Plans for Building Five 100,000-Gallon LNG Storage Facility by Delmarva Power

Delmarva Power submitted a request to the state utility for permission to build a liquefied natural gas storage facility in northern Delaware.

 The company is proposing to build five 100,000 gallon gas storage tanks, which would improve the reliability of its natural gas supply and distribution operations.

The company said this will eliminate the need to renew several expiring interstate pipeline contracts. Also there is a possibility of adding five more to meet future customer demands.

The facility would be built on property near Red Lion that is already home to a Delmarva Power substation and a Bloom Energy fuel cell generation facility, according to a docket filing last week.

Delmarva customers would save an estimated $124 million over 30 years after the construction and operation of the storage facility, company said.


Sunoco Pipeline to Pay Over $5 Million After Three Oil Spills

Sunoco Pipeline will pay more than $5.4 million to settle with the state of Louisiana and the federal government after three oil spills occurred in Texas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma.

In a Thursday agreement to pay civil penalties and state enforcement costs, the company hopes to resolve the alleged violations of the Clean Water Act from the three oil spills that occurred between 2012 and 2015. Pipeline corrosion was the cause of the spills.

550 barrels of oil in Tyler County, Texas spilled in 2013. 4,500 barrels in Caddo Parish, La. In 2015, and then 40 barrels in Grant County, Okla in 2015.

The settlement includes agreements for Sunoco to perform inspections related to corrosion.


Alaska Few Months From Providing Permits for In-State NatGas Pipeline Construction

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Friday that the final supplements for the Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline project’s environmental review was released, with the final permit expected to be released sometime in the next three months.

Although the in-state natural gas pipeline project has been put aside while Alaska focuses on the massive Alaska LNG export project, senior vice president for both projects at the state’s gas line corporation, Frank Richards, has said that the Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline Project will have all the permits it needs in case construction is needed.

“It’s truly the backup plan,” Richards explained. “It means we will have the permits and authorization to construct should the need arise.”

The Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline project would be used specifically for in-state oil use while the Alaska LNG export project will export oil to Asian markets.

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Congress Hears Arguments on Expediting FERC Pipeline Review Process

As the regulatory process led by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to approve pipeline projects continues to face longer delays, Congress is considering a proposal to help speed up the process.

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce on Wednesday heard testimonies about its consideration to amend the Natural Gas Act, which would grant FERC greater authority in coordinating the extensive and complex pipeline review process.

In his testimony, executive director of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America Don Santa told the committee on Wednesday that "federal permitting agencies are taking longer, and in some cases, are electing not to initiate reviews until FERC has completed its review of a proposed pipeline project. These disjointed, sequential reviews cause delay, and in some cases, create the need for supplemental environment analysis."

Santa also suggested to the committee that the Clean Water Act be amended to help ease the process of constructing major interstate infrastructure projects.

On the other side of the argument, Jennifer Danis, a staff attorney for the Eastern Environmental Law Center, said that any changes would "inappropriately expand FERC's Natural Gas Act authority and undermine states' rights, and undermine the important role that other federal and state agencies play in protecting natural resources for the public."

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