The portion of Spectra Energy's natural gas system that contains the pipe that burst in the Arkansas River last month was last inspected four years ago, when the company was assessed a civil penalty of $134,500 for violations, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican government has announced plans for nearly $10 billion worth of electricity and natural gas infrastructure projects, including a gas pipeline under the Gulf of Mexico from Texas to the port of Veracruz.
The Federal Electricity Commission said Monday that the costliest project would be the 500-mile underwater pipeline for carrying natural gas from South Texas. The pipeline is intended to go into operation in June 2018.
An offer from Energy Transfer Equity to buy natural gas pipeline operator Williams Cos. for $48 billion may have been 33 percent higher than Williams’ shares were trading Friday, but after the offer was rejected as too low, Williams stock surged Monday, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Kinder Morgan is looking to put together a 1,100 mile pipeline to bring natural gas from the Marcellus and Utica Shale plays to Gulf Coast refineries, and is soliciting contracts from producers, FuelFix reports.
Kinder Morgan says in a filing with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that it is trimming its plans for a natural gas pipeline network in New England because of a lack of customers, The Boston Globe reports.
The head of the Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association says he’s worried that Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf will try to pack energy infrastructure opponents into his proposed new task force on natural gas pipeline siting, Platts reports.
The rebound in oil prices following Wednesday’s slump was wiped out late Thursday by news of a jump in the number of rigs drilling for oil in the U.S. Light, sweet crude for August delivery settled down 3 cents to $56.93 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London, Brent finished up 6 cents to $62.07, Dow Jones reports.
The Grain Belt Express, a $2.2 billion transmission line proposed by Clean Line Energy to bring wind power from Kansas to points east, through Missouri, has been rejected by the Missouri Public Service Commission, The Kansas City Star reports.
A $15,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to fund research into cutting particulate emissions from barbecues has attracted criticism from Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, who declared his constituents “should be able to grill in peace,” The Hill reports.
The U.S. role in Copenhagen climate talks in 2009, and media coverage of it, had Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s attention, judging from the emails released by the State Department this week, E&E reports.
After last month’s pipeline leak near Santa Barbara, Calif., the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is proposing a requirement that operators notify regulators within an hour of any problem, The Hill reports.