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Oil from Canada’s oil sands is about 20% more carbon-intensive on average than crude from elsewhere.

That is the damming conclusion from a forthcoming new study by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory and its partners. The study looked at a wells-to-wheels analysis, which takes into account greenhouse gas emissions along the entire supply chain, from extraction to transit, refining, and finally combustion by the end user.

Escalera Resources has agreed to buy producing wells and leasehold interests from Warren Resources. The deal is expected to in mid-August.

The assets, located in the Atlantic Rim Area of the Washakie Basin, WY, are complementary to Escalera's existing holdings and consist primarily of Warren's 74% operated working interest in the Spyglass Hill Unit that Escalera already holds a 22% non-operated working interest.

TransCanada made a positive final investment decisionfrom LNG for the proposed Pacific NorthWest (PNW) LNG liquefaction and export facility in the Port Edward district of British Colombia.

“This development is a significant step forward,” said Russ Girling, TransCanada's president and chief executive officer.

The move advances the company’s $46 billion capital growth plan, which includes more than $13 billion in proposed natural gas pipeline projects in support of the emerging LNG industry on the B.C. coast.

Energy Transfer Partners has entered into long-term gas gathering, processing, and fractionation agreements with EdgeMarc Energy. To facilitate these agreements, ETP has purchased 20 miles of high-pressure pipeline from EdgeMarc and will build a new cryogenic gas processing plant, a new fractionator and additional gas gathering pipelines.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Texas company whose ruptured pipeline created the largest coastal oil spill in California in 25 years had assured the government that a break in the line while possible was "extremely unlikely" and state-of-the-art monitoring could quickly detect possible leaks and alert operators, documents show.

Nearly 1,200 pages of records, filed with state regulators by Plains All American Pipeline, detail a range of defenses the company established to guard against crude oil spills and, at the same time, prepare for the worst should a spill occur.

TULSA, OK – Alpha Crude Connector has has begun construction of its 400-mile Alpha Crude Connector Pipeline. The crude oil transportation pipeline serves Lea and Eddy counties in New Mexico and Culberson, Loving, Reeves and Winkler counties in Texas.

The system will have more than 100,000 bpd capacity from more than 250 lease tank batteries, other local pipeline systems, and truck terminals in the Northern Delaware Basin. Shippers will have access to several downstream pipelines and a rail terminal, providing markets at local refineries, Cushing and the U.S. Gulf Coast.

Southcross Energy Partners announced the launch of a binding open season to solicit commitments for its proposed Y-Grade pipeline. Once complete, the pipeline will allow Southcross to offer transportation services of Y-Grade from a point near Woodsboro, TX to a point near Robstown.

The pipeline will have access to the Y-Grade pipeline of Southcross’ holding company that runs from Pettus to Robstown.

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's state-run oil company and U.S.-based First Reserve are announcing a $1 billion deal to invest in the energy sector.

Petroleos Mexicanos says in a statement that the agreement covers potential projects including infrastructure, sea transport, cogeneration and processing.

First Reserve is a global private equity and energy infrastructure investment firm headquartered in Greenwich, Connecticut.

It said in a statement Tuesday that the two companies will invest in infrastructure projects throughout Mexico.

TransCanada postponed the building of its Energy East pipeline project and decided against building a marine and associated tank terminal in Cacouna, Québec. The company said alternative terminal options are under review, and that Québec and New Brunswick refineries would continue to be connected directly to Energy East.

Kinder Morgan announced its subsidiary, Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company (TGP), has finalized its anchor shippers for the market path component of the proposed Northeast Energy Direct Project (NED) following the formal close of the anchor shipper period in February.

Collectively, the anchor shippers have executed agreements to transport approximately 500,000 dekatherms per day (Dth/d) of incremental natural gas supplies sourced from the prolific Marcellus Shale region to meet New England’s growing consumer and industrial gas needs, as well as helping to bolster electric reliability.

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