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Dakota Access

North Dakota, Others Defend DAPL, Cite Economic Harm of Potential Shutdown

While opponents of Energy Transfer LP’s Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) have been seeking a shutdown of the line after a federal judge vacated a key permit last year, advocates of the controversial oil conduit are warning of major economic damage to stakeholders should operations cease. In a filing submitted Monday to the U.S. District Court…

DOI’s Haaland Revokes Trump Orders Affecting Natural Gas, Oil Development, Creates Climate Task Force

Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary Deb Haaland has revoked a series of energy-related secretarial orders (SO) issued under the Trump administration and established a climate task force to coordinate across the department. Haaland did so last Friday by signing two SOs of her own, reflecting a see-saw pattern of executive action that is becoming…

April 20, 2021

Enbridge Predicting Oil Capacity Growth for Mainline Conduit to Lower 48

Alberta and Saskatchewan oil producers stand to gain committed customers, reliable tolls and shipping capacity growth from the hotly contested service overhaul proposal for their chief conduit to markets across Canada and the United States, according to Enbridge Inc. The Calgary pipeline conglomerate predicted the benefits in a 94-page response to industry furor ignited by…

April 20, 2021

California Drilling Ban Proposal Rejected in State Senate Committee

Another attempt in California to ban the use of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and other well stimulation technologies has failed to get a key legislative committee’s endorsement, drawing cautious optimism from industry representatives. Senate Bill 467 by state Sen. Scott Wiener was granted reconsideration to possibly be reintroduced. The bill also would have prohibited wells from…

April 19, 2021

Deepwater Oil Find Said Sign of Existing Opportunities in U.S. Gulf of Mexico

BP plc said it has struck oil at the Puma West prospect offshore Louisiana near its Mad Dog platform in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico (GOM).  The well in Green Canyon Block 821 was drilled by BP, operator and owner of the block, on behalf of co-owners Chevron U.S.A. Inc. and Talos Energy Inc., each…

April 19, 2021