MILLWOOD, W.Va. (AP) — A natural gas pipeline construction management company has been ordered to pay $3.7 million in back wages and damages to safety inspectors for failing to pay overtime...
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem said Monday that she's proposing a new framework for oil pipeline construction before building starts on the Keystone XL pipeline, introducing...
TransCanada pursuing water permits for pipeline construction
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota regulators are reviewing three water permit applications filed by TransCanada Corp. related to the stalled construction of the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline project.
TransCanada has applied for permits to withdraw water from the Cheyenne, Bad and White rivers in western South Dakota, the Rapid City Journal reported.
US government says shutdown shouldn’t stop Keystone hearing
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. government shutdown may prevent Justice Department attorneys from going before a Montana judge next week to ask him to lift his hold on Keystone XL oil pipeline construction.
But the federal attorneys and the Canadian company that wants to build the pipeline say their absence shouldn't delay Monday's hearing on the matter in U.S. District Court in Great Falls.
Judge allows preliminary work on Keystone XL oil pipeline
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana judge says a Canadian company may continue preliminary work on the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline while his order blocking construction is in effect.
U.S. District Judge Brian Morris said Wednesday he will clarify his Nov. 8 injunction to allow TransCanada to conduct engineering and planning activities, confirm shipper contracts, meet with different groups and acquire equipment, permits and land rights.
Keystone XL pipeline builder asks judge to allow some work
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The company that wants to build the Keystone XL pipeline is asking a judge to change his order blocking the project to allow pre-construction work to continue, such as purchasing materials and finalizing contracts.
AP PHOTOS: Ancient cemetery unearthed in Albania
TURAN, Albania (AP) — In a rich agricultural basin near the town of Korca in southeastern Albania, gas pipeline construction work is offering archaeologists a unique insight into 5,000 years of history in a country that was off most experts' radar during decades of isolationist Communist rule.
Feds allow Atlantic Coast pipeline construction to resume
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Federal officials will allow construction to resume on the Atlantic Coast pipeline, weeks after work was halted when a federal appeals court threw out two key permits for the 600-mile (965-kilometer) natural gas pipeline.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission announced the change in a letter Monday to Dominion Energy, the project's lead developer.
Federal officials halt Atlantic Coast pipeline construction
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Federal officials have ordered that construction be halted on the Atlantic Coast pipeline, days after a federal appeals court threw out two key permits for building the 600-mile natural gas pipeline.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission announced the order in a letter Friday to Dominion Energy, the project's lead developer.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Construction of a crude oil pipeline through Louisiana's environmentally fragile Atchafalaya Basin swamp can continue under a federal appeals court decision handed down Friday.
A divided panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals vacated a lower court's preliminary injunction blocking construction of the Bayou Bridge Pipeline.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline in Virginia has been halted to address some soil erosion problems.
Officials said Friday that the suspension is expected to be temporary for the natural gas pipeline's installation. Construction will resume with approval from Virginia's Department of Environmental Quality.
DEQ officials said in a statement that the pipeline will direct crews to enhance and restore erosion and sediment controls along the route.
A company building a crude oil pipeline in Louisiana expects to complete the construction project by October if a federal appeals court doesn't order another halt to the work.
Bayou Bridge Pipeline LLC's attorneys said in a court filing Wednesday that construction of the entire 163-mile (260-kilometer) pipeline was nearly 76 percent complete as of Sunday.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court has issued a stay that halts some Mountain Valley Pipeline construction in West Virginia.
The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted the stay Thursday in a case brought by conservation groups that challenged a water-crossings permit.
Opponents of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline have been staging protests outside Gov. Roy Cooper's office this week, saying work on the interstate natural gas pipeline is damaging homes and property.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A company may resume construction of a crude oil pipeline in a Louisiana swamp, a project that has been on hold for nearly three weeks, an appeals court ruled Thursday.
A lower-court judge had suspended construction of the Bayou Bridge pipeline in the Atchafayala Basin, but a divided three-judge panel from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed to lift that order.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A company building a crude oil pipeline in Louisiana asked a federal appeals court Tuesday for an order that would allow it to immediately resume construction work in an environmentally fragile swamp.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A federal appeals court has scheduled a hearing next week to review a judge's order that halted construction of a crude oil pipeline in a Louisiana swamp.
Bayou Bridge Pipeline LLC asked the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for an "emergency stay" that would lift the suspension of construction work while it appeals the judge's ruling.
A three-judge panel from the court is scheduled to hear to arguments on that request next Tuesday.
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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A company building a crude oil pipeline in Louisiana asked a federal appeals court Friday to lift a judge's order that temporarily halts pipeline construction work in a swamp.
Bayou Bridge Pipeline LLC asked the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for an "emergency stay" that would suspend the judge's ruling while it appeals. The company asked the New Orleans-based appeals court for a decision by next Wednesday.
