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Pipeline Controversies: Updates on Top Projects


Feb. 22 2019, Published 10:06 a.m. ET

Pipeline controversies

With the halting of permit review for Energy Transfer’s (ET) projects by the Pennsylvania DEP (Department of Environmental Protection), pipeline controversies have once again caught midstream investors’ attention. Let’s look at some major pipeline projects that have faced controversy.

One controversial project has been Kinder Morgan’s (KMI) Trans Mountain expansion. After continued regulatory approval delays, the company sold the project to the Government of Canada last May.

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Energy Transfer’s projects

Energy Transfer’s controversial Dakota Access Pipeline project met an entirely different fate than KMI’s Trans Mountain expansion. The Dakota Access Pipeline has been up and running since June 2017.

Similarly, Energy Transfer’s Rover pipeline became fully operational last November. However, its Mariner East 2 project is expected to be impacted by the DEP’s suspension of review of Energy Transfer’s permit requests.

TransCanada’s Keystone XL project

TransCanada’s (TRP) Keystone XL pipeline project hit another snag on February 15 when a federal judge denied the Canadian giant’s request for preparation work for the pipeline’s construction. 

Enbridge’s Line 3 replacement

The governor of Minnesota has decided to continue appealing the Public Utilities Commission’s approval of Enbridge’s (ENB) Line 3 replacement project.

We’ll discuss these projects in greater detail in this series. Let’s begin with Energy Transfer’s Mariner East 2 project.


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