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Oil, Gas Permits for Lower 48 Federal Land Climb Ahead of Biden’s Election

Oil, Gas Permits for Lower 48 Federal Land Climb Ahead of Biden’s Election

U.S. explorers during October increased their oil and gas permit requests for the third month in a row, with an uptick in developing leaseholds on federal lands, according to Evercore ISI. The analyst firm each month provides data using state and federal sources regarding permits for oil and gas wells, plugging and abandoned (P&A) wells…

November 12, 2020
Federal Court Upholds Keystone XL Border-Crossing Permit — For Now

Federal Court Upholds Keystone XL Border-Crossing Permit — For Now

A federal district court has denied ongoing legal challenges to the Trump administration’s 2019 approval of TC Energy Corp.’s Keystone XL oil pipeline.  In separate orders handed down late last week, Chief District Judge Brian Morris of the U.S. District Court for Montana denied requests filed by tribal and environmental groups seeking a preliminary injunction…

October 22, 2020
E&Ps Doubling Up Federal Land Permit Requests, Possibly in Anticipation of Biden Win

E&Ps Doubling Up Federal Land Permit Requests, Possibly in Anticipation of Biden Win

U.S. oil and gas permitting on federal lands jumped 8% in September from August, with Texas operators posting the largest increase since March, according to a monthly tally by Evercore ISI. The firm every month compiles permit data from federal and state sources, which provides a bird’s eye view of where drilling by exploration and…

October 15, 2020
Stream-Crossing Permits Bring New Court Challenges as MVP Awaits Construction Restart

Stream-Crossing Permits Bring New Court Challenges as MVP Awaits Construction Restart

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 6, 2020
Mountaineer NGL Storage Pulls Key Ohio Permits, But Project Still Moving Ahead

Mountaineer NGL Storage Pulls Key Ohio Permits, But Project Still Moving Ahead

An underground natural gas liquids (NGL) storage project in Ohio — seen as key to the Appalachian Basin’s petrochemical buildout — has hit another snag as its backers have withdrawn their permits in the face of a lawsuit from environmental groups.  The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) last week cancelled three permits to drill…

September 29, 2020
Mariner East Permit Modifications OK’d as Pennsylvania Regulator Calls for Public Outreach

Mariner East Permit Modifications OK’d as Pennsylvania Regulator Calls for Public Outreach

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has approved Sunoco Pipeline LP’s requests to modify permits at three horizontal directional drill (HDD) sites for its Mariner East natural gas pipeline system. The DEP announced the approval earlier this week, which alters the pipeline developer’s erosion and sediment control, as well as the “water obstructions and…

September 24, 2020
California Well Abandonments Outpacing Drilling Permits

California Well Abandonments Outpacing Drilling Permits

California oil and natural gas permits for well abandonments to date this year are twice the number of new drilling permits being sought, according to regulators. The California Geologic Energy Management Division (CalGEM) said it has received the lowest number of well stimulation permit applications since late 2016 when state Senate Bill 4 took effect.…

September 8, 2020
Permian Oil Drilling Permits Climb, while Lower 48 Natural Gas Stronger

Permian Oil Drilling Permits Climb, while Lower 48 Natural Gas Stronger

Permits for new oil and gas wells rose 25% month/month in July, with “significant” growth in the Permian Basin, but overall activity was down by two-thirds from a year ago, according to Evercore ISI. The analyst team led by James West each month compiles federal and state permitting data, which provides a window into what…

August 13, 2020
Comstock Applies for New Haynesville Drilling Permits, Remains Bullish on NatGas

Comstock Applies for New Haynesville Drilling Permits, Remains Bullish on NatGas

Comstock Resources Inc., which works in the Haynesville and Bakken shales, filed in late June applications with the Texas Railroad Commissioner to drill four new wells in the natural gas-rich Haynesville Shale in East Texas. In a July 2020 investor presentation, Comstock highlighted favorable supply and demand fundamentals for natural gas with “sharp activity decline…

July 7, 2020

Permian, Eagle Ford Permitting Climbs in November; Natural Gas Activity Inches Up

Drilling permits in oil formations rose to 465 in the first week of December, up 91% from the final week of November, as activity remained consistent in Texas and in the Midwest, along with the Bakken Shale bouncing back, according to a tally by Evercore ISI.

December 18, 2019
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