The Texas Pipeline Association (TPA) elected Vincent DiCosimo, Vice President of Government Affairs at Targa Resources Corp., as its chairman at the association’s Annual Meeting in Houston on January 6, 2023. Read more here.
TPA Statement on Railroad Commission of Texas Weatherization Rules
As part of the response to Winter Storm Uri, the Texas State Legislature passed SB3 and the Railroad Commission of Texas has finalized rules regarding weather emergency preparedness standards for natural gas facilities, including pipelines and related midstream infrastructure. TPA has been working diligently with these and other regulatory entities to ensure the integrity of […]
TEXAS PIPELINES ENSURE DELIVERY OF AFFORDABLE, RELIABLE NATURAL GAS
Wondering how the midstream industry operates in Texas? The industry follows well-established and fundamental legal principles in all commercial dealings, including during extreme weather events. Read more here in an Op Ed published by the Midland Reporter-Telegram.
SHAY BLUNTZER REELECTED CHAIRMAN OF THE TEXAS PIPELINE ASSOCIATION
Shay Bluntzer was reelected Chairman of the Texas Pipeline Association on January 14, 2022. Read more here.
TEXAS PIPELINES DETAIL EFFORTS TO WINTERIZE EQUIPMENT
Since a similar (but smaller scale) winter storm hit Texas in 2011, “midstream companies had begun hardening their facilities, implementing heat tracing and applying heating elements and wraps to valves and controls that might freeze. More enclosures around controls have been built since February, and back-up generators, including some that run on diesel, have been […]
PIPELINES DO NOT “FREEZE”
Gas pipelines do not freeze because they are “naturally insulated” by being buried underground. In addition, natural gas itself does not freeze (it takes temperatures below -297 degrees Fahrenheit to freeze natural gas). Learn more in this link to an article that was published in the Austin American-Statesman.
TPA IS WORKING CLOSELY WITH REGULATORY AGENCIES ON SB 3 RULEMAKING
SB 3 creates a new regulatory structure in response to Winter Storm Uri that mandates the creation of new entities, such as the Texas Energy Reliability Council and the Texas Electricity Supply Chain Security and Mapping Committee. TPA is working closely with state agencies to submit comments on the proposed rules to ensure the safe, […]
NEW REPORT SHOWS TEXAS OIL AND NATURAL GAS INDUSTRY IS REDUCING EMISSIONS; A ROBUST PIPELINE INFRASTRUCTURE IS ESSENTIAL
Emissions are falling; learn why in the Texas Methane & Flaring Coalition’s inaugural Methane & Emissions Report. Read more here
SB 3 is a Dramatic and Consequential Change in the Regulation of the Texas Energy Industry
In June, the 87th Texas Legislature passed sweeping new legislation that will help avert some of the deadly power outages that Texans had to endure as a result of Winter Storm Uri in February. Texas pipeline companies are now working diligently with the RRC, the PUCT and all stakeholders to enact the mandates of SB […]
TWO YEARS AFTER DISASTROUS CHEMICAL FIRE, TEXAS CLOSE TO CREATING NEW SAFETY RULES FOR INDUSTRY
Sen. Carol Alvarado, D-Houston, spent years negotiating with industry groups to get new regulations placed on the chemical industry after the ITC fire in 2019. The bill passed both chambers, but small changes need to be ironed out before it is sent to Gov. Greg Abbott. Read more here