October 9, 2017

Dakota Access Pipeline review could run into Spring

By Carl Wycoff from Nevada, USA (Dakota Access Pipe Line) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
By Carl Wycoff from Nevada, USA (Dakota Access Pipe Line) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

The Army Corps of Engineers says it is likely that the court-ordered additional environmental study into the Dakota Access pipeline will extend until April 2018.

Also known as the Bakken pipeline, the Dakota Access pipeline is a 1,172 mile-long underground oil pipeline which runs from the Bakken shale oil fields in North Dakota to the oil tank farm in Patoka, Illinois. Combined with the Energy Transfer Crude Oil pipeline running from Patoka to Nederland, Texas, it forms the Bakken system. The $3.8 billion pipeline went into commercial service on 1 June, 2017.

The Corps of Engineers had anticipated completing the environmental study this year. However, attorneys said in court documents filled on 6 October that it would take longer than expected to get information from Texas-based pipeline developer Energy Transfer Partners and at least one Native American tribe, reports the Associated Press.

Even though the pipeline is already transporting oil, four Sioux tribes are still challenging it in court over fears that a leak could contaminate their water supply.

According to the Associated Press article, US District Judge James Boasberg ruled in June that more environmental review had to be carried out. He’s apparently considering shutting down the pipeline while the review process takes place, although it isn’t yet known when he’ll make a ruling.


By Carl Wycoff from Nevada, USA (Dakota Access Pipe Line) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

March 22, 2018
The mobile ‘dual-comb’ device adapts Nobel Prize-winning advancements in laser technology to continuously monitor a site for methane leaks. It is looking to replace costly infrared imaging... [Read More]

March 21, 2018
Michigan Technological University (MT) researchers have developed low-tech, low-cost solutions to improve water quality. Mohammad Alizadeh Fard, doctoral student at MT, and Brian Barkdoll, professor of... [Read More]

March 20, 2018
Sharc Energy Systems and Scottish Water Horizons have launched a joint venture to accelerate the deployment of heat recovery systems across Scotland. The joint venture covers the installation and maintenance... [Read More]

March 19, 2018
AESSEAL will be delivering a webinar on the cost and energy benefits of mechanical seals on 18 April, at 2:30pm -3:30pm BST. Hosted by Fluid Handling International, the webinar will be presented by Chris... [Read More]

March 16, 2018
The products are designed to fit together easily and quickly while addressing the distinct needs of customers. On 13 March, Honeywell announced that it had won a contract to supply Cardinal Midstream’s... [Read More]

March 16, 2018
The oil giant has developed a way to assess the make-up of crude oil, avoiding the dangers and time associated with traditional techniques. The method is called ground level optical water cut (GLOW) and... [Read More]

March 15, 2018
The device is backward-compatible with previous magnetic flow meter sensors and features advanced diagnostics. Emerson says that the Rosemount 8712EM Wall Mount Magnetic Flow Meter Transmitter comes with... [Read More]

March 15, 2018
The 40,000 gallon (151,000 litre) facility in Odessa, Texas is meant to provide 24-hour access to LNG and ‘related services’. “Stabilis is committed to providing our customers with the... [Read More]

March 15, 2018
Researchers working at Rice University in Texas, US have published a paper outlining a structure of ‘white graphene’ nanomaterials that can hold an unprecedented amount of hydrogen. The gas... [Read More]

March 14, 2018
The company hopes to bring clarity to the problem of determining the energy density and chemical composition of LNG, enabling more transparent trade and pricing. The self-described global quality assurance... [Read More]

March 13, 2018
The move is part of the company’s ‘grow and divide’ strategy to continue growth while maintaining specialisms. Last year it sold off significant parts of its construction business to... [Read More]

March 9, 2018
The SewaSlide is an add-on for the company’s Sewabloc pumps to make access and maintenance easier. KSB is going to present a new maintenance aid for waste water pumps called SewaSlide at this year’s... [Read More]

March 9, 2018
Yokogawa China’s gas chromatographs are going to the first phase of a project to construct an integrated refinery and petrochemical production complex by Zhejiang Petrochemical. The facility has... [Read More]

March 8, 2018
The company NextDecade has chosen ABB as the automation and electrical partner for its Rio Grande LNG project in South Texas. NextDecade is using a ‘low cost, lower risk development strategy’... [Read More]

March 8, 2018
The supplied valves are designed for the plants’ safety systems, using robust materials and a simple design to minimise failure. SISTO Armaturen, a Luxembourg-based subsidiary of KSB, has received... [Read More]