Texas Railroad Commission rejects 1st-ever challenge to gas flaring permit
Reasoning that the value of the crude oil coming from a producing well outweighs the lower value of the associated gas that must be removed, the Texas Railroad Commission approved on Aug. 6 a small producer's application to continue flaring gas from a set of Eagle Ford Shale wells, despite objections from the midstream company that gathers gas in the same field. Pipeline giant Williams Cos. Inc. challenged Exco Resources Inc.'s request for an extension of its permit to flare gas from some Briscoe Ranch oil and gas wells in the Eagle Ford Shale, saying Exco was connected to Williams' gathering system and simply did not want to pay to remove the gas.
New York issues redo of gas pipeline denial, but FERC order may void impact
New York again denied a water quality certification for the Northern Access 2016 gas pipeline project. But the action may be undercut by the fact that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in August 2018 had already found New York's review of the project waived because the state exceeded a Clean Water Act time frame in which to act. Co-sponsored by National Fuel Gas Supply Corp. and Empire Pipeline Inc., the 99-mile, 490-MMcf/d pipeline could help boost production in western Pennsylvania and likely drive down net Canadian imports by increasing Northeast exports to eastern Canada by up to 350 MMcf/d, according to S&P Global Platts Analytics.
Texas Eastern must take corrective actions on 3 gas lines after deadly blast
The U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration ordered an Enbridge Inc. subsidiary to take more than a dozen corrective actions on several lines along its Texas Eastern Transmission LP system following a deadly explosion in Lincoln County, Ky. PHMSA ordered Texas Eastern to keep 19 miles of the pipeline near the Danville Compressor Station out of operation and shut down two adjacent lines.
PennEast to reapply for state-issued water permit; Sierra Club urges denial
PennEast Pipeline Co. LLC will again apply to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection for a wetlands permit to proceed with construction on its 1.1-Bcf/d natural gas pipeline project between the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. In 2017, the Department of Environmental Protection found that the PennEast application lacked information and denied a wetlands permit for the project.
Court upholds $60M award against South Jersey Gas for breaking Antero contract
A federal court shot down an attempt by utility South Jersey Gas Co. to get out of a finding that it had breached a natural gas contract and owed producer Antero Resources Corp. $60 million in damages. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit affirmed the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, where a jury had rejected South Jersey's claims against Antero over an increase in index-based gas prices and found that South Jersey breached the contract by not paying those prices.
Enbridge says unsupported Line 5 segment widened but poses no safety risk
Enbridge said an unsupported portion of the Line 5 oil pipeline beneath the Straits of Mackinac exceeded the 75-foot limit set under an agreement with Michigan officials, but the segment "poses no integrity or safety risk to the pipeline." The Calgary, Alberta-based company reported the span length to Michigan's Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy and the Department of Natural Resources, believing that its December 2018 easement agreement with the state remains valid, according to an Aug. 7 news release.
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