Enbridge Inc.'s Texas Eastern Transmission (TETCO) unit said on July 26 it provided all the information federal safety regulators requested and is preparing to increase pressure in its Pennsylvania to Mississippi pipeline as soon regulators approve.
PHMSA on July 22 put Energy Transfer on notice for the probable violations pertaining to the operation of the Dakota Access Pipeline and proposed a civil penalty against it.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on July 22 defended a deal with the United States that allows the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to proceed as a pragmatic compromise, but Ukraine said the agreement was too weak to ensure Russia behaves the way Kyiv and the West want.
The PHMSA recommended a civil penalty of $93,200 against Energy Transfer, operator of the Dakota Access Pipeline, for the violations and said failure to correct the issues may result in further enforcement action.
Kinder Morgan CEO Steven Kean told analysts during a conference call late on July 21 that the Permian Basin will probably need another gas pipeline in the middle of the decade.
Mariner East transports liquids from the Marcellus/Utica shale in western Pennsylvania to customers in the state and elsewhere, including international exports from Energy Transfer’s Marcus Hook complex.
The agreement will resolve a long-standing dispute over the $11 billion pipeline, now 98% complete, being built under the Baltic Sea to carry gas from Russia's Arctic region to Germany.
U.S. officials insist they continue to oppose the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, but said the U.S.-German agreement would mitigate the possibility of Russia using energy as a weapon.
The project is expected to reduce natural gas flaring in the Bakken region by allowing producers to move more gas to market, says MDU Resources President and CEO David L. Goodin.
The Department of Homeland Security on July 20 required owners and operators of critical pipelines that transport hazardous liquids and natural gas to implement "urgently needed protections against cyber intrusions."