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FERC Approves Construction of Lockridge Gas Pipeline

The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has approved Kinder Morgan “to start construction of its proposed Lockridge natural gas pipeline in the Permian basin in West Texas,” Reuters reports.

“The Lockridge project is one of several under development or construction designed to remove gas from the Permian basin in West Texas and eastern New Mexico where pipeline capacity has not kept up with the amount of gas associated with record oil production in the region.”

EPA Replaces Regulations on Waterways

In a replacement of the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule, the EPA and the Department of the Army finalized the new Navigable Waters Protection Rule and thereby establish federal regulatory authority under the Clean Water Act. For the first time, the agencies are streamlining the definition so that it includes four simple categories of jurisdictional waters, provides clear exclusions for many water features that traditionally have not been regulated, and defines terms in the regulatory text that have never been defined before.

Feds to Allow Keystone XL Pipeline on BLM Land

U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt has signed a record of decision that allows the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to offer a right-of-way grant to TC Energy for a term of 30 years, allowing for the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline across 44 miles of federally managed lands in Montana.

The heavy crude pipeline consists of approximately 1,209 miles of new 36-inch-diameter pipeline – roughly 327 miles of pipeline in Canada and 882 miles in the U.S. from the Saskatchewan border through Montana and South Dakota to a terminal in Steele City, NE.

Faulty Valve to Blame in Oil Wastewater Spill

“State environmental officials say a spill of oilfield wastewater caused by a faulty valve has affected some pastureland in western North Dakota,” The Associated Press reports.

Of the 12,180 gallons of produced water spilled, only about 168 gallons escaped the well site according to Bill Suess of the North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality.

Global Gas Glut Harming Drillers in U.S.

While the U.S. may be in the midst of a natural gas boom, it comes with a price. “Shale drillers are extracting so much gas that it’s overwhelming demand,” Bloomberg reports.

“Prices dipped briefly below $2 per million British thermal units on Friday for the first time since 2016 and traded below the threshold again on Monday. At that level, U.S. producers simply don’t make money. It’s forcing a wave of multibillion-dollar writedowns, layoffs and spending cuts.”


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