North America

Trump Administration Rule Would Reduce Environmental Reviews of LNG Projects

The U.S. Energy Department issued a rule to exclude some licensing of LNG projects from environmental reviews that have been required by law, in a show of support for the fossil fuel industry.

U.S. Shale Firms Ramp Up Gas Output as Futures Signal Higher Prices

Higher natural gas futures prices for 2021 and a continued glut of crude oil are prodding U.S. shale firms to boost gas drilling and production.

Chevron Tightens Belt Again with Billions in Spending Cuts

Chevron has cut billions off its long-term capital and exploratory budget, even after a major restructuring of its operations, but plans more Permian and GOM spending in 2022.

Magellan Midstream to Boost Loading capacity at Cheyenne Terminal

Magellan Midstream Partners said it will invest $4.65 million to increase truck loading capacity at its refined oil products terminal in Cheyenne, Wyo., by more than 50%.

Mexico Shuts Off Natural Gas Supply to Brazil's Braskem

Mexico has cut off natural gas supply to Braskem's Mexican operations, the company and government said, intensifying a dispute between President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and the Brazilian petrochemical company.

Enbridge Starts Construction on Line 3 Pipeline in Minnesota

Enbridge began construction on its Line 3 crude oil pipeline replacement in Minnesota on Tuesday, a day after state regulators approved the final permit for the $2.6 billion project amid legal challenges from lactivist and Indigenous groups.

Tellurian Withdraws Application for Permian Global Access Pipeline

LNG developer Tellurian Inc told federal energy regulators it wants to withdraw its application to build the Permian Global Access natural gas pipeline in Texas and Louisiana.

U.S. Crude Oil Output Rises to 10.86 MMbpd in September

U.S. crude oil production rose 286,000 barrels per day in September to 10.86 million bpd, as production increases in North Dakota and the offshore Gulf of Mexico offset cuts in Texas.

Biden Plan to End U.S. Fossil Fuel Subsidies Faces Big Challenges

President-elect Joe Biden's promise to end U.S. fossil fuel subsidies worth billions of dollars a year could be hard to keep due to resistance from lawmakers in a narrowly divided Congress, including from within his own party.

Minnesota Gives Final Green Light to Line 3 Pipeline

Minnesota regulators approved the final permit Monday for Enbridge Energy’s Line 3 crude oil pipeline replacement across northern Minnesota, giving the company the green light to begin construction on the $2.6 billion project.

Anti-Pipeline Activists Face Terrorism Charges for Rail Scheme

Federal authorities in Seattle have charged two people with a terrorist attack on train tracks, suggesting they were motivated by opposition to a natural gas pipeline when they interfered with the operation of a railroad in Washington state.

Family of Jailed Houston Oil Exec Asks for Venezuelan Leader's Mercy

The family of a Houston-based Citgo oil executive convicted and ordered to prison in Venezuela alongside five others appealed directly to President Nicolás Maduro for mercy.

Minnesota Tribes File to Halt Line 3 Pipeline Approval Due to Virus

Two Native American tribes in northern Minnesota are asking state regulators to stop the imminent construction of Enbridge Energy's Line 3 crude oil pipeline replacement, saying it would increase the risk of coronavirus infections spreading.

Canadian Indigenous Deal with Keystone XL Took Years, Aims for Long-Term Wealth

TC Energy Corp's sale of a C$1 billion ($769 million) stake in Keystone XL to a Canadian indigenous group followed more than three years of pressure from a tiny Saskatchewan First Nation that demanded part ownership of the long-delayed oil pipeline.

China Hits 26% of Planned 2020 U.S. Energy Imports

China has accelerated imports of crude oil, propane and LNG from the United States since July, but total energy product purchases through October remain far short of targets set out in the Phase 1 trade deal.

Limited Pipeline Capacity in North American Regions Raises Winter Fuel Concerns

The United States has enough power generation to meet demand this winter, but extreme weather could challenge reliability in California and New England by putting fuel supplies at risk

Consumers Energy Completes 90-Mile Saginaw Trail Pipeline

Consumers Energy has completed construction of its $610 million Saginaw Trail Pipeline project, which replaced aging natural gas pipelines and related infrastructure across three Michigan counties.

ExxonMobil to Cut up to 300 Jobs in Canada

ExxonMobil said Wednesday that it plans to eliminate up to 300 jobs in Canada by the end of 2021 as part of its ongoing efforts to lower costs. It said the global pandemic has increased the urgency of its cutbacks.

Canadian Oil Output Seen Expanding until 2039

Canadian oil production will expand for nearly two more decades, slowing the country's progress toward achieving Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's goal of net-zero emissions by 2050, the Canada Energy Regulator (CER) forecast.

Enbridge Sues Michigan Over Oil Pipeline Shutdown Order

Enbridge filed a legal challenge to Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's recent demand that the company shut down its Line 5 oil pipeline that crosses the waterway connecting Lake Huron and Lake Michigan.

Canada Regulators Support NOVA's Edson Pipeline Expansion

The Commission of the Canada Energy Regulator has recommended federal cabinet approval of NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd.'s Edson Mainline Expansion Project.

API Pledges to Fight Possible Biden Fracking Limits

If U.S. President-elect Joe Biden tries to restrict development of oil and gas drilling on federal lands, the American Petroleum Institute will use "every tool at its disposal" including legal action, chief executive Mike Sommers said

Corps of Engineers Grants Final Federal Permit for Enbridge Line 3

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers approved the final federal permit for Enbridge Energy's planned Line 3 crude oil pipeline replacement across northern Minnesota, bringing the project a step closer to construction.

Venture Global Delays Plaquemines LNG Export FID to 2021

Sempra Energy's Costa Azul liquefied natural gas plant in Mexico will be the only North American LNG export project to go forward this year now that Venture Global delayed its plan to start on its proposed Plaquemines project in Louisiana until 2021.

TC Energy: Keystone XL Pipeline Fits Biden Agenda

The creation of union jobs and support by Indigenous investors will help convince U.S. President-elect Joe Biden that the Keystone XL pipeline fits into his “Build Back Better” agenda, an executive with TC Energy said.

Explainer: What's Happening With the Keystone XL Project?

TC Energy Corp is continuing to advance its Keystone XL oil pipeline, the $9 billion project that would move oil from the province of Alberta to Nebraska. Here's an overview of the project status.

Canadian Indigenous Group to Invest in Keystone XL Pipeline

Pipeline operator TC Energy said on Tuesday Canadian indigenous group Natural Law Energy will invest up to C$1 billion ($763.77 million) in its long-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline project.

First LNG Trains Delivered to Calcasieu Pass from Italy

Venture Global LNG moved a step closer to startup of its Calcasieu Pass LNG export facility with Baker Hughes’ delivery of the first two pre-built liquefaction trains to the project site in Cameron Parish, La.

Environmental Groups Appeal Illinois Approval of DAPL Expansion

Environmental groups are appealing a decision made last month by Illinois regulators to allow the expansion of the Dakota Access oil pipeline (DAPL), according to documents filed with the state.

Max Midstream Announces Binding Open Season

Max Midstream Texas announced it is launching an open season to solicit shipper commitments for services in the Eagle Ford region on its Seahawk crude oil pipeline.