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PHMSA Fines Dakota Pipeline Operator

Upon completing inspections at Energy Transfer’s Dakota Access Pipeline, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has issued a $93,000 f...


Whistleblowers Speak Out About Shell Falcon Pipeline

According to two former pipeline inspectors, “bad seeds” are undermining the safety at Royal Dutch Shell PLC’s Falcon pipeline project, part of the company’s massive new petrochemical plant ...


Polymeric Repair, Protection Saves Fabricator Millions

International manufacturer of industrial protective coatings and composites, Belzona has recently reported via emailed press release that its repair and protection systems had been successfu...


Supreme Court Approves Eminent Domain Use

In a ruling last month, the U.S. Supreme Court announced in a 5-4 decision that the state of New Jersey could not block construction of the PennEast natural gas pipeline on state lands.


TC Energy Terminates Keystone XL

On Wednesday (June 9), Canadian pipeline company TC Energy Corp. announced that was officially cancelling the $8 billion Keystone XL pipeline project.


New Product Announcement: Pipe Coating

Earlier this year, Pipeline Coatings Systems LLC announced a new pipe coating suitable for cold weather installation, PCS200-35 Cold Weather Epoxy.


Colonial Pays $5M Ransom, Returns Service

After paying a ransom of nearly $5 million, the largest U.S. refined products pipeline system, Colonial Pipeline, has reported that it has officially resumed “normal operations” following a ...


US Pipeline Suffers Cyberattack, Shuts Down

Last week, the largest U.S. refined products pipeline system, Colonial Pipeline (Alpharetta, Georgia), shut down all its operations after experiencing a ransomware attack.


Complaints Filed Against Enbridge Line 3

Complaints filed by landowners in northern Minnesota, are accusing Enbridge Inc. of not being forthright about remediation efforts associated with its Line 3 pipeline replacement project.


AkzoNobel Supplies Coatings for Historical Water Pipeline

Earlier this year, global coatings company AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) announced via emailed press release that it would be supplying powder coatings for a major infrastructure project in China.


AMI Pipeline Coating Conference Goes Virtual

Leading provider of information, market intelligence and events for the global plastics industry, AMI, will be hosting its 13th Pipeline Coating conference virtually from May 4-6.


Shell Falcon Pipeline Under Investigation

Following probes initiated last year by Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Patrick McDonnell, state and federal agencies are now investigating the safety of Shel...


Enbridge Line 5 Launches Bid Process

Despite Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s efforts to shut down Enbridge Energy’s Line 5 pipeline, the company has recently announced the completion of its design and engineering phase and is ...


FERC Conducts First-Ever Climate Change Review

For the first time in the agency’s history, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has recently completed a climate change review.


University to Develop At-Risk Pipe Technology

Researchers from the University of Newcastle School of Engineering have reported that they’ve begun developing a new drone technology to help predict what areas and specific pipes are at ris...


Lawsuit Announced Over Keystone Cancellation

Last week, attorneys general from 21 states announced a lawsuit to overturn President Joe Biden’s cancellation of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.


Report Confirms Corrosion in FL Sewage Spill

In a report issued by the Berkley Research Group in November, experts have both calculated the total amount of sewage leaked and the cause of the breach in Longboat Key’s main sewer line in ...


Enbridge Releases 2020 Numbers, Line 3 Costs

In Enbridge Inc.’s recent release of its 2020 earnings report, the company revealed that the price tag for its Line 3 replacement project has gone up from CA$8.2 billion to CA$9.3 billion.


MN Pipeline Replacement Presses Forward

Despite requests for a stay of construction and temporary work blocks, Canadian company Enbridge Energy has been given the green light to proceed with the replacement of its Line 3 oil pipel...


Work Continues During Dakota Pipeline Review

Last week, a federal appeals court upheld United States District Judge James Boasberg’s order for a full environmental impact review of the Dakota Access Pipeline.


Biden Revokes Keystone Pipeline Permit

As promised during his election campaign, President Joe Biden revoked the permit for the $8 billion Keystone XL pipeline upon taking office on Wednesday (Jan. 20).


MI to Charge Former Gov for Flint Crisis

While specifics have yet to be announced, it was confirmed earlier this week that former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, along with his health director and other ex-officials from his administrat...


MN Gives Pipeline Final Green Light

At the end of November, the United States Army Corps of Engineers and independent Minnesota Public Utilities Commission granted a construction storm water permit for the Enbridge Energy’s Li...


MI Governor Shuts Down Pipeline

In citing environmental concerns, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has announced the state will be shutting down Enbridge Energy’s Line 5 pipeline—which was built in the 1950s and crosses ...


Infrastructure Sensors Aim to Extend Pipeline Life

In an effort to extend the lifespan of water and sewer pipeline systems, researchers from the University of Michigan, in collaboration with the Great Lakes Water Authority and engineering fi...


$9.2B Fuel Complex Planned for LA

Last week, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and Fidelis Infrastructure co-founders Daniel J. Shapiro and Bengt Jarlsjo announced that their portfolio company, Grön Fuels LLC, was launching a ...


Pipeline Co. to Pay $800K in Fines, Fixes

In a press release issued at the beginning of the month by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and Office of the Attorney General Maura Healey, Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co...


Enbridge Releases Great Lakes Tunnel Animation

Canadian multinational energy transportation company Enbridge Inc. (Calgary, Alberta) recently released a new animation video showing what the Great Lakes Tunnel Project process and construc...


Research: Cement-Free Concrete Beats Corrosion

This week, engineers from RMIT University announced that they have developed an eco-friendly, zero-cement concrete that can withstand corrosive acidic environments, commonly observed in sewa...


Mountain Valley Requests to Resume Construction

On behalf of joint venture Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC, representing attorney Matthew Eggerding recently filed a letter with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission requesting that a stop-...


MI Hears Comments on Line 5 Tunnel

The Michigan Public Service Commission held a virtual public hearing last week for comments on the proposed Enbridge Line 5 tunnel, which if approved would run under the Straits of Mackinac.


Court Lets Dakota Access Stay Flowing

Last week, a federal appeals court reversed a judge’s order to shut down the Dakota Access pipeline pending a full environmental review.


AkzoNobel to Coat Largest LNG Project

Global coatings company AkzoNobel recently released information about supplying coatings to the LNG Canada Project, located in Kitimat, British Columbia, that’s touted as the largest-ever li...


Dakota Access Pipeline Ordered to Halt for Review

The Dakota Access Pipeline has officially been ordered to halt operations after the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruling surrounding the recently ordered environmental rev...


Trans Mountain Pipeline Spills, Restarts

Earlier this month, Trans Mountain issued a statement announcing that it had experienced a spill at its Sumas Pump Station in Abbotsford, British Columbia, near Native American reservation, ...


