Pipelines

Energy Transfer Not Yet Shutting Down Dakota Access Crude Pipeline as it Renews Stay Request

Energy Transfer Not Yet Shutting Down Dakota Access Crude Pipeline as it Renews Stay Request

Energy Transfer LP has “not yet taken any steps to begin shutting down” the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) in light of an order by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to temporarily halt operations and empty the 1,172-mile crude oil pipeline while an environmental impact statement (EIS) is completed. Instead, lawyers for…

July 9, 2020
Bakken Producers Scramble to Prepare for Life Without DAPL

Bakken Producers Scramble to Prepare for Life Without DAPL

Producers in North Dakota’s Bakken Shale play are beginning to come to grips with operating without the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) that is now under court order to shut down and be drained by early August. The immediate challenges are how to move up to 300,000 b/d to Gulf Coast refineries, and longer term up…

July 8, 2020
Keystone XL Crude Pipeline Left Out of U.S. Supreme Court Order Reinstating Key Water-Crossing Permits

Keystone XL Crude Pipeline Left Out of U.S. Supreme Court Order Reinstating Key Water-Crossing Permits

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday issued a unanimous order reinstating the use of a permit employed to fast-track oil and gas pipeline construction, but the ruling specified that it did not apply to the U.S. leg of the hotly contested Keystone XL crude oil pipeline that is at the center of the debate. The…

July 7, 2020
August Natural Gas Futures Rally On Expectations For Robust Cooling Demand amid Summer Heat

August Natural Gas Futures Rally On Expectations For Robust Cooling Demand amid Summer Heat

Despite signs of increased production and decreased liquefied natural gas (LNG) demand early in July, natural gas futures surged Monday on expectations for continued strong summer heat. The August Nymex contract rose 9.6 cents from last Thursday’s close to settle at $1.830/MMBtu. September climbed 10.8 cents to $1.893. NGI’s Spot Gas National Avg. jumped 21.0…

July 6, 2020
Court Vacates Permits, Orders Dakota Access to Temporarily Shut as Army Corps Prepares EIS

Court Vacates Permits, Orders Dakota Access to Temporarily Shut as Army Corps Prepares EIS

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has ordered Energy Transfer LP to temporarily halt operations on the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) within the next 30 days while an environmental impact statement (EIS) on the crude oil line is completed. The stoppage order was handed down on Monday when the court vacated the…

July 6, 2020
Dominion Canceling ACP, Offloading Natural Gas Transmission and Storage Business in $9.7B Deal

Dominion Canceling ACP, Offloading Natural Gas Transmission and Storage Business in $9.7B Deal

Dominion Energy closed out the holiday weekend with two bombshell announcements, disclosing Sunday that it is selling its natural gas transmission and storage assets to an affiliate of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. in a transaction valued at $9.7 billion. It also has decided, along with joint-venture partner Duke Energy, to cancel the 600-mile, 1.5…

July 6, 2020
Enbridge Line 5 West Leg to Resume after Reprieve by Michigan Court

Enbridge Line 5 West Leg to Resume after Reprieve by Michigan Court

Deliveries were given the green light to resume by one of two pipes in Enbridge Inc.’s 540,000 b/d Line 5 across the Straits of Mackinac after a Michigan court refused to grant a demand for an immediate ban against all the oil flows from Western Canada. Ingham County Court Judge James Jamo let the pipeline’s…

July 2, 2020
FERC’s Use of Tolling Orders to Delay Pipeline Challenges Overruled by DC Court

FERC’s Use of Tolling Orders to Delay Pipeline Challenges Overruled by DC Court

FERC’s practice of issuing tolling orders to extend its rehearing process for pipeline projects is not consistent with federal statute, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has ruled. The ruling could prove a major boon for pipeline opponents by allowing them to more quickly seek judicial review of Federal Energy…

June 30, 2020
Supreme Court Seeking More Input on PennEast Battle with New Jersey

Supreme Court Seeking More Input on PennEast Battle with New Jersey

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday asked the Solicitor General to weigh in on PennEast Pipeline Co. LLC’s battle to condemn state-owned land in New Jersey, an order that could potentially delay the high court’s decision to take the case.  PennEast petitioned the court earlier this year to review the U.S. Court of Appeals for…

June 29, 2020
Minnesota Upholds Approval for Enbridge Line 3 Oil Pipeline

Minnesota Upholds Approval for Enbridge Line 3 Oil Pipeline

Enbridge Inc. has won the first of two Minnesota regulatory contests over its $9 billion pipe replacement program for its Line 3 oil export conduit across Western Canada and the U.S. Midwest. By a 4-1 majority, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) voted to uphold its economic need, environmental and route approvals for the state’s…

June 29, 2020