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  1. Duke Energy Ohio modifies design and identifies preferred route for natural gas pipeline

    In response to community feedback, Duke Energy has modified its plan for the Central Corridor Pipeline Extension Project. The company is now proposing to the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) to construct a smaller natural gas pipeline that operates with less pressure. The proposed pipeline would have a 20-inch diameter and operate at approximately 400 pounds per square inch (psi), compared with the original design, which called for a 30-inch pipe with an operating pressure of approximately 600 psi. This newly proposed pipeline will still enable Duke Energy to retire aging propane peaking plants. It will also moderately decrease reliance on natural gas from a single source in the southern part of the company's system that has reached its maximum capacity. Longer-term system needs will be addressed through other modernization programs to be implemented over the next decade. "We have been listening to feedback from our customers, neighbors and community leaders," said Jim Henning, president of Duke Energy Ohio and Kentucky. "The reduction in size and pressure of the proposed natural gas pipeline is a direct result of this feedback." "This new pipeline is critical for us to continue safely meeting the natural gas needs of nearly two million people in this region, both today and for generations to come," he added. As part of today's filing with the OPSB, the company submitted two proposed pipeline routes for consideration. The preferred route identified in the application will be the eastern route and would terminate in Fairfax. The company was also required to submit an alternate route. Both routes are shown at this link . The OPSB will decide the final route and may also suggest modifications as well. The proposed natural gas pipeline will be of similar size and pressure as other pipelines that Duke Energy operates every day to deliver natural gas to its customers. The natural gas that travels through these pipelines, including the proposed one, will only be used locally to benefit the company's 525,000 residential and business customers in the region. "Duke Energy has a long history of providing safe and reliable natural gas to homes and businesses," said Henning. "Retiring aging infrastructure and replacing older pipelines with new materials engineered with state-of-the-art safety features and monitoring abilities is the right thing to do for our communities." Duke Energy will construct and operate this 12- to 14-mile natural gas pipeline following industry-best engineering and safety practices and in full compliance with state and federal regulations. Currently, Duke Energy safely operates more than 14,000 miles of natural gas pipelines and service lines in its Ohio and Kentucky service territory.

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    Wed, 14 Sep 2016

  2. PHMSA orders Colonial to shut Line No. 1 down, prepare restart plan

    The US Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration ordered Colonial Pipeline Co., Alpharetta, Ga., to shut down a segment of its Line No. 1 near Helena, Ala., a week after a gasoline leak was detected there. The US Department of Transportation agency’s Sept. 16 corrective action order ...

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    Mon, 19 Sep 2016

  3. Oil & Gas News: Feds, law professors say judge wrong to block fracking rules

    A federal judge in Wyoming was wrong to block rules for hydraulic fracturing on federal land, a group of law professors and lawyers for the federal government said in new court documents.

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    Fri, 19 Aug 2016

  4. Oil & Gas News: Tulsa-based D&L Oil Tools granted API Q1 Quality Management certification and API 11D1 Monogram License

    D&L Oil Tools, a company that provides downhole tools to domestic and international oil & gas exploration markets, is proud to announce its Quality Management System has been granted API Q1 certification from the American Petroleum Institute.

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    Wed, 31 Aug 2016

  1. PHMSA issues pipeline status advisory bulletin

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    Thu, 18 Aug 2016

  2. Coal News: Environmentalists, utilities eye Richmond coal ash trial

    An upcoming federal court ruling in Virginia could have far-reaching effects on how energy companies dispose of coal ash waste left over from decades of burning coal. Spurred by high-profile coal ash spills and new federal regulations , utilities are grappling with the disposal of vast amounts of ...

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    Tue, 12 Jul 2016

  3. Wyoming Federal Judge Sides with States Industry, Strikes Down BLM Hydraulic Fracturing Rule

    On June 21, 2016, the US District Court for the District of Wyoming struck down the US Bureau of Land Management’s hydraulic fracturing regulations, finding that BLM “lacked Congressional authority to promulgate the regulations.” This decision is a win for industry and states’ rights, setting aside ...

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    Fri, 15 Jul 2016

  4. Oil and Gas News: Cities turn to local action to block oil trains

    As crude oil trains began rolling through its downtown a few years ago, Spokane was among the first cities to pass a resolution calling for stronger federal safety regulations.

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    Thu, 28 Jul 2016

  5. Environmentalists, electric utilities eye Richmond coal ash trial

    Central to the case are questions about the scope of the Clean Water Act and whether it applies to tainted groundwater connected to rivers and other surface waters

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    Tue, 12 Jul 2016

  6. NOAA issues final guidance for ocean noise impact on marine mammals

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Division issued final guidance to help federal agencies predict how manmade underwater sounds potentially affect marine mammals’ hearing. NOAA will use the guidance in its assessments and authorizations of offshore activities that ...

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    Thu, 4 Aug 2016

  7. Energy News: Kansas suspending work on limiting plants' carbon emissions

    Kansas is suspending its work on a plan for complying with federal regulations meant to combat climate change by reducing carbon emissions from power plants.

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    Tue, 10 May 2016

  8. House Republicans prefer pipeline permit reforms to BLM methane rule

    Fifty-seven Republican members of the US House of Representatives, including Speaker Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop (Utah), urged US Sec. of the Interior Sally Jewell to have the US Bureau of Land Management withdraw its proposed methane venting and ...

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    Thu, 28 Jul 2016

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