First U.S. crude cargoes head to China since trade breakthrough: sources
Collin Eaton, Reuters, January 15, 2018
The vessels left Galveston, Texas, last month and are scheduled to arrive at Chinese ports between late January and early March, according to shipbrokers and vessel tracking data. The shipments mark a change since Chinese buyers largely began avoiding U.S. oil during the trade dispute that flared last summer. “It looks like China has resumed purchasing U.S. crude,” one U.S.-based shipbroking source said. The person, who declined to be identified because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the matter, said the destination data could yet change. China is the world’s biggest crude importer and became a top buyer of U.S. crude after Washington lifted a 40-year ban on shipments in late 2015. It imported 325,000 barrels per day (bpd) of U.S. crude in the first nine months of 2018, customs data showed.
Colorado Supreme Court rules in favor of oil and gas regulators in Martinez environmental case
Blair Miller, KMGH-TV, January 14, 2019
The Colorado Supreme Court on Monday overturned a lower court’s decision that said the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission was required to weigh the impact of oil and gas development on public health and the environment in deciding whether to approve new drilling permits and rules pertaining to the oil and gas industry in Colorado. Colorado Supreme Court Justice Richard Gabriel wrote the unanimous 7-0 decision that was released Monday, which found that the COGCC “properly declined to engage in rulemaking to consider a rule” proposed in 2013 by Xiuhtezcatl Martinez and a group of Boulder teenagers.
Gas board moving ‘one step at a time’ after shake-up
Margaret Kriz Hobson, E & E News, January 15, 2019
Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy (R) last week shook up the Alaska Gasline Development Corp. leadership by appointing four new members to the agency’s seven-person board of directors. Days later, the new agency board held its first meeting, electing Dunleavy appointee Doug Smith as board chairman. Then the new team promptly fired AGDC President Keith Meyer, who had been hired by Dunleavy’s predecessor, Bill Walker (I). In Meyer’s place, the board named Joe Dubler as interim president beginning Feb. 1. AGDC isn’t planning to hire a new, full-time president for the immediate future, according to board President Smith (Energywire, Jan. 11).