A decision on whether opponents may be able to shut down Energy Transfer Partners LP’s Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) is on hold for at least two months, according to a schedule established Wednesday by U.S. District Court Judge James Boasberg for the District of Columbia. Boasberg ruled earlier in June the pipeline’s environmental review was in part inadequate and must be reconsidered. He previously ruled twice against challenges. The Standing Rock Sioux and Cheyenne River Sioux, together with environmental supporters, have attempted to halt DAPL operations for months.
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Abraxas Petroleum Corp. said it expects production to increase dramatically later this year once six wells are completed in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, the company is in negotiations for bolt-on acquisitions in the plays were it is active — the Delaware sub-basin, Williston Basin and the Eagle Ford Shale.
The city of Dallas has asked the Texas Supreme Court to block a $200 million lawsuit by spurned driller Trinity East Energy LLC. The Fort Worth-based company sued in February 2014 after the Dallas City Council voted in 2013 to deny the company the permits it needed to drill on leases in the Barnett Shale region for which it had paid the city more than $19 million. Last February an appellate court ruled that the city must face the lawsuit, City of Dallas v. Trinity East Energy LLC [No. 05-16-00349-CV]. In asking the Texas Supreme Court to block the lawsuit, Dallas is arguing that it should be immune from the action as its decision to enter into the mineral leases with Trinity East was a governmental function and it was not acting in proprietary capacity.
Growing natural gas production from the Montney and Duvernay shales has Enbridge Inc. planning an expansion of its British Columbia Pipeline T-South system to deliver 190 MMcf/d into the Huntingdon/Sumas market at the Canadian-U.S. border.
The California Energy Commission (CEC) on Wednesday awarded more than $36 million for clean energy freight transportation in the Los Angeles/Long Beach ports and other clean transportation projects — $24 million for freight transportation and $12 million for other projects. The South Coast Air Quality Management District and Long Beach Harbor Department each received $10 million, and the Los Angeles Harbor Department received $4.5 million to carry out field demonstrations of medium- and heavy-duty cargo handling equipment that have zero and near-zero emissions. Last year, CEC launched the state’sSustainable Freight Action Plan, supported by grants from the statewide alternative/renewable fuel and vehicle technology program. Zero emission and near-zero emission technologies are involved in the program.
Goodrich Petroleum Corp. said it expects its natural gas production volumes will “grow significantly” once it brings a pair of operated, long-lateral wells targeting the Haynesville Shale in North Louisiana online by the end of next month.
Liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal developer Tellurian Inc. has been marketing LNG from its first proposed terminal and has received “positive feedback” from prospective customers, CEO Meg Gentle said.
Having completed bankruptcy restructuring, Ultra Petroleum has “reached the inflection point of production” and expects 25% volume growth between 1Q2017 and 4Q2017 and 25% annual growth in 2018, according to CEO Michael Watford.
California Resources Corp. (CRC) has switched to a more aggressive strategy despite continuing volatile commodity prices . Its CEO said he doesn’t see any of the major exploration and production companies similarly increasing their activity in the nation’s third-largest oil-producing state.
Devon Energy Corp. expects to ramp up to 20 rigs by the end of 2017 as it focuses on oilier opportunities in the Permian Basin and Oklahoma’s STACK (aka, the Sooner Trend of the Anadarko Basin, mostly in Canadian and Kingfisher counties).