North American

The Department of Energy has conditionally authorized LNG Development Co., LLC (Oregon LNG) to export domestically produced LNG to countries that do not have a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the United States, from the Oregon LNG Terminal in Warrenton, OR.

Nicor Gas received Illinois Commerce Commission approval on a tariff that will allow for the recovery of pipeline infrastructure investments across northern Illinois. This nine-year initiative, which begins in 2015, will allow Nicor Gas to replace hundreds of miles of aging distribution pipe and thousands of natural gas services, upgrade transmission and natural gas storage systems and replace and refurbish natural gas regulating stations.

Houston Enterprise Products Partners L.P. has executed an additional long-term contract to provide ethane storage, transportation, refrigeration and loading services from its new ethane export terminal that is currently under construction on the Houston Ship Channel. With this new agreement, Enterprise now has long-term commitments for 85% of the capacity of the ethane terminal.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Citing grave concerns, 22 conservation and environmental groups in Virginia and West Virginia are teaming up following the announcement of a proposed $5 billion natural gas pipeline.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa landowners want to see the details of a proposed oil pipeline that would carry crude oil from North Dakota across the state to Illinois.

Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners has said the 1,100-mile Dakota Access pipeline would likely go through 17 Iowa counties as it crosses from the northwest corner of the state to the southeast corner. The oil's final destination would be in Patoka, Illinois, about 70 miles east of St. Louis.
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Williams Partners L.P. and its wholly owned subsidiary Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company, LLC announced a fully contracted expansion project designed to deliver 180,000 Dth/d of additional natural gas capacity for local distribution along the Eastern Seaboard.

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners launched a binding open season to solicit commitments for the proposed Palmetto Project, which offers shippers a new refined products service to move gasoline, diesel and ethanol from Louisiana, Mississippi and South Carolina to points in South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.

Enbridge Inc. announced that pursuant to the Joint Review Panel's (JRP) recommendation, the Northern Gateway Project has received Governor in Council (GIC) approval by the Canadian federal government. The JRP's recommendation was subject to 209 conditions.

Koch Pipeline Company, L.P. will expand its South Texas crude oil pipeline system by installing an additional 24-mile pipeline in San Patricio County. The new pipeline will have an expected initial capacity of 200,000 bpd.

UGI Energy Services announced a further expansion of its Auburn Gathering System in Pennsylvania with construction of a 9-mile, 24-inch pipeline from Susquehanna County to the Manning Compressor Station in Wyoming County, along with additional compression to be installed at Manning.

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