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The new pipeline safety bill President Obama signed in December gives PHMSA new latitude to expand integrity management requirements to new areas and require new industry safety measures such as automatic or remote-controlled shut-off valves.

The Eagle Ford Shale play in South Texas is not just hot, it’s sizzling these days. A number of oil companies last year discovered huge pools of oil and gas in the region, which stretches across 24 counties. Until the Bakken play in the upper Midwest takes hold, many experts are saying that not only was the Eagle Ford the hottest oil play in the U.S. for 2011, but it’s likely just getting started.

Using pipe made from PE100 material to install a 29-km gas main provided Manitoba Hydro a C$200,000 advantage over the second-best alternative. In fact, the avoided cost was sufficient to render the expansion project economically feasible.

In today’s ever-changing and increasingly competitive energy industry, utilities continue to search for new ways to achieve operational excellence. As part of its ongoing efforts, Union Gas successfully developed a new measure in 2008 called Overall Employee Effectiveness (OEE).

Today, many utilities are using online tools and social media to connect and share information with their customers. But what about the one, consistent touch point they have every single month - the utility bill? Can utilities use the monthly invoice more effectively to reduce costs or does there need to be a larger communication strategy in effect?

With the recent spate of material failures in the oil and gas industry around the world, the role of a material and corrosion engineer in selecting suitable material has become more complex, controversial and difficult. Further, the task had become more diverse, since now modern engineering materials offer a wide spectrum of attractive properties and viable benefits.

This article explores the feasibility of exporting shale gas - in the form of LNG - from the U.S. to Japan and Korea considering the break-even gas prices and the liquefaction and transportation costs versus prevailing spot and long-term contract prices of LNG in Japan. Potential risks also are discussed.

Ziff Energy released a report last summer analyzing the pipeline infrastructure costs on 120 new gas pipeline projects in the Marcellus, Eagle Ford, Haynesville, Barnett, Woodford, Fayetteville and Horn River shale gas regions over the past decade.

ConocoPhillips has created a new independent downstream company named Phillips 66 that will be headquartered in Houston. Phillips 66 will have leading businesses in refining, marketing, midstream and chemicals.

The Alaska Oil and Gas Association (AOGA) board of directors named Kara Moriarty, AOGA Deputy Director, the new executive director. She succeeds Marilyn Crockett who is retiring from AOGA after more than 41 years of service.

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