Permits

BLM Headquarters Relocating Back to DC from Colorado

BLM Headquarters Relocating Back to DC from Colorado

The Department of Interior (DOI) said it is relocating the headquarters for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) back to Washington, DC, from Grand Junction, CO. The DOI said “following years of transition and upheaval among the workforce” the change would “enable the bureau to better serve the American public and fulfill its mission as…

September 20, 2021
Lower 48 Permitting Stunted Overall in August, with Declines in New Mexico, Texas and Wyoming

Lower 48 Permitting Stunted Overall in August, with Declines in New Mexico, Texas and Wyoming

U.S. drilling permit activity slumped across the major Lower 48 basins in August, up sharply from a year ago but down from 2019 levels, according to Evercore ISI. The Evercore team led by analyst James West compiles a monthly report about drilling activity using state and federal data. Permits are usually requested by producers three…

September 8, 2021
E&P Permit Requests Said Focused in Permian, Powder River and Eagle Ford

E&P Permit Requests Said Focused in Permian, Powder River and Eagle Ford

U.S. drilling permit activity climbed sharply in July, led by the Eagle Ford Shale, Powder River and Permian basins, but the overall numbers are still short from the pre-pandemic days of July 2019, according to Evercore ISI. The energy analyst team led by James West uses federal and state data to compile a monthly review…

August 16, 2021
MVP’s Plans for New Water-Crossing Method Clear Hurdle at FERC

MVP’s Plans for New Water-Crossing Method Clear Hurdle at FERC

FERC has issued an environmental assessment (EA) for the long-delayed Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP), signing off on the project’s plans to use a different water crossing method at some locations along its route. MVP filed in February to amend its certificate approval as part of a broader plan to work around a prolonged legal process…

August 13, 2021
With Elections Near, Mexico Fuel Bill Seeks to Tighten State Control Over Energy Permitting

With Elections Near, Mexico Fuel Bill Seeks to Tighten State Control Over Energy Permitting

Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador last Friday sent a bill to congress to amend the Hydrocarbons Law and grant the state greater control over granting and revoking permits in the oil, gas and petrochemicals business. López Obrador on Monday said the bill was designed to “remove the sharpest edges” of the 2013-2014 energy reform…

March 31, 2021
Mexico Fuel Bill Latest Move to Undo Energy Reform as Midterm Elections Loom

Mexico Fuel Bill Latest Move to Undo Energy Reform as Midterm Elections Loom

Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador last Friday sent a bill to congress to amend the Hydrocarbons Law and grant the state greater control over granting and revoking permits in the oil, gas and petrochemicals business. López Obrador on Monday said the bill was designed to “remove the sharpest edges” of the 2013-2014 energy reform…

March 30, 2021
West Virginia Bill to Establish More Natural Gas Well Permitting Fees Headed to Governor

West Virginia Bill to Establish More Natural Gas Well Permitting Fees Headed to Governor

The West Virginia Legislature has passed a bill establishing a $2,500 fee for producers that want to make modifications to existing horizontal natural gas well permits.  Senate Bill 404 passed both Republican-controlled chambers last week and is headed to Republican Gov. Jim Justice’s desk, who is expected to sign it. The bill was introduced in…

March 22, 2021
U.S. Land Permitting Collapses in November, Driven by Permian, Haynesville

U.S. Land Permitting Collapses in November, Driven by Permian, Haynesville

Lower 48 oil and natural gas permitting during November plunged by nearly one-third month/month, with activity in the Permian Basin and Haynesville Shale sharply down, according to Evercore ISI. Evercore analysts led by James West compile a monthly review of federal and state permitting. According to the data, exploration and production (E&P) companies requested 32%…

December 11, 2020
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
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