North America

New Cogent Pipeline to Connect Processing Complex to GCX

Cogent Midstream said it plans to build a new 400 MMcf/d pipeline to deliver residue gas from its Big Lake Natural Gas Processing Complex in the Midland Basin to the Gulf Coast Express Pipeline (GCX).

Rangeland Plans Crude Gathering Project in Alberta

Rangeland Midstream Canada plans to design, construct and operate new crude oil and condensate pipelines in the Marten Hills region of north central Alberta.

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.

$1.6 Billion Liberty Pipeline Construction to Proceed Under Phillips 66, Bridger JV

Phillips 66 and Bridger Pipeline announced that they are proceeding with construction of the $1.6 billion Liberty Pipeline from the Rockies and Bakken production areas to Cushing, Okla.

Phillips 66, Plains Sanction $2.5 Billion Red Oak Pipeline System

Plains All American Pipeline and Phillips 66 announced they will proceed with construction of the Red Oak Pipeline system in a new joint venture to transport crude oil from the Permian Basin and Cushing, Okla., to Houston and multiple locations along the Texas Gulf Coast.

Canadian Oil Pipeline Congestion Sets up Lucrative Storage Play

As Canadian oil production has outpaced pipeline takeaway capacity, demand for storage in the oil sands province of Alberta has increased.

Meritage Launches Open Season for New Movement on Thunder Creek NGL System

Meritage Midstream announced a binding open season to secure volume dedications for the proposed construction and development on its existing Thunder Creek NGL Pipeline system to transport NGLs from two processing plants in Campbell and Converse counties, Wyoming, to an interconnection point with ONEOK's Bakken Pipeline in Converse County.

Enbridge Seeks Michigan Court Ruling on Line 5 Pipeline Deal

Enbridge said will go to court after failing to strike a deal with Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on building an oil pipeline tunnel beneath the channel that connects Lakes Huron and Michigan.

Canadian Senate Passes Major Project Assessment Bill with Heavy Amendments

The Canadian Senate has approved legislation aimed at changing the way major projects such as oil pipelines are assessed, with more than 180 amendments that were welcomed by the government of Canada's main crude-producing province Alberta.

Final Investment Decision Reached for Whistler Pipeline

MPLX LP, WhiteWater Midstream backed by First Infrastructure Capital, and a joint venture between Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners and West Texas Gas, Inc. have reached a final investment decision to move forward with the design and construction of the Whistler Pipeline after having secured sufficient firm transportation agreements with shippers.

U.S. Regulators Partially OK Cactus II Rate Structure

U.S. energy regulators partially approved the rate structure and terms of service for Plains All American Pipeline LP’s Cactus II crude and condensate line from the Permian Basin to the Corpus Christi, Texas, area.

Natural Gas Flaring in Permian Hits Record High in Q1

Natural gas flaring and venting in the top U.S. oil field reached an all-time high in the first quarter of the year due to the lack of pipelines, at a time of increased focus on environmental concerns about methane emissions.

Minnesota Court Rejects Environmental Assessment for Enbridge Line 3 Pipeline

A Minnesota court ruled on Monday that Enbridge Inc.'s environmental impact statement for replacement of its Line 3 oil pipeline is inadequate, raising the possibility of further delays.

NW Natural Completes North Mist Expansion Project

NW Natural has completed its North Mist Expansion Project and begun providing no-notice storage to Portland General Electric’s Port Westward plants to balance renewable power on the grid.

McDermott Announces First Cargo from Cameron LNG Train 1

McDermott International announced that the first cargo of liquefied natural gas (LNG) has been shipped from the Cameron LNG project in Hackberry, La., marking a key step and precursor to completion of Train 1. The latest development follows the announcement of first liquid from Cameron LNG Train 1 on May 14.

Water Solutions Company Paying Big for West Texas Ranch

A water solutions company out of Forth Worth, TX is ready to spend $450 million for water underneath a West Texas ranch.

Trans Mountain Pipeline Gets Boost From Provincial Court Ruling

The Trans Mountain Pipeline project (TMX) received a boost after the British Colombia Court of Appeals unanimously ruled that the B.C. government could not block a proposed expansion of the pipeline.

Kinder Morgan Announces Binding Open Season on SFPP

Kinder Morgan, Inc. today announced the start of a binding open season to solicit commitments for an expansion of a portion of its SFPP system.

National Grid Halts New Gas Service Until Williams Pipeline Approved

National Grid said it will not process new applications for natural gas service in its New York City and Long Island service areas until Williams' Northeast Supply Enhancement (NESE) pipeline receives the permits it needs to proceed.

Texas May Stiffen Penalties for Pipeline Damage

Lawmakers in Texas are considering a bill that would stiffen penalties for damaging or trespassing around oil and gas operations despite opposition from environmental groups who say it would quell peaceful protests and overly criminalize offenses.

China to Raise Tariffs on LNG Imports from United States

China said on Monday it would raise tariffs on LNG imports from the United States amid a series of additional levies, a move that could further reduce U.S. LNG shipments to the world's fastest growing importer of the fuel.

Potential Permitting Delays Could Raise Line 3 Costs

Enbridge Inc, Canada's largest pipeline operator, said on Friday there is a risk its Line 3 replacement project could exceed its previous cost estimate of C$9 billion ($6.71 billion) because of delays to permits in the United States.

Federal Judge Sends Dakota Access Ruling Back to State Courts

A federal judge has sent back to North Dakota state court a lawsuit alleging the environmental group Greenpeace conspired against the Dakota Access oil pipeline.

Howard Energy Plans New Gathering System in STACK Play

Howard Energy Partners announced yesterday that it has executed an agreement with a major North American oil and gas producer to construct, own and operate a new natural gas gathering system located in the over-pressured area of the prolific STACK play. HEP’s new midstream infrastructure will be anchored by fee-based, long-term acreage dedications totaling approximately 10,000 acres in Dewey and Custer counties in central Oklahoma.

Tellurian Holds Open Season for Permian Global Access Pipeline

Tellurian subsidiary Permian Global Access Pipeline is conducting a binding open season to secure prospective shippers for its proposed Permian Global Access Pipeline (PGAP) project. PGAP is a proposed 42-inch interstate natural gas pipeline originating at the Waha Hub in Pecos County, Texas, and t..

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. Whitmer made the move after Attorney General Dana Nessel issued an opinion st..

Trump Signs New Permission for Keystone XL Pipeline

U.S. President Donald Trump signed a new permission for TransCanada Corp to build the Keystone pipeline for imports of Canadian oil, replacing his previous permits in an effort side step the blocking of the project by a Montana court. In issuing the executi..

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 ..