Pipeline brawl in Louisiana rattles industry desperate to build

Industrial - Pipe

A legal battle in Louisiana is hobbling construction of three pipeline projects worth more than $2 billion, reports Insurance Journal. Yet the litigation isn’t from environmentalists: It’s spearheaded by one of the biggest natural gas pipeline operators in the U.S.

Energy Transfer LP wants to block three of its rivals from building pipelines to move gas from northwest Louisiana and East Texas to export terminals on the Gulf Coast. Co-founded by Texas billionaire Kelcy Warren, the industry giant argues the projects by Williams Cos., DT Midstream Inc. and Momentum Midstream, by crossing under its own conduits, would encroach on its right of ways and that the companies haven’t taken adequate steps to ensure they’ll cross its own pipelines safely.

A victory by Energy Transfer would make it “nigh impossible” for some pipeline projects to advance, Louisiana Governor Jeff Landry wrote in a court filing in November during his time as state attorney general. Such a precedent could imperil an industry already desperate for pipeline expansion. Read more.