Oil & Gas Group Launches Webpage to Track Permian Basin Pipeline Projects

Friday, March 08, 2019

Sergio Chapa | Houston Chronicle | March 6, 2019

A group funded by the oil and natural gas industry has launched a new webpage to track the progress of 13 Permian Basin to Gulf Coast pipeline projects under construction.

Created by Texans for Natural Gas, the webpage details crude oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids pipelines being built in the West Texas Shale play.

Divided into those three categories, the webpage provides a route map, capacity, a projected in-service date and a link for more information for each project. 

The Permian Basin is arguably the hottest oil and gas field in the entire world, and production in this region has helped turn the United States into an energy superpower," Texans for Natural Gas spokesman Steve Everley said. "It is critical that we build the infrastructure necessary to allow Texas oil and gas to get to market, domestically and abroad."

Originally launched as North Texans For Natural Gas in 2014, the group reorganized in Feb. 2017 to address statewide issues.

Boasting more than 300,000 supporters and financial sponsorship from EOG Resources, EnerVest and ExxonMobil subsidiary XTO Energy, Texans For Natural Gas has launched 15 petitions to support industry issues over the past five years.

Last month, Texans For Natural Gas recently launched a petition to counter opposition from environmentalists and others opponents of three liquefied natural gas export terminals proposed to be built at the Port of Brownsville.

It's a different story in the Permian Basin, which has become the largest shale play in the United States. With nearly 470 drilling rigs in operation in the region, the oil and natural gas industry enjoys broad support but exploration and production activity has grown faster than roads, power lines and pipelines for water, crude oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids can be added.

With a goal of providing timely information about pipeline projects under development, Everley said the Texans for Natural Gas Permian Basin pipelines page can be updated as new projects are announced, information about them changes or they go into service.

"The new pipeline capacity planned for the Permian will be a key part of keeping the Texas energy boom alive, while also ensuring that we can deliver reliable and affordable energy," Everley said.