The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has filed a lawsuit against federal regulators after permits were granted at more than 200 water crossings for the Dakota Access pipeline. "Our culture sites are at risk, our water is at risk and people are at risk. This water is a life source, and not just for my people," said Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault.
Yahoo is closing down its legacy instant messenger system, a favorite of oil traders, next week as it moves to a new platform. The new platform does not meet industry compliance standards, but there are many options on the market that weren't available when Yahoo became the industry norm in the 1990s.
The Energy Information Administration reports that between 11% and 15% of total US oil and natural gas production over the past decade has come from stripper wells. There are roughly 456,000 stripper gas wells operating in the US that produce small volumes individually, compared with 122,000 nonstripper gas wells.
The expansion of the Panama Canal will reduce the time and expense associated with shipping LNG to Asian markets, but Asian demand for the product is not expected to be as high as anticipated prior to the expansion. "The way the global market has changed the last couple of years, and all of the supply that's coming on, its significance is going to be less than what was thought at the time," said Robert Ineson, IHS Energy's managing director for North American natural gas.
Enterprise Products Partners is in the process of commissioning its new ethane export facility on the Houston Ship Channel as it prepares for its first shipment of the light natural gas liquid. That shipment will mark the first-ever export of ethane from the US Gulf Coast, and the company anticipates exports from the terminal will reach 1.9 million barrels per month by the end of 2016.
US officials have announced that all drilling applications will have to be filed online in a bid to speed up the permitting process for drilling on federal and Indian lands. The Obama administration has faced criticism over delays, and the new system is expected to reduce the average completion time for 90% of the applications from 220 days to 115 days.
Environmental activists denouncing fracking at the Democratic National Convention are in denial, North Texans for Natural Gas spokesman Steve Everley writes. The Environmental Protection Agency notes fracking's contributions to clean energy and pollution reduction and that methane emissions actually dropped between 2005 and 2014 despite rising output, Everley writes.
With permits nearly ready and rigs chosen, 88 Energy is on schedule to drill its second well in the Icewine Shale in Alaska in the first quarter of 2017. The project follows the initial well's favorable output.
A tanker chartered by Royal Dutch Shell and loaded with US shale gas has departed an export terminal in Louisiana with a destination of East Asia. This will mark the first delivery of US LNG to the Far East.
CYC International has created a snake-like robot that will help eliminate safety and health hazards at oil refineries. The robot can be remotely controlled to enter and clean the tanks, and it could lead to a substantial increase in productivity.
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