Binding Open Season Announced for Medallion Pipeline

A binding open season was launched by Medallion Pipeline Company, LLC to solicit binding, long-term commitments for firm transportation utilizing capacity that Medallion has leased on the crude oil pipeline owned by EPIC Crude Pipeline, LLC.

The currently constructing EPIC Pipeline will provide potential shippers with access to multiple destination points including refinery and crude oil export markets through the Port of Corpus Christi.

According to the company, prospective shippers will have the opportunity to participate in the open season to acquire firm transportation capacity by making a minimum volume commitment of 10,000 barrel per day to Medallion pursuant to a volume commitment transportation agreement.

The open season started on 19 July 2019 and will end on Friday 16 August 2019 at 4.00 pm Central Daylight Time.


Appeals Court Will Review Issued Halt to Bayou Bridge Pipeline through Atchafalaya Basin

A federal appeals court next week will review a Louisiana judge's order to halt construction of Energy Transfer Partners' Bayou Bridge crude oil pipeline through the Atchafalaya Basin.

Builder of the Bayou Bridge pipeline has asked the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for an "emergency stay" which would lift the temporary halt of construction on the line while the pipeline company appeals the Louisiana judge's ruling.

The court is scheduled to hear arguments next Tuesday.

In late February, U.S. District Judge Shelly Dick issued a preliminary injunction to stop construction on the 162-mile line that passes through the Atchafalaya Basin.

The decision was a response to a lawsuit filed against the Army Corps by environmentalists and local Louisiana fishermen who sought to challenge the permit approving construction through the basin, citing environmental, health, and economic risks.

The ruling by U.S. District Judge Shelly Dick in Baton Rouge requires the Army Corps of Engineers to revisit its approval of the pipeline's construction through the Atchafalaya Basin.

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Catalyst Midstream Partners Announces Open Season for New Crude Pipeline System in Delaware Basin

Catalyst Midstream Partners announced Friday it has launched a binding open season for shipper commitments to a new crude oil pipeline system that would serve the Delaware Basin.

The system would include 50 miles of crude oil gathering and transportation pipelines with a capacity of 125,000 barrels per day. The system would deliver to a terminal facility located in Loving County, Texas, which has a capacity of 50,000 barrels.

Construction has already begun on the pipeline and is expected to be fully operational by the fourth quarter of 2018.

Catalyst Midstream Partners is a joint venture between Howard Energy Partners and WPX Energy Inc.

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New Permian Oil Production to be Exported as Foreign Demand for U.S. Oil Rises

Most new crude oil produced in Texas' Permian Basin over the next several years will be exported from Gulf Coast ports to nations like Asia and other growing regions as foreign demand for U.S. oil continues to rise.

Domestic oil consumption may only be rising slightly, but foreign demand is booming ever since the 2015 end of a decades-old ban on crude exports.

Today, the U.S. ships almost 1 million barrels of oil each day, and that number is expected to triple by 2025, according to Kurt Barrow, a vice president of oil markets for IHS Markit.

The increase in exports will be fed mainly by Permian production and shipped from ports like Houston and Corpus Christi.

There are several pipelines proposed to carry crude oil from West Texas to Corpus. There are also new oil pipelines and pipeline expansion projects under construction from the Permian to Houston by companies like Enterprise Products Partners, Plains All American Pipeline, and Magellan Midstream Partners.

The amount of oil pipeline projects in the works could bring the Permian's crude pipeline capacity to nearly 5 million barrels by 2020.

Houston Chronicle

Repairs Made to Ruptured Longhorn Pipeline; Operations Resumed

A Magellan Midstream Partners crude oil pipeline that burst last week has been repaired and is operating normally again as of Sunday afternoon.

The 275,000-barrel-per-day Longhorn pipeline was shut down last Thursday when it spilled 1,200 barrels of crude near Bastrop, Texas, south of Austin.

The leak occurred when a contractor accidentally hit a fitting while doing maintenance, according to Magellan Midstream Partners.

No injuries were reported when the leak occurred, but it caused the temporary evacuation of 15 residential homes.

Cleanup operations are still underway. No spilled oil reached water, according to the company.


Company Says Electronic Monitoring Equipment Failed to Detect Crude Pipeline Leak in North Dakota

Electronic monitoring equipment did not detect the pipeline spill that resulted in over 176,000 gallons of crude oil into Ash Coulee Creek in Belfield, North Dakota, according to the pipeline owner’s operator.

