ConocoPhillips Still Sees Marathon Oil Merger Closing Q4 despite FTC Probe

ConocoPhillips Still Sees Marathon Oil Merger Closing Q4 despite FTC Probe July 15, 2024 ConocoPhillips has maintained that its $22.5 billion acquisition of Marathon Oil Corp. can be completed by the fourth quarter (Q4) despite facing an extended anti-trust review by the United States competition regulator. The Federal Trade Commission…

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Maine’s largest natural gas provider, Unitil, to acquire Bangor Natural Gas Company

Maine’s largest natural gas provider, Unitil, to acquire Bangor Natural Gas Company Jul 9, 2024 The largest provider of natural gas in Maine, Unitil, has agreed to purchase the Bangor Natural Gas Company, the state’s second-largest provider, the Unitil Corporation announced Tuesday. Unitil said it will pay $70.9 million to…

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Arizona voters will vote on going green fast or keeping fossil-fuel choices in the mix

Arizona voters will vote on going green fast or keeping fossil-fuel choices in the mix July 8, 2024 Three seats on the Arizona Corporation Commission are up for grabs in the coming primary and general elections, and the results of these votes will help set the state’s water and power…

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Global oil production to rise while demand falls, putting pressure on prices and investments

Global oil production to rise while demand falls, putting pressure on prices and investments

Global oil production to rise while demand falls, putting pressure on prices and investments Energize Weekly, July 10,2024 Increasing global oil production in the face of plateauing demand will put price pressures on producers and challenge the large capital investment the industry is making, according to the International Energy Agency’s…

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How Chevron’s fall could remake the energy sector

How Chevron’s fall could remake the energy sector 07/01/2024 The Supreme Court’s decision Friday to give judges more authority over federal agencies creates new hurdles for the Biden administration as it seeks to promote low-carbon energy and address climate change. Forty years after the justices first decided Chevron v. NRDC,…

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Record temperatures will increase electricity demand, but not natural gas or coal prices

Record temperatures will increase electricity demand, but not natural gas or coal prices

Record temperatures will increase electricity demand, but not natural gas or coal prices Energize Weekly, June 26, 2024 Record temperatures are set to increase electricity demand this summer, but analyses find that a combination of ample gas storage and more renewable generation will help prevent a spike in natural gas…

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City council rejects Power San Diego proposal

City council rejects Power San Diego proposal Jun 10, 2024 The push by a voter initiative to assume control of the power responsibilities of San Diego Gas & Electric collected over 30,000 signatures. This compelled the city council to deliberate on whether San Diego voters would have the opportunity to…

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ConocoPhillips-Marathon Deal Represents a Pivot

ConocoPhillips-Marathon Deal Represents a Pivot June 04, 2024 The ConocoPhillips-Marathon Oil transaction represents a pivot in U.S. shale mergers and acquisitions, from deals focused on increasing exposure in a single key basin or play to acquiring a multi-basin operator. That’s what Enverus Intelligence Research (EIR) Principal Analyst Andrew Dittmar said…

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A record hurricane season may pose risks to Gulf oil production, refining and LNG exports

A record hurricane season may pose risks to Gulf oil production, refining and LNG exports Energize Weekly, May 29, 2024 The prospect of a record-breaking hurricane season in 2024 poses risks for U.S. oil and gas production, refining and liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports, according to the federal Energy Information…

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Oil and gas mergers set to cool after a hot first quarter in 2024 with $51 billion in deals

Oil and gas mergers set to cool after a hot first quarter in 2024 with $51 billion in deals

Oil and gas mergers set to cool after a hot first quarter in 2024 with $51 billion in deals Energize Weekly, May 1, 2024 Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the U.S. upstream oil and gas sector in the first quarter of 2024 kept up last year’s record-setting pace with $51…

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New LNG facilities boost U.S. exports even as Biden administration pauses new approvals

New LNG facilities boost U.S. exports even as Biden administration pauses new approvals

New LNG facilities boost U.S. exports even as Biden administration pauses new approvals Energize Weekly, April 24, 2024 Bolstered by new of liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminals, U.S. natural gas exports are projected to grow more than 25 percent by 2025 to 16.4 billion cubic feet a day, according…

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Pipeline company, environmental group strike unique ‘community benefits’ agreement

Pipeline company, environmental group strike unique ‘community benefits’ agreement APRIL 9, 2024 The developer of a carbon-dioxide pipeline and an environmental group have struck a “one-of-a-kind” agreement to ensure “community benefits” from the pipeline as well as support for the project. While similar CO2 pipeline projects in Iowa and the…

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North Dakota nearing 5 billion barrels of oil drilled, Helms says focus on CO2 needed to maximize drilling potential

