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Weekly Poll (11)


Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline has faced controversy over the past year, as more and more gaps in the underwater line’s coating have been discovered. Should the 60-year-old liquids pipeline be retired?


A federal appeals court recently sent a pipeline approval back to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, asking FERC to consider the greenhouse-gas effects of the product the pipelines will move as part of its environmental impact. Will this ruling change the way pipelines are permitted in the U.S.?


Wood Mackenzie predicts that oil and gas project spending will be up worldwide this year for the first time since 2014. Are you expecting a boost in business as a result?


President Trump, in an executive order last month, declared that “all new pipelines, as well as retrofitted, repaired or extended pipelines, inside the borders of the United States,” should use materials produced in the United States “to the maximum extent possible.” Will new American pipelines be manufactured mainly in the U.S. in the coming years?


Will the U.S. oil and gas industry grow or falter in 2017?


Several high-profile pipeline breaches, including a gasoline spill and explosion in Alabama, gasoline leak in Pennsylvania, and crude oil release in Oklahoma, have dominated the headlines recently. Do these incidents indicate a growing problem with American pipelines?


Fresno, CA, recently banned the use of galvanized pipe for water service in new construction and remodels from fears of corrosion and drinking-water contamination. What do you think of this move?


An industry-backed bill in Michigan—tougher than federal law--would allow pipeline companies to keep inspection, safety and other records secret. How does that sound to you?


Private energy companies are invoking eminent domain authority to gain access to homeowner property, saying their pipeline surveys have a public function. What do you think?


A California utility wants the authority to remove trees and structures from private property if they threaten pipeline integrity. What do you think?


The U.S. State Department has put an indefinite hold on the Keystone XL pipeline, due to 2 million new public comments and a lawsuit in Nebraska. What do you think?


 
 
   

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