Permitting

Enbridge Scores Legal Win to (Slightly) Advance Line 5 Tunnel

Enbridge Scores Legal Win to (Slightly) Advance Line 5 Tunnel

Enbridge Inc. has scored fresh successes with its campaign to keep its 540,000 b/d dual-pipe Line 5 for oil and natural gas liquids by burying its disputed Straits of Mackinac crossing in a new utility tunnel. After obtaining a permit from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (MEGLE), the $500 million project…

February 25, 2021
Wyoming Governor Blasts Interior for Pausing Oil, Gas Permits and Postponing Lease Sale

Wyoming Governor Blasts Interior for Pausing Oil, Gas Permits and Postponing Lease Sale

Wyoming’s revenue could be devastated in the near term by the pause in oil and gas permitting on federal lands, Gov. Mark Gordon warned on Wednesday. In a letter to Acting Interior Secretary Scott de La Vega, Gordon outlined his concerns over Secretarial Order 3395 issued in January regarding the pause in issuing federal permits…

February 22, 2021
Environmental Justice the Focus of New FERC Position as Chairman Singles Out NatGas Projects

Environmental Justice the Focus of New FERC Position as Chairman Singles Out NatGas Projects

In a move likely to have implications for natural gas infrastructure projects moving forward, FERC is creating a senior position focused on environmental justice and equity issues. Chairman Richard Glick, a Democrat who was handed the gavel by the Biden administration last month, announced the new agency role late last week. While promising more details…

February 18, 2021
U.S. Oil, Natural Gas Permitting Drops 10% in January, but Majors in Permian Record Six-Month High

U.S. Oil, Natural Gas Permitting Drops 10% in January, but Majors in Permian Record Six-Month High

Lower 48 onshore oil and gas permit approvals fell by 10% in January versus December to 1,688, with declines seen across all of the major basins, according to the latest monthly statistics compiled by Evercore ISI. The Permian Basin and Eagle Ford Shale combined to account for 52% of the total permit count, said the…

February 12, 2021
Cheniere Seeks OK to Ramp Third Corpus Christi LNG Train

Cheniere Seeks OK to Ramp Third Corpus Christi LNG Train

Cheniere Energy Inc. has requested FERC approval to place the third train in service next month at its Corpus Christi liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal in South Texas, which would ramp up capacity by 4.5 million metric tons/year (mmty). The company requested permission in a letter filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on…

February 11, 2021
Plains Eyeing Modest Permian Growth, Debt Reduction in 2021

Plains Eyeing Modest Permian Growth, Debt Reduction in 2021

Plains All American LP remains in maintenance mode for now, but it has plenty of operational flexibility to accommodate production growth from the Permian Basin that may arise following the rapid uptick in oil prices. West Texas Intermediate crude is nearing $60/bbl, but CEO Willie Chiang expects to see only “modest growth” out of the…

February 11, 2021
U.S. Oil, Natural Gas Industry Sounds Alarm as Biden Order Halts Federal Leasing

U.S. Oil, Natural Gas Industry Sounds Alarm as Biden Order Halts Federal Leasing

The U.S. oil and gas industry reacted with dismay and the first of perhaps multiple lawsuits Wednesday ahead of an executive order (EO) by President Biden directing the Department of the Interior (DOI) to pause new oil and natural gas leasing on federal lands and offshore waters. The EO published Wednesday afternoon follows a 60-day…

January 28, 2021
New World Order for U.S. E&Ps as Biden Freezes Near-Term Federal Oil, Natural Gas Leasing

New World Order for U.S. E&Ps as Biden Freezes Near-Term Federal Oil, Natural Gas Leasing

The Biden administration last week froze for 60 days awarding new oil and gas drilling permits, as well as leases on federal onshore and offshore property, likely heralding more permanent limits to be enacted down the road. The order mandating the freeze was signed by acting Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary Scott de la…

January 25, 2021
U.S. Oil, Natural Gas Industry Warns of Economic, Environmental Fallout from Biden Freeze of Federal Leasing

U.S. Oil, Natural Gas Industry Warns of Economic, Environmental Fallout from Biden Freeze of Federal Leasing

The Biden administration has frozen awarding new oil and gas drilling permits, as well as leases on federal onshore and offshore property, for 60 days, likely heralding more permanent limits to be enacted down the road. The order mandating the freeze was signed by acting Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary Scott de la Vega…

January 22, 2021
Regulators Deny Permit for $2B Methanol Project in Washington

Regulators Deny Permit for $2B Methanol Project in Washington

After a third environmental assessment, the Washington Department of Ecology has denied a shoreline permit for a China-backed, $2 billion-plus natural gas-fed methanol plant that would be sited along the Columbia River. Project sponsor Northwest Innovation Works (NWIW) has until Feb. 9 to appeal the ruling made last Tuesday. Chief Development Officer Vee Godley said…

January 21, 2021
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