ETP Spills 2M Gallons Waste –

2 Million Gallons Spill and you don’t know it? A new regulatory filing shows Energy Transfer’s Rover unit was notified by Ohio’s Environmental Protection Agency of violations after two releases of drilling fluids, both discovered last week. They spilled 2 million gallons of toxic waste. Crews were drilling under the Tuscarawas River to create a…Read moreRead more

Big Energy – Big Donations

When President Donald Trump took office in January, one of his first acts was to sign an executive order that would speed up the approval of several pipelines. We wondered why this was such a priority. Today, we got a clue. Contribution records from Trump’s inaugural committee, were released Wednesday by the Federal Election Commission. Energy…Read moreRead more

Following The Money – in General

Recently, the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services and Morton County Sheriff’s Department released a document explaining “Resources and costs diverted from normal operations” due to protest. In part, it shows: Days of Response Support 210 Hours of Response Support 331,721 State and Local Cost to Taxpayers (as of March 6, 2017) $38.2M Personnel (Salaries,…Read moreRead more

DAPL: Ok To Conceal Some DATA

Attorneys for the Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux didn’t get the greatest news this week. In a decision dated Friday, the U.S. District Judge James Boasberg would allow the developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline to keep secret some but not all pipeline information. What can remain hidden? Information that the company believes…Read moreRead more

Senate Members: DAPL -No Permit?

Top Senate Democrats are questioning whether the builder and manager of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) had a permit to construct a controversial stretch of the project near tribal land and water sources. “We are concerned that Energy Transfer Partners or its subsidiaries might have been drilling under Lake Oahe without a permit and while…Read moreRead more

From Bad to Worse – Cook Inlet Leak(s)

Two weeks ago we wrote about a leaking pipeline. One that had to remain leaking for months because they had no way to fix it at the time. In a letter from the company about that natural gas leak – “During a meeting on Friday, February 17, 2017, we all agreed that we would prefer…Read moreRead more

KXL – “Not Likely to Happen”

KXL – “Not Likely to Happen” according to many lawyers that followed the DAPL crisis. Reasons for that statement to be true are adding up and just starting. (We warn, this is not reason to stop any opposition – it is not over.) At least 4 MORE federal lawsuits were filed this week seeking to…Read moreRead more

Pipeline Incidents – Alarming Facts

Not many people are fans of the Government when it comes to “news” and information. We found one exception. PHMSA – US Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. The amount of DATA available at their site is staggering. We scratched the surface to find statistics of “reported incidents.” We wanted to see how likely one…Read moreRead more

“Remove Pipeline on Indian Land”

The original headline was going to be “Judge Grows a Pair” but we did not think she would have found the humor. An energy company named “Enable” has been ordered to remove a natural gas pipeline from an Indian allotment in Oklahoma after failing to secure consent from the landowners for nearly two decades. The original…Read moreRead more

Announcement Due on KXL

The State Department is set to approve the Keystone XL pipeline by Monday, a senior US official said, reversing the Obama administration’s decision to block the controversial oil pipeline. Monday is end of the 60-day timeline that Trump ordered in January when he issued an executive order for the construction of Keystone and the Dakota…Read moreRead more