Pipelines

Interior official opposes move to take Congress out of pipeline approval

Source: 
The Hill

A senior Interior Department official told a House Natural Resources subcommittee Wednesday that the agency would prefer not to take lawmakers out of the loop in approving natural gas pipelines on National Park Service land, as proposed in a bill sponsored by Rep. Tom MacArthur, R-N.J., The Hill reports.

Russia urges EU to support gas pipeline crossing Turkey

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Russia's foreign minister has urged the European Union to support the idea of a Moscow-backed pipeline that would bring natural gas across the Black Sea to Turkey and the rest of Europe.

Sergei Lavrov said Friday the pipeline — which could include Greece, Macedonia, Serbia and Hungary — would bring "energy stability" to Europe.

Williams Partners to be absorbed by parent Williams Cos.

Source: 
The Wall Street Journal

In a $13.8 billion all-stock deal, Williams Cos. is completely taking over its Williams Partners subsidiary, The Wall Street Journal reports.

U.S. tries to counter Russian move to pipe gas through Greece

Source: 
The New York Times

Washington is leaning on Athens to reject a Russian project to pipe natural gas through Greece, and opt instead for a western-backed supply line from Azerbaijan, The New York Times reports.

Cassidy proposes giving Interior power to OK pipelines on NPS lands

Source: 
The Hill

Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., has introduced a bill removing Congress' role in approving the construction of natural gas pipelines on National Park Service lands, The Hill reports.

Five years after deadly blast, audit questions California's pipeline oversight

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Five years after a deadly natural-gas explosion in suburban San Francisco, California's oversight of utilities' gas pipelines still suffers from a lack of focus on safety by top state regulators, a new audit says.

The audit finds widespread breakdowns in performance by state-appointed utilities commissioners and by the state Public Utilities Commission overall since a fiery pipeline breach killed eight people in San Bruno, California, and heightened scrutiny of state regulation of California's 100,000 miles of natural-gas lines.

2nd major gas pipeline would link Pennsylvania, Northeast

SCHOHARIE, N.Y. (AP) — New York landowners along the planned 124-mile Constitution Pipeline are getting details of a second major natural gas pipeline proposed to cut through their property, this one a 325-mile link from Pennsylvania to New England.

Construction workers in economically distressed southern New York are ecstatic about the job possibilities, but landowners who have been fighting the first pipeline for three years are dismayed at the prospect of going through the whole process a second time.

Northeast, despite highest gas costs, resists more pipelines

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — There is near universal agreement that the Northeast has to expand its energy supply to rein in the nation's highest costs and that cheap, abundant, relatively clean natural gas could be at least a short-term answer. But heels dig deep when it comes to those thorniest of questions: how and where?

Proposals to build or expand natural gas pipelines are met with an upswell of citizen discontent. At the end of last year, a Massachusetts route selected by Texas-based Kinder Morgan generated so much venom that the company nudged it north into New Hampshire — where the venom is also flowing freely. During this winter's town meetings, a centuries-old staple of local governance in New England, people in the nine towns touched by the route voted to oppose the project.

2 US funds to invest $900 million in Mexican gas pipeline

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's state-owned petroleum company Pemex has signed an agreement giving two investment funds a 45 percent stake in a natural gas pipeline in exchange for $900 million.

The Los Ramones pipeline will transport natural gas from Texas to Mexico and is intended to facilitate imports of cheap U.S. gas and lower Mexico's high commercial electricity rates.

Northeast gas pipeline progresses, to some landowner dismay

HARPERSFIELD, N.Y. (AP) — The 124-mile Constitution Pipeline will likely bring some relief from high natural gas prices to residents of New York City and New England, but it will also bring anguish to some landowners in the wooded hills and valleys in its path.

It will slash a mile-long gash through a pristine forest tended by the Kernan family for seven decades. It will spoil Andrew Havas' plans to build a home and automotive shop. It will disrupt farming operations for dairyman Ken Stanton. It will dash hopes Bob Lidsky and Bev Travis had of building the hilltop home where they planned to retire with their five huge mountain dogs.

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