Pipeline

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) Oil companies in the Permian Basin of Texas and New Mexico need millions of gallons of water to retrieve petroleum. At the same time, the city of Lubbock spends $1 million each year to dispose its treated wastewater at two city farms.

Aegion Corporation recently announced that its subsidiary, Corrpro Companies Inc. , has been awarded a contract valued at more than $6 million to deliver a comprehensive package of cathodic protection services to prevent corrosion on new midstream pipeline construction in west Texas.

Based in Irwin, Pa., – approximately 22 mi. southeast of Pittsburgh, Brex Enterprises provides pipeline maintenance and services; earthwork and development; trucking and hauling; and right-of-way services. A family business with a history of generations of construction experience, it operates mainly in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and New York.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) A federal appeals court on Aug. 5 reversed a judge's order that shut down the Dakota Access pipeline pending a full environmental review. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit sided with pipeline owner Energy Transfer to keep the oil flowing, saying a lower-court judge "did not make the findings necessary for injunctive relief." But the appellate court declined to grant Energy Transfer's motion to block the review, saying the company had "failed to make a strong showing of likely success." The appeals court said it expects the parties to "clarify their positions" in the lower court.

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) The U.S. Supreme Court handed another setback to the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline from Canada on July 6 by keeping in place a lower court ruling that blocked a key environmental project permit. Canadian company TC Energy needs the permit to continue building the long-disputed pipeline across U.S.

Richmond, Va.-based Dominion Energy and Duke Energy in Charlotte announced July 5 the cancellation of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) due to ongoing delays and increasing cost uncertainty, which threaten the economic viability of the project. The 605-mi.-long ACP, with a projected cost of $8 billion, was designed to bring natural gas from West Virginia to growing markets in Virginia and North Carolina.

Michels Canada is poised to begin construction on the $8 billion Keystone XL oil pipeline in Alberta, while construction in the United States is still delayed by a court appeal, Kallansh Energy reports. The Alberta-based company said it expects to begin construction near Oyen, Alberta, this summer and to complete the construction near Hardisty, Alberta, in the spring of 2022.

ALLU and the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) — a trade union that represents heavy equipment operators, mechanics, surveyors and stationary engineers in the United States and Canada — announced a new cooperation and partnership in pipeline training.

The United States Supreme Court on June 15 paved the way for a critical permit for a proposed natural gas pipeline that would cross under the Appalachian Trail, siding with energy companies and the Trump administration. The justices ruled 7-2 to reverse a lower court ruling that had thrown out the permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Construction started this month on a new $60 million gas pipeline that officials say will provide northern New Mexico with more natural gas. The 35-mi. (56.3-km.) pipeline from Bernalillo to Santa Fe is expected to come online in December and increase supply for northern communities, the Albuquerque Journal reports.

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Canadian company has built the first piece of the disputed Keystone XL oil sands pipeline across the U.S. border and started work on labor camps in Montana and South Dakota. But it has not resolved a courtroom setback that would make it hard to finish the $8 billion project.