North America

Mexico Gas Pipeline at Center of Dispute Starts Operations

A major natural gas pipeline between Texas and the Mexican Gulf Coast port of Tuxpan that was at the heart of a dispute between Mexico's government and infrastructure firms begins operations on Tuesday.

State Court Rejects Challenge to Line 3 Pipeline

The Minnesota Supreme Court declined to take up challenges by tribal and conservation groups and ruled that the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission can move forward with an environmental review of Enbridge Energy’s proposal to replace its aging Line 3 crude oil pipeline.

Lawsuit: Poor information about pipeline led to fatal blast

A federal lawsuit accuses a major pipeline company based in Georgia of failing to tell work crews where a major underground pipeline was located before they ruptured the line, touching off a deadly explosion in Alabama.

U.S. Oil Exports Ramp Up as Buyers Seek Alternatives to Saudi Crude

The oil markets were in turmoil on Monday after the weekend's attack on Saudi facilities, as refiners in top consumer Asia looked for alternative supplies, U.S. crude producers ramped up efforts to export crude and Saudi Arabia tried to secure refined products.

LM Energy Completes First Phase of Touchdown Gathering System

Dallas-based LM Energy Holdings said it has completed Phase I of its Touchdown Crude Oil Gathering System in the Northern Delaware Basin and will begin transporting crude oil in October.

U.S. Oil Production Still Near Record High, but Growth Slowed

U.S. crude production remained close to a record level in June but growth has slowed significantly since the end of last year in response to lower oil prices and the slowdown is set to extend into 2020

Enbridge Urges Canadian Regulator to Not Intervene in Pipeline Plan

Enbridge Inc called on Canada's energy regulator on Wednesday to ignore calls from some of its shippers and avoid intervening in the pipeline company's contentious proposal to revamp contracts on its Mainline network.

Trump Administration Drops Obama-Era Water Protection Rule

The Trump administration on Thursday revoked an Obama-era regulation that shielded many U.S. wetlands and streams from pollution but was opposed by developers and farmers who said it hurt economic development and infringed on property rights.

Gas Prices Forecast to Fall to '70s Levels on Pipeline Oversupply

An oversupply of natural gas in the United States from new pipelines will drive average prices at the Henry Hub benchmark to a level not seen since the 1970s, according to a report from IHS Markit on Thursday.

Oxy May Keep Some Western Midstream Ops: Morgan Stanley

A month after acquiring Anadarko, Occidental Petroleum is targeting $10-15 billion in asset sales but might accomplish this without divesting all of Western Midstream's operations.

Blue Mountain Launches Open Season for Gathering Systems

Blue Mountain Midstream announced its Wildcat subsidiaries launched an open season for new crude oil and water gathering systems and services in central Oklahoma.

US Court Vacates Dominion Atlantic Coast Pipeline Permit

A permit allowing Dominion Energy to build the Atlantic Coast natural gas pipeline from West Virginia to North Carolina has been vacated by an appeals court.

Jobs Fall as Shale Boom Cools

U.S. oil and gas employment has started to fall as producers and service companies respond to the sharp decline in prices since the fourth quarter of 2018.

Kinder Morgan Closer to 3rd Permian Pipeline

Kinder Morgan is “moving along” with plans for a third major pipeline project from the Permian Basin – the newly named Permian Pass, which would deliver natural gas from West Texas to the Sabine area of the East Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast, CEO Steven Kean said.

Plains All American to Remove Steel Tariff Surcharge on Cactus II

Plains All American Pipeline filed with U.S. regulators to remove a proposed surcharge on its Cactus II oil pipeline, tacked on as a result of the Trump administration’s tariff on imported steel.

Tellurian Finds Strong Demand for Permian Global Access Project

An open season for Tellurian’s Permian Global Access Pipeline (PGAP) drew strong demand from West Texas natural gas producers seeking delivery to the rapidly growing natural gas market in Southeast Louisiana.

Mexico Gets Deal with Final Holdout Firm in Pipeline Contract Dispute

Mexico's government has reached a deal with infrastructure firm Fermaca in its renegotiation of natural gas pipeline contracts signed under the last government, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Wednesday.

Court Bars PennEast from Seizing N.J. State Property for Pipeline

A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday barred PennEast Pipeline Co from using a federal law to seize properties controlled by the state of New Jersey in order to build a proposed $1 billion natural gas pipeline.

New York Vows to Fight FERC Ruling on Consitution Pipeline

The New York regulatory agency that failed to act on a water quality certification for Williams' planned Constitution Pipeline said it will fight a federal ruling that it waived the decision through inaction. Some analysts, however, predicted the project may move ahead to completion by 2021.

Shell Delays U.S. Lake Charles LNG Export Project to 2025

Royal Dutch Shell has asked to extend the time by which it should complete its planned LNG export project in Louisiana with partner Energy Transfer by five years to 2025, regulatory filings showed.

Texas Waha Gas Prices Rise Ahead of Gulf Coast Pipeline Start-Up

Spot natural gas prices at the Waha hub in the Permian basin in West Texas rose to their highest since March as Kinder Morgan Inc’s new Gulf Coast Express pipeline prepares to enter service over the next month.

NuStar Completes Pipeline Projects, Begins Moving Volume

NuStar Energy has announced that it has completed and is moving volumes on three key pipeline projects that will significantly expand the partnership's capacity to move Permian crude oil to Corpus Christi for export, and to move refined products into Northern Mexico.

Canadian Court Allows New Challenges to Trans Mountain Expansion After Previous Government Approval

Canada's Federal Court of Appeal on Wednesday agreed to hear six challenges to the Canadian government's earlier approval of an expansion of the Trans Mountain oil pipeline, potentially adding to delays ahead of an October election.

Williams Completes Rivervale South to Market Project

Williams announced today that it has successfully placed into full service its Rivervale South to Market project – an expansion of the existing Transco natural gas pipeline system to meet growing heating and power generation demand for northeastern consumers.

Cheniere Completes Second Train at Corpus Christi LNG Project

Cheniere Energy, the largest U.S. exporter of LNG, on Tuesday announced that Train 2 of its Corpus Christi, Texas, liquefaction project has been declared substantially complete.

New Pipelines, Hurricane Drive WTI Inventories Down, Prices Up

U.S. oil futures rose 1.7% on Thursday, lifted by a deep draw on U.S. crude inventories, especially at the benchmark's delivery hub due to increased demand with the start-up of two new West Texas pipelines.

Feds Clear Way for Williams Pipeline over NY Objections

Federal regulators have cleared the way for a Williams Partners natural gas pipeline to move forward despite New York’s denial of a water quality permit that had blocked the project.

North Dakota Pledges Improvement to Spill Reporting Procedures

North Dakota's Health Department is pledging to provide easily accessible information on oilfield and agriculture-related spills, a move that comes after a liquid natural gas pipeline leak that was much bigger than publicly reported and could take another decade to clean up.

Canada's Largest Oil Producer Joins Opposition to Enbridge Pipeline Plan

Canadian Natural Resources Ltd, the country's biggest oil producer, has joined a number of other firms asking Canada's energy regulator to intervene in Enbridge Inc's plan to overhaul shipping contracts on its Mainline pipeline network.

Plains All American to Remove Steel Tariff Surcharge on Cactus II

Plains All American Pipeline filed with U.S. regulators on Monday to remove a proposed surcharge on its Cactus II oil pipeline, tacked on as a result of the Trump administration’s tariff on imported steel.