Chesapeake, FERC in fight over pipeline contracts

Chesapeake Energy wants to terminate a $300 million pipeline contract in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings, Kallanish Energy reports. That request has been opposed by pipeline giant Texas-based Energy Transfer. Now the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is supporting Energy Transfer and is getting involved in the ongoing legal fight, Reuters reported. FERC has argued in

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Pa. charges Cabot with 15 environmental violations

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro on Monday announced that a state grand jury has charged Cabot Oil & Gas in connection with 15 environmental crimes in northeast Pennsylvania, Kallanish Energy reports. The company was charged with seven counts of prohibition against discharge of industrial wastes, seven counts of prohibition against other pollutions, and one count

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US rig count drops an additional 17 rigs: BH

The number of drilling rigs in the United States continued to plummet, Kallanish Energy reports. The total dropped by 17 in the count released last Friday by Baker Hughes, the Texas-based well services company. There were 301 rigs at work in the U.S., down from 318 on May 22. A year ago, there were 984 rigs at work. That

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Appeals court blocks Keystone XL construction

A federal appeals court has refused to lift the ruling of a Montana federal judge that blocks construction on the Keystone XL oil pipeline. That ruling could add a new delay for the $8 billion pipeline project from western Canada to the U.S. Midwest, Kallanish Energy reports. TC Energy, the Canadian company behind the pipeline,

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Williams to add solar to gas processing, pipelines

U.S. pipeline operator Williams plans to add solar power at natural gas-processing plants and natural gas pipeline facilities in nine states, Kallanish Energy reports. The move is made possible by generous federal and state tax credits, the Oklahoma-based company said. The company plans to add mini-solar farms ranging in size from 1 megawatt to 40

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FID postponed on $6B Ohio ethane cracker

A final investment decision on a proposed $6 billion ethane cracker complex in eastern Ohio has been postponed to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic, Kallanish Energy reports. That announcement came from PTT Global Chemical America in a May 20 report in The Nation, an English-language newspaper in Bangkok, Thailand. That report was tracked down

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BP America taps David Lawler as new chief

David C. Lawler is adding to his titles at BP America, Kallanish Energy reports He is currently the CEO of BPX Energy and will become chairman and president of BP America on July 1, succeeding retiring Susan Dio. He will remain as CEO of BPX Energy. “Beyond a track record of delivering strong safety, environmental

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North Dakota regulators approve DAPL expansion

The North Dakota Public Service Commission this week voted 3-0 to approve the proposed expansion of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), which involves building a pump station in Emmons County to help push up to twice as much crude oil through the line daily. Pipeline owner-developer Energy Transfer plans to begin construction on the facility this

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Woodside writing-down Western Canada investments

A partner in the proposed Kitimat LNG project on the British Columbia coast said it will record a $720 million after-tax writedown on its investments in Western Canada, Kallanish Energy learns. Australia-based Woodside Petroleum said the charge against 2019 earnings reflects uncertainty in timing of when it will be able to develop its natural gas fields

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Outside activists threatening energy industry: CEA

Well-funded, out-of-state activists are threatening Oklahoma’s oil and gas resources and pipeline network, a consumer energy group warned in a recent report, CNHI News Service reported. Consumer Energy Alliance officials said the Sierra Club, Earthjustice and Food & Water Watch have operations in Oklahoma or members who are working to halt production in the state.

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Oxy looking to sell Wyoming, Colorado assets: sources

Occidental Petroleum Corp is soliciting bids for oil and gas properties in Wyoming and Colorado acquired when it purchased Anadarko Petroleum, hoping the assets will bring up to $700 million, people familiar with the matter told Reuters. Occidental offered roughly 200,000 acres in the Denver-Julesburg Basin of Wyoming and Colorado that produce $66 million a

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WhiteWater Midstream expanding Agua Blanca system

Joint venture partners WhiteWater Midstream, MPLX LP, along with lead investor in the Agua Blanca pipeline system First Infrastructure Capital, this morning announced a positive final investment decision to expand the Delaware Basin Agua Blanca system. The expansion includes a 42-inch trunkline that more than doubles system capacity to over 3 billion cubic feet per day

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Shale Support to expand Shale Rail partnership

Shale Support Global Holdings, a provider of frac-sand and logistics services to the oil and gas industry, has signed an extension to continue working with Shale Rail as the exclusive supply company for a Bradford County, Pennsylvania, frac sand storage facility. In an effort to better serve the Marcellus Shale play, Shale Rail released plans to

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Oil industry veteran Keenan resigns from Apache

Oil and gas industry veteran Steven Keenan, who is credited with the Alpine High shale discovery for Apache Corp, resigned from his position as senior vice president of Worldwide Exploration, the company said. Houston-based Apache told Reuters Keenan’s resignation is not connected to the well the company is currently drilling offshore in Suriname. The company said,

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PG&E shuts off power to 940,000 as CA wildfires rage

Millions of Californians were without power Sunday as Pacific Gas and Electric Co. implemented its largest-ever blackout to prevent wildfires during high and hot winds, Kallanish Energy reports. The outages extend from parts of California’s Humboldt County to the Salinas Valley and were expected to reach a portion of the state’s Kern County by Sunday

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