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DOI’s Haaland Revokes Trump Orders Affecting Natural Gas, Oil Development, Creates Climate Task Force

DOI’s Haaland Revokes Trump Orders Affecting Natural Gas, Oil Development, Creates Climate Task Force

Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary Deb Haaland has revoked a series of energy-related secretarial orders (SO) issued under the Trump administration and established a climate task force to coordinate across the department. Haaland did so last Friday by signing two SOs of her own, reflecting a see-saw pattern of executive action that is becoming…

April 20, 2021
North Dakota, Others Defend DAPL, Cite Economic Harm of Potential Shutdown

North Dakota, Others Defend DAPL, Cite Economic Harm of Potential Shutdown

While opponents of Energy Transfer LP’s Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) have been seeking a shutdown of the line after a federal judge vacated a key permit last year, advocates of the controversial oil conduit are warning of major economic damage to stakeholders should operations cease. In a filing submitted Monday to the U.S. District Court…

April 20, 2021
California Drilling Ban Proposal Rejected in State Senate Committee

California Drilling Ban Proposal Rejected in State Senate Committee

Another attempt in California to ban the use of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and other well stimulation technologies has failed to get a key legislative committee’s endorsement, drawing cautious optimism from industry representatives. Senate Bill 467 by state Sen. Scott Wiener was granted reconsideration to possibly be reintroduced. The bill also would have prohibited wells from…

April 19, 2021
Deepwater Oil Find Said Sign of Existing Opportunities in U.S. Gulf of Mexico

Deepwater Oil Find Said Sign of Existing Opportunities in U.S. Gulf of Mexico

BP plc said it has struck oil at the Puma West prospect offshore Louisiana near its Mad Dog platform in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico (GOM).  The well in Green Canyon Block 821 was drilled by BP, operator and owner of the block, on behalf of co-owners Chevron U.S.A. Inc. and Talos Energy Inc., each…

April 19, 2021
NGI’s Hub & Flow Delves into the History and Future of North American Gas Market — Listen Now

NGI’s Hub & Flow Delves into the History and Future of North American Gas Market — Listen Now

Click here to listen to a new episode of NGI’s Hub & Flow podcast. NGI’s Christopher Lenton, senior editor for Mexico and Latin America, spoke to Mercuria Energy Co.’s Charles Blanchard in the latest episode. Blanchard, head of North American natural gas research, recently published an exhaustive study on the history of natural gas in…

April 19, 2021
U.S. Coast Guard Calls Off Seacor Search in Gulf of Mexico

U.S. Coast Guard Calls Off Seacor Search in Gulf of Mexico

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) is suspending its search and rescue efforts for eight people still missing after a Seacor Marine-owned liftboat capsized off Louisiana last week. “This does not mean the case is closed,” Capt. Will E. Watson, sector commander in New Orleans, said Monday during a press conference. “At any time, we might…

April 19, 2021
As Appalachia Natural Gas Certification Expands, EQT Eyeing ‘Differentiated Markets’

As Appalachia Natural Gas Certification Expands, EQT Eyeing ‘Differentiated Markets’

Appalachian Basin giant EQT Corp., the nation’s largest natural gas producer, is pushing to ensure most of its supply is responsibly sourced and marketed as the globe transitions from fossil fuels. The pilot program, set to be launched this month, is designed to certify around 4 Bcf/d gross from 200-plus well pads in Pennsylvania’s Greene…

April 18, 2021
Natural Gas Prices, Demand Likely to Stay Resilient in Low-Carbon World, Analysts Find

Natural Gas Prices, Demand Likely to Stay Resilient in Low-Carbon World, Analysts Find

Natural gas prices and demand are likely to stay resilient even if human-induced global warming is contained to 2 degrees celsius or less, according to new analysis by Wood Mackenzie. The 2-degree goal was established under the 2015 United Nations global climate agreement, aka the Paris Agreement. Replacement of coal with gas-fired power generation in…

April 18, 2021
Second Person Found Dead After Seacor Liftboat Capsize; Search Efforts Continue

Second Person Found Dead After Seacor Liftboat Capsize; Search Efforts Continue

A second person has been found dead in the Gulf of Mexico after a Seacor Marine-owned liftboat capsized on Tuesday. The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) said Friday the person, an unidentified man, was spotted around 7:10 p.m. local time on Thursday by a helicopter crew that was searching the area. He was found in the…

April 16, 2021
One Natural Gas Rig Added in U.S. as Oil Patch Paces Growth in Domestic Drilling Activity

One Natural Gas Rig Added in U.S. as Oil Patch Paces Growth in Domestic Drilling Activity

The U.S. natural gas rig count increased one unit to 94 during the week ended Friday (April 16) as gains in the oil patch paced a week of healthy growth in domestic drilling activity, according to the latest data from Baker Hughes Co. (BKR).  Along with the addition of one gas rig, an increase of…

April 16, 2021
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