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Williams to evaluate sale before merger vote

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The Williams Cos. said Wednesday it wouldn’t hold a shareholder vote on its proposed $13.8 billion consolidation until after the company finishes evaluating a potential sale.
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Group set to sue U.S. agency over pipeline safety plans

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Leaders of the conservation organization said it filed the required “intent to sue” notice through certified mail, giving officials 60 days to issue regulations or face a federal lawsuit.
A contractor with Michels Corp. carries pieces of wood used to prop up sections of pipeline as they are assembled during construction of the Flanagan South crude oil pipeline outside Goodfield, Illinois, U.S., on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013. The approximately 600-mile, 36-inch crude oil pipeline is being constructed by Enbridge Energy Co., Inc., a subsidiary of Enbridge Inc., CanadaÕs largest oil transporter, and will originate in Flanagan, Illinois and terminate in Cushing, Oklahoma. (Daniel Acker/Bloomberg)

Midstream company secures funding for first leg of giant Houston crude oil storage facility

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The project, first proposed in 2011 when the shale drilling boom was beginning to flood U.S. storage with crude oil, will hold up to 20 million barrels of crude oil.
Genesis Energy operates this crude oil pipeline in Texas City. (J. Patric Schneider/For the Chronicle)

Energy Transfer signs agreement, enters into Williams bidding process

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The agreement is another step forward for talks between the two major midstream players, which Energy Transfer had hinted it may take hostile as recently as last week.
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Texas company to pay $170,000 for 2010 Wyoming oil spill

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In March 2010 162 barrels of crude oil discharged from a pipeline into a tributary of the Norwood River. The spill has been fully cleaned up.
Drivers fill up their vehicles at a Sunoco station on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, in Cohoes, N.Y.   (Paul Buckowski / Times Union)

Energy Transfer Partners to shift retail business in $1.94 billion swap

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The so-called drop down deal will sharpen Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners’ focus on the midstream sector, while also concentrating Energy Transfer’s retail and convince store business in Sunoco LP.
In this July 29, 2010, photo, oil and water flow down Ceresco Dam as oil spill clean up continues along the Kalamazoo River near Ceresco, Mich. (AP Photo/Detroit Frtee Press, Andre J. Jackson)

Michigan wants to ban heavy oil from an Enbridge pipeline running under a Great Lakes waterway

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The Great Lakes would be at “greatest risk” from a spill of “diluted bitumen” oil from Canada’s tar sands region, according to Attorney General Bill Schuette and Department of Environmental Quality Director Dan Wyant, who led a yearlong task force studying pipeline issues.
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Oil spills from Plains pumping station in Illinois

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The Houston-based company confirmed the release of an estimated 4,200 gallons of oil from the Pocahontas pump station on its Capwood Pipeline in Illinois, about 40 miles from St. Louis.
A crew cleans oil from the beach at Refugio State Beach on May 20, 2015 north of Goleta, Calif.  (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

California beach to reopen 2 months after oil spill

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State Parks officials have cleared Refugio State Beach west of Santa Barbara to reopen July 17. Crews still need to finish scraping oil off cobblestones before the public can use the beach next week.
Plant operators at the control room, pipes, towers and fractional facilities at Enterprise refinery in Mont Belvieu, Texas. (Thomas B. Shea/Houston Chronicle)

Enterprise building a new pipeline to connect Gulf Coast petrochemical network

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Enterprise said the new projects will bring the company’s polymer grade propylene distribution system to a total length of 587 miles and connect the system to more than 30 petrochemical facilities along the Gulf Coast.