Federal Court Upholds Enbridge Spill Plans

Just last week, a panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals took sides with Calgary, Canada-based company Enbridge Energy on the topic of its Line 5 oil pipeline tunnel, slated to run b...


EPA Limits Opposition of Energy Infrastructure

On Monday (June 1), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced that the agency had issued a final rule that will both promote the construction of energy-base...


Protective Coating Gaps Found on Enbridge Pipeline

Last week, officials from Canadian company Enbridge Energy announced that they had discovered four spots where protective coatings had worn away from an underwater oil pipeline in Michigan’s...


First Section of Keystone XL Reaches Completion

Recently, Canadian natural gas company TC Energy was reported to have completed construction on the first section of the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline. The section crosses between Montana a...


Judge Requires More Review for Pipelines

Earlier this month, Montana federal Chief U.S. District Judge Brian Morris announced that he was upholding a previous April ruling, which cancels an environmental permit for the Keystone XL ...


Enbridge Pipeline Moves to Public Comment

Starting last Friday (May 15), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Detroit district office announced it would begin accepting public comments on Enbridge’s proposal to build an oil pipeline tun...


Review Ordered for Dakota Access Pipeline

Last week, a federal judge ordered the United States Army Corps of Engineers to perform a new, full environmental review on the Dakota Access pipeline.


Settlement Reached in 2015 Plains Spill

Last week, the United States Environmental Protection Agency announced a civil settlement with Plains All American Pipeline L.P. and Plains Pipeline L.P. (Plains) regarding federal pipeline ...


Prep Work Begins for Keystone XL

Recently, Canadian pipeline company TC Energy Corp. announced that it had officially began preliminary work for pipeline construction slated to take place along the border’s crossing into Mo...


Great Lakes Tunnel Approves Design, Build Companies

Earlier this month, Canadian multinational energy transportation company Enbridge Inc. (Calgary, Alberta) announced that it has hired two companies for the design and build contracts for the...


Mountain Valley Pipeline Clears FERC Review

Earlier this month, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission released an environmental impact statement concluding that while an 75-mile-long extension into North Carolina—also known as the ...


USDOT Announces $12.5M in Pipeline Safety

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has recently announced the availability of $12.5 million in grant opportunities regarding safet...


Opponents Sue Kinder Morgan Over Pipeline

At the beginning of this month, construction on the western phase of the Permian Highway Pipeline in Texas restarted after over a year of negotiations and legal issues.


Keystone XL Pipeline to Resume Construction

Canadian pipeline company TC Energy Corp. announced in a status report filing at the U.S. District Court in Montana earlier this month that its long-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline would be...


Company to Manufacture Pipe for Atoka Pipeline

Earlier this month, California-based manufacturer Thompson Pipe Group announced that it planned to begin production for Oklahoma City’s Atoka Pipeline at its manufacturing plant in Grand Pra...


Kinder Morgan Closes Deal to Exit Canada

Pipeline operator Kinder Morgan is closing out 2019 by exiting the Canadian market to the financial sound of a $2.5 billion deal, money that accounts for both cash and stock. As part of the ...


Businesses Sue Over OR Pipeline Explosion

Over three years after a pipeline explosion, in Portland, Oregon, caused over $17 million in property damage and a number of injuries, two business owners recently announced their own intent...


Russia Activates Major Pipeline to China

Earlier this month, Russia brought onstream the gas pipeline known as the “Power of Siberia,” which runs around 1,800 miles between both Russia and China, in a move that reportedly further s...


More Charges Filed in Mariner East Case

On Tuesday (Dec. 3), the Chester County District Attorney’s Office, in Pennsylvania, announced additional charges in the ongoing case surrounding the Mariner East pipeline. The new charges l...


Report: Keystone Spill Worse Than Thought

A state regulator has recently reassessed the amount of land believed to have been affected by a crude oil spill from the Keystone pipeline in eastern North Dakota, which occurred on Oct. 29...


Company Secures Corrosion Management Funds

CorrosionRADAR, a company that specializes in corrosion management, recently announced the acquisition of 1 million pounds (roughly $1.29 million) in funding to further develop its corrosion...


FBI Investigates Permitting of PA Pipeline

Earlier this month, the FBI reportedly launched an investigation into how permits were issued by Pennsylvania government for the Mariner East pipeline, a project that carries natural gas acr...


Keystone Pipeline Leak Reported in ND

Last week, over 380,000 gallons of oil leaked from the Keystone Pipeline, a total amounting to 9,120 barrels of crude oil, according to reports. The incident was detected last Tuesday (Oct. ...


Lab Investigates Sensors for Pipeline Corrosion

In order to help address the ongoing fight against pipeline corrosion, the National Energy Technology Laboratory recently announced that it was assessing current and emerging technologies, w...


Work on Mountain Valley Pipeline Ceases

The Mountain Valley Pipeline project has lost three important sets of permits, bringing construction to a halt. The permits were suspended in connection with the project’s impact on the envi...


Pipeline Acceleration Plans Backfire

The current administration’s attempts to fast-track energy projects, namely pipelines, have been met with increasing levels of resistance, according to reports. Most recently, plans for thre...


DOT Announces Pipeline Safety Rules

Early last week, the U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao announced three new pipeline safety rules intended to bolster the safety of more than 500,000 miles of both onshore gas t...


New Sinkhole Found Near PA Pipeline

A new sinkhole was recently found along the Mariner East 2 pipeline in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, late last week, according to reports. This marks the second sinkhole in the Middletown a...


Exposed CA Gas Pipeline Raises Concerns

Concerns have been raised over an exposed length of natural gas pipeline located in Briones Regional Park, in Contra Costa County, California. Asset owner PG&E, also known as Pacific Gas and...


NE Court Approves Keystone XL Pipeline

In a move that clears another hurdle for the Keystone XL pipeline, the Nebraska Supreme Court ruled its approval of an alternate route for the pipeline that was proposed by TC Energy, once k...


Mountain Valley Ceases Pipeline Work

Late last week, Mountain Valley Pipeline developers voluntarily suspended construction on stretches of the pipeline in light of a recent lawsuit that sought to address concerns about the pro...


WV Pipeline Coating Reported Safe After Concerns

Addressing concerns raised over the coating used on a stretch of the Mountain Valley pipeline running through Virginia and West Virginia, project developers told federal regulators that the ...


Songbird Delays TX Pipeline Construction

The presence of an endangered songbird is blocking another infrastructure project in Texas, according to reports: The golden-cheeked warbler is one of a number of other endangered species li...


Natural Gas Pipeline Explodes in KY

Last Thursday, Line 15 of the Texas Eastern pipeline—owned by Canadian multinational energy transportation company Enbridge—exploded around 1:20 a.m. in Lincoln County, Kentucky, killing one...


