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Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, LP named Stanley C. Horton president, CEO and a director of Boardwalk GP. With more than 35 years of experience in the natural gas and energy industry, Horton brings extensive industry knowledge to Boardwalk and its three interstate natural gas pipelines: Gulf Crossing Pipeline Company LLC, Gulf South Pipeline Company, LP, and Texas Gas Transmission, LLC.

Three hundred attendees left snow-bound Canada to attend the Pipe Line Contractors Association of Canada’s (PLCAC) 57th annual meeting at the Hyatt Regency, Maui, Hawaii, in mid April. There were representatives present from the Association’s 33 regular and 62 associate member firms, plus the pipeline craft unions and various guests including several past presidents.

The Keystone Pipeline is a 2,147-mile (3,456-km) pipeline that transports crude oil from Hardisty, Alberta, to U.S. Midwest markets at Wood River and Patoka in Illinois, and ultimately to Cushing, OK.

On June 30, 2010, TransCanada (TCPL) began commercial operation of the first phase of the Keystone Pipeline System.

Kinder Morgan’s R. Tim Bradley, president of carbon dioxide (CO-2), discusses the impact the company’s new 91-mile, 10-inch CO-2 distribution pipeline and complementary facilities will have on future enhanced oil recovery operations in the region and the company’s future plans.

The 20th World Petroleum Congress (20th WPC) Organizing Committee has issued its Final Call for Projects, inviting oil and gas companies to share their knowledge and expertise with delegates and attendees at the industry’s largest and most prestigious oil and gas event, being held in Doha in December.

The Potential Gas Committee’s (PGC) 2010 biennial report: Potential Supply of Natural Gas in the United States finds nation possesses an undiscovered natural gas resource potential of 1,898 Tcf, the highest resource evaluation in the PGC’s 46 year history — exceeding by 61 Tcf the previous record-high assessment from year-end 2008.

A new pipeline safety bill started its trek through Congress May 5 when the Senate Commerce Committee passed The Pipeline Transportation Safety Improvement Act (S. 275). The mild bill is largely unobjectionable to the gas and liquid pipeline industries, but neither does it grant INGAA's long-standing top priority: adopting a risk-based approach to retesting of pipelines in high consequence areas (HCAs).

The Interstate Natural Gas Association of America Foundation met April 6-8 at the Las Colinas Four Seasons resort in Irving, TX with a tight schedule focusing on pipeline safety, public outreach and preparing for an uncertain future. Attendance was strong, although not a record, with 175 participants.

NYSEARCH is leading a validation effort of a new non-contact method for inspecting steel pipelines known as Magnetic Tomography Method (MTM). MTM has been developed by Transkor-K of the Russian Federation and has been used for pipeline inspections worldwide.

The escalating worldwide demand for oil and the continuously rising prices are driving oil companies to explore new oil field resources. However, exploration also incurs increasing expense in terms of technology. Many of these projects have a common need in that natural gas, which is associated with crude oil, has to be re-injected into the reservoirs.

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