Dismissal of Lawsuit over Keystone XL Pipeline Requested by US Attorneys

The Trump administration attorneys wanted a U.S. judge to throw out a lawsuit from Native American tribes in Montana and South Dakota. The lawsuit is blocking TC Energy’s proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline that would carry up to 830,000 barrels per day from Canada to Nebraska.

A Thursday hearing on the government's attempt to dismiss the case will be presided over by U.S. District Judge Brian Morris. The judge blocked the line in November, saying more environmental studies were needed. But Trump circumvented that ruling in March by issuing a new permit for the $8 billion, 1,184-mile project.

According to the administration, Trump's approval applies only to a 1-mile section of pipeline along the U.S.-Canada border and not the rest of the line, but the tribes argue that Trump's permit applies to the entire pipeline.

The tribes fears that a spill could damage a South Dakota water supply system that serves more than 51,000 people including residents of the Rosebud, Pine Ridge and Lower Brule Indian reservations. Also they say that President Donald Trump approved the pipeline without considering potential damage to cultural sites from spills and construction.


Keystone XL Route Approval Affirmed by Nebraska Supreme Court

Nebraska Supreme Court has affirmed the November 2017 decision that approved the Keystone XL Pipeline route through the state which was taken by the Nebraska Public Service Commission, TC Energy Corp. announced on August 23.

“The Supreme Court decision is another important step as we advance towards building this vital energy infrastructure project,” said Russ Girling, TC Energy’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “We thank the thousands of government leaders, landowners, labor unions and other community partners for their continued support through this extensive review process.  It has been their unwavering support that has advanced this project to where it is today.”

The pipeline project still faces obstacles after a November 2018 ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Brian Morris to block construction activities in Montana. But in March, President Donald Trump issued a new Presidential Permit for Keystone XL, superseding the one he issued in 2017.

The Nebraska Public Service Commission on November 20, 2017 gave approval to TC Energy (then TransCanada) to build the Keystone XL pipeline using the Mainline Alternative Route. But environmental groups had challenged the Nebraska Public Service Commission decision to approve the project.


Binding Open Season Announced for the Keystone Pipeline

TC Energy, formerly known as TransCanada has announced an open season to solicit binding commitments for crude oil transportation services on the Keystone Pipeline System.

The pipeline runs from Hardisty, Alberta to markets on the US Gulf Coast.

Interested parties may submit binding bids for transportation capacity during the open season that will close at 12 pm MT on 19 July 2019.


UGI to Buy Assets from TC Energy for $1.28 Billion

UGI Corp, a Pennsylvania based energy distributor would buy some assets of Columbia Midstream Group from TC Energy Corp, formerly known as TransCanada. The deal is set for nearly $1.28 billion to expand UGI’s midstream business.

“This transaction expands our midstream capabilities in the prolific gas producing region of the Southwest Appalachian Basin and provides an initial investment into both wet gas gathering and processing,” John Walsh, the chief executive officer of UGI, said.

With this deal, TC Energy could help finance the oft-delayed and controversial Keystone XL pipeline project and the new high-profile Coastal GasLink system project. These projects are likely to generate higher returns than these legacy assets.

Columbia Midstream Group operates in the Appalachian Basin and owns four natural gas gathering systems. It also has an interest in a company with gathering, processing and liquids assets, and a pipeline that runs through western Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio and northern West Virginia.


$1.15 Billion Deal Signed to Sell Stake in Northern Courier Pipeline

In a signed deal for approximately $1.15 billion, TC Energy Corp. formerly known as TransCanada, will sell an 85 per cent stake in its Northern Courier Pipeline to Alberta Investment Management Corp.

TC Energy will remain the operator of the pipeline and will retain a 15 per cent stake. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter and the sale will help the company’s efforts to fund its capital program, said TC Energy chief executive Russ Girling.

The 56 miles (90 km) pipeline transports bitumen and diluent between the Fort Hills mine site in northern Alberta and Suncor Energy’s terminal north of Fort McMurray, Alta.


Maryland Sued Over Blocked Pipeline

Columbia Gas filed a lawsuit on Thursday against the state of Maryland to seek access to the property through eminent domain proceedings after a board of high-ranking state officials voted unanimously to reject a proposed pipeline that would across 3 miles of western Maryland.

The pipeline, which would carry natural gas, would run under the Potomac River near Hancock, Maryland. It would then extend from Columbia Gas' network in Pennsylvania to Mountaineer Gas' distribution system in West Virginia.