Report: Improper Coating Likely Used on Pipeline

Improper coatings were likely used on the Keystone Pipeline, according to a recent federal inspection. This includes failure to provide suitable coatings at a number of places along the leng...


Pipeline Academy to Kick Off in LA

The SOWELA Technical Community College has recently received a $1 million donation from TC Energy for the development of a pipeline academy.


Research: Nanoscale Corrosion Shortens Pipe Life

Researchers from the Department of Energy’s Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies, Sandia National Laboratories and Aramco Research Center recently discovered that a form of nanoscale corro...


Mountain Valley Pipeline Coating Questioned

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has recently issued a request for “toxicological, environmental and health information” from the Mountain Valley Pipeline’s corporate attorney regard...


TX Judge Lifts Permian Pipeline Block

Construction on the $2 billion Permian Highway Pipeline will be allowed to proceed, according to a recent ruling by a Texas judge late last month. This means that plans can move forward with...


Trudeau Approves Trans Mountain Pipeline

On Tuesday (June 18), Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau once again approved the Trans Mountain Pipeline, a pipeline expansion that has drawn opposition from concerned parties. Trudeau’s g...


Trump Considers Sanctions for European Pipeline

On Wednesday (June 12), President Donald J. Trump announced that using sanctions to block controversial pipeline Nord Stream 2, were still being considered as a form of action against the Ru...


WA Pipeline Explosion Fines Help Rebuild

Fines connected with a pipeline explosion that occurred in Bellingham, Washington, 20 years ago have continued to pave the way toward restoring the area, though the original incident claimed...


TX Permian Highway Pipeline Trial Begins

On Tuesday (May 28), Judge Lora Livingston and the 261st State District Court in Austin began listening to arguments to decide the outcome of an anti-eminent lawsuit filed against Kinder Mor...


AG: Mackinac Legislation 'Unconstitutional'

The law to create the three-member Mackinac Straights Corridor Authority, approved by the Michigan Senate back in December, has been ruled unconstitutional by the state attorney general. The...


Group Sues Over TX Permian Highway Pipeline

Hill Country, Texas, landowners, along with City of Kyle officials and Hays County, recently filed a lawsuit against Kinder Morgan Texas Pipeline and the Railroad Commission in regard to the...


Mariner East 1 Pipeline Resumes Service

The Mariner East 1 pipeline returned to resume service after a three-month shutdown, according to reports. The shutdown occurred after a sinkhole was found in Chester County, Pennsylvania, w...


MO Pipeline Explosion Caused by Corrosion

Corrosion has been named the culprit behind a natural gas pipeline explosion that happened just north of Mexico, Missouri, in early March. The incident, with no reported fatalities or injuri...


MN Regulators Grant Final Approval for Line 3

Late last month, Minnesota utility regulators granted their final approval for Enbridge’s Line 3 replacement project, a move that rejected a previous appeal from project opponents for the re...


Investigation Launched Over PA Pipeline Projects

Earlier this month, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro and the Delaware County district attorney’s office announced that both would be launching an investigation into a 350-mile natu...


Groups Cite Concern Over $1B PA, NY Pipeline

Environmental activists are taking aim against a proposed $1 billion underwater pipeline that would run fracked natural gas from Pennsylvania into New York City. Activists are highlighting c...


Nord Stream 2 Pipeline Deal Struck

Last month, Germany and France reached an amended agreement regarding the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which will carry natural gas from Russia to Germany. The endeavor is reportedly still on sch...


PA Fines Gas Pipeline Builder

Rice Midstream Holdings LLC has agreed to their $1.5 million fine for the failure to prevent sedimentation and erosion into streams during the construction of a natural gas gathering pipelin...


TX Lawmaker Proposes Pipeline Safety Measures

Earlier this month and related to last year’s gas leak that resulted in a child fatality, Texas Representative Rafael Anchia filed for legislation that would both up the oversight of natural...


Work Progresses on Nord Stream 2 Pipeline

Raw laying of pipe for the controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which will run natural gas from Russia to Germany is slated for completion in the middle of this year, and the first line wil...


MD Board Rejects Gas Pipeline

Earlier this month, the Maryland Board of Public Works rejected a proposed natural gas pipeline, owned by TransCanada, that would run for three miles along the western part of the state, emp...


State Permit Granted for Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Earlier this week, a Virginia state board unanimously approved a gas compressor station permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline project, a $6.5 billion, 600-mile shale gas pipeline spearheade...


MI Senate Approves Line 5 Oversight Panel

In a move to eventually see the replacement of Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline, which runs under the Straits of Mackinac, in Michigan, the state Senate voted last week to create the three-member ...


Mountain Valley Applies for NC Pipeline Permit

Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC filed an application Tuesday (Nov. 6) with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a 73-mile pipeline that will act as an extension of the Mountain Valley P...


Approvals Granted for Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Virginia regulators granted approval for construction to begin on a 300-mile track of the $6.5 billion, 600-mile shale gas Atlantic Coast Pipeline, the sister to the Mountain Valley Pipeline...


None Injured in BC Pipeline Explosion

A pipeline explosion on Tuesday (Oct. 9), near Shelley, British Columbia, caused the shutdown of one of two gas pipelines owned by energy giant Enbridge. No injuries or fatalities associated...


Court, Army Corps Block Mountain Valley Pipeline

The Mountain Valley Pipeline, to run from Virginia to West Virginia, is once again facing a series of challenges: Following a similar ruling from the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals early la...


Michigan, Enbridge Strike Deal for Line 5

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Canadian oil transport company Enbridge recently struck a deal that would allow for the construction of a new pipeline 100 feet beneath the lake bottom, eventua...


TransCanada to Build Keystone XL in 2019

TransCanada, the firm behind the planned Keystone XL oil pipeline from Alberta to Steele City, Nebraska, appears poised to move forward with construction in 2019 after the U.S. State Departm...


Kinder Morgan Plans $30M ND Pipeline

A proposed natural gas pipeline that would run under the Missouri River and Lake Sakakawea Reservoir in North Dakota is garnering input from the public and the Army Corps of Engineers as oil...


Hole in Pipe, Coating Eyed in Fatal TX Blast

The natural gas pipeline that caused a fatal explosion new Midland, Texas, in August had damage to its coal tar coating and steel wall, a newly released report indicates, causing a leak prio...


Suit Targets Coast Guard Over Line 5

A lawsuit filed last week by an environmental group alleges the United States Coast Guard isn't sufficiently prepared to respond if there were a spill on Enbridge Energy's Line 5 liquids pip...


Graphene Proposed to Cut Pipeline Corrosion

Researchers based out of the University of Manchester and TWI Ltd. recently developed a way to incorporate graphene into a polymer liner that can extend the lifespan of marine pipelines.


Sides Clash at Line 5 Hearing

A hearing held Monday by U.S. Sen. Gary Peters examined the controversy around Enbridge Energy’s Line 5 pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac, calling into question recent action by the ene...


