A federal rule aimed at reducing methane leaks that was opposed by the American Petroleum Institute and other groups has been delayed by 90 days, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt announced Wednesday. The rule was set to take effect in June.
Kinder Morgan President and CEO Steve Kean said the company's connections to major markets from the Permian Basin give its Gulf Coast Express expansion project an advantage over two competitors' projects along the same path. Kinder Morgan's project, developed jointly with DCP Midstream, will transport 1.7 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas from the Waha hub in West Texas to Agua Dulce, which is close to Corpus Christi.
The Pitkin County, Colo., Board of County Commissioners and the Wilderness Workshop filed a lawsuit against the federal government Wednesday over concerns about whether the Trump administration will uphold the recent Bureau of Land Management decision to nullify 25 oil and natural gas leases in Thompson Divide. Oil company SG Interests, which owned 18 of the leases, sued in February challenging the cancellation.
Oil output from the Permian Basin in Texas increased by 57,700 barrels per day in March to 2.1 million barrels, and production in the Eagle Ford Shale basin in Texas improved by 13,200 barrels per day to 1.15 million barrels, according to a Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas report. Higher oil prices have sparked more exploration and production in Texas, and a record level of drilled but uncompleted wells indicates further growth potential, the report said.
Scientists have built a Rotational Motions in Seismology ring laser near Munich, Germany, that will measure the Earth's rotation and detect movements related to earthquakes. The laser, which serves as a rotation sensor, aims to improve GPS navigation, examine the planet's drag, study changes in the length of the day, monitor Earth's spin rate, help scientists listen for tremors on the moon and Mars, and refine the technology to make sensors for oil and natural gas exploration.
Pemex, Mexico's state-run oil company, is looking for an oil development partner in the Gulf of Mexico's deepwater Maximino and Nobilis areas, sources say. The company will likely seek approval from the National Hydrocarbons Commission for what's called a "farm-out," an effort by the Mexican government to attract investment to the oil and natural gas industry.
Statoil received approval from the Petroleum Safety Authority of Norway to drill an oil exploration well in the Kayak prospect in the Barents Sea. The Norwegian energy company will use a mobile drilling rig at the site, which is in Arctic waters.
Small Canadian energy companies are focusing on ways to profit from oil sands projects in their country now that major producers have left the area because of high costs. Companies such as Cenovus Energy and Canadian Natural Resources plan to capitalize on new technologies, cost-saving methods and their strong understanding of Canadian issues.
Brown University scientists have examined the mineral deposits in Mars' Northeast Syrtis Major region, where NASA could land its next Mars rover. Researchers used images from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter to make a detailed map of the deposits in the region, which lies between an impact crater and an ancient volcano, and prepare the rover for a possible expedition.
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