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San Antonio-based pipeline operator NuStar Energy and global energy company CHS announced Friday the companies jointly develop an expanded pipeline and terminal network that will increase supply of propane in the Upper Midwest.

“We are excited to pursue this strategic alliance with NuStar," said Andrew Combs, vice president, propane. "The investments support our long-term commitment as a reliable supplier of propane.”

Kinder Morgan announced Friday it received notification the Georgia Department of Transportation (Georgia DOT) declined its application for a certificate of public convenience and necessity for the proposed 360-mile Palmetto Pipeline from Belton, SC, to Jacksonville, FL, is part of the system.

UPPER TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — South Jersey Gas is again seeking permission to build a 22-mile natural gas pipeline in New Jersey's Pinelands. The company on Thursday filed an amendment to its 2013 application, which government regulators rejected in 2014.

The company argues the pipeline to the B.L. England Generating Station in Upper Township meets standards for approval.
At issue is how much gas would be used by customers outside the Pinelands.

The company says the pipeline would make customers less vulnerable to an outage in the event of an accident or natural disaster.

HOUSTON (AP) — Vanguard Natural Resources LC will acquire Eagle Rock Energy Partners LP in a $474 million deal.
The agreement was announced Thursday by the Houston-based companies.

Vanguard will also assume $140 million of debt from Eagle Rock Energy Partners, which will become a wholly owned indirect subsidiary. The agreement requires approval of the boards of both companies.

EAST HAMPTON, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Natural Gas has begun construction on a 10-mile natural gas expansion project in East Hampton, the company's largest such project in 30 years.

The subsidiary of UIL Holdings Corp. said Thursday that the gas main will serve nine East Hampton schools and municipal buildings, will reach major businesses and will make natural gas accessible to residential users and more than 400 other commercial customers.

GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — More than 6,000 gallons of oil has been raked, skimmed and vacuumed from a spill that stretched across 9 miles of California coast, just a fraction of the sticky, stinking goo that escaped from a broken pipeline, officials said.

Up to 105,000 gallons may have leaked from the ruptured pipeline Tuesday, and up to 21,000 gallons reached the sea off the Santa Barbara coast, according to estimates. The environmental impact still is being assessed, but so far there is no evidence of widespread harm to birds and sea life.

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TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Marathon Petroleum Corp. will pay a fine of nearly $3 million and spend another $2.8 million on pollution controls at its distribution terminals in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio, the U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday.

It is part of a settlement reached over allegations of Clean Air Act violations against Marathon at 10 facilities.

The federal government said Marathon failed to comply with some fuel quality emissions standards along with record keeping, sampling and testing requirements.

GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — A broken pipeline spilled 21,000 gallons of crude oil into the ocean before it was shut off Tuesday, creating a slick stretching about 4 miles along the central California coastline, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

Authorities responding to reports of a foul smell near Refugio State Beach at about noon found a half-mile slick already formed in the ocean, Santa Barbara County Fire Capt. Dave Zaniboni said. They traced the oil to the onshore pipeline that spilled into a culvert running under the U.S. 101 freeway and into a storm drain that empties into the ocean.