Pipeline Inspectors May Soon Carry Guns

Railroad Commission Issues Policies to Protect Workers
Eagle Ford Roadways Used for Criminal

Eagle Ford Roadways Used for Criminals

The drug war is now affecting parts of the Eagle Ford as pipeline inspectors express concern for their safety.

As energy companies moved into the Eagle Ford, they have cleared brush and build dirt roads in order to make way for pipelines to carry their product.

This development has had the unintended consequence of providing potential pathways for those smuggling drugs and illegal immigrants, and officials now fear that criminals may come into contact with energy company employees, regulators and landowners.

The issue of the drug cartels exploiting the Eagle Ford Shale’s network of private roads has been a concern since 2012.

Related: Drug Smugglers Using Location Roads to Bypass Border Patrol

Texas Railroad Commission Chairman David Porter said “The federal government has been ineffective in preventing illegal activity along the border and with the unprecedented amount of oil and gas activity in the Eagle Ford Shale in recent years, Commission inspectors in South Texas have voiced concerns about their safety. It is the Railroad Commission’s duty to protect the health and safety of all Texans – and as Railroad Commissioners, this responsibility extends to ensuring that our staff is protected while doing this important work.”

Porter has implemented policy changes to keep inspectors safe including:

  • Ensuring that RRC staff and inspectors who want to carry firearms for self-protection on duty have the opportunity to obtain their concealed handgun license in a timely manner.
  • Requiring inspectors in areas of concern to use the “buddy system” to ensure they are not alone in potentially dangerous areas.
  • Purchasing cell phone boosters for inspector vehicles in remote areas of South Texas that are close to the border and have limited access to mobile communications.

For more  information, go to rrc.state.tx

NuStar Announces Open Season

New Construction Provides Opportunities in McMullen County
NuStar: South Texas Crude Pipeline System

NuStar: South Texas Crude Pipeline System

NuStar energy announced this week that it has opened up space for new shippers in its South Texas Crude Oil Pipeline System during an open season scheduled for April 2-23rd.

During these open seasons, shippers can reserve space in a pipeline by promising a long-term financial commitment to the project. NuStar’s current project is a new origin point to enter the South Texas Crude Oil Pipeline System and is located at highway 99 in McMullen County. This location will provide space for an additional 10,000 barrels per day to potential shippers.

Related: NuStar Energy Planning Eagle Ford Oil Pipeline Expansion

Interested shippers seeking pipeline space in Eagle Ford Shale can receive more information about rates, service and routes by contacting Rick Webb, Vice President-Business Development, at 210.918.2000.

NuStar Energy is based in San Antonio and is one of the largest independent liquids terminal and pipeline operators in the nation. The company’s South Texas Crude Oil Pipeline System consists of over 200 miles of crude transmission and gathering lines throughout Texas including from LaSalle, McMullen, Frio and Live Oak Counties.

Read more at NuStarEnergy.com

Natural Gas Header Complete – Eagle Ford Gas Ready To Flow

Tres Palacios Header Can Move 300 mmcfd From Houston Central Processing Plant
Tres Palacios Pipeline Header and Storage

Tres Palacios Pipeline Header and Storage | Click to Enlarge

Inergy, LP has completed a 20-mile, 24-inch pipeline header extension that will allow natural gas to flow from Kinder Morgan’s Houston Central gas processing plant in Colorado County to the Tres Palacios storage hub in Matagorda County.

The Tres Palacios Header crosses ten interstate & intrastate pipelines and connects the Tres Palacios storage hub to the Houston Central processing plant. [Read more…]

TexStar Midstream Buys Tierra Pipeline & Transportation Assets

140-Mile Pipeline, 60 Employees, & 35 Tractor Trailers
Tierra Pipeline Map

Tierra Pipeline Map | Click to Enlarge

TexStar Midstream and affiliated companies have agreed to buy Tierra Pipeline, LP, and Tierra Transportation.

TexStar Midstream Services will operate the Tierra Pipeline and Black Creek Well Services will operate Tierra Transportation. Black Creek Well Services is a sister company to TexStar Midstream. [Read more…]

Plains All American Planning Cactus Pipeline – McCamey to Gardendale

Permian Crude Will Access Rail, Barge, and Pipeline Outlets From Gardendale
Plains All American Eagle Ford Assets

Plains All American Eagle Ford Assets | Click to Enlarge

Plains All American Pipeline announced a new $350 million pipeline that will move 200,000 b/d of crude oil from the Permian Basin into the Eagle Ford region. The Cactus Pipeline will be a 310-mile, 20-inch crude oil pipeline from McCamey, TX, to the Gardendale Area in La Salle County, TX. [Read more…]

Net Midstream Plans Eagle Ford Pipeline To Mexico from Nueces County

PEMEX Subsidiary Backs Pipeline With Contract For 2.1 Bcfd
Net Mexico Pipeline Map

Net Mexico Pipeline Rough Outline | Click to Enlarge

Net Midstream announced plans for a 42-inch, 124 mile pipeline from Nueces County to Starr County in South Texas. The pipeline is backed by a 2.1 Bcfd transportation contract with MGI Supply ltd (PEMEX Subsidiary). If the pipeline runs at capacity, it will more than double current exports to Mexico. [Read more…]