January 2017, Vol. 244, No. 1


Company & Association News


Association News The Southern Gas Association Board of Directors named Bill Cantrell as president and CEO for the Dallas-based group. He replaces Mike Grubb who announced his retirement last summer. SGA has over 500 volunteer leaders serving on 60 committees. Cantrell has an Electrical Engineering ..

Editor's Notebook

What the Dakota Access Pipeline Protesters Aren’t Telling You

With the help of celebrities and professional activists, protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota have attracted international attention. The shouting and violence have drawn sympathy from people who are hearing only one side of the story — the one told by activists. Were the full..


Deal-making, Increased Pipeline Safety on Tap for 2017

Construction management and consulting firm, TRC Companies, released its top 12 predictions for the energy, utility, and oil and gas sectors for 2017, which included robust funding for utility mergers, acquisitions and infrastructure upgrades, along with big shifts in power plant and pipeline constr..

How EPA Regulations Change Ways We Look at Gas Leaks

New EPA pipeline regulations are changing how companies evaluate and analyze gas leaks.

How to Regulation-Proof Pipeline Contractor Safety Programs

The midstream industry operates in an extremely opportunistic and entrepreneurial environment with assets that change ownership, consolidate, expand and form partnerships or joint ventures with regularity. This constant change applies to construction of new assets, expansion of existing assets, and..

How Trump Could Change LNG Markets

It is unclear how Donald Trump will rule on American LNG pipeline construction projects.

Oxford Flow’s High-Performance Industrial Pressure Regulator

High-performance industrial pressure regulators are used in gas and liquid pipelines to control flows and to prevent problems such as leaks. There are numerous companies supplying this market including America’s Fairchild Industrial Products, Italy’s Pietro Fiorentini, and Germany’s KSB Aktiengesel..

P&GJ’s 2017 Worldwide Pipeline Construction Report

A detailed overview of pipeline construction projects planned and currently under construction worldwide.

Pacific Connector Pipeline: Journey or Destination?     

Despite regulatory roadblocks, the companies behind the Pacific Connector Pipeline construction project aren't giving up.

Pick Your Poison for Crude – Pipeline, Rail, Truck or Boat

Oil and gas is moving around our country, through pristine wilderness, and across our cities and towns. The recent election results are not going to change that. Oil is going to keep moving and will continue to increase in volume in our new energy boom. So, the question from an environmentalist’s st..

Rex Tillerson: The Watch Is On

Rex Tillerson, CEO of ExxonMobil and President-elect Trump’s nominee for Secretary of State, is a well-known figure on the global stage, with close relationships to foreign and business leaders such as Russian President Vladimir Putin and Rosneft head Igor Sechin. It’s no surprise that such a negoti..

Russia Shifts Eastward: China Gas Sales & Pipelines Construction

Russia focuses on pipeline construction projects with China.

Survey: Midstream Respondents Try to Retain Optimism

As the oil and gas business tries to come to grips with low natural gas prices by streamlining and investing in new technologies, a new study still found a large majority of those in the industry are optimistic that renewed growth will occur no later than 2020. Among those responding to Black & Vea..

Technology to Future-Proof Your Natural Gas Pipeline for Growth

The unprecedented rate of production of natural gas in the last few years has been matched by a record level of consumer deliveries including residential, commercial, industrial and vehicle fuel deliveries. Today, natural gas accounts for 30%t of America’s energy generation, heats 76 million homes, ..

Understanding PHMSA’s Proposed Expansion of MAOP Verification

What you need to know about PHMSA’s proposed expansion of MAOP verification.

USGS Estimates 20 Billion Barrels of Oil in Texas’ Wolfcamp Shale

The Wolfcamp shale in the Midland Basin portion of Texas’ Permian Basin province contains an estimated mean of 20 billion barrels of oil, 16 Tcf of associated natural gas, and 1.6 billion barrels of natural gas liquids, according to a recent assessment by the U.S. Geological Survey. This estimate i..

Well-Devised Inspection Plans Can Save Millions

Well-crafted pipeline inspection plans can save companies millions of dollars.


Iran’s Strategic Course Back onto Global Stage

With the lifting of nuclear-related sanctions last January, Iran is slowly getting the wheels of its economy moving again, according to a study by engineering, services organization Lloyd’s Register. Contributing about 25% of the government’s budget 2016, the oil and gas sector remains a major sour..



New regulations could help more gathering pipeline construction projects proceed.

In The News

In the News

An overview of stories pertaining to America's pipeline industry from the January 2017 issue.

World News

An overview of news pertaining to the pipeline industry worldwide featured in our January 2017 issue.



An overview of pipeline construction projects as featured in our January 2017 issue.


Q&A: Energy Expert Offers Global Perspective

Melissa Stark is in an enviable position as Managing Director Energy Industry Group for Accenture. She carries impressive educational credentials that, along with 18 years of working in every energy sector, place her in a key post with the global consulting giant. Stark was the assistant chair to t..


Canadian Researchers Taking on Oil Pipeline Corrosion

A collaborative research project involving four universities in the Province of Alberta and Atlantic Canada has received major funding to address the issue of pipeline corrosion caused by microbial activity. The federal government announcement was made Dec. 8 by Minister of Science, Kirsty Duncan i..

What's New

What’s New

An overview of new products for pipeline construction projects, as featured in our January 2017 issue.