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Mass. Budgets Statewide Review of Natural Gas Systems

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signed a spending bill that funds a statewide examination of Massachusetts’ natural gas distribution system, a review that was ordered after last September’s gas explosions near Boston that killed one person, injured 25 others and damaged or destroyed dozens of build..

Con Edison Halts Gas Hookups, Citing Interstate Pipeline Constraints

Consolidated Edison imposed a moratorium on new natural gas service in parts of New York’s Westchester County despite a $250 million state plan to reduce energy usage, to avoid compromising system reliability due to limited pipeline capacity into the region. Several companies tried for years to bui..

ACLU Challenges South Dakota Pipeline Protest Legislation

The American Civil Liberties Union is challenging a new law signed by South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem aimed at potential protests against the planned Keystone XL oil pipeline. The Republican governor’s bills require pipeline companies to chip in on protest-related expenses and create a way to pursue..

ExxonMobil Raises Permian Target by 1 Million Barrels Daily

ExxonMobil has revised its Permian Basin growth plans to produce more than 1 MMboe/d by as early as 2024 – an increase that is driving significant pipeline and infrastructure development. The Irving, Texas-based oil giant’s new target represents a significant boost in size and speed over plans set ..

Project Delays Sink Oil Sands Output in 2019

Canadian Oil Sands production in 2019 will be almost 230,000 bpd lower than last year, according to ESAI Energy’s recently published North America Watch.   Planned Canadian Oil Sands projects are being pushed back in response to further delays in pipeline egress and the mandated output cuts by the ..

Greece Becoming 1st First Non-Russian Gas Supplier to Bulgaria

Bulgaria’s Bulgargaz struck a deal to buy 1.5 million megawatt hours of natural gas from Greece’s DEPA, the first time the state provider has bought gas outside its long-term contract with Russia’s Gazprom. Bulgargaz said it will complete the purchase in the second quarter, pumping the gas into its..

Major Russian Pipeline Contaminated, Could Cost Billions

After several days of uncertainty and the potential loss of billions of dollars over contaminated oil flowing from Russian pipelines, clean oil seems to finally be arriving back in several Eastern European countries.

Kinder Morgan Eyes Another Permian Gas Pipeline

Executives at cash-flush Kinder Morgan, which already has two major Permian Basin-Gulf Coast natural gas pipelines totaling 4 Bcfd under construction, are considering a third pipeline in response to ever-growing demand in the region.

Colombia's Ecopetrol Working to Contain Spills from Pipeline Attacks

Colombia's state-run oil company Ecopetrol said it is working to contain two oil spills from its Cano Limon pipeline, which was damaged by bomb attacks on the weekend.

Application Filed for New Nord Stream 2 Route

The developers of the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline from Russia to Germany applied for a third route south of Denmark's Baltic Sea island of Bornholm, as they try to overcome objections from the country.

Zydeco Announces Open Season for Non-Firm Capacity

Zydeco Pipeline Company, jointly owned by Shell Midstream Partners and Shell Pipeline Company, announced an open season seeking binding commitments for non-firm capacity transportation service on its 350-mile pipeline.

Chevron Acquiring Anadarko for $33 Billion as Crude Prices Climb

Chevron will buy Anadarko Petroleum for $33 billion in a cash-and-stock deal as the company seeks to grow stronger in deep water exploration in the gulf and the energy-rich southwest region of Texas called the Permian Basin.

Police: 1 Dead, 15 Injured in North Carolina Gas Explosion

A gas explosion that partially collapsed a North Carolina building and set it ablaze Wednesday morning killed one person and injured more than a dozen others, police said.

Optimism Abounds for M&A in the Gulf of Mexico

A comeback is expected for M&A activity in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. The combination of substantial inventory on the block, potential proof-of-concept developments on the horizon and continued focus by many players in the region on divesting of non-core properties, may set the stage for heightened deal flow in the region, assuming commodity prices continue to cooperate.

Trump Signs New Permission for Keystone XL Pipeline

U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday signed a new permission for TransCanada Corp to build the long-delayed Keystone pipeline for imports of Canadian oil, replacing his previous permits in a fresh attempt to get around the blocking of the $8 billion project by a court in Montana.

NextDecade to Make Major Announcement at LNG2019

NextDecade Corporation (NextDecade) will make a major announcement related to its Rio Grande LNG project at LNG2019 in Shanghai, China. The announcement will take place on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at 11:00 a.m.

Michigan Panel Approval of Line 5 Deal Ruled Legal by Judge

A Michigan panel's approval of an oil pipeline tunnel beneath the Great Lakes will remain intact even though a state law set unconstitutionally long terms for authority members, a judge ruled.

At Least 5 Killed in Iran Gas Pipeline Explosion

A gas pipeline explosion in southwestern Iran killed at least five people and injured six, the Tasnim news agency reported.

Lebanon Warns Against Using Disputed Territory for East Med Pipeline

Lebanon on Thursday warned its Mediterranean neighbors that a planned East Med gas pipeline from Israel to the European Union must not be allowed to violate its maritime borders.

Moda Looks at 2nd Supertanker Berth to Handle 3 New Pipelines

Moda Midstream LLC is considering building a second berth at its Ingleside, Texas, crude export terminal to accommodate supertankers, the company’s chief executive said

S.D. Lawmakers Vote to Support Bills Aimed at Preparing for Possible Keystone XL Protests

A South Dakota legislative panel voted Wednesday to endorse bills proposed by Gov. Kristi Noem aimed at preparing for potential protests over the Keystone XL oil pipeline despite opposition from tribal representatives who said they weren't consulted about the contentious legislation.

Russia May Ship Gas via Ukraine After 2019: Report

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said that Moscow may keep gas transit through Ukraine after 2019, despite the construction of Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

Enbridge Delays Line 3 Pipeline Opening in Minnesota by Year

Enbridge Energy is delaying the start-up of its planned Line 3 replacement crude oil pipeline through northern Minnesota by a year, until the second half of 2020.

Lithuania to Ask Belarus to Switch Nuclear Plant to Gas

Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis will ask Belarus to convert its Russian-built nuclear power plant to gas provided by Lithuania’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal and a planned gas link between Lithuania and Poland.

Jupiter Extends Open Season for Crude Pipeline from Permian to Gulf

Jupiter Energy extended an open season until May 31 on a crude oil pipeline from the Permian to the Port of Brownsville. It is expected to be operational in fourth quarter of 2020.

Dominion to Ask Supreme Court to Hear Pipeline Appeal

Dominion Energy said it will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear its appeal after a lower court refused to reconsider a ruling tossing out a permit that would have allowed the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to cross two national forests, including parts of the Appalachian Trail.

Russia’s TMK Looks at Gas Pipeline Construction in Bulgaria

Russian oil and gas pipe-maker TMK said it was interested in bidding for the construction of a gas pipeline in Bulgaria, as Sofia looks to secure a link with the Moscow-designed TurkStream gas pipeline.

China's Shift to Gas from Coal Drives Record LNG Imports

China's total gas imports by LNG and pipeline rose to a record high in January due to increased winter demand and the country's shift to gas heating from coal, customs data showed

Appeals Court Rejects Dominion's Request for New Atlantic Coast Pipeline Hearing

A federal appeals court denied a request to reconsider a ruling throwing out a permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to cross two national forests, including parts of the Appalachian Trail.

Hess Midstream to Acquire Tioga Gathering System

Hess Midstream Partners subsidiary Hess North Dakota Pipelines agreed to purchase the crude oil and gas gathering assets of Summit Midstream Partners’ Tioga Gathering System for about $60 million gross – $12 million net to Hess Midstream.