3 TETCO Pipelines in KY Closed Indefinitely, Feds Order Repairs

TETCO explosion/fire in Kentucky

Last Friday the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued their preliminary findings (full copy below) on the explosion of the Texas Eastern Pipeline Company (TETCO) pipeline explosion in Lincoln County, Kentucky–an explosion that killed one and sent six to the hospital (see TETCO Pipe Explodes in Kentucky Killing 1; Southbound M-U Gas Stops). PHMSA also issued a “corrective action order” on Friday that requires TETCO to keep Line 15, where the explosion occurred, and Lines 10 and 25 (located next to Line 15), offline until further notice. Indefinitely.
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Cuomo DEC Once Again Denies Northern Access Pipe Permit

Once again the New York Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC), a corrupt political tool in the hands of an autocratic governor, Andrew Cuomo, has issued a denial of a federal Clean Water Act Section 401 water crossing permit for the National Fuel Gas Company’s Northern Access Pipeline project. Fortunately, DEC’s rejection doesn’t mean a hill of beans since the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) overruled the DEC last year.
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EPA Issues Proposed New Rule for Section 401 Water Permits

In April President Trump signed an Executive Order (EO) instructing the Environmental Protection Agency to review Section 401 of the Clean Water Act–the section that grants states (and tribes) the right to have a say in pipeline projects (see Trump Signs Executive Order Making it Harder to Block Pipes). In keeping with the EO, last Friday EPA issued a draft new rule (copy below) tightening up standards used in Section 401, creating new boundaries so states like New York and Washington can’t continue to “color outside the lines” by rejecting pipelines for political reasons, as they have both done.
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MPLX VP Says We Need NGL Storage, and We Need it NOW

Some interesting comments by Jim Crews, vice president of northeast business development for MPLX (formerly known as MarkWest Energy), during a presentation he gave at the Independent Oil and Gas Association of West Virginia’s (IOGAWV) Summer Meeting last week. Crews said lack of natural gas liquids storage is a crisis (our words, reflecting his sentiment). And we need storage not only here in the Marcellus/Utica region–but across the country. “We’re out of storage,” he said, and “Cargoes are just being given away.”
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PennEast Pipe – A Study in Rationality vs. Irrationality

Last Wednesday MDN told you that PennEast Pipeline, a $1+ billion new greenfield pipeline project from Luzerne County, PA to Mercer County, NJ, was close to resubmitting an application for the project with the New Jersey Dept. of Environmental Protection (see PennEast Pipe Readies Revised NJ Freshwater Wetlands Permit). The very next day, on Thursday, PennEast filed the reworked application. An article chronicling the new application is instructive in the pipeline debate–pointing out the positions of those in favor and those against.
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Cuomo Turns State DPS on National Grid for Gas Hookup Moratorium

Andrew Cuomo, governor of New York, is a vicious politician. He operates much like a mafia boss. Case in point: Cuomo refuses to allow a new pipeline to be built to the New York City (and Long Island) region, called the Northeast Supply Enhancement (NESE) project (see NY Gov. Cuomo Denies Permit for Williams NESE Pipeline to NYC). National Grid, which supplies natural gas to part of New York City and all of Long Island, needs new supplies of gas from that line.
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Shale Energy Stories of Interest: Mon, Aug 12, 2019

MARCELLUS/UTICA REGION: Lynbrook community receives some insights on New York’s gas crisis; New motion seeks details on Maryland AG’s use of Bloomberg funded attorneys; A giant factory rises to make a product filling up the world: Plastic; OTHER U.S. REGIONS: Duke Energy’s Asheville natural gas plant fired up for final tests; Colorado is quickly becoming a patchwork of oil and gas rules after a major law change; NATIONAL: U.S. natural gas demand is at a record – and prices keep dropping; INTERNATIONAL: Pieridae slashes Goldboro LNG terminal budget by 56%; Frustration grows among natural gas producers amid low prices, LNG uncertainty; China might not buy American oil. So what?
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