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Keystone XL pipeline review nears finish; Corps reviews Dakota Access line

State Department plans to finalize Keystone XL supplemental review in 2018

The U.S. Department of State plans to issue its court-mandated environmental review of the Keystone XL oil pipeline by the end of the year, according to a court document filed Sept. 4.

The U.S. District Court for the District of Montana, Great Falls Division, in mid-August told the State Department to put together a supplement environmental impact statement that would cover the pipeline's revised route through Nebraska, called the mainline alternative.

Corps completes Dakota Access review, finds no significant environmental impacts

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completed a court-ordered additional environmental analysis of the Dakota Access oil pipeline and found the project to have no significant environmental impacts on minority populations, including tribes.

The extended review also found that granting the Energy Transfer Partners LP-led oil pipeline project Section 408 permits would not lead to any significant impacts to hunting and fishing resources from oil spills, as the risk of such an incident is low, according to an Aug. 31 filing with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

House passes bill to reduce application time for small-volume LNG exports

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to expedite the permit reviews for small-scale LNG exports, codifying an existing U.S. Department of Energy practice that mostly eliminates the need for a review of low-volume LNG exports, even those to nations that do not have a free trade agreement with the U.S.

The Ensuring Small Scale LNG Certainty and Access Act, or HR 4606, would shorten the review time for an export license for those seeking to export LNG, as long as the shipments do not exceed 0.14 Bcf/d.

Duke Energy Kentucky asks to boost gas rates by $10.5M to recoup investments

Duke Energy Kentucky Inc. is seeking to raise its natural gas distribution rates by about $10.5 million to recover infrastructure investments for safety and reliability and return savings related to the federal tax cuts to customers.

If the filing is approved, monthly gas bills for residential customers with an average gas usage of 53 ccf per month would increase by 10.2%, or $5.78.