems, and an industry group for U.S. energy companies have joined President Barack Obama’s administration in support of a global maritime accord.  More »

Sunoco plans reversal of West Texas crude pipeline

Sunoco Logistics began seeking customers Monday for a pipeline reversal plan that will carry 150,000 barrels of crude per day from the Permian Basin to Gulf Coast refineries  More »

Delta gets approval for pipeline transfer

State regulators have approved a pipeline transfer that’s part of Delta Air Lines’ plan to buy a suburban Philadelphia oil refinery and produce its own jet fuel.  More »