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Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted April 1, 2014

To help mark National Safe Digging Month – designed to encourage professional excavators and homeowners alike to dial 811 before digging – we thought we’d highlight some of the FAQs from the Call811.com website.

First, a reminder that 811, the “call before you dig” service, was created to help protect everyone from unintentionally hitting underground utility lines during digging projects. Every digging job requires a call – even small ones like planting trees or shrubs. Call 811 from anywhere in the country a few days before digging, and you’ll be connected with someone who will take down details about the job or project. In a few days a locator will come at no charge to mark the approximate location of underground lines, pipes and cables.

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pipelines  pipeline-safety  jobs  economy 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted January 15, 2014

Some eye-popping numbers from a new report by API and the Association of Oil Pipe Lines:

  • Liquid pipeline operators delivered 14.1 billion barrels of crude oil and petroleum products by interstate pipeline in 2012

  • Liquid pipeline operators operated 185,599 miles of pipeline in 2012 including 57,051 miles of crude oil, 64,024 miles of petroleum product, and 59,853 miles of natural gas liquid pipelines

  • Liquid pipeline operators spent more than $1.6 billion on integrity management in 2012 evaluating, inspecting and maintaining their pipeline infrastructure

  • Liquid pipeline releases are down 62% from 2001 to 2012

  • Barrels released from liquid pipelines are down 47% from 2001 to 2012

  • Corrosion as a cause of releases from liquid pipelines is down 79% from 2001 to 2012

  • Third-party caused damage to liquid pipelines is down 78% from 2001 to 2012

As API Pipeline Director Peter Lidiak put it:

“Pipelines are a vital part of this nation’s infrastructure and will be critical to creating jobs, growing our nation’s economy and securing our bright energy future… Statistically, pipelines have an almost 100 percent safety record and reaching a perfect record of safety.”

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american-energy  exports  global-energy  pipelines  ethanol  hydraulic-fracturing 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted October 18, 2013

Amid Oil Boom, Petroleum Exports Surge

National Journal: RICHMOND, Calif. – It takes about a month for oil to arrive from the Middle East to a refinery here on the edge of the San Francisco Bay. On a clear day, you can see the Golden Gate Bridge in the distance from the refinery's pier, but you will probably notice first and foremost the massive tankers docked and unloading oil into a web of pipes.

About 60 percent of the oil processed by this refinery, owned and operated by Chevron, comes from the Middle East. Most of the rest comes from Alaska, also by tanker. But the oil coming in is not as interesting as what is going out. Many companies are beginning to turn around and export the refined gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel.

"As the economy has taken a hit, as vehicle efficiency standards have lowered the demand for fuel, California refineries in aggregate can now produce more than the local demand and therefore products are beginning to be exported," said Dave Reeves, president of global supply and trading at Chevron.

Read more: http://bit.ly/H1RtaF

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american-energy  hydraulic-fracturing  pipelines  technology 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted October 15, 2013

Daniel Yergin: Out of ’73 Embargo ‘the Birth of the Modern Era of Energy’

Wall Street Journal: Forty years ago, on Oct. 17, 1973, the world experienced its first "oil shock" as Arab exporters declared an embargo on shipments to Western countries. The OPEC embargo was prompted by America's military support for Israel, which was repelling a coordinated surprise attack by Arab countries that had begun on Oct. 6, the sacred Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur.

 

With prices quadrupling in the next few months, the oil crisis set off an upheaval in global politics and the world economy. It also challenged America's position in the world, polarized its politics at home and shook the country's confidence.

 

Yet the crisis meant even more because it was the birth of the modern era of energy. Although the OPEC embargo seemed to provide proof that the world was running short of oil resources, the move by Arab exporters did the opposite: It provided massive incentive to develop new oil fields outside of the Middle East—what became known as "non-OPEC," led by drilling in the North Sea and Alaska.

 

Read more: http://on.wsj.com/18iHMi7

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hurricanes  pipelines  refinery 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted June 3, 2013

Fox Business News reports that because of surging shale energy development, overall oil production in the U.S. has become less susceptible to disruption from Gulf of Mexico hurricanes – even as the hurricane season officially opened over the weekend. Fox:

The U.S. is less dependent on production in the federal Gulf of Mexico, where hurricanes are more likely to cause disruptions. In 1997, 26% of the nation’s natural gas was produced there. By 2012, the Gulf of Mexico’s share fell to 6%. Oil production has also made a big shift to inland basins, thanks to booming shale plays in North Dakota and Texas.  The Gulf’s share of crude oil production in the U.S. narrowed to 19% last year from 26% in 2007 to 2011.Therefore, the impact of hurricanes on oil and natural gas production has been lessened by the shale oil boom taking place further inland.

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Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted October 8, 2012

The Common Ground Alliance is about digging safety – getting folks to call 811 before they did to prevent accidents with buried utilities, including gas lines.

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