Oklahoma business briefs for June 7, 2014

Oklahoma business briefs for June 7, 2014
Oklahoman Published: June 7, 2014
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BridgeTex plans commissioning

Magellan Midstream Partners L.P. and Occidental Petroleum Corp.’s BridgeTex Pipeline LLC will begin the commissioning process in the third quarter of the year, the companies said Friday. BridgeTex plans to begin limited commercial operations on the pipeline as part of the initial commissioning process, due to the high demand for crude oil transportation from the Permian Basin to the Gulf of Mexico. BridgeTex has begun to fill storage tanks at the start of the pipeline system in Colorado City, Texas, and operations to fill the pipeline will begin in the near future. Once fully operational, the BridgeTex Pipeline system will be able to transport 300,000 barrels per day of crude oil from Colorado City to the Houston area. The project includes about 450 miles of newly-constructed pipeline from Colorado City to Houston and Texas City.

Southwest Benefits elects Long

Brandon Long, a shareholder with the law firm of McAfee & Taft, has been elected to serve a three-year term on the board of directors of Southwest Benefits Association. Founded in 1975 and based in Dallas, the association is a regional industry organization for benefits professionals. In addition to concentrating his legal practice on qualified retirement plans, health and welfare plans, and executive compensation matters, Long oversees one of the nation’s largest and most experienced teams of employee benefits lawyers as leader of McAfee & Taft’s Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Group.