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U.S. crude oil production has been growing significantly in Oklahoma, North Dakota, Montana and Texas. Prior to completion of TransCanada’s Gulf Coast Pipeline, producers did not have access to enough pipeline capacity to move this production to the large refining market along the Gulf Coast. The 485-mile, 36-inch Gulf Coast Pipeline that begins in Cushing, OK and extends south to Nederland, TX addresses this constraint, as will the company’s 48-mile Houston Lateral pipeline project.

Like most stories about Texas, the one that’s being written in the Eagle Ford shale is full of big dreams, big dollars, and big results.

The play itself is huge, covering an area of 20,000 square miles, it spans 25 south-central Texas counties and is roughly the size of Croatia. Capital expenditures there by energy companies are sky-high, reaching $28 billion through the end of 2013, if predictions by global consultants Wood Mackenzie held true.

The conclusion of a decade-long negotiation between Russia and China was announced May 21 during Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Shanghai. The $400 billion natural gas supply contract between Russia’s Gazprom and China’s National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) entails 38 billion cubic meters (Bcm) or 1.34 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of Russian gas supply annually to China for 30 years via a new pipeline.

“…the United States has become ‘a job magnet’ for manufacturing, which is really the first time in decades this has happened...”
--Former U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar

In 2010, an incident in San Bruno, CA brought national attention to the oil and gas industry when a natural gas pipeline exploded in a residential neighborhood, leveling homes and claiming several lives. The resulting shockwave from the explosion was equivalent to a 1.1 magnitude earthquake.

In 2010, two tragic events – a million-gallon crude oil spill near Marshall,
MI and a natural gas explosion in a San Bruno, CA neighborhood – occurred within two weeks of each other, focusing the nation’s attention on pipeline safety.

Real experts in the tricky field of natural gas measurement don’t come along every day. Those who do emerge find that their names and reputations precede them, be it in the operational, commercial or research side of the business. And that is where we find John Lansing today.

Ensuring the integrity of subsea pipeline welds is vital for the oil and gas industry, with potentially damaging practical and economic consequences resulting otherwise. Vigorous testing before the pipe is placed to service is crucial and can be the difference between a successful project and an expensive disaster.

An ICF report determined shipping oil overseas would spur the U.S. economy, lowering gasoline prices in the process.

The growth in U.S. imports of Canadian oil sands in recent years has not impacted the overall greenhouse gas (GHG) intensity of the U.S. supply mix, according to a new study by IHS, a leading global source of critical information and insight. The growth of oil sands imports were offset by substitution for similar sources of supply and by increase in lower-carbon tight oil displacing relatively higher carbon imports from Africa and elsewhere, the study says.

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