Dakota Access Developers Seeking Commitments to Expand Volume of Pipeline

The Dakota Access Pipeline will possibly expand the volume of crude oil from 500,000 barrels to 570,000 barrels a day if developers of the project can find shipper’s interest.

Energy Transfer Partners is seeking commitments from shippers to transport additional oil as the pipeline’s permit in North Dakota allows it to ship up to 600,000 barrels a day. North Dakota was responsible for producing nearly 1.3 billion barrels of oil a day in August.

Minimal modifications to the actual pipeline system would be needed if an expansion would occur, company spokeswoman Vicki Granado said.

As North Dakota’s projected oil production steadily increases, the state will need to add more pipeline capacity in order to keep up.

“Every expansion at this point is going to assist in keeping the market strong in North Dakota,” said a spokesman. “But long-term, it will take some substantial new investment to continue to keep North Dakota oil connected to new markets.”


ETP Shuts Two Philadelphia Pipes After Possible Gasoline Leak

Energy Transfer Partners said it is keeping two Philadelphia refined product pipelines shut down while it investigates discovered gasoline in a creek nearby.

The two pipes, one 8-inch and one 12-inch, help carry refined products from refineries to New York Harbor and Western Pennsylvania.

The shutdowns came as a result of a Friday precaution regarding discovered gasoline in a creek outside Philadelphia. ETP responded on Friday saying that it was still trying to determine whether the leak came from its pipelines.

The source of the leak has yet to be discovered, and ETP has not responded to requests for comments.