North America

U.S. Appeals Court Allows Dakota Access Pipeline to Keep Running

A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday said that the Dakota Access Pipeline does not have to be shut and drained per a lower court order.

Report: LDCs Own Residential, Commercial Sectors but Pipelines Fuel Power

A new government report on the U.S. natural gas industry shows that local distribution companies supply 90% of natural gas to U.S. residential and commercial sectors, but pipeline companies handle the biggest volumes through direct delivery to electric power and industrial customers.

U.S. Natgas Demand Up as Total Energy Use Hits 30-Year Low

U.S. natural gas consumption defied trends through the pandemic days of April 2020 with a year-over-year increase during a month in which total energy demand fell to a 30-year low.

Trump Seeks out Loyal Donors in West Texas Oilpatch

President Donald Trump's visit to a U.S. fracking hub on the West Texas plains comes during the state’s fierce coronavirus outbreak and a global oil and gas glut that is putting the squeeze on his loyal donors in the petroleum industry.

Enbridge Sees Improving Mainline Oil Volumes

Canadian pipeline operator Enbridge on Wednesday posted a quarterly profit slightly higher than analysts' estimates and said it sees volumes growing across the Mainline, North America's biggest oil pipeline network.

Pipeline Doubts put Bakken Shale Reboot on Hold

North Dakota oil producers face new pressures to delay bringing back more of their recently curbed output after a U.S. court ruling this month put in jeopardy the pipeline that transports most of the region's oil, executives and analysts said.

Kinder Morgan Reports Loss After $1 Billion Charge

Kinder Morgan reported a second-quarter net loss of $637 million after downgrading the value of some assets due to the market impact of Covid-19.

Zurich Insurance Drops Coverage for Trans Mountain Oil Pipeline

Insurance company Zurich has declined to renew its coverage of the Trans Mountain oil pipeline.

EIA Forecasts Year-Long U.S. Petroleum Demand Recovery

The U.S. Energy Information Administration predicts that U.S. petroleum consumption will continue to recover through the end of this year but won't reach pre-pandemic levels until August 2021.

Williams Receives Approval for Mid-Atlantic Pipeline Expansion

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved capacity expansion on William's Leidy South natural gas pipeline.

Natural Gas Efficiency Programs Pay Off in Reduced Costs, Carbon Emissions

North American natural gas utilities have been spending nearly $4 million a day for programs to make customers more efficient use of the fuel. A new study shows those investments are paying off.

End of an Era? Series of Setbacks Bode ill for Big Pipeline Projects

A rapid-fire succession of setbacks for big energy pipelines in the United States this week has revealed an uncomfortable truth for the oil and gas industry: environmental activists and landowners opposed to projects have become good at blocking them in court.

Supreme Court Reinstates Permit 12 but Excludes Keystone XL

The U.S. Supreme Court reinstated use of the Army Corps of Engineers' Nationwide Permit 12 but refused to allow use of the fast-track permit to resume work on TC Energy's Keystone XL project.

Energy Transfer Vows to Keep Dakota Access Oil Flowing

Energy Transfer vowed to fight a court order to shut down and empty the Dakota Access oil pipeline, contending that U.S. District Judge James Boasberg overstepped his authority with the Monday ruling.

Alberta Looking for U.S. Democratic Support of TC Energy's Keystone XL Pipeline — Premier

The government of Alberta is planning to approach several key U.S. Democratic lawmakers to garner support for its Keystone XL pipeline project.

Record Debts Come Due for Canadian Energy Companies

The Canadian energy industry has borrowed heavily to survive a series of catastrophes, and is facing C$6 billion in refinancing in the next six months. Maturing energy debts this year are more than 40% higher than 2019.

NiSource to Pay $56 Million to Resolve Gas Blasts Probe

NiSource Inc will pay $56 million to resolve a probe into Massachusetts gas explosions in 2018 linked to a utility it owns that killed one person and destroyed multiple buildings, the state's attorney general said.

Canada's Supreme Court Dismisses Appeal Against Trans Mountain Pipeline

Canada's Supreme Court has dismissed a lower court appeal filed against the Trans Mountain pipeline removing one of the last remaining hurdles of the expansion project.

Michigan Judge Allows Restart of Enbridge Line 5 Pipeline

A Michigan judge ruled that Enbridge can resume pumping oil through its Line 5 pipeline, nearly a week after shutting it down because of damage to a structure that anchors a section of the line.

Alaska Officials Approve BP's Sale of Pipeline, Oil Leases to Hilcorp

Alaskan energy officials on Monday approved the sale of BP's pipeline and oil and gas assets to Hilcorp Energy as part of a previously announced multi-billion dollar deal.

U.S. Gas Deliveries for LNG Export Fall by More than Half

Daily natural gas deliveries to U.S. facilities that produce LNG for export were a record 9.8 Bcf/d in late March 2020, but deliveries fell to less than 4 Bcf/d in June.

TC Energy Selects Michels Canada to Build Keystone XL Pipeline in Canada

Michels Canada has announced that the company has been selected by TC Energy to construct the Canadian portion of the Keystone XL pipeline.

Williams to Handle Gathering, Production for Taggart

Williams announced a tieback agreement with LLOG Exploration Offshore to provide oil and gas gathering and production services for the Taggart development in the Gulf of Mexico.

24% of U.S. Gulf of Mexico Production Shut After Storm

More than 400,000 bpd of U.S. Gulf of Mexico crude oil production remained shut on Wednesday after Tropical Storm Cristobal, the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said.

Illinois Rejects Bid to Delay Decision on Dakota Access Expansion

Regulators in Illinois have unanimously rejected an attempt by environmental groups to delay the expansion of TC Energy's Dakota Access Pipeline due to the coronavirus.

U.S. Congressional Democrats Back Opposition to Dakota Access Pipeline

More than thirty U.S. congressmen and women have lent their support to an attempt by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to shut down the controversial Dakota Access oil pipeline while the Army Corps of Engineers conducts and environmental review.

Trans Mountain Expansion Starts Work in British Columbia

Work has begun on the embattled Trans Mountain pipeline expansion after billions of dollars in increased costs and several legal challenges threatened to derail the project.

Alberta Cuts Oil Output by 1 Million Barrels Per Day: Minister

The energy minister of Alberta, Canada's oil-producing province, has informed OPEC that the province has cut 1 million barrels per day (bpd) in production since many of the largest oil-producing countries around the world agreed to production cuts.

TC Energy Completes Sale of Coastal GasLink Stake

TC Energy has completed the sale of a 65% stake in its Coastal GasLink pipeline.

First Piece of Keystone XL Pipeline Completed

TC Energy has completed construction of the first stretch of its Keystone XL oil pipeline across the U.S.-Canada border in northern Montana and has begun work on labor camps in nearby areas.