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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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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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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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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US OCTG prices stay stuck in bear market

The slow on-going recovery for US steel prices is unlikely to affect the oil country tubular goods market for the foreseeable future, Kallanish hears from market sources. While skelp is posting steady gains on the back of domestic mill increases, real demand is holding all energy tubulars back, says one Gulf Coast trader. Kallanish held its representative

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Pg&e didn’t repair lines it knew could cause wildfires: report

California utility Pacific Gas & Electric (Pg&e) knew power lines in Northern California could fail and cause wildfires, but the company delayed repairs for years before a 2018 blaze that killed 85 people, according to a Wall Street Journal investigation. The utility identified parts that needed repair on its transmission lines to prevent “structure failure resulting (in) conductor

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Six minutes alter direction of U.S.’s largest gas producer

It wasn’t hard to figure out the backers of the two sides in the proxy battle between independent producer EQT and dissidents known as the Rice Team Wednesday morning, at the long-awaited annual meeting. Kallanish Energy was on hand for the meeting. Body language and facial expressions for status quo EQT, represented by CEO Rob

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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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