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South Dakota Governor Defends Pipeline Protest Legislation

South Dakota's governor and attorney general are asking a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit challenging a new law that aims to prevent disruptive demonstrations against the Keystone XL pipeline if it's built.

Michigan Governor Open to Possible Line 5 Tunnel Construction

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Wednesday that she's open to allowing construction of an oil transport tunnel beneath the channel where Lakes Huron and Michigan meet, despite previously halting work on a tunnel plan developed by her predecessor.

Pipeline Opponents Ask Judge to Strike Down Trump Keystone XL Permit

Opponents of the long-stalled Keystone XL oil pipeline asked a federal court Friday in a lawsuit to declare President Donald Trump acted illegally when he issued a new permit for the project in a bid to get around an earlier court ruling.

Michigan Governor Halts Great Lakes Oil Pipeline Tunnel

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has ordered state departments and agencies to take no further action on legislation enacted in late 2018 authorizing construction of an oil pipeline tunnel beneath lakes Huron and Michigan.

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.

Alberta Oil Industry Backing Pipeline-Friendly Premier Candidate Amid Possible Sandal

Canada's battered oil industry is rooting for the opposition in next month's election in energy heartland Alberta, investors said on Wednesday, but a brewing scandal involving the party's leader could derail its hopes of an easy victory.

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.

Project Delays Sink Oil Sands Output in 2019

Canadian Oil Sands production in 2019 will be almost 230,000 b/d lower than last year, according to ESAI Energy’s recently published North America Watch.

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Finland, Estonia and Latvia Sign Deal for Single Gas Tariff Zone Gas transmission operators of Finland, Latvia and Estonia signed an agreement on to set up a single gas transmission tariff zone for the three countries from the start of 2020. The agreement fulfills a goal ..

U.S. Energy Information Administration Forecast Continued Growth of Natural Gas Production and Export

The 2019 Annual Energy Outlook (AEO2019) Reference case produced by the U.S. Energy Information Association (EIA) shows continued growth of natural gas production in the Mid-Atlantic and Ohio region from the Marcellus and Utica formations, resulting in increases of natural gas being transported to the Eastern Midwest and, ultimately, into the South Central region, which includes the Gulf Coast and Texas.

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.

S.D. Governor Targets Out-of-State Funding for Pipeline Protests

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem said Monday that she's proposing legislation before construction begins on the Keystone XL oil pipeline that would create a way to go after out-of-state money that funds pipeline protests.

ET Completes Successful Bakken Open Season, Texas System Expansion

Energy Transfer said it completed a successful open season for its Bakken Pipeline system and placed its expanded North Texas gas pipeline in service while announcing record 2018 financial results.

Bakken Shale: North Dakota's Growth Engine

The Bakken Shale play has catapulted sparsely populated North Dakota to the No. 2 oil-producing state behind Texas, eclipsing historically oil-rich states such as Alaska and California.

WBI Energy Expanding Transportation from Bakken

WBI Energy plans to construct 67 miles of new pipeline, compression and ancillary facilities to transport natural gas from core Bakken production areas in western North Dakota to an interconnection point with Northern Border Pipeline.

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Eni’s Indonesia Gas Project may Start Up in 2021   Indonesia’s deputy energy minister said Eni aims to start output of natural gas in 2021 from its offshore Merakes project, which includes construction of subsea systems and pipelines to transport production to a floating production unit (FPU) appro..

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Valley Crossing Pipeline to Mexico Gains FERC Extension The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) awarded Enbridge subsidiary Valley Crossing Pipeline six additional months to connect its natural gas pipeline to its counterpart in Mexico, moving the deadline to April 23. The 168-mile pipelin..

Keystone XL Prep Work Resumes Despite Court-Ordered Review

A federal court judge who ordered another environmental review of Keystone XL pipeline told TransCanada it can resume some U.S. pre-construction activities that had been blocked by his initial ruling.

Dakota Access Protester Injured in Blast Files Lawsuit

A New York woman who was injured while protesting Dakota Access pipeline has filed a lawsuit against several law enforcement officers and a North Dakota county.

Bakken Oil Flows Pressure Gulf Coast Crude Grade Prices

Crude flowing from North Dakota's Bakken shale is taking a larger share of the U.S. Gulf Coast market, siphoning demand from refiners and exporters for local grades, traders and brokers said.

North Dakota Regulators Want to Fine Dakota Access Security Firm $2 Million

North Dakota regulators are seeking up to $2 million in fines from a North Carolina company that handled security for the developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline.

Phillips 66, Bridger Plan Pipeline from Bakken to Texas

Phillips 66 and Bridger Pipeline announced they have preliminary plans for a 350,000 bpd of oil pipeline to send Bakken crude oil to Texas.

Dakota Access Starts Expansion Open Season

Dakota Access and ETCO launched a binding open season for expanded capacity to transfer Bakken/Three Forks crude oil from North Dakota to terminals in Illinois and Texas.

Tribes Sue Administration, States over Keystone XL Approval

Native American tribes in Montana and South Dakota sued the Trump administration on Monday, claiming it approved an oil pipeline from Canada without considering potential damage to cultural sites from spills and construction.

Judge Rules Dakota Access Developer Can't Sue Earth First

A federal judge has dismissed a second defendant from a $1 billion racketeering lawsuit that the developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline filed against environmental groups, leaving Greenpeace as the only remaining group facing the claim.

Dakota Access Pipeline Builder Wants State Lawsuit Dismissed

The company that built the Dakota Access oil pipeline wants a North Dakota judge to throw out a lawsuit over its ownership of agricultural land, claiming it's not violating a Depression-era state ban on corporate farming that it calls unconstitutional anyway.

Innovation, Technology Reshape North Dakota’s Bakken Shale

The Bakken was strewn with casualties before the turnaround, but billionaire oil pioneer Harold Hamm and his teams at Continental Energy Resources Corp. saw opportunities to create better mousetraps in exploring and producing oil and natural gas.

Gun-Firing Protester Gets Prison Term

A Denver woman accused of shooting at officers during protests in North Dakota against the Dakota Access oil pipeline was sentenced to four years and nine months in federal prison.

Safety Board: Damage During Installation Led to Pipeline Crack

The NTSB said last year’s rupture of the Keystone oil pipeline in South Dakota was due to a fatigue crack that probably resulted from mechanical damage by a metal-tracked vehicle during installation.

Keystone XL Work to Begin in Montana this Fall

TransCanada plans to start preliminary work on its Keystone XL pipeline project in Montana in the fall of 2018 ahead of full construction in 2019, according to a letter from the U.S. State Department to Native American tribes.