Judge explains order halting Louisiana pipeline construction
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A federal judge who halted construction of a crude oil pipeline through a Louisiana swamp concluded that the project's irreversible environmental damage outweighs the economic harm that a delay brings to the company building it.
U.S. District Judge Shelly Dick issued a 61-page ruling Tuesday to explain her decision last week to stop construction of the Bayou Bridge pipeline in environmentally fragile Atchafalaya Basin.
The Latest: 3 arrested at Louisiana oil pipeline protest
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Latest on the legal battle over construction of a south Louisiana crude oil pipeline (all times local):
Three people have been arrested at an oil pipeline construction site in south Louisiana.
An Assumption Parish Sheriff's Office commander confirmed Monday's arrest of three New Orleans residents at the site near Belle Rose.
Judge agrees to halt construction of Louisiana oil pipeline
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A federal judge agreed Friday to suspend construction of a crude oil pipeline through a swamp in Louisiana's Cajun country, a victory for environmental groups opposed to the project.
U.S. District Judge Shelly Dick granted the groups' request for a preliminary injunction that temporarily halts pipeline construction in the environmentally fragile Atchafalaya Basin until their lawsuit over the project is resolved.
Af-Pak officials inaugurate long-awaited gas pipeline
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's president and Pakistan's prime minister launched a 1,814 kilometer (1,130 mile) gas pipeline on Friday that will feed Turkmenistan gas to Afghanistan, as well as Pakistan and eventually to India.
The first part of the inauguration took place in Turkmenistan, on the border with Afghanistan's western province of Herat, followed by a ceremony in Afghanistan. The launch was shown live on Afghan television.
Judge rejects bid to suspend Louisiana pipeline construction
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A federal judge refused Tuesday to order a temporary halt to construction of a crude oil pipeline through a river swamp in south Louisiana, a setback for environmental groups challenging the project.
U.S. District Judge Shelly Dick denied the groups' request for a temporary restraining order that would have suspended pipeline construction in the environmentally fragile Atchafalaya Basin pending a hearing next week.
Bob Krist bill would tighten requirements for pipeline construction in Nebraska
State Sen. Bob Krist of Omaha introduced legislation on Tuesday to require due process for the taking of private property for private oil pipeline construction in Nebraska rather than any use of eminent domain.
Environmental groups sue FERC over Mountain Valley approval
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A coalition of environmental groups is suing federal regulators over their approval of the Mountain Valley Pipeline, which would carry natural gas across West Virginia and Virginia.
The lawsuit against the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission was filed late Monday in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. It challenges the commission's 2-1 decision to grant what's called a certificate of public convenience and necessity for the approximately 300-mile project.
Partnership project will plant 55,000 trees in North Dakota
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota tree habitat project involving the state, the oil and gas industry and private landowners will plant about 55,000 trees in the state over the next few years.
BROWNSVILLE — It’s hard to miss for those who have driven S.H. 48 in the vicinity of the Brownsville Ship Channel during the past several months: Valley Crossing Pipeline, currently under construction to supply fracked natural gas to Mexico from the Eagle Ford Shale oil fields in Central Texas.
3 arrested at Enbridge Line 3 pipeline site in Wisconsin
SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) — Police have arrested three protesters at an Enbridge pipeline construction site in northwestern Wisconsin.
Authorities say 12 to 15 pipeline opponents gathered at the site in Superior about 9 a.m. Wednesday. Police Chief Matt Markon says one protester attached himself to a piece of equipment that had to be removed with a hand-held metal cutting wheel.
Court orders pause in Atlantic Sunrise pipeline construction
COLUMBIA, Pa. (AP) — A federal appeals court has temporarily halted construction of a natural gas pipeline in Pennsylvania.
LNP reports the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., stopped work on the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline.
Protesters arrested at pipeline construction site
LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — More than two dozen people have been arrested at a protest of a $3 billion pipeline being built to carry natural gas from northeastern Pennsylvania to Southern states.
Scores of demonstrators gathered Monday on land in Lancaster County's West Hempfield Township that is owned by a Catholic order of nuns that allowed activists to build an outdoor chapel on the planned pipeline route.
6 oil pipeline protesters arrested in northwestern Wisconsin
SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) — Authorities have arrested six protesters at an Enbridge Energy pipeline construction site near Superior in northwestern Wisconsin.
Tuesday's arrests were the first at the site, where Enbridge is building a replacement for its aging Line 3 crude oil pipeline from Alberta across North Dakota and Minnesota to Superior. Nobody was arrested in two protests there last week.
Protesters briefly shut down Line 3 pipeline construction
SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) — Protesters opposing the replacement of Enbridge Energy's aging Line 3 oil pipeline shut down construction in northern Wisconsin for a brief time.
