Permits

Enbridge Line 3 Permit Upheld; Construction to Start by Year’s End

Enbridge Line 3 Permit Upheld; Construction to Start by Year’s End

A favorable environmental verdict has enabled $2.6 billion in construction to start this year on a contested 340-mile leg of a Canadian oil export pipe replacement project across Minnesota, according to Enbridge Inc. “Enbridge continues to work with permitting agencies for the timely issuance of remaining permits in order for construction to start before year-end…

October 19, 2020
MVP Awaiting Decision on Construction Restart as New Court Challenges Filed

MVP Awaiting Decision on Construction Restart as New Court Challenges Filed

In keeping with an extensive history of persistent legal opposition to Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC (MVP), environmental groups have asked a federal appeals court to stay recently updated waterbody-crossing permits for the 303-mile, 2 million Dth/d natural gas conduit. In petitions filed Monday with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, a coalition…

October 7, 2020
Permian Bears Brunt of Declining Permit Requests, but Activity Off Nationwide

Permian Bears Brunt of Declining Permit Requests, but Activity Off Nationwide

As Lower 48 operators have slashed spending and activity, the Permian Basin has taken the biggest hit to well permitting, according to an analysis of August data by Evercore ISI. Overall permit activity fell nationwide by 28% in August month/month to 1,119 permits, according to the analyst team led by James West. Most of the…

September 11, 2020
Trump Grants Presidential Permit to TC’s Cross-Border Keystone XL Pipeline

Trump Grants Presidential Permit to TC’s Cross-Border Keystone XL Pipeline

Calgary-based TC Energy Corp. on Wednesday was granted a Presidential Permit by President Trump to increase oil exports by about 6% on the 10-year-old but stalled Keystone XL pipeline system, which is designed to move Canadian crude to Gulf Coast markets. The approval follows a 2019 open season that would add 50,000 b/d to the…

July 30, 2020
Permian Gains Give Oomph to U.S. Drilling Permits in June, but Recovery to 2019 Levels Not in Sight

Permian Gains Give Oomph to U.S. Drilling Permits in June, but Recovery to 2019 Levels Not in Sight

Requests for U.S. drilling permits improved in June following a brutal April and May, with the Permian Basin still the top region for operators, according to Evercore ISI. The analyst firm each month compiles permitting statistics for the Lower 48 and offshore using federal and state data. Covid-19 and low commodity prices had crushed permit…

July 20, 2020
Colorado’s Boulder County Extends Moratorium on Oil, Gas Permitting to End of Year

Colorado’s Boulder County Extends Moratorium on Oil, Gas Permitting to End of Year

Colorado’s Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) for Boulder County has extended the existing moratorium on accepting and processing new oil and gas development applications and on seismic testing to December 31. The moratorium was put in place to give BOCC staff time to review and update the county’s oil and gas regulations in light of…

July 17, 2020
Permits Suspended for NJNG’s Southern Reliability Natural Gas Pipeline Following Drilling Accidents

Permits Suspended for NJNG’s Southern Reliability Natural Gas Pipeline Following Drilling Accidents

Following an underground drilling accident during work on New Jersey Natural Gas Co.’s (NJNG) Southern Reliability Link (SRL), the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) earlier this month issued a decision to suspend permits. About 21 of the 28-mile pipeline was completed prior to the suspension, an NJNG spokesperson told NGI. NJNG’s budget for…

July 13, 2020
In Victory for Lower 48 Pipelines, U.S. Supreme Court Reinstates Key Water-Crossing Permits

In Victory for Lower 48 Pipelines, U.S. Supreme Court Reinstates Key Water-Crossing Permits

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday issued a unanimous order reinstating the use of a permit employed to fast-track oil and gas pipeline construction, but the ruling specified that it did not apply to the U.S. leg of the hotly contested Keystone XL crude oil pipeline that is at the center of the debate. The…

July 7, 2020
Court Vacates Permits, Orders Dakota Access to Temporarily Shut as Army Corps Prepares EIS

Court Vacates Permits, Orders Dakota Access to Temporarily Shut as Army Corps Prepares EIS

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has ordered Energy Transfer LP to temporarily halt operations on the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) within the next 30 days while an environmental impact statement (EIS) on the crude oil line is completed. The stoppage order was handed down on Monday when the court vacated the…

July 6, 2020
Dominion Canceling ACP, Offloading Natural Gas Transmission and Storage Business in $9.7B Deal

Dominion Canceling ACP, Offloading Natural Gas Transmission and Storage Business in $9.7B Deal

Dominion Energy closed out the holiday weekend with two bombshell announcements, disclosing Sunday that it is selling its natural gas transmission and storage assets to an affiliate of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. in a transaction valued at $9.7 billion. It also has decided, along with joint-venture partner Duke Energy, to cancel the 600-mile, 1.5…

July 6, 2020
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