pipelines Archive

Different Decisions Delivered for 2 Pipelines Seeking Right-of-Way in Ohio

Oil and gas pipeline companies’ ability to use Ohio’s eminent domain laws to acquire construction rights-of-way were recently the subject to two Ohio court decisions with very different outcomes. In a highly publicized ruling, the Court of Common Pleas of Wood County, Ohio ruled in Kinder Morgan Utopia, LLC v. PDB Farms of Wood County, […]

$468 Million Pipeline Coming to Ohio

According to a recent article in Columbus Business First, a Texas company, Texas Eastern Transmission LP, plans to build a $468 million pipeline to transport natural gas from Ohio to the Gulf Coast.  According to a recent FERC filing from that company, Texas Eastern has agreements with four companies that have each committed transport natural […]

PHMSA Calls Out Importance of Updating Pipeline Operations

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued an Advisory Bulletin on January 22, 2014, confirming the importance of preparing and updating robust Facility Response Plans (FRPs) for all onshore oil pipeline operations. The advisory bulletin was prompted by PHMSA’s identification of substantial deficiencies in the FRP for the Enbridge oil pipeline, which ruptured […]

Canton Receives New Pipeline to Connect Utica Shale Play

According to a recent article in Columbus Business First, Marathon Petroleum plans to construct a new pipeline from its refinery in Canton to a processing plant in the Utica shale play. The new pipeline will cost approximately $140 million and will be capable of transporting crude oil, condensate and natural gas.

New Penalties In Place for PHMSA

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) promulgated final regulations on October 25, 2013, which increase the maximum civil penalty found for a civil violation from $100,000 to $200,000 and a maximum penalty for a series of violations from $1,000,000 to $2,000,000. The new civil penalty maximums apply to violations that occur after 2012. […]