DOE Lab Studies Fiber-Optic Corrosion Detection

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory recently announced the development of a system that uses fiber optic technology to detect corrosion in oi...


Activists Appeal Line 3 Replacement Approval

A pair of environmental groups have gone to court to challenge the approval of Enbridge Energy’s Line 3 replacement project in Minnesota, arguing that the environmental impact statement appr...


New Steel to Double Pipeline Service Life

In response to the demands of Russian oil fields and difficult accessibility, researchers based out of the National University of Science and Technology MISiS created a new steel grade calle...


FERC Halts Pipeline Construction

Late last week the U.S. Federal Regulatory Commission ordered work on the 303-mile Mountain Valley Pipeline, which would transport natural gas from West Virginia hydrofracking operations, to...


Keystone Coating Inspected Near Spill Site

According to a local newspaper, part of TransCanada's Keystone Pipeline is being unearthed for external inspections over concerns about possible damage to the decade-old oil pipeline's coati...


Draft Assessment for New Keystone XL Route Positive

TransCanada’s long-planned Keystone XL pipeline is a step closer to being built after the U.S. State Department released a draft environmental impact statement suggesting that the alternativ...


Pipeline Firms, Steelmakers Clash Over Tariffs

The battle over steel import tariffs in the U.S. is continuing to heat up, as an executive behind the Cactus II pipeline told Congress last week that the measures amounted to a “$40 million ...


Study: Line 5 Spill Could Top $1.8 Billion

A new risk analysis performed by Michigan Technological University and released in draft form last week indicates that a worst-case release on Enbridge Energy’s Line 5 pipeline under the Str...


Tariff Exemption Rulings Mixed for Oil and Gas

The Department of Commerce has issued some of its first decisions on oil and gas companies’ requests for exemptions from the new U.S. steel tariffs, with a major pipeline firm losing its bid...


Judge Allows Bayou Bridge Pipeline to Move Forward

A three-judge panel of the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday (July 6) that construction will be allowed to move forward on the Bayou Bridge Pipeline project, which runs through ...


Enbridge Sues Tug Firm Over Line 5 Damage

Enbridge Energy, operator of the Line 5 liquids pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac in Michigan, filed suit last week in a federal court against VanEnkevort Tug and Barge, the company who...


NTSB: Construction Vehicle Caused Keystone Spill

A rupture last fall in TransCanada’s Keystone Pipeline near Amherst, South Dakota, was the result of damage inflicted by a construction vehicle during installation, according to a report rel...


MN Officials Approve Line 3 Project Permit

Minnesota’s Public Utilities Commission voted unanimously Thursday to approve the Line 3 replacement project sought by Canadian energy firm Enbridge Inc., a day after questioning company off...


Pipeline Builders Seek Tariff Exemptions

Several major U.S. energy companies, including Hess Corp. and Kinder Morgan Inc., are seeking exemptions from recently enacted steel-import tariffs.


Enbridge Outlines Line 5 Alternatives

Enbridge Energy released its report to the state of Michigan on possible replacement of its Line 5 pipeline Friday, concluding that a tunnel or an open cut with secondary containment would b...


PUC Staff Recommends Line 3 Replacement

The Minnesota Public Utility Commission will meet next week to determine whether Enbridge Energy may go forward with its plan to replace its Line 3 pipeline in that state, and PUC staff last...


MI, Enbridge to Discuss Straits Utility Tunnel

Michigan officials are reportedly working with Enbridge Energy on a possible plan to create a new “utility corridor” under the Straits of Mackinac that would contain the company’s Line 5 liq...


Canadian Government Buys Embattled Pipeline

The government of Canada will buy U.S. energy company Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Pipeline in a CA$4.5 billion ($3.47 billion) deal that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hopes will expedite ...


Sunoco Pipeline Build Stalled Again

Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission judge Elizabeth Barnes recently ordered the suspension of gas transportation through Sunoco’s Mariner East 1 pipeline, while also stopping any further ...


Work Starts on Nord Stream 2 Pipeline

Preparatory work for the controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline recently started off the German coast, even though U.S. President Donald J. Trump has demanded that Germany drop the pipeline as...


Line 5 May Get Wrap After April Damage

The early-April incident that severed an electric cable under Michigan’s Straits of Mackinac left Enbridge Energy’s Line 5 pipeline with dents of up to three-quarters of an inch, according t...


Vancouver Pipeline Debate Intensifies as Deadline Nears

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson recently announced his doubts about Kinder Morgan Inc.’s pipeline expansion moving forward, as there is too much resistance “on the ground," yet the deadline...


TransCanada to Start Clearing for Keystone XL

Canadian energy corporation TransCanada is set to begin clearing brush in Montana in the fall to make way for the new Keystone XL pipeline, with construction anticipated as early as next yea...


Enbridge Fined Over Pipeline Inspections

Enbridge Inc., the Calgary-based energy company that owns and operates several major oil and gas pipelines in Canada and the northern U.S., has been fined $1.8 million over allegations it di...


Enbridge Reduces Line 5 Maximum Pressure

After the discovery last month of marring on the twin liquid pipelines of Enbridge Energy's Line 5 under the Straits of Mackinac, the company announced last week that it reduced the maximum ...


Judge Recommends Route for Line 3 Replacement

A Minnesota administrative law judge has recommended that, if Enbridge's Line 3 replacement is to move forward, the new pipeline follows the route of the old, rather than the company’s prefe...


Shipping Company Charged in Straits Anchor Strike

Earlier this month, Enbridge Energy's Line 5 pipeline and a nearby electric cable housing under the Straits of Mackinac sustained damage, and the reason has now been confirmed, at least by M...


Enbridge: Line 5 Suffered 'Dents' in Straits Incident

Enbridge Energy told Michigan officials Tuesday that its Line 5 pipeline, originally thought to be unaffected by last week’s incident that damaged a nearby electric transmission cable, actua...


Kinder Morgan Suspends Pipeline Construction

Energy infrastructure company Kinder Morgan announced Sunday the suspension of all non-essential activities and related spending connected to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.


Keystone Oil Spill Larger than Thought

Last November’s spill on the Keystone Pipeline in South Dakota was nearly twice as big as originally reported, according to pipeline operator TransCanada.


Straits Fluid Spill Raises Pipeline Concerns

A chemical leak from a submerged electric transmission line in the Straits of Mackinac last week led to a temporary shutdown of Enbridge’s Line 5 liquids pipeline over concerns that whatever...


Enbridge Plans Line 5 Anchoring, Coating Checks

Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality has given Enbridge Energy a permit to install 22 new anchors on the floor of the Straits of Mackinac to help stabilize the company’s controvers...


