Pipelines Unhappy with Texas Eminent Domain Ruling

On Monday, Austin, Texas’ Pipeline operators and landowners called the Texas Lawmakers to clarify eminent domain laws. A recent court decision that has thrown the authority’s into questions. Before the Texas Supreme Court made any ruling, on the Texas Landowners, in regards to having the power to challenge a company’s right to condemn their home and/or land. The company only needed to check a box on the Texas Railroad Commission Permit Application to prove the company should have the right to force landowners to sell…

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Iraq Blacklists Chevron over Oil Deal with Kurds

In Baghdad, Chevron gets blacklisted by Iraq in regards to deals they made with Kurds over oil. On Tuesday, The Oil Ministry states “Chevron can only sign deals when they do not work with the Kurds.” Kurds are known as the world’s largest ethnic population that doesn’t have a homeland of its own.  They originated from Kurdistan, and moved throughout Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan. Apparently, the Kurds have been with Arab-led Government for quite some time, though the governments have the final say…

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Chevron Banned

“The second largest U.S. energy company Chevron Corp. will be barred from contracts in central and southern Iraq because the Californian company bought stakes in two oil-exploration blocks in the Kurdish region of Iraq.” “Chevron is the second major western oil company to be banned by the central government in Baghdad from any future deals in the country’s lucrative oil and gas sector, following Exxon Mobil Corp. last year.” Sounds like a democracy to me! Maybe the smaller oil companies will get a chance to…

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Those Dam Valves

As the nation increasingly seeks sources for renewable energy, dams and the thousands of valves they contain will only become more important. When we see a majestic dam, with its huge face of concrete holding back acres of water, probably the last thing we think of are the valves it takes to make them operate effectively   “The purpose of the valves in these structures is to adjust the output of the reservoir that forms behind those dams while maintaining the proper reservoir depth, both…

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Marcellus Shale giving boost to US Midstream Firms

“Anticipated growth in Marcellus shale natural gas production likely will mean more long-term business for US midstream companies, Fitch Ratings said in a recent report in which analysts forecast Marcellus production during the next 5 years will grow to more than 10 bcfd from the current 4 bcfd.  Expanding Marcellus production will require midstream companies to expand gathering and processing services and provide pipelines to transport gas and associated natural gas liquids.”  “Marcellus production has begun displacing supplies that traditionally served eastern US markets and…

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Interesting Oil Facts

Here are some of the most interesting oil facts I found on the web: Feel free to comment and leave any of your own Oil was formed more than 300 million years ago Oil is made into many different products like for instance clothes, fertilizers, plastic bottles, pens and lot of other products Oil as well as other fossil fuels emits dangerous greenhouse gases which cause the global warming Oil biggest producer is Saudi Arabia followed by Russia Oil together with coal and natural gas…

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Fixing the oil industry, one beer at a time

“The importance of the pipeline in industry, agriculture and nearly every vital facet of civilization cannot be under-emphasized. Without pipeline construction, we would lack plumbing and electricity, not to mention access to gas & petroleum reserves.” “A massive undertaking of over 5 km in length, the Veltins Arena beer pipeline was constructed to ensure that it would never “run dry”.  What a great idea! If we could use the abandoned pipeline to make them into beer pipelines- nothing would go to waste! We wouldn’t have any decommissioned…

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Needle Valves

“Most people have seen several needle valves in their lifetime although they may not know it. Needle valves are commonly used in the plumbing applications of outdoor spigots to control the flow of water. They are similar to globe valves but are designed with a long tapered shaft in the center of the valve to control the flow instead of a disk.” http://www.ehow.com/about_6710315_needle-valve_.html

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Forest fires and the affect on Pipelines

A forest fire had started on June 23, in the Pike National Forest. The fire exploded eastward toward the city, destroying 346 homes and killing two people. “According to fire officials, they expect to have the Waldo Canyon Fire fully contained on July 16. The cause of the fire is under investigation. The cost of the fire is estimated at $8.8 million.” I believe the weather has a major impact on these fires in Colorado- lately we have seen the temperature rise up from 95…

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Enbridge new Pipeline expansion project

Not, all the pipeline projects are dead yet! I am hoping with the new election coming up, there will be new projects and new pipelines to build. “Enbridge has secured commercial support to proceed with several projects designed to increase capacity on the Enbridge crude oil mainline system in Canada and the U.S. and to increase capacity on pipelines that serve eastern U.S. and Canadian refineries.”  “Elsewhere the installation of a new 35-mile, 20-inch pipeline twinning the existing Enbridge Line 17 (Toledo pipeline) will add…

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