North Dakota nearing 5 billion barrels of oil drilled, Helms says focus on CO2 needed to maximize drilling potential April 1, 2024 North Dakota is set to reach five billion barrels of oil drilled within the next month or so. State Department of Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms said building…

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Oil and gas leases blocked on Permian Basin state land most likely to produce fossil fuel

Oil and gas leases blocked on Permian Basin state land most likely to produce fossil fuel March 11, 2024 Officials blocked oil and gas operations on southeast New Mexico lands within the Permian Basin as the State Land Office tangled with lawmakers on raising the amount companies pay to drill…

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Ohio commission awards bids to frack oil and gas under state parks, wildlife areas

Ohio commission awards bids to frack oil and gas under state parks, wildlife areas Feb 26, 2024 An Ohio commission awarded bids to frack oil and gas under state parks Monday, despite statewide backlash and an ongoing investigation into possibly fraudulent support. The Ohio Oil and Gas Land Management Commission…

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Rebooted commission could breathe new life into bills challenging Virginia’s largest utility

Rebooted commission could breathe new life into bills challenging Virginia’s largest utility February 26, 2024 Virginia clean energy champions have their fingers crossed that members of a resurrected legislative commission won’t water down four utility-focused bills when they meet in the off-season to reshape the failed measures for next year’s…

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Record M&A in the fourth quarter of 2023 is driven by ExxonMobil and Chevron deals

Record M&A in the fourth quarter of 2023 is driven by ExxonMobil and Chevron deals

Record M&A in the fourth quarter of 2023 is driven by ExxonMobil and Chevron deals Energize Weekly, January 31, 2024 Upstream oil and gas mergers and acquisitions hit a record $144 billion in the fourth quarter of 2023 driven by two mega-deals – ExxonMobil’s $65 billion acquisition of Pioneer Natural…

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Chesapeake to become top US natural gas producer with $7.4 billion deal for Southwestern

Chesapeake to become top US natural gas producer with $7.4 billion deal for Southwestern January 11, 2024 Chesapeake Energy (CHK.O), agreed to buy smaller rival Southwestern Energy (SWN.N), in an all-stock transaction valued at $7.4 billion, a deal that will make it the largest independent U.S. natural gas producer. The…

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Energy Department has cyber threats to infrastructure in mind with $70 million funding offer

Energy Department has cyber threats to infrastructure in mind with $70 million funding offer JANUARY 5, 2024 The Department of Energy is offering $70 million in funds toward research and development for technology that would protect delivery infrastructure against cyber-related threats and other physical hazards, part of what a senior…

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Coordination of Texas electric and natural gas sectors key in dealing with blackouts

Coordination of Texas electric and natural gas sectors key in dealing with blackouts

Coordination of Texas electric and natural gas sectors key in dealing with blackouts Energize Weekly, January 10, 2024 Better coordination between the Texas electric and natural gas industries is key to getting individual generating facilities up and running – a so-called blackstart – after a cold-weather blackout, according to a…

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New Mexico officials propose regulations for reuse of fracking wastewater

New Mexico officials propose regulations for reuse of fracking wastewater December 29, 2023 New Mexico environmental officials have proposed a new regulatory framework for reusing wastewater with a focus on the used, salty byproducts of oil and natural gas drilling in a major U.S. production zone. The Environment Department announced…

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Hawaii completes assessment of Oahu energy system and critical infrastructure

Hawaii completes assessment of Oahu energy system and critical infrastructure December 29, 2023 The Hawaii State Energy Office (HSEO) recently concluded work on an initiative called the O‘ahu Energy System and Critical Infrastructure Vulnerability and Resiliency Assessment. The assessment involved a comprehensive hazard and risk assessment of O’ahu’s critical energy…

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Major oil companies atop a cash-flow wave reduce debt, increase shareholder payouts

Major oil companies atop a cash-flow wave reduce debt, increase shareholder payouts

Major oil companies atop a cash-flow wave reduce debt, increase shareholder payouts Energize Weekly, December 20, 2023 The world’s five largest oil companies, riding a wave of high energy prices, pulled in $613 billion in cash flow between January 2021 and September 2023, which they used to reduce debt and…

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Feds propose 20-year ban on mining, oil and gas drilling on 225,000 acres in Thompson Divide

Feds propose 20-year ban on mining, oil and gas drilling on 225,000 acres in Thompson Divide Dec 12, 2023 The Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management plan to remove 224,713 acres from possible mining or oil and gas drilling for the next 20 years would seem worthy of an…

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Williams increases DJ basin gas gathering, processing assets through closed deals

Williams increases DJ basin gas gathering, processing assets through closed deals Nov. 30, 2023 Williams, Tulsa, Okla., closed two transactions that now position the company as the third largest gatherer in the Denver-Julesburg (DJ) basin, the company said in a release Nov. 30. The acquisitions have a combined value of…

