Virtual Pipelines

A “virtual pipeline” is fossil fuel energy infrastructure that connects industrial facilities, institutions, and municipalities to a natural gas or oil pipeline system through a network of pipeline terminals, trucks (gas), or trains (oil). For gas, this also includes on-site decompression stations.

Virtual Pipelines News

» What the Exxon Tapes Reveal About the American Petroleum Institute’s Lobbying Tactics on Oil Trains
The top oil trade group, which a senior Exxon lobbyist recently described as one of the company’s “whipping boys,” used similar delay tactics to push back against oil-by-rail safety rules.
By Justin Mikulka, DeSmog Blog
July 9, 2021

» Analysis: Canceled Keystone XL Pipeline Driving Major Safety Changes in Canadian Oil-by-Rail
By Justin Mikulka, DeSmog Blog
March 12, 2021

» Another Bomb Train Accident Highlights Regulatory Failures
By Justin Mikulka, DeSmog Blog
December 23, 2020

» What You Should Know About Liquefied Natural Gas and Rail Cars
Under current federal law, it’s considered too dangerous to carry liquefied natural gas in tank cars. The Trump administration is attempting to change that.
By EarthJustice
August 18, 2020

» Safety Can’t Be a ‘Pretext’ for Regulating Unsafe Oil Trains, Says Trump Admin
By Justin Mikulka, DeSmog Blog
May 20, 2020

» Four States, Led by New York, Challenge Trump Admin Over Oil Train Safety Rule
By Justin Mikulka, DeSmog Blog
October 29, 2019

» California Attorney General pushes back on regulation of trains carrying flammable oil being retained at the federal level
By David C. Lester, RT&S
October 28, 2019

» Trump Admin Proposes New Rule to Allow Shipping Flammable LNG by Rail
By Justin Mikulka, DeSmog Blog
October 25, 2019

» After Second Deadly Crash, Regulators Say Trucks Leaking Fracked Gas Cargo Are Fine
By Justin Nobel, DeSmog Blog
October 17, 2019

» Driver dead after tanker carrying methane rolls over on Route 2 in Orange
By Nancy Asiamah, Jada Furlow, WWLP
October 12, 2019

» Route 2 Reopens After Truck Carrying Methane Rolls Over, Killing Driver
Authorities have had the Route 2 in Orange closed between exits 13 and 15 in both directions since the rollover
By Sophie Reardon and Cassy Arsenault, NBC News Channel 10, Boston
October 12, 2019