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Regulators Approve Two Pipeline Projects in North Dakota

Regulators in North Dakota have approved two pipeline projects in the state.

U.S. Court Rejects Bid to Halt Kinder Morgan Gas Pipeline

A judge in Austin, TX has rejected efforts by environmental groups to halt construction of Kinder Morgan's $2.3 billion Permian Highway natural gas pipeline.

High Storage Levels Mean Weak Gas Prices Expected for European Winter

Analysts are expecting weak gas prices in the European market over the winter season as storage levels are already nearly full due to a sharp drop in demand early this year as countries went into lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Russia's Lukoil Suspends Uzbek Gas Exports to China Due to Weak Demand

An official from Russia's Lukoil said in a conference call on Friday the company has suspended gas deliveries to China from its projects in Uzbekistan due to weak demand amid the coronavirus pandemic.

U.S. Energy Exports Severely Disrupted by Hurricane Laura

Hurricane Laura severely impacted U.S. oil and gas exports this week as the Category 4 storm forced the closure of several facilities on the country's Gulf Coast.

Hydrogen Delivers New Future for Holland’s Pipeline Network

The European Union’s ambitious decarbonization policies and plans for a green economic recovery will have repercussions on the continent’s pipeline networks, none more so than Holland’s.

Europe Faces High Hurdles to Make Hydrogen Hype Reality

The European Union's goal to increase the use of zero-carbon hydrogen faces steep challenges as the move would require billions in investments from countries already reeling from the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.

Philippine Energy Chief Says LNG Projects Still on Track Despite Virus Delays

Four LNG import projects in the Philippines are still on track for approval despite "minor delays" due to the coronavirus pandemic, the country's energy secretary said on Thursday.

U.S. Army Corps Asks Appeals Court to Reverse Dakota Access Ruling

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has asked a court of appeals to reverse a ruling against the Dakota Access pipeline which invalidated an environmental permit that allowed the pipeline to operate on U.S. land.

Pipeline Tunnel Supporters, Foes Clash Before Michigan Panel

Supporters and opponents of a tunnel to house an oil pipeline crossing the Straits of Mackinac in Michigan appeared before a regulatory panel on Monday to present their arguments.

Hurricane Laura Poses Biggest Storm Threat to U.S. Oil and Gas in 15 Years

The oil and gas industry is shutting down production at facilities on the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast at a rate not seen since 2005's Hurricane Katrina as the region prepares for Hurricane Laura.

Investigation into Baltimore Explosion Finds Gas Utility Equipment Not to Blame

An investigation by Baltimore Gas and Electric into a recent fatal gas explosion in the city discovered that the company's pipes and equipment were not responsible for the blast.

Blackstone to Sell 40% Stake in Cheniere Limited Partnership

The Blackstone Group announced on Monday that it will sell about 40% of its stake in its limited partnership with Cheniere Energy.

Draft of EU Methane Strategy Shies Away from Binding Emissions Standards

A draft of the European Union's strategy to reduce methane emissions in the region will not impose binding standards on natural gas imported and sold in the bloc.

4 People Missing After Natural Gas Pipeline Explosion at Texas Port

Four people are missing after a dredging vessel hit a natural gas pipeline causing an explosion at a port in Texas.

Pennsylvania Fines Sunoco Mariner East 2 NGL Pipeline for Drilling Fluid Spills

Pennsylvania has fined Energy Transfer for drilling fluid spills during the construction of its Mariner East 2 natural gas liquids pipeline.

Rule Allowing LNG Rail Shipments in U.S. Challenged in Court

A new PHMSA rule allowing for LNG shipments by rail, set to take effect in the coming days is being challenged by a group of environmental organizations.

Federal Judge Allows North Dakota to Pursue Protest Reimbursements

A federal judge ruled on Wednesday that North Dakota may pursue reimbursement from the federal government for costs the state incurred in relation to protests against the Dakota Access pipeline.

U.S. Natural Gas Futures Jump to 8-Month High on Rising LNG Exports, Hot Weather

U.S. natural gas futures jumped to an eight-month high on Tuesday on rising liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports and forecasts for high air conditioning demand over the next two weeks.

China Ramps up U.S. Oil Purchases Ahead of Trade Deal Review — Sources

Shipments of U.S. crude oil into China are expected to rise in the coming weeks as the two countries begin to review a trade agreement signed in January.

Gas Pipeline to China's First Major Independent LNG Terminal Complete

Work has been completed on a subsea gas pipeline connecting the country's first major privately owned terminal with a local gas grid.

New Mexico Close to Adopting Oil and Gas Water Rules

Energy regulators in New Mexico are close to adopting a new set of environmental rules regulating produced water from oil and gas operations.

Australia Bucks the Global Trend, Goes with Natural Gas Over Renewables: Russell

Australia's conservative government appears to be pivoting away from backing coal for future energy needs but hasn't quite made it all the way to renewables, instead waylaying into natural gas.

EU 'Highly Concerned' by U.S. Stance on Nord Stream Pipeline

A delegation of members within the European Union has raised concerns with the U.S. state department regarding sanctions imposed by the country on companies involved in the construction of Russia's Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

Pipeline SMS: A Control Room Focus

In this article, approaches to support cultural change among pipeline operators are addressed, as are approaches that might be implemented in the pipeline control room.

Replacing Aging Pipe Remains a Big Source for Work

With so many companies involved in natural gas distribution (P&GJ reports on more than 300 such companies, ranging in size from 6 million to a few hundred customers in the Annual 500 Report in November), this summary of ongoing infrastructure replacement projects is not an all-inclusive overview of activity.

Quality Issues Add Delays to Venezuela's Crude Exports — Documents

The worsening quality of crude oil exports from Venezuela is causing further delays in loading times at the state-run oil company PDVSA's main terminal according to internal company documents.

Alaska LNG Faced Challenges from Within State

Amid the state-led push for Alaska’s LNG project, the loudest challenges to the project’s environmental impact statement (EIS) within Alaska came from the city of Valdez and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, both of which promoted sites within their own municipality as preferable to building the LNG terminal in Nikiski.

Canada Now Biggest Source of US Imports

Canada is the largest source of U.S. energy imports and the second-largest destination for U.S. energy exports behind only Mexico. Energy is an important component of trade between Canada and the United States.

Supreme Court Reinstates Permit 12, Excludes Keystone XL

The U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the Army Corps of Engineers’ (Corps) use of Nationwide Permit 12 but refused to let TC Energy resume construction of its Keystone XL pipeline under the fast-track permit.