Enbridge Begins Work to Assess Line 5 Replacement

Enbridge Inc., operator of the controversial Line 5 under Michigan’s Straits of Mackinac, is in the early stages of studying potential alternatives to the aging underwater liquids pipeline.


Judge Stops LA Pipeline Construction

A federal judge has halted construction of a new 160-mile stretch of crude oil pipeline in Louisiana after ruling federal environmental approvals were not given proper consideration.


Judge Rules Keystone XL Docs Must Be Released

After a challenge from environmental activists, a federal judge in Montana has ruled that the U.S. government must supply additional documentation related to its approval last year of the pr...


Trudeau to Introduce New Pipeline Review Process

The Canadian government announced Thursday that its pipeline review process will be streamlined, changing some rules for environmental and regulatory approvals while also toughening some env...


Activists, Pipeline Firm Clash Over Coating Condition

An activist group in Nashville is doing battle with pipeline giant Kinder Morgan over what it says is poor maintenance of pipelines in Tennessee, including deteriorating protective coatings.


Lawmaker Introduces Great Lakes Pipeline Bill

A U.S. congressman representing Michigan's 8th district, north of Detroit, has introduced legislation at the federal level in an effort to closer regulate petroleum pipelines running under t...


TransCanada Confirms Support for Keystone XL

Canadian energy corporation TransCanada confirmed Thursday (Jan. 18) that it has garnered sufficient commercial support to continue moving forward with the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline ...


UTA Professor Develops Drainage-Pipe Polymer

Mohammad Najafi, professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington, has received $400,000 in funding to research methods for the application of a linin...


ONEOK Plans New Montana-Kansas Pipeline

A new 900-mile natural gas liquids pipeline proposed by Oklahoma-based energy company ONEOK could start moving product from Montana, near the North Dakota Bakken shale play, to Bushton, Kans...


PA Halts Pipeline Construction Over Leaks

Pennsylvania officials stopped construction of Sunoco Pipeline’s Mariner East 2 pipeline Wednesday after a series of incidents in which drilling fluids were released into the environment ove...


NE Rejects Keystone XL Firm's Change Request

TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline plan is in further jeopardy after Nebraska regulators denied the energy company’s request to change its application retroactively.


Cracking Sidelines North Sea Pipeline

A major crude oil pipeline in the North Sea off the coast of Scotland will remain out of service for two to four weeks after an inspection turned up cracking last week.


MI Board Calls on Snyder to Shut Down Line 5

Two weeks after Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder entered into an agreement with energy giant Enbridge regarding the future of its Line 5 pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac, some members of the ...


Line 5 Halted Briefly Due to Wave Height

Days after entering into an agreement with Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder that includes provisions to shut down its Line 5 pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac during adverse weather conditions...


Kinder Morgan Delays Trans Mountain Timeline

Kinder Morgan Canada said Tuesday that it anticipates the permitting process for its Trans Mountain expansion to take longer than originally expected, likely pushing back the oil pipeline’s ...


Coating Damage Eyed in Keystone Spill

TransCanada’s Keystone Pipeline resumed operation in a limited capacity last week in the wake of a Nov. 16 spill in Amherst, South Dakota, that may have been caused by damage inflicted on th...


Enbridge, MI Plan for Line 5 Changes

Canadian energy firm Enbridge entered into an agreement last week with the state of Michigan, promising to evaluate options for replacing its Line 5 liquids pipeline under the Straits of Mac...


Final Study Weighs Line 5 Options

The final version of an independent analysis of Enbridge’s controversial Line 5 pipeline was released to the public Monday, largely echoing the conclusions drawn in an earlier draft but admi...


Keystone XL Gets Nebraska Approval

Nebraska’s Public Service Commission approved an alternate routing for TransCanada’s long-disputed Keystone XL project, opening the door for construction to begin, though questions still sur...


China Signs onto Alaska Gas Pipeline Plan

An agreement with state-owned corporations in China may revive a major natural gas pipeline project in Alaska that had been all but abandoned as of a year ago.


Sun Storms May Cause Pipeline Corrosion

New research out of New Zealand supports the contention that solar storms may promote corrosion in pipelines with damaged coatings, and can negatively impact the electrical networks the glob...


TransCanada Scraps Two Pipeline Projects

Energy giant TransCanada announced Friday that it is abandoning two pipeline plans, including Energy East, a crude-oil pipeline that would have stretched nearly 3,000 miles from Alberta to N...


$3B Gas Pipeline Construction Begins

Energy firm Williams Partners announced earlier this week that construction is underway on the Atlantic Sunrise natural gas pipeline in central and eastern Pennsylvania, which the company sa...


Chemical Blasts, Storm Damage Plague TX

As the remnants of Hurricane Harvey at last begin to move on from the Gulf Coast region, the storm has left in its wake massive damage, including at an Arkema chemical plant in Crosby, Texas...


Court Rejects FERC Pipeline Approval

A panel of federal judges ruled Tuesday to order a new review of a 685-mile, three-part natural gas pipeline expansion project that was approved in early 2016 by the Federal Energy Regulator...


Andeavor Building $225M Pipeline in TX

Andeavor Corp., based in San Antonio, is set to build a $225 million pipeline across west Texas.


Keystone XL Firm Undecided on Pipeline Future

The company behind the long-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline has signaled that the project is still up in the air, and a final call on its execution won’t come until later this year.


Epoxy Made for Pipeline Applications

Axalta Coating Systems (Philadelphia) recently announced its latest addition to its internal pipe coatings line.


Trump to Nominate Glick to FERC

President Trump announced his intended third nomination for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission late last week.


Judge Orders New DAPL Review

A federal judge ruled last week that the environmental review of the Dakota Access Pipeline must be revisited.


Enbridge Line 5 Passes Pressure Test

A controversial liquid pipeline that runs under the Straits of Mackinac in Michigan has passed a series of pressure tests, according to its operator.


TransCanada to Invest $1.5B in Pipelines

One of Canada’s largest pipeline operators has announced plans to spend $1.5 billion to expand its natural gas pipeline network in that country over the next four years.


MI Pipeline Integrity Questioned Again

Enbridge Energy’s Line 5, a 64-year-old liquid pipeline that runs under Michigan’s Straits of Mackinac, is under scrutiny again after documents revealed that underwater stretches up to 286 f...


ND Oil Production Up as DAPL Service Nears

Oil production in North Dakota has seen a slight uptick during the early months of 2017 after last year’s lagging numbers, with a noticeable jump in rig count as operators prepare to put the...


Another FERC Commissioner to Resign

Another member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has announced that she will step down from her post, leaving the possibility that the board could be left with only one member.


Protective Coating Could Prevent Pipeline Clogging

Hoping to head off another disaster on the scale of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig catastrophe, Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have unveiled a solution that could prevent b...


