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.


Energy Transfer Plans 600,000-bpd Crude Pipeline from Permian Basin to Texas Coast

Energy Transfer Partners said Thursday it is building a crude pipeline from the Permian basin to the Houston Ship Channel and Nederland, Texas to serve growing export markets at coast ports.

The pipeline will have an initial capacity of 600,000 barrels per day and will be expandable to 1 million barrels per day, according to the company. The pipeline is planned to come online by 2020.

Energy Transfer Partners is also asking federal regulators for permission to put the full Rover natural gas pipeline in service by June 1. The Rover pipeline is designed to carry 3.25 billion cubic feet per day of gas from the Marcellus and Utica shale fields to the U.S. Midwest and Ontario, Canada.

Energy Transfer Partner's Mariner East 2 natural gas liquids pipeline in Pennsylvania has been delayed to come online in the third quarter of this year. Mariner East 2 is designed to expand capacity of the existing Mariner East from 70,000 to 345,000 barrels per day.

Energy Transfer is also planning an expansion called Mariner East 2X that will add another 250,000 barrels per day to the Mariner East project. The expansion is expected in 2019.

The company also said its 1.4 billion cubic-feet-per-day Red Bluff gas pipeline in the Permian will enter service later this month.


Mariner East 2 NatGas Liquids Pipeline Spills More Drilling Fluids in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania regulators issued another notice of violation to Energy Transfer Partners on Monday after its Sunoco Mariner East 2 natural gas liquids pipeline spilled drilling fluids into a wetland.

Energy Transfer said it spilled less than one gallon of drilling fluids into a wetland in Shirley Township and that the incident was associated with horizontal drilling.

Drilling has temporarily stopped at the site until the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection gives the company permission to resume.

Since May 2017, the Pennsylvania DEP has issued 46 notices of violation to Energy Transfer for various releases during construction.

The company's last spill into this wetland happened in October when it released between 5,000-10,000 gallons of drilling fluid, which is usually a mixture of clay and water.

Several work stoppages by Pennsylvania regulators have delayed the original expected completion date for Mariner East 2. Energy Transfer hopes to complete Mariner East 2 by the end of the second quarter.


FERC Orders Energy Transfer Partners to Halt Rover Pipeline Drilling in Ohio

FERC on Wednesday ordered Energy Transfer Partners to stop drilling under the Tuscarawas River in Ohio and suggested that the pipeline company find alternative ways to get its Rover natural gas pipeline to cross the river.

Energy Transfer Partners is working to run two pipes under the Tuscarawas. One is already in service, but difficulty on the second pipe has caused Energy Transfer to lose about 200,000 gallons of drilling fluid down the hole, according to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

The Ohio EPA has been asking FERC to halt drilling under the river since late last year.

FERC is requiring that Energy Transfer provide a feasibility report on completing the current drilling--finding another location to cross the river or stop at just one pipe under the river.

Despite drilling delays, Energy Transfer says it believes there will be no change to its in-service date, which is the end of the current quarter.

The $4.2 billion Rover natural gas pipeline is designed to move 3.25 billion cubic feet per day from the Marcellus and Utica shale fields to the U.S. Midwest and Ontario, Canada.