North America

FERC Allows Construction to Resume on Mountain Valley Pipeline

Construction can resume on the 300-mile Mountain Valley Pipeline following a decision by FERC on Wednesday to modify an order that halted work on the project in early August.

Court Quashes Canada's Approval of Trans Mountain Pipeline

Canada's Federal Court of Appeal on Thursday quashed the approval of the contentious Trans Mountain pipeline expansion that would nearly triple the flow of oil from the Alberta oil sands to the Pacific Coast.

Fire Breaks Out at Plains All American Crude Tank

A fire broke out Tuesday morning at a Plains All American Pipeline crude storage tank east of Wichita Falls, Texas. It was limited to a single storage tank at the Wichita Falls Station, the company said, and none of its workers were missing.

Judge Rules Dakota Access Developer Can't Sue Earth First

A federal judge has dismissed a second defendant from a $1 billion racketeering lawsuit that the developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline filed against environmental groups, leaving Greenpeace as the only remaining group facing the claim.

Trans Mountain Project Faced Delay, but Proceeding, Canadian Official Says

Canada’s resource minister said Wednesday that construction on the Trans Mountain project had faced a delay, but he did not provide an update on when the expansion of the oil pipeline from Alberta to British Columbia’s coast would be complete.

Commerce Dept: 6 Countries Dumped Welded Pipe in US Market

The U.S. Commerce Department said it made a preliminary determination that large-diameter welded pipe from Canada, China, Greece, India, South Korea and Turkey was being dumped in the U.S. market.

A New Mexican Administration: Taking Action

As the new administration offers additional insight into its policies, it appears that Mexico will continue to offer a business-friendly environment when Andrés Manuel López Obrador takes office as its new president on Dec. 1.

Mexico Likely To Keep Making the World’s Biggest Oil Hedge

First signals from President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s staff and advisors are that the new administration will not seek to backtrack on energy reforms that allow foreign firms to win E&P contracts in Mexico.

How the Historic Energy Reform Transformed Mexico’s Oil Fortunes

Five years ago, few would have predicted that Mexico would be capable of overhauling its oil and gas sector, much less through a downturn. Yet since the constitutional reform of 2013, Mexico has dramatically revivified its upstream sector.

Regulators Greenlight Construction of Trans Mountain Segments

Canada's energy regulator said it had given the go-ahead for the construction of a large portion of the Trans Mountain expansion project, which will nearly triple capacity on the oil pipeline from Alberta to a Vancouver area port.

Supplemental Open Season Launched for Medallion Expansion

Medallion Pipeline Company said it successfully closed a binding open season for a major expansion of its Permian crude oil pipeline and launched a supplemental open season for additional capacity in response to "compelling interest" by potential shippers.

Zydeco Pipeline Begins Binding Open Season

Zydeco Pipeline Company, jointly owned by Shell Midstream Partners and Shell Pipeline, began a binding open season for firm capacity on its 350-mile pipeline which delivers crude to St. James, La., and Clovelly, La., from terminals in Houston and Nederland, Texas.

Gas Pipeline Capacity to South Central Region Projected to Reach 19 Bcf/d

By the end of 2018, U.S. Energy Information Administration EIA expects natural gas pipeline capacity into the South Central region of the United States to reach almost 19 Bcf/d. Natural gas pipeline projects scheduled to come online during the year will bring additional supply to the Gulf Coast and support growing export markets.

ExxonMobil joins EagleClaw, Kinder Morgan on Permian Pipeline

Kinder Morgan Texas Pipeline, EagleClaw Midstream Ventures, and Apache announced ExxonMobil signed a letter of intent to support the proposed Permian Highway Pipeline Project. The project is expected to be in late service in 2020.

Apache, Kayne Anderson Form $3.5 Billion Permian Basin Pipeline Firm

U.S. oil producer Apache Corp is putting its West Texas pipeline assets into a joint venture with investment firm Kayne Anderson that will operate in the largest U.S. shale field, the companies announced.