‘US Made’ Won’t Apply to Keystone XL

Weeks after President Donald J. Trump issued presidential memos inviting TransCanada to re-apply for approval for its Keystone XL pipeline project and calling on pipeline companies to use U....


Charges in Fatal CA Pipeline Mishap

A California construction company and a foreman it employed are facing trial on misdemeanor charges related to a 2015 incident in which a worker was crushed to death by a 4-ton length of pip...


$8M Underwrites Pipeline MIC Research

A research project focused on microbiologically influenced corrosion (MIC) in pipelines is receiving nearly $8 million in funding toward ongoing research into the issue.


Powder Coatings Offer Oil, Gas Pipe Protection

Two new high-temperature, corrosion-resistant internal pipe coatings have been added to Axalta Coating Systems’ Nap-Gard Functional Coatings collection.


Pipeline Rupture Ignites Fire in MO

Investigations are underway into the cause of a gas pipeline explosion and resulting fire Tuesday night in Platte County, MO.


Canada Floats $35B Infrastructure Bank Plan

An infrastructure bank that would combine government and private investment dollars for big road, transit and energy projects is part of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s plan for the...


Probe Launched After Deadly Blast

Three people have died and six more were left severely injured following a powerful explosion that rocked a BASF chemical plant Monday (Oct. 17) in Germany, according to multiple reports.


BASF Blast Kills 2, Injures More

German authorities are investigating the cause of an explosion at a BASF chemical plant that killed two and severely injured at least six. One person remains missing after the incident, acco...


Agency Cites Coating Failure in 2015 Leak

A federal pipeline safety agency has identified external corrosion as the cause of a June 2015 gas line rupture in rural eastern Pennsylvania.


Utility Faces $3M Fine for Pipeline Blast

Washington state pipeline safety regulators have recommended a fine of more than $3 million for numerous violations, including failure to perform corrosion tests, related to a March 9 natura...


Pipeline Giant Forms in $28B Deal

The announced merger of two major pipeline companies promises to create the largest energy infrastructure company in North America, with an estimated market value of $127 billion.


Blasts, Fire Shutter MS Gas Plant

Federal officials are investigating what led to two late-night explosions and the resulting fire at a natural gas processing facility in Pascagoula, MS.


TransCanada Serves U.S. a $15B Bill

After having filed suit against the U.S. government in January, the company behind the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline is now formally seeking $15 billion in damages in response to th...


JV Secures $2.1B Mexico Pipeline Deal

The North American energy company most often associated with the Keystone XL oil pipeline, recently rejected by the U.S. government, has announced plans to build, own and operate a $2.1 bill...


Flint’s Status with KWA Pipeline Cloudy

The future of the water supply in Flint, MI, hangs in the balance as the consortium of communities that comprise the Karegnondi Water Authority awaits word from Flint Mayor Karen Weaver on t...


PHMSA: External Corrosion Led to Break

Just two days after a Houston pipeline operator was indicted on criminal charges related to a 2015 California oil spill, federal regulators released their final failure investigation report ...


Pipeline Company Faces Criminal Charges

Nearly one year to the day from the pipeline breach that spilled 140,000 gallons of crude oil on the California coast, the Houston-based pipeline operator has been indicted on 46 criminal co...


Tunnel Wall Collapse Swallows Roadway

A sinkhole opened up on a New Orleans street just hours after the mayor and the city’s infrastructure team examined a decades-old underground tunnel nearby.


Pipeline Safety Bills Eye Corrosion

Pipeline safety is at the heart of a three new bills in the House and Senate. Most recently, the federal committee responsible for writing legislation about interstate and foreign commerce, ...


Criminal Trial Pending for 2010 Blast

Six years after a devastating blast in one of its natural gas pipelines, a California utility company is facing a criminal trial.


Oil Slump Leads to U.S. Steel Layoffs

U.S. Steel, the largest American integrated steel producer, has said it will temporarily idle two of its plants and lay off 750 of workers in the coming weeks.


Merger to Form Energy Pipeline Giant

The company known for the controversial Keystone Pipeline project, which sought to carry crude oil from the oil sands in Alberta, Canada, through the U.S. and on to the Gulf of Mexico, has a...


Senate Commits to Pipeline Safety

The U.S. Senate has unanimously approved a bipartisan bill supporting the pipeline safety agency of the Department of Transportation and establishing safety standards for natural gas storage...


EPA Allots $182M for CA Water Projects

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is making $182 million in funding available for California to invest in projects that will improve local drinking water and wastewater infrastructur...


Industrial Spray-On Insulation Debuts

A new spray-on insulation for high-temperature industrial applications offers personal protection from extreme heat while preventing corrosion under insulation, according to its manufacturer...


Pipeline Blasts Lead to Jail Time

The Chinese government has sentenced 14, including former officials of a state-owned energy company and government officials, for corrosion-related pipeline blasts that killed more than 60 p...


Plains Told to Purge Idle Line

Fearing ongoing corrosion damage, federal regulators have ordered the owner of a 130-mile pipeline in California to purge the system, though idle, of the crude that remains in the lines.


Keystone XL: Analysis and Outlook

Just days after North American energy company TransCanada asked the U.S. State Department to suspend review of its permit application, President Obama announced Friday (Nov. 6) that the cons...


Exxon Fined $2.6 for Pipeline Breach

In what it calls a failure of the operator to assess a pipeline threat in a timely manner, the regulatory agency that oversees pipeline safety has fined ExxonMobil $2.6 million for a 2013 sp...


Pipeline Rule Held Up By Inspections

One amendment to the final rule on new pipeline safety regulations—in the works since 2011—has been delayed indefinitely, according to the Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardo...


University Team Tackles Corrosion

A coatings project at North Dakota State University (NDSU) not only seeks to improve the safety of pipelines when it comes to corrosion protection, but also enhances the career path of the s...


Clinton Reveals Opposition, Has Plan

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton revealed her stance on the Keystone XL Pipeline this week, once again bringing to light the debate over the long-running pipeline plan.


Corrosion Fuels Pipeline Opposition

Canadian groups opposed to a transcontinental pipeline proposal are saying that corrosion problems affecting another major pipeline could happen to the new one.


Pipeline Replacement Promotes Safety

While the findings from a university study of gas pipelines may not be all that surprising, they do reinforce the importance of maintaining infrastructure for public safety.


$54M Supports Pipeline Safety Programs

State programs that involve inspection, incident investigation and enforcement for pipeline safety are receiving funding totaling more than $54 million dollars from the Pipeline and Hazardou...


Investor Lawsuit Calls Out Pipeline Co.

In the aftermath of an oil spill caused by a corroded pipeline, a Houston pipeline transportation and storage firm finds itself the target of a lawsuit filed by one of its own shareholders.


Pipelines Trump Rail for Safety

When it comes to transporting oil and gas, pipelines are safer than rail in Canada, according to a study released this month from the Fraser Institute.


