Weekly Poll (15)


Last month a panel of judges from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rolled back an injunction that halted construction on the Keystone XL oil pipeline. According to the panel, the lawsuit was dismissed due to a new presidential permit. Do you expect we will see more exercises of presidential authority for pushes of this kind of infrastructure in the future?


According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, external corrosion was the culprit that caused an offshore pipeline to spill roughly 140,000 gallons of crude oil into Refugio State Beach, California. Do you think a better inspection system could be implemented to prevent these types of ocean-based hazards?


A bill was filed by Sen. Joe Gruters, R-Sarasota, after a Florida county’s Bee Ridge treatment facility witnessed a pipe burst, releasing an estimated 900,000 gallons of wastewater, some of which flowed into a stormwater system and out into Sarasota Bay. The proposal suggests that if another sewage spill were to occur, $1 would be fined for every gallon lost. Do you think this legislation will encourage more improvements in wastewater infrastructure?


A judge recently ordered a block on preconstruction on the Keystone XL pipeline, which may delay the project even further. Do you think plans for the project will eventually be revised?


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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