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Appeals court mulls Biden’s approval of Willow

9 February 2024

An appeals court panel in San Francisco is reviewing whether to uphold the Biden administration’s approval of the ConocoPhillips Willow oil project in Alaska.

Shareholder activists withdraw climate resolution, but ExxonMobil fights on

9 February 2024

Exxon Mobil is taking a hard line against ESG shareholder activists, even though they withdrew a climate resolution. In a continuation of the fight against ESG interventions, ExxonMobil sued in late January.

Devon Energy is trying to acquire Enerplus, says report

9 February 2024

Devon Energy has made a bid to acquire Enerplus, which has a market value of $3bn, Reuters said, citing anonymous sources.

US tightens air quality standards for soot, and oil and gas industry objects

9 February 2024

The US Environmental Protection Agency has cut the amount of soot pollution that can be emitted by 25%, from a level of 12 micrograms per cubic metre to 9 micrograms per cubic metre.

Alberta: federal emissions cap could impose a $1 trillion hit on Canada’s economy

9 February 2024

Draft regulations regarding Canada’s federal emissions cap are expected to be published this spring, with final regulations to follow in 2025.

Equinor’s Bay du Nord soars past 1.3bn barrels of reserves

9 February 2024

The Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NLOPB) has updated its estimate of producible oil from Equinor’s Cambriol G-92 discovery to 340mn barrels.

Tellurian may sell Haynesville assets to finance Driftwood LNG

8 February 2024

Tellurian has asked its financial advisor, Lazard, to explore opportunities for the sale of the company's upstream business in the Haynesville shale in Louisiana and Texas.

Moody’s expects Red Sea disruptions to cause oil price volatility

6 February 2024

Ongoing tensions in the Red Sea may lead to volatility of oil prices amid trade disruptions in the area and elevated shipping, insurance and freight costs.

US reports lower LNG exports in January amid cold weather and outages

6 February 2024

US LNG exports fell in January to 8.3mn tonnes, slipping from a record output of 8.7mn in December, according to ship tracking data from the London Stock Exchange.

Republicans attempt to overturn Biden’s halt on LNG export approvals

6 February 2024

US House Republicans are seeking to reverse the Biden administration’s pause on US LNG export approvals with legislation introduced on February 1 that calls for LNG export reviews to be removed from the Department of Energy’s authority.

US to seize over 500,000 barrels of Iranian illegally trafficked oil

4 February 2024

The US Justice Department said that it was seizing more than 500,000 barrels of sanctioned Iranian crude oil that American officials said was illegally trafficked to provide funding for the country's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

Biden’s LNG pause rattles Canadian producers, could create opportunities

2 February 2024

The US pause on LNG exports has rattled Canadian producers, who fear that Canada and British Columbia (BC) could follow suit. But some say the pause actually creates opportunities, since Canada already considers emissions when assessing permits.

Last-minute delays plague Trans Mountain, AIMCo may buy stake

2 February 2024

Last-minute delays are plaguing the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project in Canada.

EnCap mulls $5-bn sale of Grayson Mill

2 February 2024

EnCap Investments is considering a sale of shale producer Grayson Mill Energy. The Bakken-oriented privately held oil and gas producer – one of the largest in the play – may be worth about $5bn, including debt.

FTC to probe Occidental, CrownRock merger

2 February 2024

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will scrutinise Occidental Petroleum Corp’s pending $12bn purchase of CrownRock, announced in December.

Legislation advances for higher oil and gas royalty rates in New Mexico

2 February 2024

Legislation has advanced in New Mexico, home to part of the Permian Basin, to increase royalty rates by 25% for drilling on state land.

Canada’s oil sands emit much more pollution than official estimates, says report

31 January 2024

Canada’s vast oil sands emit far more air pollution than was previously thought, says a new study. The currently estimated carbon-based pollution is dozens of times higher than official estimates, said the research.

US LNG trade to Asia being slowed by Panama Canal congestion

31 January 2024

LNG vessels using the Panama Canal have been suffering lengthy delays according to the International Energy Agency.

Japan expresses concern over US pause of LNG export permits

31 January 2024

Japan has raised the alarm over US President Joe Biden’s decision to temporarily halt US LNG export permits with Industry Minister Ken Saito vowing that the country will take all the necessary actions to guarantee stable energy supply.

Biden orders pause of LNG export approvals amid pressure from environmentalists

31 January 2024

US President Joe Biden announced on January 26 that approvals of pending and future applications to export LNG from new projects are being temporarily halted.

Biden suspends four LNG export licences to burnish his green credentials

30 January 2024

The Biden administration has temporarily frozen approvals of all new licences for the export of US LNG to assess their environmental impact in a move that could disrupt global energy markets.

US judge greenlights Altana's $530mn claim in Citgo ownership battle

29 January 2024

A federal judge in Delaware last week greenlit Altana Credit Opportunities Fund's pursuit of proceeds from a share auction of Citgo Petroleum's parent company, potentially heralding a shift in ownership for the US' seventh-largest oil refiner.

Tellurian hires investment banker in effort to find equity partners for Driftwood LNG plant

28 January 2024

US LNG developer Tellurian announced on January 25 that it has hired investment banker Lazard to support its quest to obtain investors and customers for its Driftwood LNG export terminal in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Edited by

Anna Kachkova


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