Oil Spill Takes 17 Years to Resolve

Although industry experts say neither oil spills nor their corresponding settlement agreements are uncommon in Texas, waiting 17 years to come up with a consent order for one is.


Moscow River Set Ablaze

A break in an underwater fuel pipeline was blamed for a massive fire on the Moskva River in Moscow on Wednesday afternoon (Aug. 12), but the pipeline company’s investigations point elsewhere...


TX Gas Boom Expands Mexican Pipelines

An increase in demand for natural gas in Mexico combined with a decrease in that country’s own supply has companies lining up to pipe in the fuel from the U.S.


Free eBook Examines Pipeline Coatings

PITTSBURGH--From specification to performance, exploring the critical role of protective coatings in transmission pipelines is the subject of a new eBook from JPCL.


Congress Eyes Faster Track on Pipelines

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Ensuring a timely turnaround on oil and gas pipeline projects is the goal behind a bill now making its way through the U.S. Senate.


Sensors May Outsmart Smart Pigs

VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA—New technology being developed in Australia could help that nation's pipeline network reach the 100-year mark.


Bill Would Keep Pipeline Info Secret

LANSING, MI—Pipeline inspection, safety and other records would be blocked from public access under a sweeping new bill introduced in Michigan.


IA Fights to Rein in Eminent Domain

DES MOINES—Iowa lawmakers are pushing back hard against eminent-domain claims by energy companies that want access to private land for their mega-projects.


A Pipeline Plan from the Star Trek Man

SUNNYVALE, CA—He's famously run a starship and doled out hotel deals, but now William Shatner has a new role: Pipeline Negotiator.


Landowners Sued for Pipeline Surveys

Do pipeline companies have the right to access a homeowner's property for their corporate purposes? Several of them think so and have gone to court to prove it.


Tackling Specialty, Pipeline Coatings

Fire protection, pipeline integrity and other critical structural issues depend on choosing the right protective coating system—decisions informed by new, free technical resources from JP...


Keystone XL in Limbo after Veto

TransCanada's proposed 1,700-mile oil pipeline from Alberta to the Gulf Coast is back on indefinite hold in the wake of a rare presidential veto on Tuesday (Feb. 24).


PG&E Fined $530K for Safety Issues

Years of botched pipeline inspections and worker qualification problems have dropped a new $530,000 fine on embattled Pacific Gas and Electric Co., California regulators announced.


Decrepit Pipe Repair 'Alarmingly' Slow

Nearly half of a Pennsylvania utility's pipelines are "at risk," and the 80-year time frame for replacement just isn't fast enough, state regulators are saying.


A Bot to Stop Water, Water Everywhere

Slithering through the skinniest of pipes and navigating the sharpest of turns, a new robot could help head off leaks and failures across Europe's aged water and heating networks.


Lithe Little Bot Shows Big Fat Potential

Leaky pipes cost Europe about one-third of its drinking water—a massive drain that a skinny little robot just might be able to plug, researchers say.


Nylon Pipe Rolls Out in the Oilfield

The world's largest nylon producer has introduced nylon transmission pipeline that can withstand temperatures up to 200°F and pressures up to 500 PSI.


U.S. Approves New Northeast Pipeline

Federal regulators have given the go-ahead to a $683 million, 124-mile pipeline project that would tap natural-gas production in Pennsylvania to serve customers in New York and New England.


Global Effort Targets Onshore Corrosion

A leading technical society is calling on oil and gas industry experts to collaborate on a global project to fight external corrosion of onshore pipelines.


Feds: Onshore Oil Boom Raises Concerns

U.S. oil and gas production is booming faster than regulators can manage, creating risks for the public, pipelines and other transportation networks, a new government audit warns.


A Pipeline Good for What Ales This Town

An unusual pipeline project is brewing underneath the historic Belgian city of Bruges, where government officials have raised a glass in approval.


Heavy-Duty Cleaner Built on Bio Base

A new multipurpose commercial-grade metal cleaner and degreaser from Cortec Corp. boasts a bio-based resume.


Flexible Topcoat Enhances Resistance

A new abrasion-resistant overcoating from 3M boasts improved flexibility and is designed to protect the primary corrosion coating on pipelines.


Industrial Cleaner Boasts Bio-Safety

Cortec Corp. has introduced a heavy-duty, bio-based cleaner and degreaser for a variety of industrial and commercial jobs.


New Web Tool Manages Pipeline Data

GE and Accenture have teamed up on a new "Industrial Internet solution for pipeline management" to give pipeline customers faster access to data.


Utility Fined $1.4B in CA Disaster

The California Public Utilities Commission has proposed a $1.4 billion fine—its largest ever—against Pacific Gas & Electric for thousands of state and federal pipeline violations and a catas...


Sherwin-Williams Launches Pipe Line

Sherwin-Williams Protective and Marine Coatings has announced a new series of fast-drying, high-build, solvent-free polyurethanes for the water pipe market.


PG&E Faces $1.1B Criminal Indictment

A federal grand jury has accused California's largest utility of "knowingly and willfully" violating pipeline safety laws and obstructing the federal investigation into a gas-line explosion ...


ROV Unit Inspects Sub-Sea Pipelines

A new, remote-controlled deepwater inspection tool for non-piggable pipelines boasts the ability to take non-destructive measurements on thin- and thick-walled pipelines at almost 10,000-foo...


MIT Robot Pinpoints Pipe Leaks

A new self-propelled robotic device could detect exponentially smaller pipeline leaks of gas, water and oil than traditional systems can, its developers say.


Pipeline Corrosion Firm Sold for $116M

Global HSE concern Halma plc has acquired California-based Rohrback Cosasco Systems (RCS), the leading U.S. corrosion monitoring firm, the companies have announced.


Creaform Upgrades 3D Pipeline Software

Creaform has announced both a new upgrade and new module for its pipeline integrity assessment software.


Canada Puts Price on Pipeline Liability

Pipeline companies in Canada will be held responsible for at least $1 billion in damages if their network leaks—no matter who is ultimately to blame.


Battelle Beads Detect Early Corrosion

A new bead not only senses corrosion but also starts to heal the microscopic cracks it causes, according to Battelle Memorial Institute.


A Fight to Root Out Pipeline Corrosion

A California utility is locked in a showdown with private and public property owners over its plan to remove hundreds of trees that are damaging and corroding area pipelines.


Australia Takes on Aging Pipelines

An Australian university is tackling the country’s aging pipeline needs with a new industry-backed research center and a novel coatings sensor.


Keystone XL Now Delayed Indefinitely

Two months after getting a green light from the U.S. State Department, the off-again, on-again Keystone XL project has hit a new red one. Or, at least, a long yellow.


