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Last summer the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) previewed proposed additions to its integrity management program (IMP) which require operators to test pipe segments located in high-consequence areas (HCAs) and to “devote additional focus, efforts, and analysis … to ensure the integrity of [those] pipelines.”

The majority of the United States is dependent upon the Interstate Natural Gas Pipeline system for supplies of natural gas. Intelligent distributed condition monitoring solutions are now available for the compressor stations that maintain pressure on the natural gas pipeline network and ensure continuous forward movement of supplies.

Gov. Sean Parnell moved Alaska one step closer to a gas line by signing Senate Bill 138 on May 8. The bill advances a large-diameter natural gas pipeline project, allowing the state to become an owner in the Alaska LNG Project. It also provides for getting North Slope gas to Alaskans first, using local hire.

The Southeast Supply Header (SESH) is a 42-inch and 36-inch natural gas pipeline originating at Carthage, TX and running 446 miles to a terminus at Coden, AL. SESH links the onshore natural gas supply basins of East Texas and northern Louisiana to markets predominantly served by offshore natural gas supplies from the Gulf of Mexico.

A big sigh of disappointment echoed across the land May 8, for it had to come to pass that Johnny Football would no longer launch those beautiful spirals or befuddle opposing defenses with his dazzling footwork. Perhaps it was a sigh of relief, as Texans could now take a deep breath, grateful the circus was finally over, because Johnny Football would merely become Johnny Footnote, a legend, albeit a brief one, in Lone Star folklore.

Just as onshore production methods change and evolve over time, so too do environmental regulations. On Aug. 16, 2012, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published final regulatory updates specific to onshore oil and natural gas production that span from well completion to transmission. Deciphering and gaining a better understanding of these regulations will remove costly compliance pitfalls during normal operations.

While the energy industry’s share of the economy is on the upswing, the business is in many ways still a specialty field, with innumerable complex issues at play between companies, regulators and the public when it comes to development, conservation and jobs. Few people understand the interplay well enough to provide context to those not in the midst of it, and those in the middle can lose sight of the big picture. Bernard “Bud” Weinstein, Ph.D., is applying his considerable talents to bridging those gaps.

North America’s energy revolution is alive and well! That was the message at Pipeline & Gas Journal’s 10th annual Pipeline Opportunities Conference March 25 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. Issues covered included quality control for gas pipeline construction, the Pipeline Safety Act, prospects for infrastructure expansions to support new supply sources, the outlook for labor and employment and the benefits of working in an energy state like Texas.

Gov. Jack Dalrymple and other state officials joined North Dakota LNG in announcing a new liquefied natural gas (LNG) production facility will go online in Tioga this summer.

Faced with a study projecting that the pipeline industry will need an average of $30 billion per year worth of new infrastructure to satisfy oil, gas and liquids transportation needs between 2014 and 2035, pipeline operators foresee struggle and risk as well as opportunity.

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