Permitting

Texas, Montana AGs Leading Charge to Reinstate Keystone XL Permit

Texas, Montana AGs Leading Charge to Reinstate Keystone XL Permit

Texas and Montana are leading a multistate lawsuit against the Biden administration for revoking the Keystone XL (KXL) crude oil pipeline’s 2019 presidential permit, arguing the administration lacks unilateral authority to overturn energy policy set by Congress. Upon taking office Jan. 20, President Biden issued an executive order (EO) rescinding the approval granted by President…

March 18, 2021
North Dakota ‘Split’ on Federal Pause for Oil, Gas Permitting

North Dakota ‘Split’ on Federal Pause for Oil, Gas Permitting

As the Biden administration further examines the ramifications of its pause on oil and natural gas leases on federal lands, it will find North Dakota’s Bakken Shale has a “unique story to tell,” according to Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) Director Lynn Helms. Most of the federal lands in North Dakota are split estates, where…

March 18, 2021
California’s Kern County to Resume Permitting Oil, Gas Wells in April

California’s Kern County to Resume Permitting Oil, Gas Wells in April

California’s oil and natural gas hotspot Kern County is set to resume issuing permits to drill in  April after adopting enhanced rules that could allow more wells to be permitted every year.  The five-member Board of Supervisors on Monday unanimously adopted the ordinance, which includes restrictions that could increase the costs for oil and natural…

March 10, 2021
New Mexico Permian Faces Loss of Production, Revenue if Federal Leasing Ceases, Says Dallas Fed

New Mexico Permian Faces Loss of Production, Revenue if Federal Leasing Ceases, Says Dallas Fed

New Mexico’s Permian Basin has feathered the state’s coffers and built the nation’s oil reserves, but if the Biden administration implements a ban of federal permitting, the region’s economy could take a sharp hit, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. The Biden administration in late January directed the Department of the Interior to…

March 4, 2021
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
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