A Pennsylvania administrative law judge on Dec. 11 denied a petition by state residents asking utility regulators to prohibit the operation of Energy Transfer LP and its Sunoco subsidiary’s Mariner East pipelines.
OPEC said on Dec. 12 it had offset a drop in sanctions-hit Iranian oil exports and lowered the 2019 forecast of demand for its crude, underlining the challenge the producer group faces to prevent a glut even after last week's decision to trim output.
Russia plans to cut its oil output by at least 50,000 to 60,000 barrels per day (bbl/d) in January, its energy minister said on Dec. 11, less than its final target under a global production deal reached last week, aiming for gradual, smooth reductions.
Average world temperatures are on course to far exceed the main goal set in the 2015 Paris Agreement on limiting global warming, a study showed on Dec. 11.
U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry said on Dec. 11 he discussed sanctions against Iran with Iraqi energy officials as Washington pressures Baghdad to stop importing Iranian gas that is crucial for its power grid.
The Trump administration took aim at Obama-era environmental policies with the proposal to open up a bird's wildlife habitat to oil and gas drilling.
U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry said on Dec. 4 he would soon visit Qatar and Saudi Arabia, a trip expected to occur after this week’s meeting of OPEC.
Several oil companies in Canada pushed back on Dec. 3 against Alberta's mandated cuts in crude production, warning about excessive government intervention even as the discount on Canadian crudes narrowed sharply on the curtailment plan.