Environmentalists, residents and more than 60 state lawmakers have been vocal about opposing the pipeline. Against an easement for TransCanada's pipeline, Maryland's Board of Public Works, which includes Gov. Larry Hogan, Treasurer Nancy Kopp and Comptroller Peter Franchot, voted 3-0 in January.


Binding Open Season for Marketlink Pipeline System launched by TransCanada

TransCanada Corporation has announced an open season to solicit binding commitments for incremental capacity on Marketlink pipeline system.

Interested parties for transportation services of crude oil from Cushing, Oklahoma to markets on the US Gulf Coast may submit binding bids that will close at 12 pm MT on 21 May 2019. Shipper information regarding the open season is available online.

Marketlink transports shipments of U.S. crude oil from Cushing, Okla., to refineries in the U.S. Gulf Coast via the Keystone Pipeline System’s Gulf Coast extension. Delivery points include Sour Lake, Houston, and Port Arthur, Texas.


Part of $3.2 Billion Mountaineer Xpress Natural Gas Pipeline in West Virginia Gets Approval to Be Put into Service

The FERC authorized TransCanada’s request on Monday to commence service on part of its 170 miles Mountaineer XPress natural gas pipeline in West Virginia. The approved portion of pipeline stretches about 21 miles in Marshall and Wetzel Counties.

The 2.6-billion cbfd Mountaineer pipeline project was about 45 percent complete and expected to be completely finished in February/March, the company said earlier this month.

The company also said that it plans to put its $600 million Gulf XPress gas pipeline into service along with Mountaineer. The 0.88-bcfd Gulf project includes seven new compressor stations in Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi.

The Mountaineer and Gulf projects are two of several pipes designed to connect growing output in the Marcellus and Utica shale basins in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio with customers elsewhere in the United States and Canada.


Portion of TransCanada’s Keystone Pipeline Remains Shut as Leak Investigations Continue

A portion of TransCanada Corp’s Keystone oil pipeline remained shut on Thursday for investigation.

TransCanada shut a portion of the TransCanada Corp’s Keystone oil pipeline as they investigate a possible leak on its right-of-way near St. Louis, Missouri, a company spokesman said.

The pipeline was shut down on Wednesday, and remains shut on Thursday as investigations go on.

Crews were dispatched to assess the situation which seems to have occurred between Steele City, Nebraska and Patoka, Illinois.

The Keystone pipeline has a 590,000 bpd output and is a critical part of Alberta to U.S. refinery crude.

The release of oil gas stopped on Wednesday and all that remains is finding the actual leak.


Keystone XL Will Undergo Another Environmental Review

The long-pending Keystone XL oil pipeline will undergo another environmental review by the U.S. State Department, officials said on Friday.

The news could lead to additional delays of the project.

On Nov. 8, Judge Brian Morris of the U.S District Court in Montana said that the previous environmental analysis of Keystone XL fell short of a “hard” look at the cumulative effects of greenhouse emissions and the impact of Native American land resources.

The $8 billion pipeline has been pending for a decade now. It is supported by Canadian oil interests and U.S. refiners.

Earlier this week, TransCanada asked the District Court judge to allow the company to resume some U.S. based pre-construction activities that were blocked in the initial ruling.

“It is too soon to say what the injunction will mean to the timeline of the Keystone XL pipeline but we remain confident the project will be built,” a TransCanada spokesman said.


Risk of Losing Nearly $1 Billion - Keystone XL Pipeline Fighting for Rights to Allow Pre-Construction

TransCanada is asking a judge to reverse his order blocking the project’s ability to begin pre-construction work. The company would like to proceed with purchasing materials and finalizing contracts.

Attorneys on behalf of TransCanada will argue in a Wednesday telephone conference that U.S. District Judge Brian Morris should clarify or amend his rulings to say the injunction does not include finalizing contracts, purchasing materials, and conducting land surveys and federal permit discussions.

TransCanada wants to keep preliminary work on track so they can be prepared to start pipeline construction as early as possible.

Delays as little as several weeks could delay the company’s 2021 target for oil to start flowing.

The company is at risk of losing nearly $1 Billion in earnings as well as missing out on the opportunity to employ 6,600 workers, Senior Vice President of the company said in a statement.

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$1 Billion Worth of Pipeline Projects Halted in Central Mexico Due to Alleged Extortion

TransCanada has halted their combined $1 billion pipeline projects in Central America. The company cited numerous delays, runaway costs and alleged acts of extortion for their two natural gas pipelines.

The construction was halted in the state of Hidalgo on the Tuxpan-Tula Pipeline and the Tula-Villa de Reyes Pipeline, an open letter published in several Mexican newspapers by the company’s Mexican subsidiary said.