According to a spokeswoman for Casper, which operates Bell Fourche Pipeline, the company is currently unsure why its electronic monitoring equipment did not detect the rupture that was discovered on December 5 by a landowner.

The spill traveled almost six miles from where it originated along the creek, and it contaminated private land and land belonging to the U.S. Forest Service, according to Bill Suess, an environmental scientist with the North Dakota Health Department.

Suess also reported that it appears the spilled oil did not get as far as the Little Missouri River and that no drinking water sources were threatened.

Cold weather is making clean-up procedures difficult for crews as the creek, which was free-flowing when the spill occurred, is now frozen over.

There are several working theories regarding the cause of the rupture, but no one is definite as an investigation is still ongoing.

According to Suess, about 37,000 gallons of oil have been recovered since Monday.

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Enbridge Line 3 Pipeline Replacement Project Moves Forward

Proposed route of Enbridge's Line 3 Pipeline Replacement Project ( Enbridge )

Proposed route of Enbridge's Line 3 Pipeline Replacement Project (Enbridge)

Approvals made by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission on Friday helped move Enbridge’s Line 3 crude oil pipeline one step forward in its process.

The commission approved plans for conducting an environmental review of the $2.6 billion pipeline project that would replace an older pipeline that no longer runs at its original capacity.

Enbridge wants to place part of the replacement pipeline along the same route for its proposed Sandpiper line that Enbridge scrapped after investing $1.5 billion in the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Environmental and aboriginal groups asked the commission to reopen the public comment period on Line 3, which would have further delayed the project, but their request was denied.

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Dakota Access Construction Boosting Business in Iowa

Dakota Access pipeline construction workers are boosting business in Cherokee, Iowa as they arrive in town to work on the pipeline.

Cherokee city manager Sam Kooiker told the Sioux City Journal that the impact has been significant.

“As a community, it’s been a net positive,” he told the journal.

Construction workers are filling up hotels in the city, drawing longer lines at local grocery stores, and increasing traffic at local restaurants and bars.

Due to the increase in traffic, the City Council said it will consider leaving the Spring Lake Park campground open during the winter. All of the campground spots have been filled most of the summer with workers paying $15 per night to the city for a place to park their campers.

In Iowa, the Dakota Access pipeline is 64 percent complete, and Energy Transfer estimates the entire four-state oil pipeline will be complete by end of 2016.

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Dakota Access Pipeline Protest Intensifies as Violence Erupts on Site

The ongoing protest of the Dakota Access pipeline intensified Saturday after protestors in southern North Dakota claimed they saw construction crews removing topsoil on sacred lands, destroying burial and cultural sites.

Hundreds of protestors confronted construction crews on private property and “attacked” the workers, according to a spokesperson for the pipeline developers Energy Transfer Partners.

Seeyouma Nashcid, a protestor from Arizona, told AFP that the workers tried to push the protestors back with their trucks and bulldozers.

A spokesperson for the Morton County Sheriff’s Office said four private security guards and two guard dogs were injured after being struck with fence posts and flag poles.

A tribe spokesperson said protestors reported six people who were bitten by the dogs and at least 30 people pepper-sprayed.

The violent protest came a day after the tribe filed court papers reporting findings of significant cultural and historic sites along the pipeline route.

A sheriff for Morton County Kyle Kirchmeier said officials were not on scene when the confrontation began but that the crowd dispersed after officers arrived.

A federal judge is expected to make a decision by September 9 about whether to grant a temporary injunction to stop pipeline construction under the Missouri River, a lawsuit tribal members filed as their pursuit to allegedly save their drinking water supply and sacred lands.

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Dakota Access Files Restraining Order Against Iowa Protestors

Iowa portion of Dakota Access pipeline ( DAPLPipelineFacts )

Iowa portion of Dakota Access pipeline (DAPLPipelineFacts)

Dakota Access has filed for more restraining orders against protestors, but this time the request is against landowner groups and their leaders in Iowa.

The developers of the Dakota Access oil pipeline filed the action in Des Moines, Iowa on Monday against two protestor groups: Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement and Bold Iowa. The groups have been allegedly planning acts of civil disobedience along the pipeline route.