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IEA takes aim at oil and gas sector at COP28, industry offers an agreement to cut methane

IEA takes aim at oil and gas sector at COP28, industry offers an agreement to cut methane

IEA takes aim at oil and gas sector at COP28, industry offers an agreement to cut methane Energize Weekly, December 6, 2023 As the climate conference – COP28 – opened in Dubai, the International Energy Agency (IEA) fired a shot across the bow of the oil industry with an analysis…

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Greek shippers exit Russian oil trade as U.S. tightens price cap scrutiny

Greek shippers exit Russian oil trade as U.S. tightens price cap scrutiny November 23, 2023 Three major Greek shipping firms have stopped transporting Russian oil in recent weeks in order to avoid U.S. sanctions now being imposed on some shipping firms carrying Russian oil, four traders told Reuters and shipping…

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Clean energy jobs growth worldwide surpasses fossil-fuel sector jobs which saw a decline

Clean energy jobs growth worldwide surpasses fossil-fuel sector jobs which saw a decline

Clean energy jobs growth worldwide surpasses fossil-fuel sector jobs which saw a decline Energize Weekly, November 29, 2023 Clean energy employment is growing more rapidly than fossil-fuel jobs across the globe and accounted for the majority of the 67 million jobs in the energy sector in 2022, according to an…

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Global LNG market stable for this winter, but there will be more volatility down the road

Global LNG market stable for this winter, but there will be more volatility down the road

Global LNG market stable for this winter, but there will be more volatility down the road Energize Weekly, November 22, 2023 Ample gas inventories in the U.S. and Europe and increased liquified natural gas (LNG) export and import capacity will likely meet global needs this winter, but growing demand over…

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Fossil-fuel producing countries set to blow past climate targets for oil, natural gas, and coal

Fossil-fuel producing countries set to blow past climate targets for oil, natural gas, and coal

Fossil-fuel producing countries set to blow past climate targets for oil, natural gas, and coal Energize Weekly, November 15, 2023 Fossil-fuel producing countries are set to turn out double the amount of coal, oil, and natural gas between now and 2050 needed to keep the increase in global warming to…

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Dominion plans large liquified natural gas facility in Person County near Rougemont

Dominion plans large liquified natural gas facility in Person County near Rougemont NOVEMBER 3, 2023 Dominion Energy, the main corporate actor behind the defunct Atlantic Coast Pipeline, plans to build the Moriah Energy Center, two 25-million-gallon liquified natural gas facilities on 485 acres in southeastern Person County, about two miles…

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Exxon’s blockbuster Pioneer merger needs Biden’s blessing

Exxon’s blockbuster Pioneer merger needs Biden’s blessing Oct 8, 2023 Exxon Mobil Corp. needs approval from the Biden administration before it can take over independent oil and gas producer Pioneer Natural Resources Co. in what would be the world’s biggest deal this year. That might not be such an easy…

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Favorable economics, the need for new reserves boost global oil exploration investments

Favorable economics, the need for new reserves boost global oil exploration investments

Favorable economics, the need for new reserves boost global oil exploration investments Energize Weekly, October 3, 2023 Global oil and gas exploration and production investments are set for a big rebound, according to energy analysts Wood Mackenzie and Rystad Energy. While not reaching the levels of the 2006-to-2014 boom years,…

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Appeals Court Blocks Biden Bid to Limit Oil Drilling Auction

Appeals Court Blocks Biden Bid to Limit Oil Drilling Auction September 25, 2023 A federal court left in place an order forcing the Biden administration to expand an upcoming sale of offshore drilling rights in the Gulf of Mexico, while giving the government more time to hold the auction. The…

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US natgas futures steady on healthy demand, lower supply

US natgas futures steady on healthy demand, lower supply Sept 25 U.S. natural gas futures steadied on Monday and consolidated gains from the previous session, buoyed by healthy demand and slightly lower output projections, even as the market transitions into the shoulder period for gas demand. Demand for power usually…

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Increased U.S. natural gas production in 2023 is boosting LNG and ethane exports

Increased U.S. natural gas production in 2023 is boosting LNG and ethane exports

Increased U.S. natural gas production in 2023 is boosting LNG and ethane exports Energize Weekly, September 20, 2023 Record U.S. natural gas production in 2023 is leading to a record ethane production and liquified natural gas (LNG) exports, according to the federal Energy Information Administration (EIA). The EIA is forecasting…

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Legal assault awaits Biden’s Alaska lease cancellation

Legal assault awaits Biden’s Alaska lease cancellation 09/11/2023 An Alaska corporation is already teeing up a legal battle over the Biden administration’s decision to cancel contested oil and gas leases in a massive wildlife refuge. The Interior Department announced plans last week to revoke seven leases held by the Alaska…

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