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December 18, 2013

The Future of Natural Gas Pipeline Construction

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, natural gas pipeline construction slowed significantly in 2012 – the lowest since 1997. In North America, 367 miles of new pipeline were added, which is dramatically lower than construction in the past 10 to 15 years. With increased production and prices as low […]
December 6, 2013

Upgrading Aging Pipeline Infrastructure

As we’ve discussed over previous posts, pipeline networks come with a great deal of safety ramifications. We’ve discussed a variety of safety issues; ie. what goes into pipeline inspection as well the importance of internal communication to prevent accidents. Today, we’re going to talk about upgrading the aging pipeline infrastructure. […]
November 20, 2013

Having A Vested Interest in Natural Gas Leak Detection

We’ve discussed here on the blog the need to continually monitor and upgrade aging infrastructure, and part of the issue stems from being able to detect natural gas leaks and their source. It’s a commonly held belief that sometimes the best solutions to problems are found by going outside your […]
October 30, 2013

Natural Gas Transportation: A Change in Tide

We’ve discussed the Pickens Plan, which aims to eliminate foreign oil dependence with a focus on natural gas in transportation vehicles, and the opportunities that clean and abundant natural gas provide to the transportation industry. The low cost of gas will reduce prices of goods, stimulate the economy, and contribute […]
October 14, 2013

Natural Gas and Emissions Reduction

Natural Gas Good for the Environment? As an industry, we tout the environmental benefits of the use of natural gas in your home and in natural gas vehicles. We as an industry are also investing in production and distribution technologies that minimize greenhouse gas emissions. In fact, the private sector […]
September 24, 2013

Natural Gas Compressor Stations and Safety Considerations

Why are Compressor Stations Needed? When natural gas is transported through long-distance pipeline, it is pressurized so it can be controlled and moved through the system. It loses pressure along the way, however, and needs to compressed at compressor stations periodically as it progresses. These Compressor stations might be anywhere […]
September 12, 2013

George Mitchell – A Tribute to an Industry Visionary

George P. Mitchell (May 21, 1919 – July 26, 2013) The world, and energy industry lost a visionary, advocate, and philanthropist this summer. Perhaps one of the lesser known, but certainly very important natural gas proponents, George P. Mitchell is credited with helping to discover how to extract natural gas […]
August 28, 2013

Pipeline Safety First, Second and Third

Safe Environment, Employees and Community Safety must come first, and second, and third, said Jeroen van de Veer, former Royal Dutch Shell CEO at the KPMB Global Energy Conference in Houston last May. Safety is a critical role for energy companies and not just because they are being watched closely. […]
August 12, 2013

Natural Gas Storage and Infrastructure

Reliability of Natural Gas Transportation System As we as a nation begin to shift more towards natural gas, and as coal plants and aging nuclear plants are closed, the reliability of the natural gas infrastructure will be put to the test. Some industry observers even suggest the current system won’t […]
July 7, 2013

Pipeline Safety and Integrity: The Pipe Pig

At Snelson, you’ll frequently hear us talking and writing about safety and integrity being a core value and we mean it. It might sound like nice words on a web page displayed with our awards, but let’s dig deeper into the topic if you’ll pardon the pun. The Pipe Pig […]