Dakota Access is requesting that the groups stay at least 25 feet away from the construction site in order to allow “the meaningful opportunity to exercise protected First Amendment speech while ensuring the safety of all involved.”

Landowners in Iowa had filed a lawsuit earlier this month saying the Iowa Utilities Board did not have the authority to grant eminent domain for a privately owned pipeline project. Their suit was denied by a federal judge.


Protests Cause NEB to Cancel Hearing on Energy East Pipeline

The National Energy Board (NEB) on Monday cancelled their hearing in Montreal on the proposed Energy East pipeline after protestors stormed the room and caused disruption near its start.

Soon after the protestors interrupted the proceedings, the NEB commissioners left the room, and police entered to remove the protestors. At least two protestors were arrested, according to CBC News.

Outside the board meeting was a group of nearly 200 people, some there to support the pipeline and some there to protest. Supporters were heard chanting “we want to work,” while protestors were heard countering the shouts with the words “we want to drink water.”

The NEB has scheduled future hearings in other cities regarding TransCanada’s Energy East pipeline and plans to hear from speakers who are both for and against the project.

The board is expected to submit its report on the pipeline by March of 2018 after which the federal cabinet will formally decide the fate of the pipeline project.

TransCanada's Energy East pipeline is a proposed project that will carry crude oil 4,600km (2,858mi) from Alberta and Saskatchewan to refineries in Eastern Canada.

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Judge Pushes Back Pipeline Protest Court Date, Tells Sides to Meet

Dakota Access Pipeline proposed route from  Dakota Access Pipeline Facts

Dakota Access Pipeline proposed route from Dakota Access Pipeline Facts

A federal judge has moved the date of a pipeline hearing that would decide whether a preliminary injunction should be issued to keep protestors from interfering with the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota.

U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland scheduled the hearing that was to be this Thursday to September 8 and extended the temporary restraining order against the protestors that the developers requested in court earlier this month.

Hovland encouraged in his court order filed Monday that the two groups should meet and attempt to work out their differences outside of the courtroom first.

The controversial Dakota Access pipeline project has been under scrutiny for months by environmentalists, landowners, tribal groups, and other communities. Several protest groups have tried to halt construction, resulting in multiple protestors’ arrests for trespassing and other interference, including allegedly putting the developers’ safety at risk.

Developers of the line have agreed to stop construction until court matters are resolved.

The Dakota Access Pipeline is a $3.8 billion project that will move crude oil 1,172 miles from the Bakken and Three Forks production areas in North Dakota to Illinois. It will carry approximately 470,000 barrels per day with a capacity as high as 570,000 barrels per day.

Energy Transfer is over seeing construction, and Sunoco Logistics will operate the line once it is completed. Enbridge Energy Partners and Marathon Petroleum Corporation collectively purchased a $2 billion share of the project, and Phillips 66 owns 25 percent of the project.

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State Governor Declares Emergency Amid Pipeline Protest

Cannon Ball, North Dakota by Bryan Boyce (Bboyce17 at en.wikipedia) [CC BY-SA 2.5 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Cannon Ball, North Dakota by Bryan Boyce (Bboyce17 at en.wikipedia) [CC BY-SA 2.5 (], via Wikimedia Commons

A state governor has declared an emergency amid the pipeline protests near Cannon Ball, North Dakota in order to allow for more state resources to help manage public safety risks.

Governor Jack Dalrymple signed an emergency declaration that he said on Friday would allow the state to bring greater safety resources to the site if local officials need assistance in addressing safety concerns.

The developers of the Dakota Access pipeline sued protestors earlier this month alleging the protestors were putting the safety of its workers at risk. A judge granted the developers’ request for a temporary restraining order.

Several protestors have been arrested over the last week for interfering with construction of the crude oil pipeline that protestors believe will damage the Missouri River and other sources of water.

Dakota Access developers have agreed to stop construction on the line until after a federal court hearing next week.


Sioux Tribe Leader Asks White House to Help Stop Pipeline

Front Lawn of White House in Washington, D.C. by Daniel Schwen, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Front Lawn of White House in Washington, D.C. by Daniel Schwen, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman David Archambault II has advanced for help from the White House to stop the Dakota Access pipeline from being constructed on the Tribe’s sacred lands.

Continuing their effort to halt the $3.8 billion crude oil interstate pipeline, the Tribe has been working to ensure their protests remain peaceful.

