US District Judge James Boasberg on Thursday ruled that the North Dakota Petroleum Council can have a say on whether the Dakota Access Pipeline should be shut down while the US Army Corps of Engineers conducts a new environmental review. Other national energy and manufacturing groups could also be allowed to offer their input on the matter.
The White House Office of Management and Budget on Thursday published the Trump administration's first regulatory and deregulatory agenda, which provides details about the planned repeals of several environmental regulations. The agenda mentions plans to roll back or revise the Clean Power Plan, the Clean Water Rule, methane limits for oil and natural gas drilling and rules on hydraulic fracturing, among others, as well as details on how and when the administration will repeal or amend these regulations.
SoCalGas' Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility in California, which was at the center of a major methane leak, has received permission from regulators to resume operations at reduced capacity. "The extensive testing, retrofits and new safety measures ensure the wells are in sound operating condition today," State Oil & Gas Supervisor Ken Harris said.
Kinder Morgan could boost the capacity of its El Paso Natural Gas pipeline, which carries gas to the Waha hub in Texas, by 500 million cubic feet per day, Kinder Morgan President and CEO Steve Kean said. The expansion would require little investment because much of the required infrastructure is already in place.
ExxonMobil is suing the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control after being fined $2 million for breaching anti-Russia sanctions when it signed deals with Rosneft Chairman and CEO Igor Sechin for oil and natural gas projects in Russia. "OFAC seeks to retroactively enforce a new interpretation of an executive order that is inconsistent with the explicit and unambiguous guidance from the White House and Treasury," Exxon argued in the lawsuit.
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper on Thursday expressed his disapproval of the Trump administration's plans to allow oil and natural gas drilling in Atlantic waters off his state's coast. Cooper said he would fight the efforts and directed the state Department of Environmental Quality to submit comments to the Interior Department explaining North Carolina's position.
The Robotic Exploration of Extreme Environments Alliance wants to install a seismic network on the moon to monitor quakes and determine the makeup of the core and upper interior layers. The group, which includes scientists and the German Aerospace Center, is testing the robot on Italy's Mount Etna.
Brazil will auction off 287 oil and natural gas exploration blocks worth an estimated $537 million on Sept. 27. The auction, which will be the 14th round, will include offshore blocks in the Sergipe-Alagoas, Espirito Santo, Campos, Santos and Pelotas basins and onshore blocks in the Parnaiba, Parana, Potiguar, Reconcavo, Sergipe-Alagoas and Espirito Santo basins.
A magnitude 6.5 earthquake shook parts of Greece and Turkey early today, killing two people on the tourist island of Kos and injuring about 500. The quake, which damaged buildings on Kos and in the Turkish resort of Bodrum, caused a small tsunami along Turkey's coast, Greek officials and the Kandilli earthquake research center in Istanbul reported.
Proper well spacing and design are critical in the development of unconventional reservoirs in the Eagle Ford Shale in Texas, engineers say. They recommend drilling a child well 183 meters from the parent well, drilling in-fill wells and vertically staggering wells when virgin reservoirs are involved.
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