Regulation

Environmental Ruling Threatens Wyoming Oil and Gas Drilling Leases

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management did not adequately analyze the potential climate change and wildlife impacts of a major oil and gas lease sale covering roughly 120,000 acres of federal land in Wyoming, a U.S. judge has said.

Under-the-Radar SEC Land Grab Foiled by Public Scrutiny

In the weeks ending the year 2023 and those starting the one, a stealth part of the Biden administration’s green agenda with ramifications for the oil patch was sliding under the radar of most major fossil fuel organizations.

Concerns Over LNG Pause Overblown

Recently, the United States announced a pause on permits for new LNG export facilities. The move sparked outcry among industry groups in Asia, which quickly declared the move would hurt the region’s energy security and climate goals. However, their concerns are unfounded for five simple reasons.

Editor’s Notebook: Nord Stream’s $20 Billion Question

It has been more than two years since the attack on the Nord Stream pipelines and still nobody knows for sure who were the perpetrators – or if they do, they are not saying so publicly.

Sixteen Republican-Led States Sue Federal Government Over LNG Export Permit Ban

Sixteen Republican-led states on Thursday filed a lawsuit to challenge the federal government's ban on approving applications to export LNG, saying the federal government lacks the authority to broadly deny those permits.

U.S. Pipeline Firms Looking to Follow Biggest Customers into M&A Wave

U.S. energy pipeline and storage operators have spent two years watching the consolidation of oil and gas producers, and now they are gearing up for the merger wave to hit their sector, executives, investors, and analysts said.

CEO: Other Nations Will Fill LNG Gap if U.S. Retreats, Baker Hughes Affirms

If the U.S. pulls back from permitting new LNG export plants, demand for the fuel will still be met from projects in Qatar, Argentina and Africa, the CEO of Baker Hughes, the world's largest provider of equipment for the LNG sector, said on Thursday.

U.S. Senators Move to Harden Ban on Selling Reserve Oil to China

Two U.S. senators introduced legislation on Thursday to harden the ban on selling crude oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) to China.

Williams Delays Louisiana Pipeline Project Amid Dispute with Competitor Energy Transfer

U.S. energy firm Williams Companies has delayed the completion of its Louisiana Energy Gateway natural gas pipeline project following a dispute with a rival, Williams CEO Alan Armstrong said on Wednesday at a conference.

Venture Global CEO: Shift Towards Internal Financing for LNG Projects Expected

More funding for future LNG plants will rely on internal financing instead of the project financing that has paid for most projects to date, Venture Global LNG 's CEO said on Tuesday.

Chevron CEO 'Surprised' by Exxon's Arbitration Filing Over Guyana Stake

Chevron was surprised when Exxon Mobil filed for arbitration over Chevron's plans to buy Hess's Guyana oilfield stake, Chevron CEO Michael Wirth said on Tuesday.

Enstor Seeks FERC Approval to Double Capacity of Mississippi Hub Natural Gas Storage Facility

Enstor Gas LLC has submitted an application to FERC through its affiliate, Mississippi Hub LLC, for an expansion of its natural gas storage facility located in Simpson County, Mississippi.

Pembina Receives Regulatory Approval to Acquire Enbridge's Interest in Joint Ventures

Pembina Pipeline said on Tuesday the Canadian Competition Bureau has approved its proposed $2.28 billion acquisition of Enbridge's interests in the Alliance, Aux Sable, and NRGreen joint ventures.

U.S. Aims to Restore Strategic Oil Reserve by Year-End, Granholm Says

U.S. crude oil stockpiles in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) at year-end will be at or exceeding the level that would have existed prior to massive sales two years ago, U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said on Monday.

Venture Global LNG Acquires Nine LNG Vessels, Deepens Presence in LNG Value Chain

The nine vessels will be constructed in South Korea and the Arlington-based company said the move will deepen its involvement throughout the LNG value chain.