“There is no place for threats, violence, or criminal activity,” Archambault said in a teleconference with reporters.

Even so, Archambault and other members of the Tribe were arrested this past week for interfering with the project. They were also sued by the developers of the pipeline for their interference as the developers alleged the protestors were risking the safety of workers and law enforcement.

Archambault told reporters that he has asked President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama to help with the initiative.

“If there’s any way [President Obama] can intervene and move this pipeline off our treaty lands, I’m asking him,” said Archambault.

The Dakota Access pipeline, headed by Energy Transfer Partners, is a 1,172-mile crude oil pipeline that will run through North and South Dakota, Iowa, and Illinois.

Houston Chronicle

North Dakota Regulators Approve Permits for Three Pipeline Projects

Two crude oil pipeline projects and a natural gas pipeline project gained permit approvals from North Dakota regulators, taking them one step closer to construction.

The natural gas pipeline is planned by ONEOK Bakken Pipeline LLC and would run 14.4 miles through McKenzie County. A crude oil pipeline that is planned by BOE Pipeline LLC would run 41.8 miles in Dunn and McKenzie counties, and a second crude oil pipeline that is planned by Plains Terminals North Dakota LLC would run 3.5 miles in McKenzie County.

According to Julie Fedorchak, Chairwoman of the North Dakota Public Service Commission, the three projects have been carefully examined by experts, discussed with the public, and meet the requirements for permits under the state law.

Houston Chronicle

Diamond Pipeline and Water Utility Reach $6.6 Million Agreement



Diamond Pipeline LLC and Clarksville Light and Water Company on Wednesday finalized a $6.6 million deal to take steps to protect drinking water from potential oil spills.

The $900-million Diamond Pipeline is a joint venture between Plains All American and Valero Energy and would transport oil from Cushing, Oklahoma to Valero’s refinery in Memphis, Tennessee. The 440-mile pipeline, in its route, will also run through north central Arkansas.

The proposed route of the line crosses several waterways, which raised concerns of some agencies, including the Arkansas Health Department, who expressed that the 20-inch oil pipeline would put Arkansas’ drinking-water sources at risk.

Diamond Pipeline agreed to provide $6.6 million to extend a pipe that feeds a water-intake facility that is north of the oil pipeline’s path.

Diamond Pipeline said they were pleased with the agreement made with Clarksville Light and Water and intend to responsibility operate and maintain the pipeline.

Construction of the pipeline is expected to be finished in 2017.

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Judge Grants Dakota Access Request for Temporary Restraining Order Against Protestors

After Dakota Access filed suit against protestors who were interrupting the project construction timeline and threatening workers, a federal judge ordered on Tuesday that protestors not interfere with the line.

U.S. District Court Judge Daniel Hovland granted Dakota Access’ request for a temporary retraining order. The company had filed a lawsuit against the protestors on Monday alleging that the protestors are putting the safety of workers and law enforcement at risk.

The order writes that lawful assembly and peaceful protest are “the hallmark of our democracy,” but that threats of violence are not acceptable.

Members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, who are protesting the pipeline for its potential to disturb sacred sites and affect drinking water supply, sued federal regulators last month for approving permits for the pipeline.

The $3.8-billion Dakota Access pipeline will run crude oil through North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, and Illinois.

Houston Chronicle

Dakota Access Pipeline Owners File Suit Against Protestors

dakota access pipeline owners file suit against protestors

Dakota Access pipeline developers filed suit against protestors in order to stop them from interfering with the pipeline project, claiming the safety of the construction workers and the guarding law enforcement are at risk.

The developers of the oil pipeline filed a lawsuit against members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and other protestors. They are seeking restraining orders and monetary damages.

Among the protestors that developers filed suit against are those who were charged last week with disorderly conduct or criminal trespass at the pipeline construction site located at the North Dakota and South Dakota border.

According to the company’s court papers, the protestors “have created and will continue to create a risk of bodily injury and harm to Dakota Access employees and contractors, as well as to law enforcement personnel and other individuals at the construction site.”

The tribe, who filed suit against federal regulators last month for approving permits for the line, believe the project will disturb sacred sites and affect drinking water supply.

According to Dakota Access’ court papers, company workers have received threats and have had rocks and bottles thrown at them while on site.

Dakota Access says the protestors are causing delay of construction which could in turn cause their water permits to expire before they can complete construction.

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