PG&E Faces 12 Felony Counts for Blast

Pacific Gas & Electric is being charged with 12 felonies in a criminal indictment for allegedly violating federal pipeline safety laws related to the deadly 2010 pipeline explosion in San Br...


Corrosion, Alarm Issues Cited in Blast

Deteriorated coatings, ineffective cathodic protection, and a 24-year gap in inspections led to the rupture of a severely corroded pipeline and subsequent massive fire in West Virginia, fede...


Pipeline Coating Bonds in a New Way

A new onshore pipeline coating eliminates the need for an adhesive layer by bonding directly with the anti-corrosion layer, according to producer Bredero Shaw.


Deep-Sea Pipes Get Medical Touch

An X-ray machine used to detect fractured bones is being souped up to give the same treatment to fractured pipelines in the crushing depths of the ocean.


Manitoba Pipeline Blast Probed

Thousands of Manitobans were still awaiting the return of home heating Monday (Jan. 27), as authorities continued to investigate a pipeline explosion that rocked the southern part of the Can...


Fines in Fatal Blast Contested

A Louisiana chemical plant is challenging fines issued in an explosion that killed two workers and injured 80 last summer, authorities said.


Pipeline Project Yields Human Skull

Work at an Indiana pipeline construction site has been halted over the discovery of a human skull this week.


Philly Gets $2M for Shorted Concrete

A construction company will pay over $2 million to settle allegations that it skimped on the amount of concrete and asphalt used in paving projects around Philadelphia, then overbilled for t...


Pipeline Crew Unearths Dinosaur Fossil

A construction worker clearing the way for a Canadian pipeline made a rare discovery—a massive dinosaur fossil—when he accidentally cut into it with a backhoe.


Lightning Eyed in Pipeline Failure

Lightning may be to blame for a pipeline hole that leaked 20,000 barrels of crude oil in North Dakota, new reports say.


Canusa Slapped in Coating Patent Case

Stopaq's Wrappingband has bested Canusa's Wrapid Bond in the German Court of Appeals, which has deemed the latter a copycat product that violates Stopaq's patent.


Pipeline Errors Could Cost PG&E $6.75M

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. is facing a proposed $6.75 million fine after a California judge ruled that the embattled utility delayed and attempted to mislead regulators when it revealed reco...


Corrosion Eyed in ND Pipeline Leak

A ruptured six-inch pipeline has spewed over 20,000 barrels of oil in North Dakota, and an initial investigation points to corrosion, state officials said.


$800K Awarded for Pipeline Research

New materials and technologies for reducing corrosion and improving monitoring of pipelines will get a boost from $800,000 in grants just announced by the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materia...


Creaform Upgrades Pipeline Software

Creaform has released an updated version of its software platform for pipeline corrosion and mechanical damage assessment, developed for pipeline operators and NDT service companies.


Technology Detects Gas Leaks on a Roll

New car-mounted technology is offering one of the nation's largest utilities a fast, ultra-sensitive method of detecting gas leaks.


Exova Develops Custom Cracking Test

Independent testing company Exova Group Limited has announced a new, customizable oil and gas pipeline testing method for cracking.


Top 100 Infrastructure Projects Named

More than $435 billion in new pipelines, airports and transportation projects are among the top 100 infrastructure projects strategically important to progress throughout North America, acco...


Congress May Speed Pipeline Permits

Pipeline projects could see quicker permitting approval under a federal bill that has supporters demanding accountability and opponents wary of environmental harm.


At 102, Pipe Awarded for Longevity

Not many underground water pipes get a birthday present, but not many turn 100 years old unscathed.


Bredero Shaw Snags $30M Pipe Deal

ShawCor Ltd. has announced a $30 million contract between its pipe coating division, Bredero Shaw, and Statoil Norway to provide coatings for the Edvard Grieg Oil and Utsira High Gas pipelin...


EPA: Water Infrastructure Needs $384B

Drinking water infrastructure across the country is rapidly approaching the end of its lifespan and will need over $384 billion in improvements over the next two decades, a newly released su...


Obama Urges Faster Track for Projects

Calling for more green lights and less red tape, President Obama has announced an initiative to halve the time needed to launch infrastructure construction projects.


$2.25B Fine Urged in Pipeline Blast

The California utility responsible for a fatal pipeline explosion is likely in for an "astronomical" fine after investigators turned up dozens of preventable problems dating back decades.


Obama Proposes 6% DOT Hike in 2014

The nation's beleaguered bridges, pipelines, roads, rail systems, ports, airports, maritime operations and transit systems could begin upgrades in FY 2014, if President Obama's $77 billion b...


Exxon Fined $1.7M in Yellowstone Leak

ExxonMobil Pipeline Company has been slapped with a $1.7 million federal fine for its 2011 crude-oil pipeline failure in the Yellowstone River, doubling its tab to date for the disaster, reg...


Fire Devastates Pipe Coating Facility

Fire investigators are searching for answers after a blaze destroyed a pipeline coating facility in Leduc, Alberta.


Pipeline Agenda Includes Coating Plans

New pipeline coatings for integrity and corrosion prevention are a key part of the industry's $10.3 million research focus for 2013.


Pipeline Mishap Kills 1, Levels Restaurant

A contractor's drilling error is suspected in a natural-gas pipeline explosion and fire that demolished a popular Kansas City, MO, restaurant this week, killing one person and injuring at le...


BP Confirms 4 Deaths in Terror Attack

BP has confirmed the deaths of four employees in the recent terrorist attack on one of its desert gas facilities in Algeria.


Chevron Fined $1M in Refinery Fire

Chevron's apparent decision to ignore its own inspectors' decade-old recommendation to replace a corroded, leaking pipe has triggered a record fine against the oil company in the blast and b...


Record Year for Pipeline Fines

Rounding out a year of record enforcement actions against the pipeline industry for coatings, corrosion and other violations, U.S. regulators have levied nearly $200,000 in fines against Col...


$500K Fine Set in Deadly PA Blast

Pennsylvania state regulators have hiked their fine to the maximum of $500,000 against a utility company whose aging pipeline caused a fatal explosion in Allentown, PA.


PG&E Trying 3D Laser for Pipe Safety

A high-tech laser scanner was recently implemented to enhance gas pipeline safety and detect corrosion at Pacific Gas & Electric.


WV Pipe Thinned By Heavy Corrosion

Heavy corrosion caused a pipeline wall to thin to one-fourth of its original thickness, leading to its rupture in December, a new federal report has found.


Feds Order Pipeline Review After Blast

A section of pipeline in West Virginia has been determined “hazardous to life, property, and the environment,” federal investigators stated in a corrective order in response to a December 20...


Customers to Foot Half of Pipeline Bill

Two years after a California pipeline explosion killed eight people and demolished a neighborhood, the utility's customers have been handed the bill: $299 million.


 
 
   

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