DC Fed Court Hears Anti Lawsuit to Block 2.1 Miles Gas Pipe in MA

Food & Water Watch, the virulent, leftist anti-fossil fuel group, will get its day in court today in the organization’s bid to block a tiny 2.1-mile pipeline looping project in western Massachusetts. But lest you think the lawsuit being argued today before the liberal D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals is just about a small pipe project in liberal Massachusetts, think again. FWW is attempting to use this case to shut down all future pipeline projects too. Is the fix in with this case?
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New Strategy for Pipe Cos. – Buy Existing Pipes Rather than Build

U.S. pipeline companies are under no illusion of just how bad the next four years will be for their business, at least for building new pipelines. We told you last week that Williams CEO Alan Armstrong predicted there will be no new greenfield pipelines built during the Biden administration (see Williams CEO Alan Armstrong Says Biden Era Means No New Pipelines). Kinder Morgan (KM) is now chiming in with the same sentiment. So what IS the way forward for these big companies, if they want to continue growing? Answer…
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Biggest M-U Pipeline Companies Pledge Net-Zero Emissions by 2050

Members of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA) announced yesterday a set of climate change commitments that outline in detail its mission to help address climate change, including working together as an industry towards reaching net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from natural gas transmission and storage by 2050. INGAA members pledging to hit that target include the biggest pipeline companies in the M-U, including Williams, Kinder Morgan, and Enbridge.
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NJ DEP Approves TGP NatGas Compressor Station to Help NYC

In an effort to flow more natural gas to a starving New York City, Kinder Morgan cut a deal with utility company Consolidated Edison in 2019 to provide more gas by beefing up capacity along its Tennessee Gas Pipeline (TGP) that feeds NYC, allowing Con Ed to avoid cutting customers off from natgas hookups (see Con Ed Deal May End Westchester, NY Gas Moratorium…in 2023). Part of KM’s plan to beef up TGP includes building a super-quiet, zero-emissions electric compressor station in West Milford Township in Passaic County. The West Milford compressor is one big step closer to reality following approval by the state Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP).
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FERC OKs NGPL Pipe Phase 2 Partial Startup – M-U Gas to Gulf Coast

In March 2019 MDN told you about Kinder Morgan’s Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America LLC (NGPL) project that carries Marcellus/Utica gas from the Midwest all the way to the Gulf Coast to feed just about any of the existing or under construction LNG export plants in the region (see NGPL Pipe Will Flow M-U Gas to Gulf Coast for LNG Export). Phase 1 of NGPL’s Southbound Expansion project was placed in service in October 2018, providing an extra 460,000 Dth/d (460 MMcf/d) of gas from NGPL’s interstate pipeline interconnects in Illinois, Arkansas, and Texas to markets in NGPL’s South Texas zone. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has just given Phase 2 of the project permission for a partial startup.
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Kinder Morgan’s Elba Island LNG Partially Down for Maintenance

The first of 10 LNG (liquefied natural gas) mini-trains at Kinder Morgan’s Elba Island, Georgia export facility went online in December of last year (see Elba Island Finally Exported First Marcellus LNG Cargo on Friday). Since that time, the other nine trains have come online one at a time, with the last unit going into service in August (see Final Elba Island LNG Train Goes into Service – All 10 Now Online). As happens with these facilities, each year the owner/operator will take units offline for maintenance. Some of Elba’s 10 trains are offline for maintenance right now, but not all of them.
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One of Elba Island’s 10 LNG Trains Remains Offline 6 Mos Later

We were wrong. In August MDN told you that the tenth and final mini-train had gone online at Kinder Morgan’s Elba Island, Georgia LNG export facility (see Final Elba Island LNG Train Goes into Service – All 10 Now Online). That the tenth mini-train had gone online was correct, no issue there. What was incorrect was that all ten mini-trains are now online and working. Such is not the case.
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TGP Fined $800K in Massachusetts for Pipe Project Done Years Ago

Mass. AG Maura Healey

Corrupt Massachusetts Attorney General, Maura Healey, is forcing Tennessee Gas Pipeline (TGP) to pay the state $800,000 for alleged violations of environmental laws that happened three years ago while building a couple of miles of pipeline through a state forest. The “damage” was done in 2017. Does Healey have nothing better to do than review long-completed projects and gin up faux violations to shake down companies for big money? Does anyone else think that’s grossly corrupt? And, are there any companies left operating in Massachusetts with this kind of hostility toward business?
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NJ Water Agency Approves TGP NatGas Compressor Stn to Help NYC

The New Jersey Highlands Water Protection and Planning Council (“Highlands Council”) is a regional planning agency that works in partnership with municipalities and counties in the Highlands Region to help them implement the state’s 2004 Highlands Water Protection and Planning Act (the Highlands Act). The Highlands Council has just given its blessing for a Tennesee Gas Pipeline (TGP) compressor station in Passaic County, NJ, near the border with Westchester, NY.
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FERC Finally Approves Louisiana XPress Compressor Construction

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) finally, after months of dithering, granted approval to TC Energy to begin construction of its Louisiana XPress project to beef up flows along the existing Columbia pipeline system by an additional 850 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d) by adding three new compressor stations and expanding a fourth compressor in Louisiana.
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Glenfarne Asks FERC for Extra 5 Years to Build Magnolia LNG

In May, Australian company LNG Limited (LNGL) found a buyer for its Magnolia LNG export project, located in Louisiana, for $2 million (see PWC Sells U.S. Magnolia LNG to Different Company for $2M). The buyer turned out to be investment firm Glenfarne Group (see Mystery Solved of Who Bought Magnolia LNG Export Project). Glenfarne, along with Kinder Morgan (which plans to build a pipeline to the Magnolia facility), has asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to extend the time to build the project.
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Final Elba Island LNG Train Goes into Service – All 10 Now Online

And that’s that! The first of 10 LNG (liquefied natural gas) mini-trains at Kinder Morgan’s Elba Island, Georgia export facility went online in December of last year (see Elba Island Finally Exported First Marcellus LNG Cargo on Friday). Yesterday the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) gave KM permission to fire up the last remaining unit to go online, and it went online the same day.
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KM Puts Elba Island Train #10 into Service – One Train Remains

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) granted permission to Kinder Morgan to begin service on train #10 at KM’s Elba Island LNG export facility, located near Savannah, Georgia. KM’s Elba project consists of 10 mini-trains, each capable of liquefying 0.3 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) of LNG–or roughly 40 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d) of natural gas. There’s just one train left to bring online…
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NJ Town Wants Say in TGP NatGas Compressor Station Project

Last year, in an effort to flow more natural gas to a starving New York City, Kinder Morgan cut a deal with utility company Consolidated Edison to provide more gas by beefing up capacity along its Tennessee Gas Pipeline (TGP) that feeds NYC, allowing Con Ed to avoid cutting customers off from natgas hookups (see Con Ed Deal May End Westchester, NY Gas Moratorium…in 2023). Part of KM’s plan to beef up TGP includes building a super-quiet, totally electric compressor station in West Milford Township (Passaic County), NJ.
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KM’s LNG Train #9 (out of 10) at Elba Island Ready to Come Online

Wow, that was fast! Yesterday Kinder Morgan filed a request with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) asking for permission to start up train #9 at the Elba Island, George LNG export facility. And yesterday FERC turned around and issued that permission. Same day! How many trains (of the 10 total) are left to go online?
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