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Officers talking to Mariner East 2 foreman during protests (copyright by Shutterstock/Rachael Warriner)
Officers talking to Mariner East 2 foreman during protests (copyright by Shutterstock/Rachael Warriner)

Mariner East 2 Natural Gas Pipeline Causes a Ruckus in Pennsylvania

Energy Transfer Partners, the Texas-based company behind several pipeline construction projects in Pennsylvania, has been the subject of multiple criminal and regulatory investigations for some time.  Earlier this month it was fined a record $30.6 million for the 2018 Revolution pipeline explosion in western Pennsylvania that destroyed a home but thankfully killed no one.

Comment: Nordstream 2 In Final Push To Greifswald (Copyright by Axel Schmidt / Nord Stream 2)
Comment: Nordstream 2 In Final Push To Greifswald (Copyright by Axel Schmidt / Nord Stream 2)

Comment: Nord Stream 2 In Final Push To Greifswald

The United States government has long maintained that the development of a second Nord Stream gas pipeline would render Europe too dependent on gas from Russia, making the continent vulnerable to political manipulation.

Pipelines in the Spotlight As Middle East Political Tensions Rise (Copyright: Philip Lange / Shutterstock)
Pipelines in the Spotlight As Middle East Political Tensions Rise (Copyright: Philip Lange / Shutterstock)

Pipelines in the Spotlight As Middle East Political Tensions Rise

Oil pipelines in the Gulf region have become a conspicuous strategic target in the growing confrontation between Iran on the one side and the United States, Saudi Arabia, the Emirates and even Israel on the other.

Trump signing the Presidential memoranda to advance the construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines. January 24, 201
Trump signing the Presidential memoranda to advance the construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines. January 24, 201

President Trump's Plans for More Pipelines Stalls Amid Regulatory Challenges

U.S. President Donald Trump signed executive orders last week to speed up the construction of transnational and national pipeline projects.

This comes after making promises on the campaign trail for the presidency to remove regulatory barriers to energy projects.

US-President Trump Mulls Invoking National Security Powers To Prop Up Moribund Coal Industry (Africa Studio / Shutterstock)
US-President Trump Mulls Invoking National Security Powers To Prop Up Moribund Coal Industry (Africa Studio / Shutterstock)

US-President Trump Mulls Invoking National Security Powers To Prop Up Moribund Coal Industry

The Trump administration, seeking to justify its fascination with coal, a product that is increasingly out of favor with most other industrialized countries worldwide, is arguing that gas pipelines are too vulnerable to hacking, threatening American energy security. Therefore, the United States, it is argued, need more coal in the energy mix.

30 km Friendship Pipeline a Bone of Contention in the High Stakes Dispute with North Korea
30 km Friendship Pipeline a Bone of Contention in the High Stakes Dispute with North Korea

30 km Friendship Pipeline a Bone of Contention in the High Stakes Dispute with North Korea

The Yalu River running through Manchuria has long served as the well-known border between China and North Korea. What is less known, but equally significant, is the short, aging 30 km Friendship Pipeline constructed in part under the Yalu.

US Capitol east front, by Martin Falbisoner - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0
US Capitol east front, by Martin Falbisoner - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0

US Sanctions and Nord Stream 2: Now Is the Time for Europe to Act

This week the House of Representatives followed the Senate in voting overwhelmingly to impose broad sanctions on Russia for behavior deemed unacceptable to the United States, particularly the alleged cyber hacking of the US election.

Bend In Missouri River in North Dakota ( iStock.com/sakakawea7 )
Bend In Missouri River in North Dakota ( iStock.com/sakakawea7 )

Comment: Dakota Access - The Politics of Interstate Pipeline Construction

As a general proposition, the longer the pipeline the more difficult it is to build it. This is related not just to technical issues surrounding construction. More than ever the success of a particular pipeline project depends on how well the pipeline operator can navigate the political thicket of interest groups along the proposed pipeline route.