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Federal Judge Voids OK for ConocoPhillips’ Willow Project in Alaska

Federal Judge Voids OK for ConocoPhillips’ Willow Project in Alaska

A federal judge on Wednesday voided Bureau of Land Management (BLM) approval of ConocoPhillips’ massive Willow development envisaged for Alaska’s North Slope, citing a failure by BLM to analyze the project’s downstream greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In a written ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason of the District of Alaska said the environmental impact…

August 23, 2021
ConocoPhillips Evaluating ‘Options’ After Willow Project in Alaska Rebuked by Court

ConocoPhillips Evaluating ‘Options’ After Willow Project in Alaska Rebuked by Court

A federal judge on Wednesday voided Bureau of Land Management (BLM) approval of ConocoPhillips’ massive Willow development envisaged for Alaska’s North Slope, citing a failure by BLM to analyze the project’s downstream greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In a written ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason of the District of Alaska said the environmental impact…

August 19, 2021
Strong Week for Eagle Ford, Williston Sends U.S. Rig Count Sharply Higher

Strong Week for Eagle Ford, Williston Sends U.S. Rig Count Sharply Higher

The Eagle Ford Shale and Williston Basin led a surge in U.S. onshore drilling activity during the week ended Friday as the domestic rig count rose nine units to an even 500, according to the latest figures from Baker Hughes Co. (BKR). Ten oil-directed rigs were added in the United States for the week, offsetting…

August 13, 2021
Alaska LNG Project Getting DOE Scrutiny of Upstream, Lifecycle Emissions

Alaska LNG Project Getting DOE Scrutiny of Upstream, Lifecycle Emissions

A long-planned megaproject to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) sourced from Alaska’s North Slope will face additional environmental scrutiny in order to comply with two executive orders from President Biden on climate change, the Department of Energy (DOE) said. DOE said last Friday (July 2) it intends to prepare a supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS)…

July 7, 2021
Biden Administration Suspends Alaska Coastal Plain Oil, Natural Gas Leasing Program

Biden Administration Suspends Alaska Coastal Plain Oil, Natural Gas Leasing Program

The Department of the Interior (DOI) on Tuesday suspended the Coastal Plain Oil and Gas Leasing Program launched by the Trump administration in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). The order signed by DOI Secretary Deb Haaland halts “all activities related to the implementation of” the program, including leases awarded in the program’s first and…

June 2, 2021
Federal Judge Pauses ConocoPhillips’ Willow Project in Alaska Amid Ongoing Legal Challenges

Federal Judge Pauses ConocoPhillips’ Willow Project in Alaska Amid Ongoing Legal Challenges

Just days before ConocoPhillips’ Alaska division was slated to begin construction of the long-planned Willow project, a federal judge ordered a delay in response to a lawsuit by environmental groups that alleges former President Trump’s administration overlooked wildlife and climate change impacts. In a decision issued last week, U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason temporarily…

February 11, 2021
USGS Estimates 1.4 Tcf of Conventional Natural Gas in Alaska’s Western North Slope

USGS Estimates 1.4 Tcf of Conventional Natural Gas in Alaska’s Western North Slope

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said Friday it estimates 1.4 Tcf of conventional natural gas resources are technically recoverable in formations west of Alaska’s National Petroleum Reserve (NPR-A), the first time such an assessment has been released for the area.  Despite the North Slope’s abundant petroleum resources, the region is not believed to contain any…

February 5, 2021
LNG Imports for Alaska’s Kenai Terminal Clear Another Hurdle

LNG Imports for Alaska’s Kenai Terminal Clear Another Hurdle

Plans to convert an Alaska liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal, the oldest in the United States, to allow imports moved ahead this week after clearing another regulatory hurdle.  The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) found a Marathon Petroleum Corp. subsidiary’s plans to import four cargoes a year of the super-chilled fuel at the Kenai…

January 27, 2021
Proved U.S. Oil, Gas Reserves Halt Two-Year Uptrend, Says EIA

Proved U.S. Oil, Gas Reserves Halt Two-Year Uptrend, Says EIA

A two-year trend of rising proved reserves of oil and natural gas in the United States hit a snag in 2019 as prices declined, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA). Proved reserves of oil increased 367 million bbl in 2019, while proved reserves of lease condensate produced from gas wells dropped 313 million bbl,…

January 12, 2021
FERC Clears Kenai LNG Terminal in Alaska for Imports

FERC Clears Kenai LNG Terminal in Alaska for Imports

FERC has approved a Marathon Petroleum Corp. subsidiary’s request to convert the Kenai liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal in Alaska to import operations.  Trans-Foreland Pipeline Co. LLC filed an application to import natural gas earlier this year at the terminal in Nikiski on the Kenai Peninsula. The facility began operating in 1969 and for…

December 28, 2020
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