Lotus Midstream to Acquire Centurion Pipeline

Crude oil logistics provider Lotus Midstream entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the Centurion pipeline system and a Southeast New Mexico crude oil gathering system from Occidental Petroleum. The transaction is expected to close later in the third quarter of 2018, subject to customary closing conditions.

Plains to Bring Two Permian Pipeline Projects Online Early

Plains All American Pipeline LP said two West Texas crude oil projects would begin partial operations slightly ahead of their original schedules as bottlenecks in the region depress prices to the weakest level in four years.

Dominion Not Expecting Court Order to Hold Up Atlantic Coast Pipe

A U.S. appeals court on Monday vacated permits by two federal agencies that allowed Dominion Energy to build its Atlantic Coast natural gas pipeline, a decision the company does not expect to hold up its $6.0 billion to $6.5 billion project.

Targa Signs Letter to Build Whistler Pipeline Project

Targa Resources said it signed a letter of intent several partners to build the Whistler Pipeline Project, which will provide an outlet for increased natural gas production from the Permian Basin to markets along the Texas Gulf Coast.

Enlink Launches Open Season for Avenger Gathering System

The EnLink Midstream companies launched a binding open season for volume commitments for common carrier transportation service on its recently announced AvengerCrude Oil Gathering System (Avenger) in the Northern Delaware Basin.

Enterprise Products Partners to Expand Seaway Pipeline Capacity

Enterprise Products Partners LP said on Wednesday it would expand its Seaway crude pipeline system capacity to about 950,000 bpd from 850,000 bpd.

US Court Vacates 2 Permits for EQT Mountain Valley Gas Pipeline

A U.S. appeals court has vacated decisions by two federal agencies that allowed EQT Corp to build its Mountain Valley natural gas pipeline from West Virginia to Virginia across federal land.

Report: Keystone XL Would Have No Major Impact on Nebraska

A new planned route for the Keystone XL pipeline through Nebraska would not have a major impact on the state's water, land or wildlife, according to an updated environmental study produced by the Trump administration.

KKR and Williams to Acquire Discovery Midstream for $1.2 Billion

KKR entered into an agreement to acquire Discovery Midstream from TPG Growth for $1.2 billion. The provider of natural gas and oil gathering and natural gas processing services is being bought through a newly formed joint venture with Williams.

Nebraska Legal Battle Speeds up on Proposed Pipeline Route

The developer of a proposed oil pipeline through Nebraska has won its bid to speed up the legal battle over its route through the state. The Lincoln Journal Star reports that the Nebraska Supreme Court granted the motion from TransCanada to advance the case to oral arguments and to expedite it. The court could hear arguments as early as October.

Epic Pipeline Completes Open Season , Adds Diamondback as Strategic Partner

Epic Midstream Holdings successfully closed its first open season on the EPIC Crude Oil Pipeline and has executed definitive agreements to add Diamondback Energy as a strategic partner.

Dakota Access Pipeline Builder Wants State Lawsuit Dismissed

The company that built the Dakota Access oil pipeline wants a North Dakota judge to throw out a lawsuit over its ownership of agricultural land, claiming it's not violating a Depression-era state ban on corporate farming that it calls unconstitutional anyway.

Dixie Pipeline to Expand Capacity

Dixie Pipeline Company plans to expand the westbound transportation capacity of its pipeline system to Mont Belvieu, Texas, in order to boost capacity from 58,000 bpd to 90,000 bpd.

Innovation, Technology Reshape North Dakota’s Bakken Shale

The Bakken was strewn with casualties before the turnaround, but billionaire oil pioneer Harold Hamm and his teams at Continental Energy Resources Corp. saw opportunities to create better mousetraps in exploring and producing oil and natural gas.

Northeast Looking at Record Gas Pipeline Buildout in 2018

By the end of 2018, if all of the new natural gas pipeline projects start service on schedule, more than 23 Bcf/d of takeaway capacity will be online out of the Northeast - triple the capacity of only four years ago.