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IEEFA Analysis: The Economic Frailties and Rickety Finances Behind the Dakota Access Pipeline

IEEFA Analysis: The Economic Frailties and Rickety Finances Behind the Dakota Access Pipeline

Shippers Are in a Position Now to Renegotiate Contracts; Oil Prices Have Tanked Since Deals Were Signed; Long-Term Outlook for Project is Deeply Uncertain

Construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline has sparked considerable public controversy, bringing national attention to issues that include tribal sovereignty and risks to drinking water. Less publicized are the project’s financial weaknesses, and the fact the pipeline may represent a substantial overbuilding of the Bakken’s oil-transport infrastructure. The report that we released today in partnership […]

November 16, 2016 Read More →
Two Pipeline Expansion Projects in Appalachia Indicate a Rush Toward Overbuilding

Two Pipeline Expansion Projects in Appalachia Indicate a Rush Toward Overbuilding

Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast Pipelines Pose Risk to Ratepayers, Communities, and Investors

We’ve published a report today that concludes that two natural gas pipelines proposed for construction from West Virginia into Virginia and North Carolina are indicative of a rush toward industry overbuilding. The study, “Risks Associated With Natural Gas Pipeline Expansion Across Appalachia,” examines the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline, which would traverse West Virginia into eastern […]

April 27, 2016 Read More →

More News and Commentary

Oil and gas industry: Coal plants no more secure than pipelines

Houston Chronicle: More than 300,000 miles of natural gas transmission lines crisscross the United States, fueling electricity and industrial plants and heating homes, while also providing an alluring target for hackers looking to disrupt the American economy. Now those pipelines are at the center of a debate in Washington about the future of the power […]

June 20, 2018 Read More →

On the blogs: billionaire Houston oilman is the winner in Canada’s rescue of Trans Mountain pipeline project

Sightlines Institute: In his continuing bid to earn his country the title of most corrupt petro-state, Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau just committed his government—or, rather, all of the country’s citizens—to a Can$4.5 billion bailout for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project. Trudeau’s government has agreed to buy the existing Trans Mountain Pipeline, along with […]

June 4, 2018 Read More →

On the Blogs: Houston-Based Kinder Morgan Gets a Canadian Bailout

Sightline Institute: In his continuing bid to earn his country the title of most corrupt petro-state, Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau just committed his government—or, rather, all of the country’s citizens—to a Can$4.5 billion bailout for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project. Trudeau’s government has agreed to buy the existing Trans Mountain Pipeline, along with […]

May 31, 2018 Read More →

Canada to Buy Troubled Trans Mountain Pipeline

Reuters: Canada will buy Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd’s Trans Mountain pipeline for C$4.5 billion ($3.5 billion), the government said on Tuesday, hoping to save a project that faces formidable political and environmental opposition. Finance Minister Bill Morneau said purchasing the pipeline was the only way to ensure that a planned expansion could proceed. The pipeline, […]

May 30, 2018 Read More →

Australian Tax Office Studying Financing of Northern Gas Pipeline

Australian Broadcasting Corporation: The Australian Tax Office is investigating the Chinese-Singapore-owned company building the Northern Gas Pipeline from the Northern Territory to Queensland over how the project is being financed. In its latest financial report, released last month, Jemena’s parent company SGSP Assets Pty Ltd revealed: “The Australian Tax Office is currently conducting a transfer […]

May 25, 2018 Read More →

Commentary: Trans Mountain Financial Problems Are Kinder Morgan’s Issue, Not Canada’s

National Observer: In an unusual action for a Sunday afternoon, on April 8, 2018, Kinder Morgan Canada Limited (KML) issued a press release announcing it had taken the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project hostage. The company said it was suspending “all non-essential activities and related spending” on the project. The demands? Meet two conditions by […]

May 17, 2018 Read More →

Disputed Enbridge Line 3 Pipeline Heads to Minnesota Regulators for Decision

Associated Press: Minnesota regulators should approve Enbridge Energy’s proposal for replacing its aging Line 3 crude oil pipeline only if it follows the existing route rather than company’s preferred route, an administrative law judge recommended Monday. The proposal has drawn strong opposition because Enbridge’s preferred route would carry Canadian tar sands crude from Alberta across […]

April 25, 2018 Read More →

FERC to Review Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Policies

Bloomberg: U.S. energy regulators embarked upon a wide-ranging review of how interstate natural gas pipelines are approved, amid concerns that current guidelines have become outdated following the shale boom. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will examine the use of eminent domain, how the need for a pipeline is assessed and the extent to which greenhouse […]

April 20, 2018 Read More →

B.C. Pipeline Opposition Roils Canadian Politics

Bloomberg: British Columbia Premier John Horgan, who has vowed to use every possible means to thwart a Kinder Morgan Inc. pipeline expansion, was told by legal advisers last year before taking power that blocking the project would be against the law. That hasn’t stopped the 58-year-old former pulp mill worker from digging in his heels to stop […]

April 13, 2018 Read More →

Investors Not Convinced U.S. Gas- and Oil-Drillers Are A Good Bet

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): Investors are taking a wait-and-see attitude toward the stocks of the top U.S. shale oil and gas drillers and are unsure if those companies will keep spending under control as the price of oil goes higher, analysts said. Nearly half of the 22 shale oil and gas drillers in an […]

April 12, 2018 Read More →