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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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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Annual US refinery runs projected to fall for 1st time in decade

U.S. gross inputs to refineries, aka, refinery runs, have increased each year since 2009, most recently reaching a record high of 17.3 million barrels per day (Mmbpd) in 2018, Kallanish Energy reports. However, based on its monthly refinery run data through May and forecast for the remainder of 2019, the U.S. Energy Information Administration expects

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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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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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U.S. Lng exports to Europe rise as Asian demand falls

U.S. exports of liquefied natural gas reached a new peak of 4.7 billion cubic feet per day in May, according to the latest data from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy, Kallanish Energy reports. This year, the U.S. became the world’s third-largest Lng exporter, averaging 4.2 Bcf/d in the first five months of the

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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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Power from natgas to rise in 2019, slip in 2020: Steo

The share of U.S. total utility-scale electricity generation from natural gas-fired power plants will rise from 35% in 2018, to 38% in 2019, and then decline slightly in 2020, according to the latest Steo, Short-Term Energy Outlook, produced by the Energy Information Administration. EIA/Steo forecasts the share of U.S. generation from coal will average 24%

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US dry gas production to set another record: Steo

U.S. dry natural gas production will average 91.3 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) in 2019, up 8.0 Bcf/d from the previous record set in 2018, the Energy Information Administration projects in the just-released July Short-Term Energy Outlook (Steo), Kallanish Energy reports. EIA/Steo expects annual average U.S. natural gas production will rise by 1.4 Bcf/d

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Wti crude climbs $1/Bbl in 2020: Steo

West Texas Intermediate crude oil prices will average $62 a barrel in the second half of 2019, and $63/Bbl in 2020, the Energy Information Administration projects in the just-released Short-Term Energy Outlook (Steo), Kallanish Energy reports. EIA’s forecast WTI price of $63/Bbl for December 2019, should be considered in the context of Nymex WTI futures and options

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Working gas injected falls under 100 Bcf 2nd straight week

The volume of working natural gas injected in the most recent weekly report by the Energy Information Administration was under 100 billion cubic feet for the second straight week, Kallanish Energy reports. For the week ended June 28, 89 Bcf of working gas was injected underground, bringing total working gas stored to 2.39 trillion cubic

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Dominion withdraws natgas project, blames Ferc

Dominion Energy Transmission on Friday withdrew its application filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for the $48 million, 120 million cubic feet per day (Mmcf/d) Sweden Valley pipeline expansion, Kallanish Energy reports. The transmission arm of Dominion Energy blamed Ferc, saying delay at the commission harmed the project, and the unnamed shipper on the

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PG&E settles wildfire claims for $1B

Pacific Gas and Electric said Wednesday it’s reached agreements to resolve wildfire claims made by 18 local public entities (cities, counties, districts and public agencies) impacted by the 2015 Butte Fire, 2017 Northern California wildfires and 2018 Camp Fire. Under the agreements, $1 billion in payments will be made as part of a Chapter 11

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‘Urgent’ call to take advantage of Appalachia’s ethane largesse

CECIL TOWNSHIP, Pennsylvania – The Appalachian Basin, specifically the trio of states including Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia, is approaching a tipping point when determining what is done with the substantial volume of ethane produced here. There are three scenarios concerning ethane, according to Charles Zelek, a senior economist in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office

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Working gas in storage jumps by triple digits

The volume of working natural gas injected into underground storage during the week ended May 31, was the second-highest amount in 2019, and the fifth time this year the volume was measured in triple digits, Kallanish Energy reports. The Energy Information Administration reported 119 billion cubic feet of working gas was added to storage during the

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