ONEOK Bakken NGL Pipeline Permit Approved by North Dakota

ONEOK Bakken Pipeline, LLC, got approval from North Dakota’s Public Service Commission to build 77-mile long natural gas liquids pipeline, in a statement released by PUC.

The pipeline will start at the company's natural gas processing plant in McKenzie County and connect with another pipeline in Richland County, Montana.

The project is estimated to cost $125 million and 20-inch steel pipeline is designed to carry a maximum of 1,680,000 gallons per day.


Trump Signs Permit to Jump-Start Delayed Construction of Keystone XL

President Donald Trump signed a new presidential permit on March 29 to approve the Keystone XL pipeline project. The new permit supersedes the permit the president signed in 2017. The presidential permit allows TransCanada to “construct, connect, operate and maintain pipeline facilities at the international border of the United States and Canada at Phillips County, Montana, for the import of oil from Canada to the United States.”

“President Trump has been clear that he wants to create jobs and advance U.S. energy security and the Keystone XL pipeline does both of those things,” said Russ Girling, TransCanada’s president and CEO. He added “The magnitude of the work on this project has been extensive. The Keystone XL pipeline has been studied more than any other pipeline in history and the environmental reviews are clear - the project can be built and operated in an environmentally sustainable and responsible way.”

The American Petroleum Institute also applauded the president’s actions. “We applaud the Administration for taking a no-nonsense approach to permitting this essential critical infrastructure project,” said API’s President and CEO, Mike Sommers. “The Keystone XL Pipeline has passed every environmental review conducted over the last decade under both the Obama and Trump administrations. Every study has concluded it can be built safely, with no significant impact to the environment.”

Multiple federal and state agencies have conducted numerous environmental reviews of the project since 2008, all of which have concluded that constructing Keystone XL is in the national interest and does not pose significant environmental impacts, the API statement added. In addition, the project was approved by Congress in 2015 and the Nebraska Public Service Commission in 2017.


Montana Federal Judge Blocks U.S. and TransCanada from Proceeding with Keystone XL

TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone XL pipeline project was blocked by a Montana federal judge as further environmental reviews pend.

The set-back occurred Thursday night as it became just the recent issue in the decade-long push to build the 1,179-mile long project designed to deliver crude from Alberta’s oil sands to a Nebraska junction and ultimately to refineries near the Gulf of Mexico.

The Indigenous Environmental Network, River Alliance and Northern Plains Resource Council filed two lawsuits against the U.S. in 2017 after President Trump approved the project to cross the U.S.- Canada border. TransCanada joined the litigation to make sure the permit gets approved.

The U.S. District Judge barred both TransCanada and the U.S. “from engaging in any activity in furtherance of the construction or operation of Keystone and associated facilities” until the U.S. State Department completes a supplemental review.

The judge agrees with a 2014 environmental impact assessment that failed to meet regulatory standards.

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TransCanada's Keystone Pipeline Faces Setback as Federal Judge Orders Environmental Review

A Montana federal judge has ordered the U.S. State Department to conduct a full environmental review of TransCanada Corp’s revised route for the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

The review could possibly deal another setback in delaying construction for TransCanada.

The 1,180-mile pipeline will carry heavy crude to Steele City, Nebraska from Canada’s oilsands in Alberta and has had opponents challenging it for over a decade.

U.S. District Court Judge Brian Morris ruled late on Wednesday that a review of the revised pipeline route will supplement one the State Department did on the original path in 2014.

Last year’s permit was issued after the State Department had to “analyze new information relevant to the environmental impacts of its decision”, Morris said in his ruling.

Canadian oil producers, U.S. refineries, and pipeline builders are all supporting the project.

TransCanada is reviewing the decision, according to a company spokesman. It hopes to start preliminary work in Montana in the coming months and to begin construction in the second quarter despite the ruling adding uncertainty to the timing of the project.

The White House did not respond to a request for comment as the State Department reviews the court’s order, a spokesman said. President Trump was keen on the building of the pipeline.

The ruling was “a rejection of the Trump administration’s attempt to ... force Keystone XL on the American people,” said Jackie Prange, a lawyer for the Natural Resources Defense Council, an environmental group.


