North America

End of an Era? Series of Setbacks Bode ill for Big Pipeline Projects

A rapid-fire succession of setbacks for big energy pipelines in the United States this week has revealed an uncomfortable truth for the oil and gas industry: environmental activists and landowners opposed to projects have become good at blocking them in court.

Supreme Court Reinstates Permit 12 but Excludes Keystone XL

The U.S. Supreme Court reinstated use of the Army Corps of Engineers' Nationwide Permit 12 but refused to allow use of the fast-track permit to resume work on TC Energy's Keystone XL project.

Energy Transfer Vows to Keep Dakota Access Oil Flowing

Energy Transfer vowed to fight a court order to shut down and empty the Dakota Access oil pipeline, contending that U.S. District Judge James Boasberg overstepped his authority with the Monday ruling.

Alberta Looking for U.S. Democratic Support of TC Energy's Keystone XL Pipeline — Premier

The government of Alberta is planning to approach several key U.S. Democratic lawmakers to garner support for its Keystone XL pipeline project.

Record Debts Come Due for Canadian Energy Companies

The Canadian energy industry has borrowed heavily to survive a series of catastrophes, and is facing C$6 billion in refinancing in the next six months. Maturing energy debts this year are more than 40% higher than 2019.

NiSource to Pay $56 Million to Resolve Gas Blasts Probe

NiSource Inc will pay $56 million to resolve a probe into Massachusetts gas explosions in 2018 linked to a utility it owns that killed one person and destroyed multiple buildings, the state's attorney general said.

Canada's Supreme Court Dismisses Appeal Against Trans Mountain Pipeline

Canada's Supreme Court has dismissed a lower court appeal filed against the Trans Mountain pipeline removing one of the last remaining hurdles of the expansion project.

Michigan Judge Allows Restart of Enbridge Line 5 Pipeline

A Michigan judge ruled that Enbridge can resume pumping oil through its Line 5 pipeline, nearly a week after shutting it down because of damage to a structure that anchors a section of the line.

Alaska Officials Approve BP's Sale of Pipeline, Oil Leases to Hilcorp

Alaskan energy officials on Monday approved the sale of BP's pipeline and oil and gas assets to Hilcorp Energy as part of a previously announced multi-billion dollar deal.

U.S. Gas Deliveries for LNG Export Fall by More than Half

Daily natural gas deliveries to U.S. facilities that produce LNG for export were a record 9.8 Bcf/d in late March 2020, but deliveries fell to less than 4 Bcf/d in June.

TC Energy Selects Michels Canada to Build Keystone XL Pipeline in Canada

Michels Canada has announced that the company has been selected by TC Energy to construct the Canadian portion of the Keystone XL pipeline.

Williams to Handle Gathering, Production for Taggart

Williams announced a tieback agreement with LLOG Exploration Offshore to provide oil and gas gathering and production services for the Taggart development in the Gulf of Mexico.

24% of U.S. Gulf of Mexico Production Shut After Storm

More than 400,000 bpd of U.S. Gulf of Mexico crude oil production remained shut on Wednesday after Tropical Storm Cristobal, the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said.

Illinois Rejects Bid to Delay Decision on Dakota Access Expansion

Regulators in Illinois have unanimously rejected an attempt by environmental groups to delay the expansion of TC Energy's Dakota Access Pipeline due to the coronavirus.

U.S. Congressional Democrats Back Opposition to Dakota Access Pipeline

More than thirty U.S. congressmen and women have lent their support to an attempt by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to shut down the controversial Dakota Access oil pipeline while the Army Corps of Engineers conducts and environmental review.

Trans Mountain Expansion Starts Work in British Columbia

Work has begun on the embattled Trans Mountain pipeline expansion after billions of dollars in increased costs and several legal challenges threatened to derail the project.

Alberta Cuts Oil Output by 1 Million Barrels Per Day: Minister

The energy minister of Alberta, Canada's oil-producing province, has informed OPEC that the province has cut 1 million barrels per day (bpd) in production since many of the largest oil-producing countries around the world agreed to production cuts.

TC Energy Completes Sale of Coastal GasLink Stake

TC Energy has completed the sale of a 65% stake in its Coastal GasLink pipeline.

First Piece of Keystone XL Pipeline Completed

TC Energy has completed construction of the first stretch of its Keystone XL oil pipeline across the U.S.-Canada border in northern Montana and has begun work on labor camps in nearby areas.

Experts: Data, Flexibility Key in Crafting Methane Rules

Regulators in New Mexico are working with several groups, including oil and gas experts, to craft rules to help the industry to reduce methane emissions.

EQT Cuts U.S. Gas Production as Coronavirus Depresses Prices

The largest natural gas producer in the U.S., EQT Corporation, said it has begun to reduce output from its operations in the Marcellus and Utica shale formations.

Phillips 66 to Raise Rates for Gray Oak Crude Pipeline

Phillips 66 is proposing to raise its tariff rates on its Gray Oak, Permian Basin pipeline.

Williams Discontinues New York Pipeline Project After Key Permit Denial

Energy regulators in New York have once again denied a key water permit for Williams controversial Northeast Supply Enhancement Project causing the company to indefinitely suspend the project.

EQM Sees U.S. Mountain Valley Pipeline Service in 2020, Analysts Unconvinced

Equitrans Midstream is still optimistic that its Mountain Valley natural gas pipeline can be in service by the end of 2020. Industry analysts are not as confident.

Michigan Regulators Request More Detail on Enbridge Tunnel Proposal

Energy regulators in Michigan have rejected a proposal submitted by Enbridge for its Line 5 tunnel project requesting revised and updated information.

New Year Greets Marcellus/Utica Shale With New, Unexpected Challenges

In the early weeks of the coronavirus (COVID-19) onslaught, Mike Chadsey, communication director for the Ohio Oil and Gas Association (OOGA), was trying to figure out how his world had flipped so completely in such a short time.

Regulators Ease Storage Rules, Fees for Texas Producers

Texas oil and gas regulators voted to temporarily relax their rules for underground crude storage and waive related fees and surcharges that producers typically pay.

Texas Will Not Mandate Oil Production Cuts

Texas energy regulators on Tuesday said they will not mandate oil production cuts, ending a month-long debate about whether they would wade into global oil politics for the first time in 50 years as crude prices cratered.

Texas Eastern Gas Pipeline Explodes in Kentucky

Enbridge responded to an explosion Monday evening on Line 10 of its Texas Eastern system in Kentucky, and said Tuesday that it has shut-in a section of the pipeline. Gas futures rose on the news.

MPLX Abandons Permian NGL Pipeline Amid Industry Downturn

MPLX LP said on Tuesday it is no longer pursuing a Permian-to-Gulf Coast NGL pipeline after the collapse in oil prices and said it will focus on expanding capacity on existing pipelines instead.