"The social and legal uncertainty that prevails in this state makes the continuity of our investments impossible," the company wrote in the statement. "On multiple occasions, social groups have made irrational requests that border on extortion and have performed acts outside the law."

As a part of the two nation’s historic energy reforms, TransCanada won contracts with the Mexico state-owned power company to build two pipelines – both consisting of $500 million contracts each. The initial contract was for the 163-mile Tuxpan-Tula Pipeline that would move natural gas from the coastal state of Veracruz to power plants in Hidalgo. In the following months, the company received an April 2016 contract to build another pipeline to move natural gas from Tula to the State of San Luis Potosi.

TransCanada also reported that it is facing legal uncertainty and higher than expected costs to obtain permits from various municipalities.

A clause in the contract permits TransCanada to collect revenue on the pipeline as long as delays are not from TransCanada’s doing.

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North Dakota's TransCanada Keystone Pipeline Spill Likely From Crack Occurring During Install

The National Transportation Safety Board reported that the November 2017 TransCanada Keystone Pipeline spill that leaked in South Dakota was likely caused by an expanding crack that first happened during the installation phase.

The crack ended up leaking 407,000 gallons and probably occurred from a metal-tracked vehicle damaging the pipe, according to the report that was issued on Thursday, July 5th. The leaked oil was twice as much as the initially reported estimate, making it the 7th largest spill of onshore oil or petroleum product since 2010, as reported to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Keystone’s detection system detected the spill and shut down the pipeline, but crude oil still spilled.

No injuries were associated with the incident and TransCanada was able to resume the pipeline’s use 12 days after the leak.

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West Virginia Pipe Blast Restoration in Progress

TransCanada Corp’s Columbia Gas Transmission unit said it started working on a section of the Leach Xpress natural gas pipeline last week. The area affected is a section downstream of a pipe blast that occurred in West Virginia earlier this month.

Doing so will enable the Stecoach-Leach Xpress meter in southeast Ohio to resume service, which connects to EQT Midstream Partners’ Strike Force South gathering fields in other Ohio counties.

Strike Force can deliver to Energy Transfer Partner’s Rover and Enbridge Inc’s Texas Eastern Transmission (Tetco) pipelines.

Columbia Gas said all the other meters affected by the blast will stay at zero until the pipeline is back up and running.

Although a completion date was not provided, the restoration process has been noted and an update will be provided to customers on June 18.

Shutting down the Leach Xpress forced producers to find other pipes to ship gas out of Marcellus and Utica shale regions of Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio.

The blast damaged sections of the pipe that could affect 1.3 billion cubic feet per day which is enough energy to fuel more than 5 million U.S. homes a day. Energy analysts said that the blast hardly affected Appalachian region’s overall output because of other pipes being found by different producers.



Keystone XL Faces No More Significant Hurdles to U.S. Approval, Says Canada Ambassador

Map of current and proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline ( BBC )

Map of current and proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline (BBC)

TransCanada's Keystone XL faces no more significant hurdles to U.S. approval, according to Canada Ambassador David MacNaughton in an interview with Bloomberg.

MacNaughton told reporters Friday that he does not see any big hurdles in the way for Keystone XL from the U.S. administration, adding that discussions over the project with U.S. federal authorities are going well.

Although, while the pipeline's approval from the U.S. looks positive, receiving approval from the state of Nebraska will bring issues as many environmentalists and landowners in the state reject the route of the pipeline and have been developing plans to protest the project for reasons relating to eminent domain, protecting waterways, and regulating climate change.

President Donald Trump invited TransCanada to reapply for a permit for the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline which was rejected under the Obama administration in 2015. The company reapplied for a presidential permit to the State Department in January.

If approved, the pipeline would carry crude oil from Alberta, Canada to Nebraska and finally to an export terminal near the Gulf Coast.


TransCanada Closes on Columbia Pipeline Buyout

TransCanada announced Thursday that all closing requirements for the acquisition of Columbia Pipeline Group have been met, and the filings made for the transaction will take effect July 1.

TransCanada first announced its pursuit to purchase Columbia Pipeline back in March, an all-cash deal worth $10.2 billion. The deal totals at $13 billion including the assumption of debt. As the acquisition closes, Columbia Pipeline will be an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of TransCanada.

"This acquisition is a tremendous opportunity to obtain a competitively-positioned, growing network of regulated natural gas pipelines and storage assets in the heart of the Marcellus and Utica basins," said TransCanada's president and CEO Russ Girling, according to TransCanada’s statement on Thursday. "With this transaction, we have further diversified our suite of premium assets, added to our near-term growth portfolio and created one of North America's largest regulated natural gas transmission and storage businesses, linking the continent's most prolific natural gas supply basins to its most attractive markets.”

