North America

Tennessee Gas Pipeline, Southwestern Energy Announce Methane Emission Reduction Plan

Tennessee Gas Pipeline, a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan, and Southwestern Energy announced the initiation of a responsibly sourced natural gas strategic agreement, which should further reduce methane emissions across the natural gas value chain.

U.S. Hurricane Damage to Cut Shell Oil Output Through Year-End

Damage to offshore transfer facilities from Hurricane Ida will cut production into early next year, slashing deliveries of a type of crude oil prized by refiners. The prolonged shut-in of the WD-143 platform would also affect smaller operators which use the Mars pipeline.

GTI’s Hydrogen Technology Center to Research U.S. Clean Energy Distribution

Kristine Wiley was recently named vice president of GTI’s Hydrogen Technology Center, which will facilitate increased use of hydrogen in an integrated energy system to meet the challenges of decarbonization.

Shell Exits Permian with $9.5 Billion Texas Shale Sale to ConocoPhillips

Royal Dutch Shell said it would sell its Permian Basin assets to ConocoPhillips for $9.5 billion in cash, an exit from the largest U.S. oilfield for the energy major shifting its focus to the clean energy transition.

Dakota Access Pipeline Asks U.S. Supreme Court to Scrap Environmental Study Order

Dakota Access asked the U.S. Supreme Court to revisit whether the largest pipeline out of the North Dakota oil basin requires additional environmental review.

Enbridge Fined $3.32 Million for Failings in Line 3 Replacement Project

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources fined Enbridge Inc. $3.32 million, citing the Canadian company's failure to follow environmental laws during the construction of its Line 3 oil pipeline replacement.

Oil Slips to $75 as U.S. Storm Threat Wanes

Oil slipped to about $75 a barrel on Thursday, falling from a multi-week high a day earlier, as the threat to U.S. Gulf production from Hurricane Nicholas receded.

Gulf Coast Oil Companies Return to Ida Recovery as Nicholas Recedes

Energy companies worked to restore pipeline service and electricity after Tropical Storm Nicholas passed through on Tuesday, allowing them to return to repairing the significant damage caused by Hurricane Ida two weeks ago.

Colonial Pipeline Partially Resumes as Nicholas Brings Rains, Wind

The largest U.S. fuel line resumed partial operations Tuesday as oil and gas facilities weathered hurricane Nicholas' landfall in Texas, suffering less damage than in Hurricane Ida two weeks earlier.

Canadian First Nation Demands Enbridge Reroute Gas Pipeline After 2018 Explosion

A Canadian First Nation in northern British Columbia said on Tuesday it was trying to force Enbridge Inc. to reroute a natural gas pipeline off its reserve lands after the line exploded in 2018, causing residents to flee their homes.

US, EU Pursuing Global Deal to Slash Planet-Warming Methane, Documents Show

The United States and the European Union have agreed to aim to cut emissions of methane by around a third by the end of this decade and are pushing other major economies to join them, according to documents seen by Reuters.

Texas Freeport LNG Export Plant Shut During Tropical Storm Nicholas

U.S. LNG company Freeport LNG said on Tuesday all three liquefaction trains at its Freeport LNG export plant in Texas shut, likely due to power outages from Tropical Storm Nicholas.

Enbridge’s Cameron Extension Pipeline Project Nearing Completion

Texas Eastern Transmission’s Cameron Extension pipeline project in southwestern Louisiana is on track to be mechanically complete in October, leading to a November in-service, an Enbridge spokesperson said.

Spire Gets More Time to Operate Missouri St. Louis NG Pipeline

U.S. natural gas company Spire Inc. got permission from federal regulators on Tuesday to keep operating its STL natural gas pipeline in Missouri for another 90 days while regulators consider the next steps for the pipe.

Colonial Pipeline Shuts, Power Outages Rise as Nicholas Brings Rains, Wind

The largest U.S. fuel line shut down on Tuesday due to power outages caused by Nicholas, which made landfall as a hurricane before weakening on Tuesday, the second U.S. Gulf storm in as many weeks.

