North America

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 ..

United States Was Net Gas Exporter Over 12 Consecutive Months

According to EIA’s most recent publication of the Natural Gas Monthly, U.S. net natural gas exports in January 2019 totaled 2.3 Bcf/d, marking 12 consecutive months in which U.S. natural gas exports exceeded U.S. imports.  Preliminary data from PointLogic E..

Hard Rock Completes Rio Grande Directional Drill

By Jeff Griffin, Freelance Energy Writer Every long horizontal directional drilling (HDD) installation has something that sets it apart from other projects, but not many involve crossing international boundaries. The site where a steel gas line was i..

Opinion: Sub-Standard Pipe Torpedoing Basin Projects

By: Tony Radoszewski, President, The Plastics Pipe Institute, Inc. The boom is on in the basin and other areas. That’s the good news. The bad news is that this year, sub-standard plastic pipe has been found in the oil and gas gathering operations of the Permian and Delaware basins in Texas and New..

Williams Receives FERC Certificate Authorizing Northeast Supply Enhancement Project

Williams today reported that FERC has issued a certificate of public convenience and necessity authorizing the Northeast Supply Enhancement project – an expansion of the existing Transco natural gas pipeline designed to serve New York markets in time for the 2020/2021 winter heating season.

Marcellus, Utica Plays Offer Unlimited Promise, Nagging Questions

At the end of 2018, when the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released its latest (2017) statistics on proved oil and natural gas reserves, the United States producers were leading the world, and the Marcellus Shale play in Pennsylvania was leading the nation. Both Marcellus and Utica s..

Lawmaker's 'Nazi' Remark over Pipeline Fight Draws Criticism

A Pennsylvania state lawmaker protesting a natural gas liquids pipeline project in her neighborhood has apologized for saying "Nazis were just doing their jobs too" and drawing a comparison to pipeline workers.

Michigan Attorney General Vows to Shut Down Pipeline if Governor's Talks Fail

Michigan's attorney general pledged Monday to move to shut down an oil pipeline in the Great Lakes if the governor doesn't find a "swift and straightforward" resolution to the contentious issue.

Rangeland Midstream Announces New Canadian Pipeline Project

Rangeland Midstream Canada announced plans to design, construct and operate new crude oil and condensate pipelines located in the Marten Hills region of north central Alberta. The Marten Hills Pipeline System will extend approximately 53 miles and consist of crude oil and condensate pipelines and related facilities. The system is expected to come into service in the second quarter of 2020.

Tellurian Announces Binding Open Seasons for Two Proposed Pipelines

Tellurian announced today separate binding open seasons on two proposed pipelines that will connect areas of constrained shale production and debottleneck natural gas pipeline infrastructure, further enabling the rapidly growing industrial market in Southwest Louisia​na.

Plains All American fined $3.3M for California Oil Spill

Plains All American Pipeline was fined nearly $3.35 million for a 2015 California coastal oil spill caused by the rupture of a corroded pipeline.

Mariner East 1 Pipeline Operational Again

Energy Transfer LP announced that effective Monday, April 23 Mariner East 1 pipeline has resumed operations. The 350-mile, 8-inch NGL pipeline transports NGLs across Southern Pennsylvania to Energy Transfer’s Marcus Hook Industrial Complex in Delaware County, PA.

Apache Corp Halting Permian Gas Production Due to Lack of Pipelines

Oil and gas producer Apache Corp said on Tuesday it temporarily halted production at its Alpine High assets in the Permian basin late March, curtailing output of about 250 million cubic feet of natural gas per day because of extremely low prices.

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).

Bayou Bridge Launches Open Season for Expanded Joint Tariff Service

Bayou Bridge Pipeline has launched a non-binding expansion open season to solicit shipper interest for expanded joint tariff transportation service received from certain connecting carriers onto the Bayou Bridge Pipeline System.

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.

Oryx Midstream Launches Binding Open Season for New Movements on Texas Pipelines

Oryx Midstream Services II, LLC announced today that its operating subsidiary, Oryx Delaware Oil Transport LLC has launched a binding open season to secure volume commitments to support the proposed construction and development of new crude oil transportation movements on its regional crude oil transportation system serving the liquids-rich Delaware Basin in Texas and New Mexico. The binding open season commenced on, April 17, 2019 at 8 a.m. CDT and is scheduled to conclude at 5 p.m. CDT on May 31, 2019.

Ruptured Missouri Pipeline Now Functional, No Reopen Date Set

The owners of a natural gas pipeline that exploded in central Missouri in March say the line is now functioning properly.

Kinder Morgan Eyes Another Permian Gas Pipeline

Executives at cash-flush Kinder Morgan, which already has two major Permian Basin-Gulf Coast natural gas pipelines totaling 4 Bcfd under construction, are considering a third pipeline in response to ever-growing demand in the region.

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.

New Concho-Frontier JV to Construct Midland Basin Gathering System

Concho Resources and Frontier Midstream Solutions IV have agreed to form a 50-50 joint venture, Beta Crude Connector, LLC (BCC), to build and provide crude oil gathering, transportation and storage services in the Northern Midland Basin.

CEA Report Details Potential of Piceance, Uinta Basins

The CEA has released a detailed report on “Natural Gas Markets for the Western States and Tribal Nations,” explaining how the abundant natural gas resources in the Piceance and Unita basins in Colorado and Utah can bring significant economic and environmental growth the region with the approval of more production and infrastructure expansion.

Zydeco Announces Open Season for Non-Firm Capacity

Zydeco Pipeline Company, jointly owned by Shell Midstream Partners and Shell Pipeline Company, announced an open season seeking binding commitments for non-firm capacity transportation service on its 350-mile pipeline.

Medallion Starts Open Season for Expanded Joint Tariff Service

Medallion Delaware Express and Medallion Pipeline Company announced an open season to solicit binding, long-term commitments to support an expansion of the Delaware Express and Medallion pipeline systems for an expanded joint tariff service.

Chevron Acquiring Anadarko for $33 Billion as Crude Prices Climb

Chevron will buy Anadarko Petroleum for $33 billion in a cash-and-stock deal as the company seeks to grow stronger in deep water exploration in the gulf and the energy-rich southwest region of Texas called the Permian Basin.

Perspective: Impact of Trump’s Executive Orders Unclear

The executive orders signed Wednesday by President Trump are intended to make it easier for companies to build oil and gas pipelines, but experts aren’t sure yet if they will achieve their goal.

Trump Signs Orders to Ease Pipeline Approval, Construction

President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed executive orders intended to ease permitting and construction of pipelines and other energy infrastructure – an action that quickly drew the praise of industry organizations.

Police: 1 Dead, 15 Injured in North Carolina Gas Explosion

A gas explosion that partially collapsed a North Carolina building and set it ablaze Wednesday morning killed one person and injured more than a dozen others, police said.