The acquisition names TransCanada as one of North America’s largest regulated natural gas transmission companies with about 56,100 miles (90,300 km) of natural gas pipeline. TransCanada will also be the largest North American natural gas storage business with 664 billion cubic feet of capacity.


Canada Energy Regulators Begin Review of Energy East Pipeline

Canada energy regulators have officially started the review of TransCanada’s proposed Energy East Pipeline. The review is set to last 21 months, ending in March 2018. Regulators have also invited the public to participate in the review process that “will be unlike any other in the NEB’s history,” according to federal regulator Denis Charlebois.

Several considerations will go into the review process, including greenhouse-gas emissions from oil production. The regulators are prepared for great opposition to the pipeline project as communities across Canada understand the risks of a colossal oil pipeline running through their environment and water supply.

The Energy East Pipeline project is a 4,600km pipeline that would carry 1.1 million barrels of crude oil per day from Alberta and Saskatchewan to refineries in Eastern Canada. The project has three components: converting a natural gas pipeline to a crude oil pipeline, constructing new pipelines to link with the converted pipe, and constructing the associated facilities for the line. If approved for construction, the project is estimated to cost TransCanada approximately $12.1 billion.

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TransCanada and Sempra Energy Joint Venture Awarded $2.1 Billion Natural Gas Pipeline Project in Mexico

TransCanada announced Monday that its joint venture with Sempra Energy’s subsidiary IEnova has been selected by Mexico’s state-owned power company Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) to build, own, and operate the $2.1 billion Sur de Texas-Tuxpan natural gas pipeline in Mexico.

The pipeline project will be supported by a 25-year natural gas transportation service contract for 2.6 billion cubic feet per day with CFE. TransCanada will develop, own, and operate 60 percent and IEnova will own 40 percent.

"We are extremely pleased to further our growth plans in Mexico with one of the most important natural gas infrastructure projects for that country's future," said TransCanada's president and chief executive officer Russ Girling. "This new project brings our footprint of existing assets and projects in development in Mexico to more than $5 billion, all underpinned by 25-year agreements with Mexico's state power company."

The pipeline will start in Brownsville, Texas and end in Tuxpan, Veracruz, Mexico. TransCanada will invest approximately $1.3 billion in the partnership to construct the 42-inch diameter, 497-mile pipeline. They estimate it will go into service late 2018.

Source: TransCanada

Spectra Energy Awarded $1.5 Billion Pipeline Project in Mexico to Meet Growing Natural Gas Needs

Houston-based Spectra Energy announced Monday that its subsidiary Valley Crossing has been awarded $1.5 billion for a pipeline project by Mexico’s state-owned power company Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) to provide natural gas transportation services from Texas that will meet Mexico’s growing electric generation needs.

The structure will provide clean-burning and reliable natural gas to support Mexico as it shifts from fuel oil to LNG. The pipeline project will add to Spectra’s strong asset portfolio, connect them to another key-demanding market, and add to their goal of securing $35 billion in capital expansion projects by 2020.

Spectra’s subsidiary will construct and operate a header system of more than 5 billion cubic feet per day near Nueces County, Texas and a 2.6/bcf/d pipeline starting at that same header and going into Brownsville, Texas. In Brownsville the pipeline will connect with the Sur de Texas-Tuxpan pipeline contracted by TransCanada that will extend to Mexico.

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Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project Gains 13 Project Agreements with First Nations

Aerial view of the city of Kitimat — in British Columbia, Canada. With the Kitimat Ranges of the Coast Mountains System rising behind. By Sam Beebe - Kitimat, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=9445334

TransCanada announced May 26 that it has received 13 signed project agreements with First Nations for its Coastal GasLink pipeline project and is in dialogue with another eight First Nations lining the proposed pipeline route. These agreements, most recently signed by Kitselas First Nation and McLeod Lake Indian Band, outline the benefits and commitments that will be provided to the First Nations communities during the construction of the pipeline as well as throughout the pipeline’s operation.

The relationship between TransCanada and the Aboriginal communities benefits both groups: The First Nations do not have to choose between economics, culture, environment, and their traditional use of the land. In addition, TransCanada has gained the First Nations’ support to move forward with the Coastal GasLink pipeline project, respecting the environment and traditions while also providing benefits to the community.

Coastal GasLink is planned to build and operate a 670km natural gas pipeline that will run from the Groundbirch area near Dawson Creek, B.C. to the LNG Canada liquefied natural gas export facility near Kitimat, B.C.

Learn more about the project from Coastal GasLink.
Source: TransCanada Media Advisory