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  1. Wyden, Rockefeller request crude oil transportation examination

    The chairman of two US Senate committees asked US Sec. of Energy Ernest G. Moniz and US Sec. of Transportation Anthony Foxx to fully examine crude oil transportation in the wake of several recent rail accidents. "The recent derailments and accidents involving crude oil are alarming and demand increased vigilance," said Ronald L. Wyden (D-Ore.), who chairs the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and John D. Rockefeller IV (D-W.Va.), who chairs the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee. "We urge you to work together to quickly resolve issues with the transportation of crude oil in order to protect our communities, and prevent any further disasters," they told Moniz and Foxx in a Jan. 9 letter. The senators asked the secretaries to begin an investigation to thoroughly understand the current and future volumes of crude oil that will be shipped on railroads, and evaluate the crudes to understand whether they require special precautions and handling. They said they also would like to see safety requirements evaluated and updated to ensure they adequately address the risks of carrying crude. The US Department of Transportation's rule implementing a rail risk reduction program that was signed into law in 2008 also needs to be finalized, Wyden and Rockefeller said. Rail's role grows Crude oil transportation concerns have grown as more of it is shipped by rail because pipeline options between the prolific Bakken shale in North Dakota and Montana and East Coast refineries configured to process the light sweet grade are almost nonexistent. Derailments of trains carrying this crude have grown in the past year. An apparent failure to set the brake of one near Lac-Megantic near Quebec in Canada on July 6 resulted in explosions and fires that killed 47 people and caused extensive property damage (OGJ Online, July 8, 2013). Another struck a derailed train carrying agricultural products near Casselton, ND, on Dec. 30, resulting in a fire and explosion that forced the evacuation of 1,500 people, but caused no injuries (OGJ Online, Jan. 2, 2014). DOT's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued a safety alert Jan. 2 to shippers and carriers, emergency responders, and the general public that Bakken crude should be handled carefully because it may be more flammable than other grades (OGJ Online, Jan. 3, 2014). "The North Dakota Pipeline Authority recently projected that railroad oil-shipping capacity from the state would exceed 2.5 million b/d by 2016, nearly double that of pipelines," Wyden and Rockefeller said. "As oil production in the Upper Midwest increases, proposed pipelines such as TransCanada's Keystone XL and Enbridge's Sandpiper would carry—or divert—a fraction of the crude being carried on railroads, even if those projects are built and operated at full capacity," they wrote in their letter.

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    Mon, 20 Jan 2014

  2. DNO streamlines Kurdish crude oil transportation operations

    DNO International ASA, enlarged following its acquisition of RAK Petroleum PCL earlier this year, is streamlining its crude oil transportation operations in the Kurdistan region of Iraq.

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    Wed, 19 Oct 2011

  3. ELI forum examines pipeline, rail, maritime crude oil transportation

    Crude oil transportation —whether by pipeline, rail, or maritime—has become a hot public topic in the US only relatively recently.

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    Mon, 19 May 2014

  4. Transmeridian Exploration signs crude oil transportation agreement with KazTransOil

    Transmeridian Exploration Inc., Houston, signed a transportation agreement allowing for use of the national crude oil pipeline and terminal system for South Alibek field production in Kazakhstan (OGJ Online, Feb. 2, 2004).

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    Wed, 23 Jun 2004

  1. Hiland launches open season for Double H system

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    Thu, 20 Nov 2014

  2. US crude logistics straining despite transport reconfiguration

    Despite a reconfiguration of crude - oil transportation , growing production from unconventional resources still strains logistics in North America as it reshapes crude pricing and refinery operations, according to Deutsche Bank Securities Inc.

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    Fri, 13 Sep 2013

  3. Utah's crude transportation options include Uinta Express project

    Utah's crude oil transportation options-which include Tesoro Refining & Marketing Co. LLC's proposed Uinta Express Pipeline-typify the broader US challenge in several ways.

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    Mon, 1 Sep 2014

  4. Hiland looks to expand Bakken crude pipeline

    Hiland Crude LLC has launched an open season to solicit shipper interest for crude oil transportation on an expanded version of its Double H Pipeline, currently under construction in the Bakken shale. An initial open season in 2012 filled its 50,000 b/d base capacity.

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    Tue, 18 Mar 2014

  5. Genesis Energy holds open season for Wyoming oil line

    Houston midstream company Genesis Energy LP reported it is conducting a binding open season to solicit shipper interest on a crude oil transportation pipeline starting at the Express Pipeline LLC terminal in Casper, Wyo., and delivering to Genesis Energy’s existing operational Pronghorn unit ...

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    Mon, 28 Apr 2014

  6. US crude logistics straining despite transport reconfiguration

    Despite a reconfiguration of crude - oil transportation , growing production from unconventional resources still strains logistics in North America as it reshapes crude pricing and refinery operations, according to Deutsche Bank Securities Inc.

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    Mon, 23 Sep 2013

  7. Holly to expand New Mexico crude pipeline system

    Holly Energy Partners LP (HEP) is expanding its crude oil transportation system in southeastern New Mexico in response to increased production in the area.

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    Fri, 8 Mar 2013

  8. Kinder Morgan launches Pony Express oil pipeline open season

    Kinder Morgan Pony Express Pipeline LLC, a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan Interstate Gas Transmission LLC, and Belle Fourche Pipeline Co. have launched an open season to solicit shipper interest for crude oil transportation service on the Pony Express pipeline from a point near Baker, Mont., to Ponca ...

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    Tue, 22 May 2012

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