North America

Feds Critical of GOM Pipeline Abandonment Policy

The U.S. Government Accountability Office released a report that found the Department of Energy does not have “a robust oversight process” for ensuring the integrity of about 8,600 miles of active offshore oil and gas pipelines on the sea floor of the Gulf of Mexico.

February's Cold Weather Shut More U.S. Refinery Capacity Than Hurricane Harvey

A severe cold spell in mid-February knocked out a third of U.S. oil refining capacity, according to data compiled by Reuters and Wood Mackenzie.

DAPL Closure Could Shut 400,000 bpd of N. Dakota Oil

Energy Transfer LP is in the middle of a years-long legal fight to keep open its 557,000-bpd pipeline, the largest out of the Bakken shale region of North Dakota and Montana, as U.S. officials conduct an environmental review of the line.

PennEast Pipeline Faces New Jersey in Supreme Court Hearing Next Week

PennEast Pipeline Company is expected in the U.S. Supreme Court next week, according to the court’s schedule.

Quickly Finishing MVP in Best Interest of Consumers, Environment, Equitrans Says

The joint venture behind Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) still targets an in-service date late this year and believes previous applications will contribute to an efficient permitting process.

Canadian Lawmakers Call for Action in Michigan Pipeline Dispute

Canadian lawmakers urged the leaders of the United States and Canada to take further steps to resolve a dispute between Enbridge Inc and the state of Michigan over the cross-border Line 5 oil pipeline.

Pieridae Still Plans Investment Decision on Nova Scotia LNG Export Plant by Late June

Canadian energy company Pieridae Energy Ltd said on Thursday it continues to work toward making a final investment decision (FID) by June 30 to build its proposed Goldboro LNG export plant in Nova Scotia.

Newer-Technology Natural Gas-Fired Generators Utilized More Than Older Units in PJM

The rapid development of shale gas resources in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia has contributed to sustained low natural gas prices and encouraged the construction of natural gas-fired power plants.

Failed Fitting Led to 1,200 Barrel Oil Leak from Trans Mountain Pipeline

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada completed its investigation into a June 2020 release of crude oil at the Trans Mountain Sumas pump station in British Columbia, determining a 1-inch pipeline fitting was the source of the leak.

Canadian Crude Imports Fall 20% in 2020 Due to Pandemic

Imports of crude oil into Canada dropped 20% year-on-year in 2020 due to weak demand as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Canada Energy Regulator said in an analysis.

Canada's Energy Industry Will Shape the Future

It has been another tough couple of weeks for the pipeline industry. Keystone XL lost its Presidential Permit. A critical infrastructure project that would have delivered immense benefits on both sides of the border, cancelled as an act of backward-looking political symbolism by the President of the United States on his very first day in office.

Tank Car Impact Tests Take Aim at Safety Concerns

Tank cars transport roughly 2 million shipments of hazardous materials (hazmat), carrying goods that are essential to North America’s economy, public health and quality of life. Railroad safety is the key to making it all work. Rail is recognized as the safest mode of transportation for moving bulk shipments of hazardous materials.

Texas Oil Pipelines Face Dry Months as Production Languishes

By the fourth quarter, total utilization of the largest oil pipelines from the Permian is expected to drop to 57%, consultancy Wood Mackenzie said. The nadir during the last market bust in 2016 was roughly 70%.

U.S. Shale Oil Output to Rise 13,000 bpd in May, EIA Says

U.S. oil output from seven major shale formations is expected to rise for a third straight month, climbing by about 13,000 bpd in May to 7.61 MMbpd, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said.

Canada Looks to Future Beyond Keystone XL, COVID-19

With production curtailments lifted and a post-COVID-19 upturn in sight, Canadian oil production is on the rise, prompting concerns that output from Alberta’s oil sands could again exceed takeaway capacity within a few years, even if current pipeline construction is completed.

LM Energy Launches Open Season to Extend Oil Gathering System in Northern Delaware Basin

The proposed extension of the system will gather crude oil from origination points in Eddy and Lea Counties, New Mexico and deliver to destination points also in Eddy and Lea Counties, New Mexico.

New PHMSA Rules Ease Burdens, Maintains Safety

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) re-examination of the Federal Pipeline Safety Regulations should ease regulatory burdens on the construction, maintenance and operation of gas transmission, distribution and gathering pipeline systems, according to the final rule in the Federal Register.

EPA Chief: Biden Admin's Methane Emission Curbs to Exceed Obama's

The Biden administration’s curbs on methane will be more ambitious than those imposed by former President Barack Obama and will go a long way to helping the United States achieve its overall targets to cut greenhouse gas emissions over the next decade.

Fate of Dakota Access Pipeline at Stake at Friday Court Hearing

The fate of the Dakota Access pipeline could be decided at a U.S. court hearing Friday, where federal regulators could set in motion a months-long shutdown of the line while the Biden Administration completes an environmental review.

Archaea Energy, Aria Energy Combine to Form RNG Development, Advancement Company

The business combination with Archaea and Aria, one of the largest companies in the North American landfill gas (LFG) sector, will create a significant U.S. RNG platform.

Canadian Pipeline Companies See Natgas Opportunities in Shift to Green Energy

Natural gas and liquids will continue to play a prominent role in the energy economy for decades to come, one executive said, even as a transition to cleaner energy evolves.

Report Shows Oil Industry Jobs Pay More Than Wind, Solar Jobs

Workers in nuclear energy and fossil fuel industries earn higher wages than those in renewable energy sectors like wind and solar that are the focus of Biden's plan to stimulate the U.S. economy and combat climate change, according to an analysis.

Phillips 66 Warns U.S. Winter Storm Pushing First-quarter Loss Past Forecast

U.S. refiner Phillips 66 on Monday predicted that its first-quarter loss would be larger than expected, citing the severe winter cold snap that battered its U.S. Gulf Coast petrochemical operations.

Improving Natural Gas Distribution Systems to Ease Pressure Risks

This article examines redundant overpressure protection (OPP) requirements at the city gates in the U.S. and how several operators are at risk of noncompliance as states begin to enforce redundant OPP requirements specifically at the city gates.

Democrats Asking Biden to Shut Down Dakota Access Pipeline

A group of 33 Democratic congress members are named on a letter to President Joe Biden asking him to shut down the Dakota Access Pipeline while it undergoes a court-mandated environmental review.

Midcoast Energy Completes CJ Express Pipeline Expansion

Texas-based Midcoast Energy completed its CJ Express pipeline expansion project, and it is now in service, the subsidiary announced.

U.S. LNG Export Bonanza Reshapes Energy Map in Asia

U.S. exports of LNG to China, Japan and South Korea, the biggest importers of the fuel, have surged to record highs in recent months as the heavily industrialized region recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, Eikon trade data shows.

Energy Transfer, Centurion Pipeline Agree on Crude Oil Transportation

Energy Transfer and Centurion Pipeline announced they will post a joint tariff for crude oil transportation service from ET’s terminals in Platteville, Colorado and Cushing, Oklahoma to ET’s Nederland, Texas terminal.

Pony Express Pipeline Announces Open Season for Transportation

Tallgrass Pony Express Pipeline, a subsidiary of Tallgrass Energy, announced a binding open season soliciting shipper commitments for crude oil transportation.

Industry Group Says Biden’s Infrastructure Plan Misses Opportunity for Pipelines

U.S. President Joe Biden plans to pay for his $2 trillion infrastructure plan with higher corporate taxes, which is facing criticism from Republicans and industry support groups including the American Petroleum Institute who say it will kill jobs.