Successful cultures can become inclusive when employees are cognizant and respectful of each other's perspectives, writes Alaina Love. Training alone isn't sufficient to foster inclusion and should only "follow a robust assessment process so that it can be customized to address specific issues discovered on an individual and environmental basis," she writes.
Crude exports from the US Gulf Coast are estimated at 1.7 million to 1.8 million barrels per day in November, down from an average of over 2 million bpd between May and July, amid mounting pressure from surging freight costs. "The local demand in the US remains strong, margins are OK, but clearly arbitrage demand isn't as good," a trader said.
Linde and Praxair have gained conditional antitrust clearance from the Federal Trade Commission for their proposed merger. The FTC has asked the companies to unload various US assets, including five non-Gulf Coast Linde plants and Linde's bulk liquid oxygen, nitrogen and argon stateside assets.
South Carolina's Base Load Review Act will probably be struck down by state Circuit Judge John Hayes on the grounds that it is unconstitutional, according to Democratic state Sen. Brad Hutto. This may upend Dominion Energy's plan to buy SCANA.
Asia's growing demand for energy products paves the way for bolstering US liquefied natural gas exports, said US Deputy Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette, adding that the US is collaborating with Japan and other Asian countries to build suitable infrastructure for American LNG. Brouillette said the US-China trade dispute won't be significant for US LNG due to China's ascending demand.
Energy Transfer Partners has launched an open season to assess shipper interest and secure additional capacity commitments on the Dakota Access Pipeline. ETP is considering expanding the crude oil pipeline's capacity from 500,000 barrels to 570,000 barrels per day.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has published a final environmental impact statement for Venture Global LNG's Calcasieu Pass liquefied natural gas export facility in Louisiana, determining that any adverse effects from project construction and operation "would be reduced to less-than-significant levels."
A slate of pipeline projects scheduled to enter service in the next four years, including the Gulf Coast Express and Permian Highway pipelines, should help alleviate the Permian Basin's natural gas constraints, Eklavya Gupte writes. Increased capacity expectations, in tandem with higher demand, are offering some support to gas prices, with cash basis prices at the Waha hub climbing to 75 cents per one million British thermal units on Wednesday.
Vineyard Wind has signed an 18-month contract to use the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center's New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal as the primary port for an 800-megawatt offshore wind farm slated for the state. "By signing this lease agreement with Vineyard Wind, we have achieved another major milestone to secure long-term jobs and economic growth for the people of Massachusetts," says Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito.
Democratic and Republican lawmakers alike are lending their support to clean energy and the industry's ability to create reliable, high-paying jobs, Josh Siegel writes, noting an Environmental Entrepreneurs report that says the industry employs 3.2 million Americans in 42 states and Washington, D.C. Clean energy issues are part of many Republican political candidates' platforms.
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