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A group of land owners and conservationist walk on a gasline right of way during a field day to see native plant restoration at Dobie Ranch in Live Oak County, where gas and oil lines have been given right of way, on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013. The "field day" several groups including the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service, Texas A&M Agrilife Extension, Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute and South Texas Natives. (Bob Owen/San Antonio Express-News)

New safety rules for South Texas pipeline inspectors mandate “buddy system,” quicker gun licenses

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The policy changes follow complaints by Commission Chairman David Porter that the federal government had failed to protect pipeline rights-of-way from becoming pathways for illegal immigration and cartel activity.
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)

New focus on dividends has Enbridge shareholders happy, creditors silent

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Stock traders have warmly embraced Enbridge’s new focus on dividends, but the company’s creditors have given it a colder reception.
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)

Enbridge will shift Canadian pipelines, wind projects in $15.2 billion restructuring

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Calgary, Alberta-based Enbridge will move its Canadian liquids pipeline business and four wind projects into its affiliated Enbridge Income Fund. In exchange, the income fund will pay its parent companies C$18.7 billion ($15.2 billion) and take on C$11.7 billion ($9.53 billion) in debt.
(David Paul Morris/Bloomberg)

Federal data: As oil production soars, so do pipeline leaks

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An analysis of federal data by The Associated Press shows that since 2009, the annual number of significant accidents on oil and petroleum pipelines has shot up by almost 60 percent, roughly matching the rise in U.S. crude oil production.
A section of the Alyeska Pipeline Service Company 800 mile Trans Alaska Pipeline crosses a mountain ridge near Delta Junction, Alaska, Wednesday, August 17, 2005.  (Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News)

Williams Cos. pipeline merger to create $33 billion partnership

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Williams follows Kinder Morgan Inc., the largest pipeline operator, in consolidating a master-limited partnership to make more cash available to pay investors and expand operations.
Pipelines run toward oil storage tanks stand at the Enbridge Inc. Cushing storage terminal in Cushing, Oklahoma, U.S., on Wednesday, March 25, 2015. (Daniel Acker/Bloomberg)

Crude oil prices rise again after U.S. inventories continue to dip

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U.S. crude inventories declined by 2.2 million barrels from the week prior, which had seen a dip of nearly 4 million barrels. U.S. refinery inputs last week also decreased an average of 379,000 barrels a day from the previous week, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration update. Refineries operated at more than 91 percent capacity last week.
Enterprise Products Partners, which operates this complex in Mont Belvieu, also plans a propylene plant on the Texas Gulf Coast.

Enterprise Products, Occidental to build gas processing facility

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The announcement accompanied Enterprise Product’s first quarter results for 2015.
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, along with Mayor Julian Castro speak with Madison High School students in San Antonio about their solar car initiative.  (Photo: Helen L. Montoya/San Antonio Express News)

Ernest Moniz: Changing business models in energy demand new infrastructure investments

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Energy Secretary Moniz spoke to FuelFix about and the changing face of domestic energy and the need to modernize the nation’s aging infrastructure for moving oil, gas and electricity.
Kinder Morgan CEO Richard Kinder speaks at the 2015 CERAWeek conference in Houston. (Billy Smith/Houston Chronicle)

Richard Kinder at CERAWeek: Industry hides from public “like we’re selling cigarettes”

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Kinder said in an interview that oil and gas leaders hadn’t done enough to show how important the industry is
Rich Kinder, left, chairman and CEO of Kinder Morgan. (Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle)

Kinder Morgan CEO says to expect more acquisitions

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Kinder Morgan’s board said it would raise the dividend to 48 cents per share, up 14 percent from the prior year’s Q1 payout of 42 cents per share.