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A bill introduced Feb. 3 by Senators Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) to reauthorize the Pipeline Safety Act is a “constructive starting point” for renewing the law that ensures the safety of the interstate natural gas pipeline system that delivers almost one quarter of the energy consumed by Americans, said INGAA President and CEO Don Santa.

ONEOK Partners, L.P. plans to invest $180-240 million over the next 18 months for natural gas liquids (NGL) projects.

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LLC and Copano Energy, L.L.C. plan to expand the scope of their Eagle Ford Gathering LLC joint venture.

Federal safety officials probing the San Bruno natural gas blast issued several "urgent" recommendations Jan. 3 designed to improve gas pipeline safety.

The September blast in the San Francisco suburb killed eight people and destroyed dozens of homes. The National Transportation Safety Board, which issued the recommendations, has not determined the cause of the blast.

Flow assurance is crucial for producing and transporting of oil and gas. The fluids – a combination of gas, crude/ condensate and water, together with solids - cause many potential threats like hydrate formation, wax/ paraffin, asphaltenes, scale deposition, sand erosion, emulsions and corrosion.

Although malware has, for good reason, recently grabbed the attention when it comes to SCADA security, the other threats have not exactly gone away. Since the Stuxnet worm specifically targeted SCADA systems, that is all the better reason to ensure that vulnerability assessments and implementation measures encompass an even broader range of threats to one’s system.

OTC Brasil is a new event sponsored by the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) and is its first event outside of Houston. This biennial event will be October 4-6, 2011 at Riocentro in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The complex dispute over ownership of 11 Bcm of gas in storage — a byproduct of the January 2009 Russia-Ukraine "gas war" — moved one step closer to a final resolution when Gazprom, Naftogaz Ukrainy, and
former intermediary RosUkrEnergo (RUE) announced a package of agreements designed to end uncertainty and avert a potential new interruption in Russian gas supplies to Europe.

Petrofac has acquired a 20% interest in Gateway Storage Company Limited to develop the Gateway Gas Storage project in the East Irish Sea.

Chesapeake Utilities Corporation announced Jan. 24 that William B. Zipf has joined as vice president of Eastern Shore Natural Gas Company (Eastern Shore).