Wyoming has become the third state to introduce a bill targeting pipeline protests, envisaging penalties of up to 10 years in prison for “impeding critical infrastructure” and up to US$1 million in fines for any organization that “aids, abets, solicits, encourages, hires, conspires, commands or procures a person to commit the crime of impeding critical infrastructure.” The bill follows a similar document proposed by Ohio senators in early February, and another one, approved by the Iowa Senate a couple of days ago. All three bills are modeled on a document called the Critical Infrastructure Protection […]
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Environmental activists, business groups and a retired U.S. Navy admiral in Virginia blasted the Trump Administration’s offshore drilling plan Wednesday, claiming that it would interfere with military training near the world’s largest Navy base and imperil the coast’s tourism and fishing industries. The group converged near a hotel conference room in Richmond, the Virginia capital, where the administration sought public comment on its plan to expand oil and gas drilling on both of the nation’s coasts. Groups supporting the energy industry and consumers also showed up and pushed back. They said […]
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Federal officials must go back and review documents related to the disputed Keystone XL oil pipeline, under a Wednesday court ruling that came after environmentalists accused President Donald Trump’s administration of withholding details on the project’s approval. U.S. District Judge Brian Morris said the government must provide any relevant documents by March 21 or explain why they should be withheld. The ruling came in a lawsuit pending in federal court in Montana from environmentalists seeking to stop the 1,179-mile (1,897-kilometer) pipeline. It would carry crude from Canada’s oil sands region to […]
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Opponents of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada are asking a judge to force the U.S. government to turn over emails and other documents related to President Donald Trump’s approval of the project. Environmentalists who sued to stop the 1,179-mile (1,800-kilometer) pipeline said the documents could bolster their case that Trump’s decision was arbitrary and should be overturned by the courts. But U.S. Justice Department attorneys argued in court filings that the disputed documents include internal deliberations that don’t have to be made public. They said the request amounts […]
DENVER (AP) — Colorado’s top oil and gas regulator is stepping down to take a job with an energy consulting company. The Oil and Gas Conservation Commission said Tuesday Director Matt Lepore is resigning on March 4 after more than five years in the job. He’ll become legal counsel and strategic adviser for Adamantine Energy, a Denver consulting group that works with energy companies dealing with regulators, activists, investors and others. Adamantine’s founder and top executive is Tisha Schuller. Schuller was formerly CEO of the Colorado Oil and Gas Association, a major industry lobbying group […]
Mexico’s five-year plan (2015-19) for the expansion of the natural gas transport and storage system has as its main objective the construction of 13 gas pipelines (Figure 1), most of which were commissioned by the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) to feed its power thermoelectric plants. This master plan has three main objectives: Increase and diversify the supply capacity of imported natural gas to northern and central areas of the country in order to compensate for supply fluctuations from southern Mexico Achieve redundancy to help alleviate congestions in the system and meet the demand for the...
Canada’s National Energy Board (NEB) has finalized an Order that requires all regulated companies to report any identified pipe or components – received, installed, or in service – that do not meet mechanical properties identified in industry standards or company specifications. This Order builds on a series of enhanced quality assurance measures taken by the NEB including MO-001-2016, a Safety Advisory, and a technical workshop held in June 2017 with stakeholders representing regulators, industry and manufacturers. The first of its kind in Canada, the technical workshop facilitated open dialogue on quality assurance, from both a technical […]
In August, total U.S. natural gas liquefaction capacity in the Lower 48 states increased to 2.8 Bcf/d following the completion of the fourth liquefaction unit at the Sabine Pass liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Louisiana. With increasing liquefaction capacity and use, exports averaged 1.9 Bcf/d, and capacity utilization averaged 80% this year, based on data through November. Sabine Pass, located on the U.S. Gulf Coast near the Louisiana-Texas border, consists of four existing natural gas liquefaction units, or trains, with a fifth train under construction. When complete, Sabine Pass will have a total liquefaction...
Iraqi oil minister Jabbar al-Luiebi is set to visit Turkey this week to discuss the future of the Ceyhan-Kirkuk oil pipeline, a statement from the Iraqi oil minister said on Monday, according to Reuters. Turkey and Iraq are warming to each other as the two nations seek to undermine the ability of factions within their Kurdish minorities to further claims for an independent state. Following the meeting, Iraqi oil shipments will be sold via the state marketer SOMO, the ministry’s statement added. Iraqi officials’ requests, which instruct Kurdish authorities to restart exports through the pipeline […]
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Petroleum Council has reconvened a task force to look at flaring, as infrastructure has been unable to keep the pace with rising natural gas production. Oil companies produced 2.08 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day in December. About 273 million cubic feet of natural gas was flared per day. Council president Ron Ness says buildout of pipelines and processing plants were inhibited by low oil prices starting in 2015. But now the industry is behind as production rises, the Bismarck Tribune reported. Wayde Schafer of the […]
Predicting Demand is Difficult Many reputable forecasters, who’ve anticipated an LNG supply glut for years, now expect a brief period of surplus at most, and gradual market tightening after 2020. But global demand, which has surprised market watchers to the upside and kept physical markets tight during the past four years, could cut this looming mini-glut short. Numerous factors are at play but a few key indicators will shed light on likely supply and demand conditions through the mid-2020s. Looking near term, the International Energy Agency (IEA) expects that available LNG export capacity will greatly […]
The largest oil and gas lease sale for waters in the Gulf of Mexico in U.S. history will occur on March 21st, according to an announcement by the Trump administration on Friday. Less than a year ago, a similar auction in the same body of water generated little interest from energy companies. The Interior Department, which oversees all onshore and offshore licensing activities, says the auction will include 77.3 million acres of offshore waters in the Gulf for energy development. The round had been previously announced in October, but an exact date had not been […]