New Foundation Chair Focusing on Boosting Strategic Plan

With safety being at the forefront of all things concerning pipeline projects, new INGAA Chair Sean Nicholson certainly comes well-equipped for his new role. In this exclusive interview with Pipeline & Gas Journal, Nicholson discusses his plans and priorities as the new chair of INGAA.

Venezuela Proposes Alternative Payment Plan as Weak Bids Surface in Citgo Auction

The highest bid received in a U.S. auction of shares that will decide the fate of Venezuela-owned oil refiner Citgo Petroleum was $7.3 billion, enough to cover only a third of court-approved claims, two people familiar with the matter said.

U.S. Seeks Oil for Emergency Reserve as Maintenance Ends

The U.S. is seeking to buy 3 million barrels of oil for the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR), as one storage site winds down maintenance that had tempered the pace of replenishing the stockpile, the U.S. Energy Department said on Thursday.

Venture Global LNG Asks FERC to Keep Louisiana Export Facility Documents Confidential

Liquefied natural gas (LNG) exporter Venture Global LNG on Thursday delivered to U.S. regulators a proposed protective order seeking to keep documents on the construction of a Louisiana export facility confidential.

U.S. Grants $750 Million for Hydrogen Projects Across 24 States

The U.S. Department of Energy said on Wednesday it is granting $750 million to projects across 24 states that are building capacity to produce and use clean hydrogen.

Occidental's 1PointFive Strikes Deal with AT&T for Carbon Credit Purchase

Carbon capture firm 1PointFive said on Wednesday telecom company AT&T has agreed to purchase carbon dioxide removal credits as part of its goal to reduce emissions and become carbon neutral in its global operations by 2035.

FERC Asks Venture Global LNG to Justify Confidential Document Filings

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Wednesday asked liquefied natural gas developer Venture Global LNG to explain the basis for its extensive filing of confidential documents in its Calcasieu Pass LNG export terminal.

SONATRACH and Huawei Launch Smart Fiber Sensing Solution for Oil, Gas Pipelines

This innovative solution integrates advanced fiber optic sensing technology to enhance pipeline security, intelligence, and operational efficiency.

Former Tallgrass Board Member Settles Insider Trading Charges Linked to $3.03 Billion Pipeline Deal

A former Tallgrass Energy board member and his friends will pay $2.2 million to settle insider trading charges related to a Blackstone-led $3.03 billion buyout offer for the oil pipeline operator in 2019, the U.S. SEC said on Tuesday.

CarbonCapture Raises $80 Million from Saudi Aramco, Others for Carbon Removal Technology

Los Angeles-based CarbonCapture, which aims to build machines that suck carbon dioxide out of the air to fight climate change, said it had raised $80 million from investors that include Saudi oil giant Saudi Aramco.

NextDecade Targets Train 4 Final Investment Decision at Texas LNG Facility for Late 2024

NextDecade said on Monday it was targeting a final investment decision (FID) and plans to start construction of the fourth liquefaction train at its Rio Grande LNG facility in Texas by the second half of 2024.

Leak Shuts Down CDU and Coker at TotalEnergies Texas Refinery, Sources Say

The coker and small crude distillation unit (CDU) were shut by a leak on the gasoline-producing fluidic catalytic cracker (FCC) at TotalEnergies' 238,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) Port Arthur, Texas, refinery, people familiar with plant operations said on Monday.

European Energy Giants Urge U.S. Regulators to Reject Venture Global LNG's Permit Extension

Top European energy companies on Friday asked U.S. regulators to reject Venture Global LNG's request for a one-year construction permit extension to its Louisiana export plant.

Texas Sues EPA Over Methane Emission Rules for Oil and Gas Sector

Texas sued the U.S. government over Environmental Protection Agency rules published on Friday, that crack down on the oil and gas industry's releases of methane, a potent greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change.

Shell, Edison Urge U.S. Regulators to Reject Venture Global LNG's Permit Extension Request

Italian utility Edison and Shell on Friday asked U.S. energy regulators to reject Venture Global LNG's request for a one-year construction permit extension to its Louisiana export plant.