Oil & Gas Journal News

The North Dakota Industrial Commission has voted to join Wyoming in a lawsuit challenging a new rule issued by the US Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management, which includes requirements for publicly disclosing chemicals using in hydraulic fracturing.

Kinder Morgan Inc. (KMI) and Keyera Corp. have formed a 50-50 joint venture to build the 4.8-million-bbl Base Line above-ground crude oil storage terminal near Edmonton, Alta.

Oman Oil Refineries & Petroleum Industries Co. (Orpic) has invited global firms to bid on an engineering, procurement, and construction contract for an installation to store and handle petroleum coke (petcoke) that will be produced following completion of a multibillion dollar modernization project under way its Sohar refinery, about 230 km northwest of the Omani capital of Muscat.

The majority of hydraulic fracturing in California so far has been concentrated in the southwest portion of the San Joaquin basin in Kern County, said a scientific study released by the California Natural Resources Agency, the California Council on Science & Technology, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

The Alberta Energy Regulator said oil and gas companies working in the Duvernay zone near the Fox Creek area are to monitor for seismic events, and companies are to take certain outlined actions in case a seismic event registers greater than 2.0 on the Richter scale.

EnLink Midstream made two acquisitions early this year to give it a position in the Permian basin. An EnLink subsidiary said it would buy LPC Crude Oil Marketing LLC, and then days later, EnLink agreed to acquire Coronado Midstream Holdings LLC, which owns gas-gathering systems and processing facilities.

North American exploration and production companies tapped equity markets deeply in this year’s first quarter to address financial problems created by the plunge in crude oil prices.

US crude oil stocks have grown over 30 million bbl each month so far this year, leading to a series of record highs and most recently reaching an estimated 471 million bbl of crude on Mar. 27, yet Wood Mackenzie analysts calculate the US has about 200 million bbl of unused crude storage capacity.

One worker has died and at least 45 were injured following an explosion and subsequent fire early Apr. 1 from the Abkatun Permanente platform operated by Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) in the Bay of Campeche, the state oil firm reported.

Power Engineering News

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) proposed a $17,500 fine against Dominion Energy Kewaunee Inc. (NYSE: D) for a security violation at the Kewaunee nuclear power plant in Wisconsin.

An international agreement to build a second nuclear power plant in Turkey was accepted by Parliament’s General Assembly.

A proposal by New Mexico's largest electric provider to raise its rates is running into opposition.

PLYMOUTH, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire Electric Cooperative and Liberty Utilities say customers will see their bills decrease, effective May 1.

The Departments of Interior, the Department of Energy (DOE), and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works division have extended their Memorandum of Understanding for Hydropower for an additional five years.

Atlantic Power Corp. (NYSE: AT) signed an agreement to sell its wind generation portfolio to TerraForm Power Inc. for $350 million.

General Compression and SustainX, both fuel-free compressed air energy storage (CAES) technology developers, have entered into a letter of intent to merge their businesses into a new entity, GCX Energy Storage.

Interstate Power and Light (IPL), which is a subsidiary of Alliant Energy (NYSE: LNT), told the Iowa Utilities Board that it is undertaking a number of emissions-control projects for coal-fired capacity under its approved Emission Plan and Budget (EPB).

A just-released discussion paper from Resources for the Future (RFF), a Washington, D.C. think tank, floats the idea of imposing a carbon charge on coal extracted on federally-managed lands.

Duke Energy Florida (NYSE: DUK)’s request to alter the emergency preparedness plan for the Crystal River Unit 3 nuclear power plant in Florida was approved.