Historic flooding that took its toll in the heart of Colorado oil and natural gas production in the Denver-Julesburg Basin last September (see Shale Daily, Oct. 10, 2013) will be the subject of a half-day workshop Thursday afternoon hosted by the state's Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (OGCC) to discuss "lessons learned" and whether new policies and rules are needed. Record-breaking floods along the Front Range and eastern plain in September inundated oil and gas operations near streams, damaging production facilities and producing spills of oil, condensate and produced water, according to OGCC. Colorado Oil and Gas Association CEO Tisha Schuller is expected to make a presentation at the workshop.
FERC said it has received an application from four subsidiaries of KKR Financial Holdings LLC to acquire, operate and maintain the Index 301 Pipeline from Gulf South Pipeline LP [Docket No. CP14-51-000]. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) also said KKR requested a Part 157, Subpart F blanket certificate. According to FERC, the 5.917-mile 16-inch diameter pipeline traverses Mississippi's Simpson and Smith counties. The agency has 90 days to complete an environmental assessment or issue a notice of schedule for environmental review for the request.
California utility regulators are exploring benchmarking practices with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and are hosting an executive from the federal space program Feb. 13. to outline NASA's safety reporting systems. NASA's Linda Connell, aviation safety reporting system director, will outline the NASA reporting systems that are used in several industries to help prevent accidents and improve safety.
Magnolia LNG LLC, a unit of Australia's Liquefied Natural Gas Ltd., has struck a memorandum of understanding with SK Engineering and Construction Co. Ltd. and its SK E&C USA Inc. for engineering, procurement and constructions services for the 8 million tonne per annum Magnolia LNG Project in Lake Charles, LA (see Daily GPI, Jan. 29). The initial estimate of the capital cost for the project is $1.57 billion, according to SK, which is consistent with Magnolia's estimate, it said.
In response to the propane shortage plaguing the Midwest (see Daily GPI, Jan. 30; Jan. 22), Oneok NGL Pipeline LLC has filed at FERC to modify its tariff, allowing a flow reversal from south to north on its North Line 5. "By allowing the reversal movement, Oneok is enabling Oneok's Medford, OK, facilities to increase the volume of propane barrels being shipped into the Conway, KS, market," the company told the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in a letter filed Friday. "The reversal of the direction of flow from south to north increases the available supply of propane from Medford, OK, to Midwest customers. Oneok acknowledges that this tariff publication is conditionally accepted subject to refund pending a 30-day review period." Spokesman Brad Borror told NGI the change would relieve congestion at Medford, but he would not provide any details on the volume of propane that could be flowed or how long the reversal would remain in place.
FERCsaid Monday it had received 18 notices, mostly for changes to negotiated rates, from 15 pipeline companies. In a combined notice of filings statement, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said it had received notices from 12 pipeline companies: Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Co., Rockies Express Pipeline LLC, Gas Transmission Northwest LLC, Tallgrass Interstate Gas Transmission LLC, Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline Inc., Midcontinent Express Pipeline LLC, Gulf South Pipeline Co. LP, Iroquois Gas Transmission System LP, Great Lakes Gas Transmission LP, Cheyenne Plains Gas Pipeline Co. LLC, Trunkline Gas Co. LLC and Wyoming Interstate Co. LLC. The regulatory agency added that three companies -- Natural Gas Pipeline Co. of America, Northern Natural Gas Co. and Texas Gas Transmission LLC -- had each filed two notices. FERC said it would accept comments on all the proceedings until 5 pm EST Feb. 12.