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Kevin Dobbs joined the staff of NGI in April 2020. Prior to that, he worked as a financial reporter and editor for S&P Global Market Intelligence, covering financial companies and markets. Earlier in his career, he served as an enterprise reporter for the Des Moines Register. He has a bachelor's degree in English from South Dakota State University.

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Associate Editor, Markets | Sioux Falls, SD

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Natural Gas Production in Texas Dropped 45% Amid Historic Freeze

Natural Gas Production in Texas Dropped 45% Amid Historic Freeze

U.S. dry natural gas production plummeted during the Arctic freeze that descended upon Texas last week, hitting a low of 69.7 billion Bcf/d, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) said in a research note Thursday. The low point, reached on Feb. 17, marked a decline of 21% from the average of the prior week, the…

February 25, 2021
CFTC Examining Texas Energy Markets for Violations After Deep Freeze, Surge in Natural Gas Prices

CFTC Examining Texas Energy Markets for Violations After Deep Freeze, Surge in Natural Gas Prices

U.S. regulators are scrutinizing derivatives markets after severe winter weather paralyzed Texas’ energy grid last week and sent natural gas cash prices soaring, the acting chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) said. The head of the CFTC said the regulator is monitoring Texas energy markets for any “irregularities” in the next-day and futures…

February 24, 2021
Oil Production, Demand Drop Amid Energy Crisis in Texas

Oil Production, Demand Drop Amid Energy Crisis in Texas

Crude oil production in the United States plummeted but so too did demand amid last week’s bitter freeze that caused an energy crisis in Texas. Stockpiles ticked up as a result, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) said in its latest Weekly Petroleum Status Report (WPSR) on Wednesday. U.S. commercial crude inventories for the week ended…

February 24, 2021
Williams CEO ‘Bullish’ on Natural Gas, Says Company ‘Delivered Flawlessly’ During Historic Freeze

Williams CEO ‘Bullish’ on Natural Gas, Says Company ‘Delivered Flawlessly’ During Historic Freeze

Williams, which operates more than 30,000 miles of pipelines across the Lower 48 and into the deepwater Gulf of Mexico (GOM), struck an upbeat tone on the future of U.S. natural gas and the company’s potential in the year ahead. The Tulsa-based company’s executives said demand for natural gas continues to mount, with 2020 gathering…

February 23, 2021
U.S. Oil Production Unlikely to Gain Ground in 2021, Dallas Fed Economists Say

U.S. Oil Production Unlikely to Gain Ground in 2021, Dallas Fed Economists Say

Even as prices recover, U.S. oil production is likely to only inch ahead – at best – in 2021 as producers focus on cash flow and returning capital to shareholders in bids to win back investors’ trust following the severe slump of 2020, economists at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas said Monday. Kunal Patel,…

February 22, 2021
With Emissions in Mind, FERC to Reconsider Interstate Natural Gas Pipeline Approval Process

With Emissions in Mind, FERC to Reconsider Interstate Natural Gas Pipeline Approval Process

FERC said it would reevaluate the federal government’s approach to certifying natural gas pipelines. Current policy dates to the late 1990s, and key regulators say that, as climate change concerns mount, a re-examination of how infrastructure proposals are approved is overdue. At its monthly meeting Thursday, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission announced it would examine…

February 21, 2021
FERC Reconsidering Approach to Certify Natural Gas Projects

FERC Reconsidering Approach to Certify Natural Gas Projects

FERC said it would reevaluate the federal government’s approach to certifying natural gas pipelines. Current policy dates to the late 1990s, and key regulators say that, as climate change concerns mount, a re-examination of how infrastructure proposals are approved is overdue. At its monthly meeting Thursday, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission announced it would examine…

February 19, 2021
U.S. Petroleum Inventories Drop Again; Expectations Mount for Another Pull Following Texas Freeze

U.S. Petroleum Inventories Drop Again; Expectations Mount for Another Pull Following Texas Freeze

Domestic crude oil inventories dropped substantially for a second straight week for the week ended Feb. 12, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) said Thursday, as demand increased and production declined. Analysts said the surge in frigid weather that blasted the nation’s midsection this week and upended daily life in Texas – where energy infrastructure…

February 18, 2021
Saudi Arabia May Reverse Course, Respond to Rise in Oil Prices with Increased Production

Saudi Arabia May Reverse Course, Respond to Rise in Oil Prices with Increased Production

Saudi Arabia, which leads the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), may quickly ramp up production this spring, following the recent momentum in oil prices and its own expectations for increased demand in the second half of 2021. It would mark a stark shift from its current stance. OPEC and its allies, aka OPEC-plus,…

February 17, 2021
Energy Transfer to Take Out Enable Midstream for $7.2 Billion, Expand Natural Gas Footprint

Energy Transfer to Take Out Enable Midstream for $7.2 Billion, Expand Natural Gas Footprint

Major U.S. pipeline operator Energy Transfer LP said Wednesday it would pay $2.6 billion in an all-stock deal to acquire Enable Midstream Partners LP. Including debt, the transaction is valued at $7.2 billion. Energy Transfer, whose plan to expand the controversial Dakota Access crude oil pipeline has been met with repeated court challenges and setbacks,…

February 17, 2021