Enbridge spokeswoman Jennifer Smith says a group of about 20 protesters entered a worksite outside Superior on Monday and vandalized equipment before leaving on their own. She didn't immediately have a damage estimate.
Video footage posted on social media shows masked protesters locking themselves onto equipment.
What to expect as Nebraska PSC starts hearings on Keystone XL pipeline
LINCOLN — After weeks of public meetings and debate about the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, the time has come to decide whether the long-delayed project will get a green light from Nebraska.
As Connecticut updates its 2013 Comprehensive Energy Strategy, the biggest change should be the elimination of the need for new natural gas pipelines.
COLUMBIA, Pa. (AP) — A group opposing a natural gas pipeline slated to go through land owned by some Pennsylvania nuns has built a prayer chapel on the proposed right of way.
Lancaster Against Pipelines and the sisters, The Adorers of the Blood of Christ, plan to dedicate the chapel at a prayer service on Sunday.
HARLINGEN — Churning dust and the roar of 18-wheelers mark the Valley Crossing Pipeline construction yard near the Treasure Hills area.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal agency has told a company building a high-pressure natural gas pipeline it cannot resume drilling beneath creeks in southeast Ohio and northern West Virginia.
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — More than 60 property owners in northeast Ohio are asking a federal court to block a proposed high-pressure natural gas pipeline.
Organizers of the Coalition to Reroute Nexus say a suit filed Friday in U.S. district court charges that the project violates the owners' due process rights, misuses eminent domain to take property, and jeopardizes their safety. It seeks injunctions against the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and Nexus Gas Transmission.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Attorneys for the developer of the Dakota Access pipeline are fighting an attempt by Sioux tribes to argue that oil under their water source potentially interferes with their religion, even as the company steadily fills the line with oil.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A judge refused to head off the imminent flow of oil in the disputed Dakota Access pipeline, likely clearing the way for operations to begin next week.
U.S. District Judge James Boasberg in Washington, D.C., denied a request by the Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux tribes to stop oil from flowing while the tribes appeal his decision last week allowing pipeline construction to finish.
The Latest: 46 protesters arrested while police clear camp
CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — The Latest on the closing of a protest encampment near the Dakota Access pipeline construction site in North Dakota (all times local):
Authorities say they arrested 46 protesters while clearing a Dakota Access oil pipeline protest camp in North Dakota.
The arrests came as authorities cleared the camp Thursday, a day after a deadline the Army Corps of Engineers set for protesters to leave in anticipation of spring flooding.
The Latest: Police: About 20 fires set at Dakota Access camp
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Latest on plans to close a protest encampment near the Dakota Access pipeline construction site in North Dakota (all times local):
Authorities in North Dakota say Dakota Access pipeline protesters set about 20 fires on the day their longstanding camp was scheduled for closure.
They say at least two explosions resulted. A 7-year-old boy and a 17-year-old girl were taken by ambulance to a Bismarck hospital to be treated for burns.
$3.2B Sabal Trail pipeline on target for June operation
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — A 515-mile-long natural gas pipeline under construction in east Alabama is on target to begin operation in June.
Sabal Trail Transmission and Spectra Energy spokeswoman Andrea Grover tells the Opelika-Auburn News (http://bit.ly/2kTYE8F ) that the Sabal Trail pipeline is 78 percent complete.
Grover says the Alabama portion of the project is 64 percent finished. The pipeline construction is making its way through Lee County.
BISMARCK, N.D. — The Army on Friday formally ended further environmental study of the Dakota Access oil pipeline’s disputed crossing beneath a Missouri River reservoir in southern North Dakota.
Army formally ends study of disputed pipeline crossing
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Army on Friday formally ended further environmental study of the Dakota Access oil pipeline's disputed crossing beneath a Missouri River reservoir in southern North Dakota.
Meanwhile, its Corps of Engineers branch continued efforts to accelerate cleanup at a protest camp near the drilling site that's threatened by spring flooding.
The Latest: Company to resume work on oil pipeline
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Latest on the proposed four-state, $3.8 billion Dakota Access oil pipeline (all times local):
The company building the Dakota Access oil pipeline says it plans to resume work immediately to finish the project.
Tribal leader asks Trump to reconsider pipeline action
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The leader of the Standing Rock Sioux is urging President Donald Trump to reconsider his push for completion of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline.
Tribal spokeswoman Sue Evans says Chairman Dave Archambault requested a meeting with Trump in a letter sent Wednesday, warning that relations between the new administration and the Native American community have "gotten off on the wrong foot." It's not clear if Trump has received the letter.
Federal regulators weigh in on proposed natural gas pipeline
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Federal regulators say the majority of adverse environmental impacts from a proposed natural gas pipeline that would cross West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina could be avoided, minimized or mitigated.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission included the finding in its draft environmental impact statement for the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline, which was released Friday.