U.S. Loans Exxon Another 1.5 Million Barrels of Oil from Emergency Reserve

The U.S. Energy Department said it approved a second loan of 1.5 million barrels of oil to Exxon Mobil Corp from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve after damage from Hurricane Ida devastated offshore oil production.

Offshore Operators Face Big Ida Losses as Insurers Trim Cover

Offshore energy firms are likely to face greater financial losses from Hurricane Ida than from previous storms in the Gulf of Mexico because of reduced coverage offered by insurers, risk modeling firm RMS said on Thursday.

EIA Expects Higher Natural Gas Prices Due to Production Reductions Following Hurricane Ida

The U.S. Energy Information Administration expects that natural gas prices will remain higher in the coming months following Hurricane Ida. In its September Short-Term Energy Outlook, EIA forecast fourth-quarter Henry Hub spot prices to average $4.00 per MMBtu, a 16% increase from its August forecast.

Western Basins Staying Alive in New Mexico, Colorado

With its portion of the rich Permian Basin booming, New Mexico is about to overtake North Dakota (Bakken Shale) as the nation’s second largest oil producing state, flowing more than 1.1 MMbpd.

Infrastructure Bill Includes More Spending on Water Pipes, Sewers

The Senate infrastructure legislation provides major funding boosts to the drinking water and clean water state revolving funds, but congressional passage of the bill depends, apparently, on whether Congress also passes a second $3.5 trillion “social infrastructure” bill demanded by progressive Democrats in the House.

Exxon to Begin Certifying Some Shale Gas Emissions Amid Investor Pressure

Exxon Mobil Corp on Tuesday said it will begin measuring methane emissions from production of natural gas at a New Mexico facility, joining several shale gas producers seeking to provide the data to buyers.

Enbridge Bolsters U.S. Gulf Coast Export Capacity with $3 Billion Moda Midstream Buy

Enbridge Inc. said on Tuesday it was buying logistics company Moda Midstream Operating LLC for $3 billion in cash, gaining access to an export terminal in Texas that loaded more than a quarter of all U.S. Gulf Coast crude exports last year.

U.S. Probing Nearly 350 Reports of Oil Spills in Wake of Hurricane Ida

The U.S. Coast Guard said on Monday it was investigating nearly 350 reports of oil spills in and along the U.S. Gulf of Mexico in the wake of Hurricane Ida.

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U.S. Energy Firms Strain to Shake Off Hurricane's Toll

U.S. oil and gas companies strained to get offshore operations back up and running on Thursday as the extent of Hurricane Ida's damages became more apparent.

Colonial Pipeline Restarts as Ida Damage Assessments Face Hurdles

Colonial Pipeline restarted on Tuesday while other efforts to assess damages to energy infrastructure were slowed by widespread flooding from Hurricane Ida and power outages.

After Ida, U.S. Pipelines Offline, Being Assessed

Oil and gas pipeline operators on Monday checked for damage after Hurricane Ida hit major energy hubs as a Category 4 storm on Sunday and caused widespread power outages.

Pemex Restores Oil Output Suspended Due to Platform Fire

Pemex said on Monday that it has resumed 421,000 bpd of oil production and brought 125 wells back online following a deadly fire at an offshore platform.

Ida's Fury Hits U.S. Oil Production, Gasoline Supplies

U.S. Gulf Coast energy companies began damage reviews at offshore production facilities and started evaluating onshore power losses after Hurricane Ida caused devastation in Louisiana and rampaged through offshore oil and gas fields.

Line 3 Pipeline Approaches Completion after Court Ruling

Enbridge's Line 3 replacement project is nearing completion after successfully defending another legal challenge last week, when the Minnesota Supreme Court decided it would not hear an appeal from opponents who sought to overturn regulatory approval.