Tallgrass Energy Partners, Silver Creek Midstream Announce Iron Horse Pipeline Joint Venture

The above map depicts the planned Iron Horse Pipeline and associated Silver Creek and Tallgrass infrastructure. Note: The Silver Creek Midway Terminal, Iron Horse Pipeline, and Tallgrass Guernsey Terminal are under construction. (Graphic: Business Wire)

The above map depicts the planned Iron Horse Pipeline and associated Silver Creek and Tallgrass infrastructure. Note: The Silver Creek Midway Terminal, Iron Horse Pipeline, and Tallgrass Guernsey Terminal are under construction. (Graphic: Business Wire)

Tallgrass Energy Partners and Silver Creek Midstream announced plans to develop the Iron Horse Pipeline, a joint venture to move crude oil from the Powder River Basin to Guernsey, Wyoming.

Iron Horse will connect Silver Creek's developing gathering system to Tallgrass' Guernsey Terminal, which is currently being built, and then to Tallgrass' Pony Express crude pipeline system as well as other pipelines at Guernsey.

Tallgrass has also signed documents to sell its 50-mile Powder River Basin crude oil gathering system to Silver Creek, helping to position Silver Creek as the preeminent crude oil gathering company in that basin.

Tallgrass will own 75 percent of the joint venture and operate the 80-mile, 16" pipeline. Silver Creek will own the remaining 25 percent.

Iron Horse is expected to be in service in the first quarter of 2019 and to have an initial capacity of 100,000 barrels per day with the potential for significant expansion.


ONEOK to Build 900-Mile NGL Pipeline from Rocky Mountain Region

ONEOK announced Thursday that it plans to build a 900-mile natural gas liquids pipeline from eastern Montana to its NGL facilities in Kansas to increase takeaway capacity out of the Rocky Moutain region and meet producer needs.

The $1.4 billion Elk Creek Pipeline system is expected to be in service by the end of 2019 and is designed to transport up to 240,000 barrels per day of unfractionated natural gas liquids. With additional pump facilities, the pipeline will then be designed to transport up to 400,000 barrels per day.

The Elk Creek Pipeline is part of ONEOK's previously announced goal to invest $3 billion to $3.5 billion in capital-growth projects.

ONEOK CEO Terry Spencer said the project will strengthen the company's position in the Bakken, Powder River, and Denver-Julesburg regions.


Denbury Seeks Approval for 110-Mile CO2 Pipeline for Oil Recovery

Denbury Resources is seeking federal approval to build a 110-mile pipeline in Montana that would transport CO2 for use in oil production along the North Dakota border.

The $150 million pipeline would start near the Wyoming border and end at the Cedar Creek Anticline, an oil field near Baker, Montana.

The CO2 would be used for oil recovery by being pumped deep underground to push out more oil from reserves.

Denbury obtains CO2 as a byproduct from a pair of natural gas processing plants in Wyoming.

A second company pipeline proposal would link one of the natural gas plants to an existing pipeline network that extends into Montana. This 250-mile proposed pipeline would cost an estimated $400 million.

Denbury has not yet released any construction timelines. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comment on the Montana proposal through November 3.

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TransCanada Reconsidering U.S. Shipper Commitments on Keystone XL

TransCanada is reconsidering the interests of producers in North Dakota and Montana to ship oil on its delayed Keystone XL now that U.S. producers have other shipping options, such as the Dakota Access Pipeline.

In 2011 TransCanada had approved five-year contracts to transport crude from North Dakota and Montana by way of a proposed five-mile access pipeline that would connect to Keystone XL. The access pipeline has yet to be constructed due to several changes in the market.

In 2010, two years after Keystone XL had first been proposed, TransCanada was pressured by officials from North Dakota and Montana to allow U.S. crude on the pipeline that TransCanada originally intended to only move Canadian oil through the states. Not allowing U.S. access to the line could have meant pipeline route rejection from the states.

The North Dakota Petroleum Council said that although it may still want the option to use Keystone XL, it may not be as critical anymore.

The North Dakota Pipeline Authority said that re-submitting to Keystone XL will depend on the timing of the project and where the market is at that point.

Keystone XL is still awaiting approval for its route through Nebraska. State regulators are to hold public hearings in August and should make a decision in the fall.

TransCanada says it hopes to begin its two-year construction phase on Keystone XL in 2018.

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