North America

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.

Tellurian Files for FERC Review of Permian Global Access Pipeline

Tellurian has asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to initiate a review of its proposed Permian Global Access Pipeline following an oversubscribed open season for the 625-mile natural gas project from West Texas to Southeast Louisiana's growing LNG export market.

Nebraska Supreme Court Affirms Alternative Keystone XL Pipeline Route

A court in Nebraska on Friday affirmed an alternative route in the Midwest state for TC Energy Corp's Keystone XL oil pipeline in the latest chapter in the nearly 10-year legal fight over the Canada to Texas pipeline.

Permian Basin Natural Gas Prices Rise as GCX Nears Completion

Natural gas spot prices at the Waha hub in West Texas closed at their highest price since March as the 2 Bcf/d Gulf Coast Express (GCX) pipeline is preparing to enter service, according to a Thursday update from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).

Bakken Oil Flows Hit 6-Month High as Rail to East Coast Drops

Crude pipeline flows from North Dakota's Bakken shale field have climbed to the highest in six months after the June closure of the largest U.S. East Coast refinery cut crude-by-rail volumes, according to traders and market intelligence firm Genscape.

Lotus Midstream Considers Reversing West Texas to Cushing Pipeline

Pipeline operator Lotus Midstream LLC may reverse flows on a line now sending crude from West Texas to Cushing, Oklahoma, the main hub for pricing U.S. crude futures, three people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday, an unusual move that could lift U.S. benchmark prices by draining supplies.

Canada's Alberta Extends Oil Curtailments Through 2020 Due to Slow Pipeline Progress

The government of Canada’s main oil-producing province, Alberta, said on Tuesday it was extending mandatory curtailments on crude production by an extra year through 2020, because of uncertainty about when expanded pipelines may come online.

Pembina to Acquire Kinder Morgan Canada, Cochin for $3.3 Billion

Calgary-based Pembina Pipeline has agreed to acquire Kinder Morgan Canada and the U.S. portion of the Cochin Pipeline system in a $3.3 billion deal that expands its Canadian storage capacity in a period of high demand.

Natural Gas Deliveries to U.S. LNG Export Facilities Set Records

Natural gas deliveries to U.S. LNG export facilities set a monthly record in July 2019, averaging 6 Bcfd, or 7% of the nation's total dry natural gas production, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported.

Pipeline Shippers Challenge Plains' Steel Tariff Surcharge

Two U.S. shale producers have challenged an energy pipeline operator's proposed surcharge for the Trump administration's 25% tariff on imported steel, raising the stakes for pipeline builders facing higher construction costs.

Line 3 protesters Rally Outside Enbridge Minnesota Office

Dozens of people rallied outside the Minnesota office of Enbridge Energy Monday to protest the company's proposed Line 3 oil pipeline replacement.

MEG Energy Opposes Proposed Enbridge Pipeline Changes

Oil sands producer MEG Energy has written to Canada's energy regulator to oppose pipeline company Enbridge Inc's plan to introduce long-term fixed volume contracts on its Mainline system.

Freeport LNG to Load First Cargo From Texas Plant

Freeport LNG, which recently received federal approval for construction of a fourth liquefaction train at its Quintana Island plant, appears on schedule to load its first LNG shipment to Asia from Train 1 in the third quarter.

Bid for Inter Pipeline Highlights Strength of Canada's Midstream Sector

A recent unsolicited bid for Inter Pipeline Ltd has highlighted the potential of Canada’s midstream companies to offer insulation from volatile oil prices.

EPIC Midstream Ships First Crude on New Permian-Gulf Coast Pipeline

EPIC Midstream Holdings Inc on Thursday began shipping crude oil on its 400,000 barrel per day (bpd) pipeline from the Permian Basin to the U.S. Gulf Coast, pushing Midland crude prices higher, traders said.

Enbridge Needs U.S. Approval to Restart Pipeline after Kentucky Blast

Canadian energy company Enbridge Inc said it is working to meet the terms of an order from federal regulators so it can restart the part of its Texas Eastern pipeline in Kentucky that was damaged in a blast on Aug. 1 that killed one person.

Trafigura Begins Shipping Permian Crude via Plains' Cactus II

Trafigura Trading today said it has commenced shipments of crude oil from the Permian Basin to the Corpus Christi, Texas, via the Cactus II Pipeline, marking the first confirmed shipments on Plains All American's newly operational system.

Rare Split Vote May Signal Tighter Regulation of Future Permian Flaring

The chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission cast a rare vote against a flaring permit in the Permian Basin, citing concern over the "frequency and ease" with which the state's oil and gas regulatory body has permitted crude producers to burn associated gas.

New NAFTA  Agreement: Pathway for Oil, Gas

A member of the energy intelligentsia in June, after the U.S.-Mexico dispute over immigration was calmed, noted President Donald Trump who was in Texas over that period delivered the message that he favors expanding infrastructure to bolster energy trade with Mexico.

Mexico Looks to Expand Pipelines, Develop Own Reserves

Mexico’s rapid growth of demand for electricity over the last decade happily coincided with burgeoning supplies of cheap shale gas in nearby Texas. This Mexican demand and Texan abundance drove a boom in cross-border pipeline construction which continues to this day.

New U.S. Pipelines Poised to Start Price War for Shale Shippers

The operators of two new pipelines in West Texas shale fields are offering discounted prices to attract shippers accustomed to high fees to move oil to export hubs, according to the pipeline companies and federal filings.