Permitting

Spire Rehearing Request Rebuffed by DC Circuit as Pipeline Awaits FERC Action

Spire Rehearing Request Rebuffed by DC Circuit as Pipeline Awaits FERC Action

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia (DC) Circuit on Tuesday rebuffed a request filed by Spire STL Pipeline LLC to reconsider an earlier decision that vacated the Midwest natural gas conduit’s FERC certificate. The circuit court denied a petition for panel rehearing filed by Spire and its affiliate Spire Missouri Inc.,…

September 9, 2021
ConocoPhillips Evaluating ‘Options’ After Willow Project in Alaska Rebuked by Court

ConocoPhillips Evaluating ‘Options’ After Willow Project in Alaska Rebuked by Court

A federal judge on Wednesday voided Bureau of Land Management (BLM) approval of ConocoPhillips’ massive Willow development envisaged for Alaska’s North Slope, citing a failure by BLM to analyze the project’s downstream greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In a written ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason of the District of Alaska said the environmental impact…

August 19, 2021
Quebec Quashes Energie Saguenay LNG Terminal on Environmental Grounds

Quebec Quashes Energie Saguenay LNG Terminal on Environmental Grounds

Quebec upheld its reputation as no-go territory for fossil fuel projects Wednesday by denying environmental approval for a US$10.6 billion liquefied natural gas (LNG) export plan. GNL Quebec’s proposed Energie Saguenay terminal and Gazoduq pipeline failed to prove it would cut global greenhouse gas emissions, provincial Environment Minister Benoit Charette said in announcing the rejection.…

July 22, 2021
Small-Scale LNG Gaining Edge in Northeast Amid Pipeline Constraints, Climate Targets

Small-Scale LNG Gaining Edge in Northeast Amid Pipeline Constraints, Climate Targets

The challenge of transporting natural gas to energy-hungry consumers in the Northeast is continuing to create opportunities and spur demand for small-scale applications and virtual pipeline services throughout the region. Despite the sharp uptick in gas production from the prolific Appalachian Basin over the last decade, pipeline constraints remain an issue in the Northeast, particularly…

July 15, 2021
Domestic Oil, Gas Permitting Sputters in June, but Sharply Higher from Pandemic-Ridden 2020

Domestic Oil, Gas Permitting Sputters in June, but Sharply Higher from Pandemic-Ridden 2020

U.S. oil and gas drilling permitting has risen sharply from a year ago, but the gains are uneven, with the Denver-Julesburg (DJ) and Powder River basins drying up, while Haynesville Shale activity has increased, according to data compiled by Evercore ISI. The domestic permit count climbed by 32% in June from a year earlier, and…

July 13, 2021
Enbridge Expecting Delays for Line 5 Tunnel as Army Corps Orders EIS for Disputed Project

Enbridge Expecting Delays for Line 5 Tunnel as Army Corps Orders EIS for Disputed Project

A U.S. environmental review is expected to delay construction of the proposed Straits of Mackinac tunnel for Enbridge Inc.’s Line 5, the 540,000 b/d oil pipeline that serves Central Canada and the Midwest The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will require a formal environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Line 5 project, said Acting Assistant…

June 24, 2021
Texas and California Oil, Gas Permitting Turns South in May

Texas and California Oil, Gas Permitting Turns South in May

The U.S. drilling permit count reversed by 23% in May month/month and was down 3% from a year ago, Evercore ISI said in its latest summary of nationwide data. The energy analyst firm each month compiles oil and gas permitting figures using state and federal data.  April permitting had bounced up by double digits from…

June 10, 2021
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
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