North America

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.

Freeport LNG Starts Commercial Operation of Third Train

Freeport LNG said it began commercial operations for its third liquefaction train on Friday, with the commencement of liquefaction services to Total S.A. and SK E&S under their tolling agreements with Freeport.

Williams Places Phase II of Hillabee Expansion in Service

Williams said it has placed Phase II of the Hillabee expansion project in service, adding natural gas capacity to the Transco system and direct access to Florida’s rapidly growing power generation market.

Calcasieu Pass Raises Roof for First LNG Storage Tank

Venture Global LNG said it raised the first LNG storage tank roof at its Calcasieu Pass export facility in Cameron Parish, Louisiana. The milestone was completed on schedule and comes eight months after the project’s final investment decision, it said..

Continental Resources Halts Bakken Shale Output, Seeks to Cancel Sales

The largest oil producer in North Dakota has halted most of its production and reportedly told some customers it will not supply crude after the latest price crash, but there are doubts whether force majeure applies.

Declining ‘Associated Gas’ Signals Opportunity for Dry Gas Basins

As crude oil producers throttle back production in associated-gas basins, it may signal growth opportunities for dry gas basins such as Haynesville and Marcellus/Utica.

PHMSA Eases Pipeline Regulations, Enforcement in Response to Pandemic

Responding to the impact Covid-19 on midstream staffing and resources, PHMSA has issued two guidance documents to ease some operating requirements, allow discretion in enforcement and provide flexibility to support the critical needs of state and industry partners.

Oil Price Goes Negative as Demand Collapses

Oil futures plunged below zero for the first time on Monday as demand for energy collapses amid the coronavirus pandemic and traders sought to avoid owning crude with nowhere to store it.

Canada’s Court Rulings Brighten Path for Pipeline Expansion

Canada's efforts to add oil and gas pipeline capacity were stalemated by legal challenges over the past decade, but two important court rulings since the start of the year may break the bottleneck.

Oklahoma Judge May Recommend Ruling Oil Production 'Economic Waste'

An Oklahoma Judge will recommend the state's oil and gas regulator approve an emergency order declaring oil production in the state could constitute economic waste, a spokesman for the state's Corporation Commission said.

Pipeline Upgrades to Increase Natural Gas Flows into New England

Several natural gas pipeline upgrades are either planned or under construction in New England, which will increase deliverability into the region over the next several years, according to data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).

Texas Oil Hearing Stirs Debate but No Decision; Oklahoma Sets May Hearing

Texas energy regulators listened as top executives on Tuesday debated whether the state should cut oil output by 1 million barrels per day, but did not indicate how they might vote after more than 10 hours of sometimes dire testimony.

FERC Issues Favorable Environmental Assessment for Double E Pipeline

Summit Midstream and Exxon Mobil's Double E pipeline carrying natural gas from the Permian Basin to the Waha Hub in Texas has received a favorable environmental review from U.S. regulators.

Enterprise Offers Crude Shipments on Existing Pipeline from U.S. Gulf Coast to Cushing, OK

Enterprise Products Partners is going to offer spot shipments from the U.S. Gulf Coast to Cushing, OK as demand for inland flow routes surges.

Shell, Exxon Halt Some Gulf of Mexico Flows Due to Exxon Pipeline Leak

A leak in a subsea oil pipeline operated by Exxon has leaked in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.

Enbridge Applies for Construction of Great Lakes Pipeline Tunnel

Enbridge applied for permission to construct a pipeline tunnel beneath a waterway connecting two Great Lakes to replace an aging 4-mile stretch of its aging Line 5.

Keystone XL Construction Begins at U.S.-Canada Border

TC Energy said construction has begun on the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline at the U.S.-Canada border.

Energy Recommendations for Michigan's Upper Peninsula Readied for Governor

After months of speculation Michigan’s Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy posted the Task Force’s Draft Recommendations for Line 5, the 30-inch, light crude and natural gas liquids pipeline owned by Enbridge.

U.S. Oil Output Set to Plunge as Storage Fills

Ultra-low oil prices and full storage tanks and pipelines will force an unprecedentedly fast decline in U.S. output this year as producers are forced to choke or shut old wells and cut back new drilling, writes market analyst John Kemp.

AGA Chair Diane Leopold Brings Positive Outlook to Challenging Period for Industry

Diane Leopold became chair of the American Gas Association just in time for an unprecedented economic shutdown in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The executive vice president and co-chief operating officer of Dominion Energy, talked to P&GJ about the challenges and opportunities facing the natural gas industry.

TC Energy Proceeds with Keystone XL After Alberta Commits $1.1 Billion

Construction on the Keystone XL pipeline could begin as early as this week after the Alberta government committed over $1 billion to the project.

U.S. LNG Storage to Hit Record as Pandemic Cuts Demand, Exports

Stockpiles of natural gas in the U.S. are expected to reach record levels this year as producers continue to flood the market with supply as demand plunges in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus Choppers Evacuate Offshore Workers

Offshore aviation company Bristow Group said it has deployed specially-equipped helicopters from its Search and Rescue (SAR) fleet to transport offshore workers with suspected cases of the novel coronavirus in the North Sea and Americas regions.

U.S. Court Orders Full Environmental Review of Dakota Access Pipeline

A federal court has ordered the Trump administration to conduct a full environmental review of a portion of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Phillips 66: Red Oak, Liberty, ACE Pipelines Deferred by Cost Cuts

Phillips 66 said the Red Oak Pipeline, Sweeny Frac 4 and Liberty Pipeline projects have all been deferred by cost-cutting efforts. A final investment decision on ACE Pipeline also was postponed.

Pipeline Shares Sink on Oil Decline, Coronavirus Impact

It’s a common refrain among investors that “a rising tide lifts all boats,” meaning the share prices of similar companies tend to act in unison. Unfortunately, that’s equally true of falling tides, as demonstrated by the performance of North American midstream equities in recent weeks.

Texas Producers, Regulator Ask State, President for Curtailments as Prices Collapse

Texas oil producers are asking for production curtailments in the state to help stabilize plummeting oil prices.