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Trio of Energy Initiatives Clears House Resources Panel

As part of a trio of measures voted out by the House Natural Resources Committee Wednesday, Republicans defeated an attempt by Democrats to block future exports of natural gas produced on the coastal plain of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR).

February 2, 2012

Enbridge Investigating Possible GOM Leak

Enbridge Inc. is investigating the report of a small natural gas leak in West Cameron Block 275, 66 miles off the coast of Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM), the Calgary-based company said late Tuesday.

January 12, 2012

North Dakotans Called to Arms to Defend Fracking

Regulators in North Dakota are considering a lawsuit to block the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating hydraulic fracturing (fracking) well stimulation. The state’s Industrial Commission might ask lawmakers for $1 million for the effort.

November 8, 2011

Transportation Notes

Stingray declared a force majeure after being notified of a potential leak in the vicinity of West Cameron Block 543, and as a precautionary measure has asked operators of the West Cameron 544 and High Island A260 platforms to shut in until further notice. Stingray said late Wednesday afternoon it had closed the valve downstream of its 16-inch diameter lateral until investigation of the potential leak is completed. Stingray earlier had asked all producers on its system to shut in until further notice because it was experiencing an excessive amount of liquids arriving onshore that exceeded its takeaway ability.

October 28, 2011

Tea Party Senator Tries to Block Pipe Safety Legislation

Tea Party conservative Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has placed a procedural hold on pipeline safety reauthorization legislation, which would block the measure from coming up for a vote on the Senate floor and possibly prevent it from clearing Congress this year.

October 3, 2011

Tea Party Senator Tries to Block Pipe Safety Legislation

Tea Party conservative Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has placed a procedural hold on pipeline safety reauthorization legislation, which would block the measure from coming up for a vote on the Senate floor and possibly prevent it from clearing Congress this year.

September 29, 2011

Chevron Strikes Oil at Deepwater Moccasin Prospect

Chevron Corp. said Tuesday it struck oil at its Moccasin prospect in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico (GOM).

September 7, 2011

Flooding, Bakken Clarified by MDU Executives

June’s flood in and around the Bakken Shale play in North Dakota has been a setback for all the producers in the area, but it may not be as devastating as earlier reports indicated, MDU Resources Group Inc. senior executives said Tuesday during a second quarter earnings conference call.

August 8, 2011

California Fracking, Pipe Bills Await August Hearings

While no hearings have been set as of yet for deciding the fate of several natural gas safety bills alive in the California legislature, all indicators point to the picture becoming clearer following mid-August committee hearings, when state lawmakers return from a month-long recess that begins Friday.

July 12, 2011

Shippers Fear FERC Affiliate Rule Will ‘Chill’ Market Participation

Expressing concern that FERC’s proposed rule on affiliate bidding could block bids that are entirely appropriate, major pipeline shippers — producers and utilities — urged the agency to revise its proposal to specifically target collusive behavior by affiliates during an open season that relies on pro rata allocation.

June 6, 2011