Texas Eastern Pipeline Remains Shut after Kentucky Blast

The section of Texas Eastern pipeline that got damaged in a fatal explosion near Danville, Kentucky on last Thursday remains shut. The company is working with federal and state officials to investigate the incident. 

U.S. National Transportation Safety Board assumed control of the incident site and the company is supporting the investigation, Enbridge said. According to the Refinitiv data, about 1.7 billion cubic feet of gas was flowing through the damaged section of pipe toward the Gulf Coast at the time of the blast, from the Marcellus and Utica shale in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.

The company said that Texas Eastern has three lines, Line 10, 15 and 25, between its Danville and Tompkinsville compressors in Kentucky and the blast occurred on Line 15. The three lines make up its 30-inch pipeline system.

Enbridge has not estimated when the damaged section of pipe will return to service at this time and has restricted north-to-south gas flows through the Danville compressor to zero.


FERC Orders Complete Halt of Mountain Valley Pipeline Construction

U.S. energy regulators have halted all construction of the Mountain Valley pipeline (MVP) in a filing on Friday.

MVP is one of several pipelines currently being constructed to connect growing output in Marcellus and Utica shale basins in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio with customers in other parts of the U.S. and Canada.

FERC said in its decision on Friday that is not certain whether or not BLM or Forest Service will ultimately approve the same route for the MVP.

“Should the agencies authorize alternative routes, (Mountain Valley) may need to revise substantial portions of the project route across non-federal lands, possibly requiring further authorizations and environmental review,” FERC said in its filing.

An EQT spokeswoman responded on Saturday to the FERC order saying that the company “respectfully disagrees with the breadth of the August 3 stop work order.”

“We will continue to work closely with all agencies to resolve these issues and look forward to continuing the safe construction of this important infrastructure project,” the spokeswoman added.


ETP's Rover NatGas Pipeline Construction Delayed by Ohio's EPA

Energy Transfer Partners LP said on Monday that the completion of their Rover natural gas pipeline was being delayed due to state environmental regulators in Ohio using a notice of violation related to the unapproved disposal of industrial waste.

According to the EPA’s July 11 filing with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency issued the violation after the ETP deposited “spent drilling mud” containing low levels of a chemical solvent called tetrachlorethene, or PCE, without approval.

PCE is used in dry cleaning of fabrics and is used in the manufacture of other chemicals.

“Ohio EPA’s filing of the (notice of violations) with FERC was not for any legitimate purpose, but rather was an attempt to cynically use the commission to once again delay the completion of this necessary project,” ETP said in its filing with the federal regulator on Monday.

The $4.2 billion Rover project was planned to be completed in November 2017, but numerous notices of violations led to delays and temporary stop-work orders. The project would carry up to 3.25 billion cubic feet per day of gas from the Marcellus and Utica shale region fields in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia to U.S. Midwest and Gulf Coast as well as Ontario, Canada.


Ohio EPA Concerned About Potential New Spills from Energy Transfer Partner's Rover Pipeline

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency told FERC last week that it is concerned about the possibility of another spill from Energy Transfer Partner's drilling for the Rover Pipeline.

The concern came after the Ohio EPA learned that 148,000 gallons of drilling fluid were "lost down the hole" that the pipeline company is drilling under the Tuscarawas River in Ohio.

A significant spill of 2 million gallons of clay and water occurred in the same area last April, which caused FERC to temporarily ban Energy Transfer Partners from new horizontal drilling for the project. The Ohio EPA is worried the second drilling under the river may be headed toward a similar outcome.

Energy Transfer says it is working in coordination with FERC and the new horizontal drilling plan that as approved by both FERC and the Ohio EPA.

The $4.2 billion Rover natural gas pipeline is designed to carry 3.25 billion cubic feet of gas per day from the Marcellus and Utica shale fields in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia to the U.S. Midwest and Ontario, Canada.

Energy Transfer says it expects to complete the project by the end of the first quarter.


Marathon Completes Harpster-Lima Pipeline in Ohio

Marathon Petroleum Corporation completed construction of its 50-mile Harpster-Lima pipeline in Allen County, Ohio that will supply fuel to 10 Midwestern refineries.

The line, constructed by subsidiary Marathon Pipe Line, was constructed on time and under budget, according to company officials.

Harpster-Lima is one of the many pipelines that the company plans to construct as part of its $500 million investment plan to move oil and gas products in the Utica shale to refineries in the Midwest and Canada.

The pipeline will have the capacity of 50,000 barrels per day of either condensate or natural gas from the Utica shale.

Now that Harpster-Lima is complete, Marathon Pipe Line will focus on extending its network to the Canadian market.

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