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Midstream news: pipelines, processing, storage and rail
Rail tank cars are seen on tracks behind new homes under construction in the Cottage Grove area on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, in Houston. Transport of crude oil by rail has become increasingly common, raising safety concerns after a series of derailments around the country. ( Smiley N. Pool / Houston Chronicle )

Crude oil rides Texas’ rails with little tracking

For generations of producers drillers in Texas, where a vast pipeline system has grown with the fits and starts of the oil industry’s notorious business cycle, railroads provided little more than a relatively expensive last resort. But in the boom associated with the hydraulic fracturing, producers increasingly enlist trains to handle the glut.  More »
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Guest commentary: Eight steps to plug cybersecurity holes

Since governmental guidelines and voluntary practices of today can quickly turn into the requirements of tomorrow, the oil and gas pipeline industry can prepare now.  More »
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Ending ban on oil exports would mean cheaper gasoline, energy executive says

ConocoPhillips senior economist Helen Currie, citing a study by the energy consulting firm IHS Inc., said prices at the pump would fall by about 8 cents a gallon should crude exports be allowed.  More »
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Enbridge avoids U.S. review with plan to boost oil sands flow

The State Department, responsible for approving cross-border energy projects like the Alberta Clipper and the proposed Keystone XL line to the U.S. Gulf Coast, said in a statement that Enbridge can go forward with its plan under authority granted by previously issued permits.  More »
A pro-Keystone XL ad from the American Petroleum Institute.

Study: Keystone carbon pollution more than figured

The much-debated Keystone XL pipeline could produce four times more global warming pollution than the State Department calculated earlier this year, a new study concludes.  More »
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Opponents of a proposed natural gas pipeline protest on Boston Common across from the Statehouse in Boston, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Energy company Kinder Morgan has proposed the $3.75 billion extension of its northeast pipeline through Massachusetts and says will provide clean-burning natural gas to the northeast. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Boston protesters rally against Kinder Morgan gas pipeline

The protest, attended by hundreds of supporters, was the culmination of a month-long “rolling rally” that marched through towns likely impacted by Kinder Morgan’s proposed 250-mile long pipeline expansion in Berkshire, Worcester and Franklin counties.  More »
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Exxon Mobil restarts Pegasus pipeline in Texas

Exxon Mobil has restarted a section of its Pegasus pipeline in Texas more than a year after a crude oil spill in central Arkansas forced the company to shut down the entire line, a spokesman said.  More »
In this Sept. 9, 2010 file photo, a massive fire following a pipeline explosion roars through a mostly residential neighborhood in San Bruno, Calif. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

City: Emails show ‘cozy’ ties of PG&E, regulator

The 7,000 pages of emails between leaders at PG&E and California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey and his staff were released as the result of a lawsuit filed by the city of San Bruno.  More »
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In this July 11, 2014 photo, Ruth Anna Buffalo stands in a ravine that she would often travel to as a child in North Dakota's badlands near Mandaree, N.D. A nearby underground pipeline spewed 1 million gallons of saltwater into the badlands in early July. Buffalo compares the impact of oil and gas development on the land to the creation of a lake by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the 1950s that flooded her ancestors' homes. (AP Photo/Josh Wood)

Near spill, reservation wrestles with oil’s impact

For many Native Americans on Fort Berthold Indian Reservation — a land that accounts for 300,000 of the 1 million barrels of oil produced by North Dakota daily — there is a difficult balance between the potential prosperity that oil and gas development can bring and the preservation of a land considered by cultural and religious tradition to be sacred.  More »
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EU’s united front on Russia falling amid gas needs

A clutch of countries is breaking ranks with the EU’s efforts to put economic and diplomatic pressure on Russia over Ukraine and building a pipeline meant to carry huge amounts of Russian gas to their doorstep  More »
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Trains keep rolling from Permian Basin

Trains will roll all month out of the Permian Basin, the largest onshore U.S. oil field, as production outpaces pipeline capacity and a refinery outage saps demand.  More »
Ships and barges hug the shoreline at the Port Corpus Christi. (Bob Owen/San Antonio Express-News)

Record LPG exports will drive ship market growth, Latsco says

Increased U.S. exports of liquefied petroleum gas amid higher shale oil production will boost demand for ships that carry gases such as propane, butanes and ethane, according to the director of Latsco Shipping Ltd., said  More »
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