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Natural gas transmission companies are very unhappy with the EPA's decision to tighten industry air emission limits. A consent decree signed by the EPA requires the agency to revise both New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) and national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants (NESHAP) for the natural gas industry, including for pipelines, by the end of February.

What used to be talked about only among a few natural gas industry insiders is now talked about loudly in wider energy circles under the rubric of “smart grid, smarter pipeline network,” and more recently, “smart energy” topics. With safety, reliability and market drivers all coming into play, the natural gas highway is readying itself for some increased electronic scrubbing and manipulation.

When one looks on a huge oil and gas installation like a refinery spread across many acres and representing millions of dollars on equipment and infrastructure investment, one does not see the raw crude oil injected into the refinery for the refining process. This is because the crude oil is transported through an underground pipeline. The pump station which pumps oil into the pipeline is also located far away from the refinery.

Tulsa-based Superior Pipeline Company LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Unit Corporation, is installing a 30 MMcf/d cryogenic processing facility in Kay County, OK.

The Shah Deniz consortium is considering the expansion of gas transport infrastructure to deliver Azeri gas from Stage-2 of the Shah Deniz project to Western Europe.

On Aug. 26, 2011, the Supreme Court of Texas issued its opinion in Texas Rice Land Partners Ltd. v. Denbury Green Pipeline-Texas LLC (No. 09-0901), which provides landowners yet another avenue by which to frustrate and delay common carriers’ acquisition of pipeline easements. Simply put, this decision makes life a little more difficult for companies trying to exercise the power of eminent domain.

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. will build, own and operate a petroleum condensate processing facility near its Galena Park terminal on the Houston Ship Channel.

US Infrastructure Holdings, LLC will acquire the Wildcat Sabine Gathering System located in the Bossier-Haynesville Shale.

Let’s repeat that slowly so there’s no misunderstanding: "U.S. On Track To Be Oil Exporter."

This was the headline of a report in the Dec. 19 issue of USA Today. According to the article, during the first quarters of 2011, we exported more oil than we imported. This means it’s highly likely that 2011 will be the first time in more than six decades that the United States will be a net exporter of petroleum products, the report said.

Houston-based Nuevo Midstream, LLC plans to significantly increase processing and treating capacity at its Ramsey plant site in the Delaware Basin near Orla, TX. Nuevo has bought a cryogenic processing plant with capacity of 100 MMcf/d and a second amine treating plant with a capacity of 475 gallons per minute (gpm).

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