Federal court blocks pipeline construction in western Maryland

The U.S. District Court of Maryland this week blocked construction of a pipeline under state-owned land in western Maryland, agreeing with Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh that Columbia Gas Transmission should not be allowed to move forward with the project. Columbia Gas filed its lawsuit May 17 after the Maryland Board of Public Works

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Vistra Energy closing 4 Illinois power plants

Independent power producer Vistra Energy and its subsidiaries Wednesday named the four coal-fired power plants to be retired to meet the requirements of the recently approved revisions to the Multi-Pollutant Standard (Mps) rule imposed by the Illinois Pollution Control Board (Ipcb). Without this rule change, Vistra said the company’s entire downstate Illinois fleet was at

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Wood to sell nuclear business for $302M to cut debt

Wood Plc has agreed to sell its nuclear business for 250 million pounds ($302 million), as it cuts debt associated with the 2017 acquisition of Amec Foster Wheeler and a prolonged oil-price slump, Kallanish Energy reports. The Scottish engineering and services business will sell the unit to a subsidiary of Jacobs Engineering Group. The deal

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EQM stops work on portion of Mountain Valley line

EQM Midstream Partners told the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission via letter last week the company would stop some work on the Mountain Valley natural gas pipeline in West Virginia and Virginia, as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reviews permits. In the letter, EQM said it was voluntarily suspending new work on Mountain Valley in

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ExxonMobil charters Singapore’s 1st LNG-fueled bunker barge

ExxonMobil Asia Pacific has signed a two-year time charter agreement with Singapore-based Sinanju Tankers Holdings Pte. Ltd. to lease Singapore’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered bunker tanker, Sinanju said, in a statement Friday, Kallanish Energy reports. The 7,990 deadweight tonnage (dwt) new build will be the first LNG bunker tanker for Singapore and Sinanju and

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PG&E names industry vet Vesey as utility head

Holding company PG&E Corp., operating under bankruptcy court protection, said the board of its Pacific Gas and Electric Co. unit (also in bankruptcy), has appointed Andrew M. Vesey CEO and president, effective Aug. 19. He will report to PG&E Corp. CEO and president Bill Johnson, Kallanish Energy reports. In his role, Vesey will have responsibility

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Citgo selects Carlos E. Jorda as CEO

Citgo Petroleum’s board has selected Carlos E. Jorda as its chief executive, selecting a veteran refinery expert and native Venezuelan to run a company facing legal attacks and working under U.S. sanctions against its parent, Petroleos de Venezuela (Pdvsa). Citgo severed ties with Pdvsa earlier this year after President Trump levied sanctions on the state-run company and

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EQT coo Gould abruptly leaves company

Gary Gould has more than three decades of oil and gas industry experience, but his last position lasted just 1% of that timeframe. Gould, who left the employ of oil producer Continental Resources to join EQT Corp., the U.S.’s largest dry gas producer, lasted exactly five months – less than one month in the employ

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Tribal leaders request hearing concerning Dapl

South Dakota tribal leaders are requesting a public hearing in North Dakota about a proposed increase in crude oil carried by the Dakota Access Pipeline (Dapl), Kallanish Energy reports.  Energy Transfer Partners plans to expand the pipeline’s capacity from more than 500,000 barrels per day, to as much as 1.1 million barrels per day (Mmbpd)

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Oil plummets on fears of global slowdown

Crude oil prices fell more than 4.3% Wednesday, to a seven-month low, extending recent heavy losses following a surprise build in U.S. crude stockpiles and fears demand will shrink due to Washington’s growing trade war with Beijing. Brent crude futures dropped 4.4%, to $56.35 a barrel, a seven-month low. Prices have lost more than 20%

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Crude oil falls as US-China trade tensions impact

Crude oil prices fell slightly Tuesday, with Brent crude remaining near seven-month lows just below $60 a barrel due to growing trade tensions between China and the U.S., Kallanish Energy reports President Trump is vowing to impose new tariffs on Chinese imports, and China is retaliating by making further moves against U.S. agricultural purchases. The

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Black Bear inks Cotton Valley gathering & processing pact

Black Bear Midstream said Tuesday it’s entered into a seven-year gas gathering and processing agreement with an unnamed Cotton Valley producer in Louisiana’s Desoto and Caddo parishes, Kallanish Energy reports. Black Bear will build roughly 20 miles of 16-inch, rich gas gathering pipeline west of its DeSoto Parish, 140 million cubic feet per day cryogenic processing

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Caliber buys Bakken assets from American Midstream

Caliber Midstream Holdings said Tuesday it’s acquired Bakken assets in North Dakota from American Midstream Partners for an undisclosed price, Kallanish Energy reports. The purchase expands Caliber’s crude oil gathering and transportation service lines and widens Caliber’s area of operations within McKenzie County, North Dakota. The acquired assets include a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission-regulated crude

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Kinder sues Texas suburb over anti-pipeline ordinance

Houston pipeline operator Kinder Morgan has sued a suburb of the Texas capital city of Austin over passage of an ordinance the company alleges is designed to keep its proposed Permian Highway natural gas pipeline out of town — despite the route being approved by state regulators. In a lawsuit filed last week in U.S. District

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Cuadrilla to restart fracking at British site

British shale gas producer Cuadrilla said Thursday it would restart fracking at its Preston New Road site in Britain in the third quarter of 2019, with plans to use a thicker fracking fluid to help reduce earth tremors, Kallanish Energy finds. Operations at the first well at the Preston New road site in Lancashire were

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