North America

Federal Officials Investigate Fiery Oil Train Derailment

U.S. federal and local authorities were investigating a fiery oil car train derailment north of Seattle, Wash., near where two people were arrested last month and accused of attempting a terrorist attack on train tracks to disrupt plans for a natural gas pipeline.

LNG Import Terminals Add-Ons Boast Advantages

North American LNG exporters are sounding more confident about the prospects for new projects in 2021 due to a recent rally in prices driven by surging Asian demand, even as most industry analysts expect next year to be another difficult one.

Nebraska Pipeline Rupture Likely Caused by 3rd-Party

A natural gas pipeline in rural Nebraska has been repaired after a rupture caused an explosion that was large enough to be seen by satellite. Northern Natural Gas said “a series of scores and gouges were found across the impacted pipeline segment,"

Williams Projects Go In-Service Early as 2020 Ends

Williams said early in-service capacity was achieved for three of its gas expansion projects. Projects going online in the fourth quarter were Transco’s Leidy South and Southeastern Trail, along with the Bluestem Pipeline.

Explosion Caused by Natural Gas Pipeline on Field

A pipeline rupture caused an explosion in a field near Lyons, Neb., on Christmas Day that was large enough to be seen by satellite. There were no reported injuries.

Hilcorp Unit Completes BP Alaska Acquisition

Privately held Hilcorp Energy's unit completed a $5.6 billion acquisition of BP's business in Alaska, taking over the region the British oil major had operated in for 60 years.

Court Approves Williams' Deal with Bankrupt Chesapeake

A bankruptcy court has approved Williams' agreement to take ownership of some Chesapeake Energy assets in exchange for accepting lower gas gathering fees.

As Biden Cabinet Takes Shape, API Seeks Voice in Energy, Climate Policy

The American Petroleum Institute on Thursday reached out to the incoming Biden administration to collaborate on climate and energy policy, calling energy a non-partisan issue that modern life depends on.

Canada Unveils Hydrogen Strategy to Kick-Start Clean Fuel Industry

Canada unveiled a long-discussed hydrogen strategy on Wednesday, calling on investors to spur growth in a clean fuel sector that the government says could be worth C$50 billion ($39.2 billion).

Biden to Pick Former Michigan Gov. Granholm as Energy Secretary - Sources

President-elect Joe Biden is expected to pick former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm to be secretary of energy in his administration, two people familiar with the decision said

Lacking Pipelines, U.S. Northeast Gas Prices Jump Ahead of Winter Storm

U.S. Northeast power and natural gas prices for Wednesday jumped to their highest level in almost a year as energy companies prepare for what could be the region's biggest winter storm in years.

Pinnacle Midstream II Plans Gathering, Compression System in Midland Basin

Pinnacle Midstream II on Tuesday said it has signed a 15-year gas gathering, processing and purchase agreement with DoublePoint Energy that anchors Pinnacle’s greenfield build of a new natural gas gathering and compression system in the Midland Basin.

Husky Energy Shareholders Approve Sale to Cenovus

Husky Energy Inc said on Tuesday its shareholders approved the company's merger with rival Cenovus Energy Inc to create Canada's No. 3 oil and gas producer,

Why Green Hydrogen is Getting its Day in the Sun

Hydrogen has taken off this year as the future green fuel of choice, with governments and businesses betting big that the universe's most abundant element can help fight climate change.

Midwest Refiners to Pipe More Fuel to East Coast, Pressuring Plants

U.S. Midwest refiners are gearing up to pipe more gasoline and diesel to East Coast buyers, hoping to fill a void created by refinery closures and cutbacks, but likely to add pressure to regional fuel producers.

EIA: Natural Gas Venting, Flaring Set Records in 2019

U.S. natural gas venting and flaring hit an all-time high of 1.48 Bcf/d last year, with the bulk of those volumes coming from North Dakota and Texas, updated government statistics show.

Gas Suspected in Fatal Omaha House Explosion

An explosion that leveled a home in Omaha killed two people and left two others critically injured, fire officials said. Crews from the city’s natural gas utility were on the scene, but the cause has not been confirmed.

Kinder Morgan Sees Higher Income in 2021, Raises Dividend

Kinder Morgan Inc said on Tuesday it expects to generate higher income in 2021 and raised its annual dividend, as the pipeline operator cost cuts this year in the face of oil demand destruction.

Enbridge Expects Higher Pipeline Volumes, Rates in 2021

Canadian pipeline operator Enbridge Inc on Tuesday forecast higher core earnings in 2021 and raised its annual dividend, saying it expects to see volume on its Liquids Mainline System improve next year.

U.S. Gas Prices Stumble on Mild Start to Winter

U.S. natural gas prices have tumbled since the start of November as persistent mild weather has caused inventories to remain high rather than drawing down in line with seasonal trends.

China Hits 26% of 2020 Target for U.S. Energy Imports under Trade Deal

China has accelerated imports of crude oil, propane and LNG from the United States since July, but total energy product purchases through October remain far short of targets for 2020 set out in the Phase 1 trade deal with Washington.

Magellan Midstream Tank Explosion Injures 7 in Corpus Christi

Seven Magellan Midstream Partners employees were injured, four critically, when a storage tank at a Magellan plant in Corpus Christi exploded after catching fire Saturday morning, according to deputy Fire Chief Richie Quintero.

Minnesota Regulators Deny Request to Delay Line 3 Pipeline

A Minnesota regulatory panel has denied a request to stop Enbridge's Line 3 pipeline project, which broke ground this week after receiving its final state permit.

Trump Administration Rule Would Reduce Environmental Reviews of LNG Projects

The U.S. Energy Department issued a rule to exclude some licensing of LNG projects from environmental reviews that have been required by law, in a show of support for the fossil fuel industry.

U.S. Shale Firms Ramp Up Gas Output as Futures Signal Higher Prices

Higher natural gas futures prices for 2021 and a continued glut of crude oil are prodding U.S. shale firms to boost gas drilling and production.

Chevron Tightens Belt Again with Billions in Spending Cuts

Chevron has cut billions off its long-term capital and exploratory budget, even after a major restructuring of its operations, but plans more Permian and GOM spending in 2022.

Magellan Midstream to Boost Loading capacity at Cheyenne Terminal

Magellan Midstream Partners said it will invest $4.65 million to increase truck loading capacity at its refined oil products terminal in Cheyenne, Wyo., by more than 50%.

Mexico Shuts Off Natural Gas Supply to Brazil's Braskem

Mexico has cut off natural gas supply to Braskem's Mexican operations, the company and government said, intensifying a dispute between President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and the Brazilian petrochemical company.

Enbridge Starts Construction on Line 3 Pipeline in Minnesota

Enbridge began construction on its Line 3 crude oil pipeline replacement in Minnesota on Tuesday, a day after state regulators approved the final permit for the $2.6 billion project amid legal challenges from lactivist and Indigenous groups.

Tellurian Withdraws Application for Permian Global Access Pipeline

LNG developer Tellurian Inc told federal energy regulators it wants to withdraw its application to build the Permian Global Access natural gas pipeline in Texas and Louisiana.