Michael Whatley, Consumer Energy Alliance. Northern Gas Pipelines photo by Dave Harbour.

The Grand Island IndependentKXL is a must-have for Nebraska — and its farmers, by Michael Whatley
There’s not a lot of options for transporting energy to those who need it, especially farmers. And among the options, only one has a near-perfect safety record and doesn’t divert infrastructure or resources from another industry. That option: pipelines.

KOAA-TV – Colorado Springs, COBlack Hills Energy proposing rate adjustments for customers *Emily 
We heard another heated public hearing Wednesday night, as the Public Utilities Commission considered Black Hills’ Phase 2 rate request. It was a considerably smaller crowd there than last year’s PUC hearing in Pueblo, but it was still an emotionally charged one.

Reuters: The U.S. solar industry’s new growth region: Trump country
President Donald Trump’s administration has vowed to revive the coal industry, challenged climate-change science and blasted renewable energy as expensive and dependent on government subsidies. And yet the solar power industry is booming across Trump country, fueled by falling development costs and those same subsidies, which many Republicans in Congress continue to support.

StateImpact PennsylvaniaWater problems persist along Mariner East pipeline route despite court intervention
Water impacts continue at numerous Pennsylvania sites where Sunoco is building the Mariner East 2 pipeline two months after a court-brokered agreement. The settlement between environmental groups and Sunoco Pipeline was designed to prevent horizontal directional drilling from damaging aquifers and spilling fluid into wetlands.

Associated PressNorth Dakota landowners’ lawsuit against pipeline dismissed
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by nearly two dozen North Dakota landowners who alleged the developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline and a consultant used deceit and fraud to acquire private land easements for the project.

Associated PressTribe calls Dakota Access ruling disappointing
An attorney for the Standing Rock Sioux says a federal judge’s decision allowing the Dakota Access pipeline to continue operating while more environmental study is done is “disappointing.”

Reuters: Enbridge, DTE to finish Ohio-Ontario Nexus gas pipe in third quarter 2018
Canadian energy company Enbridge Inc (ENB.TO) and Michigan’s DTE Energy Co (DTE.N) plan to complete their $2 billion Nexus natural gas pipeline from Ohio to Ontario late in the third quarter of 2018, they said on Thursday.

E&E NewsIndustry seeks legal cover with replacement rule
As the Trump administration mulls whether to replace the Obama-era Clean Power Plan, its legal foes are already plotting creative courtroom challenges against U.S. EPA and directly against utilities. If the agency drags its heels on replacing the rule, declares that it won’t replace it at all or issues a narrower rule, lawsuits are certain.

Washington ExaminerEPA has ‘plenty of tools’ to battle climate change without Obama regulations, experts say
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt could help the U.S. make a significant dent in emissions of carbon dioxide if he were to start a sincere effort to replace the Obama-era Clean Power Plan with a more modest regulation, experts say.

The Hill: House panel approves bill to overhaul presidential monuments power
A House panel on Wednesday approved a bill to reform a key federal conservation law, setting up a floor fight over the future of the president’s power to declare national monuments.

UPI: House leadership supports U.S. offshore overhaul
The House Natural Resources Energy and Mineral subcommittee heard testimony Wednesday on the Accessing Strategic Resources Offshore Act, or ASTRO. The measure would limit the presidential authority to put parts of the Outer Continental Shelf off limits to oil and gas drillers and give the Interior Department the authority to move ahead with new lease sales “as soon as practicable,” but no later than a year after the announcement of intent.

Roll CallGOP Hopes to Undercut Offshore Regulator, Say House Democrats
Republican lawmakers are trying to undermine the federal regulatory agency responsible for overseeing the safety and environmental concerns of offshore oil and gas operations, said Democrats on the House Natural Resources Committee at a Wednesday hearing.

Natural Gas IntelligenceFERC Rejects Extending Comment Deadline for DOE Grid Reliability Proposal
FERC has rejected calls from the oil and gas industry and others, including environmental groups, to extend the public comment period over the Department of Energy’s (DOE) recent proposal to provide reliability and resiliency compensation to coal and nuclear baseload generators.

Breitbart News: Bloomberg Gives $64 Million to Fight Trump’s Ending War on Coal – ‘ Kills 7,500 Americans Annually’
It took just one day after President Donald Trump’s administration announced it was rolling back the Obama-era, court-challenged Clean Power Plan for clean energy zealot and billionaire Michael Bloomberg to donate millions of dollars to try to fight the end of the war on coal.

MarketWatchOil heads higher on strong Chinese crude imports and Iran uncertainty
Oil prices climbed Friday, buoyed by a mix of factors, including bullish Chinese data and geopolitical risks from oil-rich regions in the Middle East.

Reuters: About 20 percent U.S. Gulf oil output offline due to Hurricane Nate: BSEE
About 20 percent of U.S. Gulf of Mexico oil production is offline in the aftermath of Hurricane Nate, the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) said on Thursday.

Houston Chronicle: Drilling permits surge as oil hovers above $50 a barrel
Oil companies took out a greater number U.S. drilling permits in September, boosting permitting levels 66 percent higher than this time last year, as oil prices hover near $50 a barrel.  The number of U.S. land permits issued last month totaled more than 4,700, compared to 3,300 the previous month, with the biggest surges coming in California, Pennsylvania and Wyoming, according to data compiled by investment bank Evercore ISI.

Platts: New wave of U.S. crude cargoes to reach Asia late Q4 amid lofty Dubai prices
A fresh wave of North American crude cargoes could reach the Far East in the coming months, with an estimated 6 million barrels or more of light sweet U.S. grades loading in November expected to find a home in Asia as regional end-users step up efforts to find cheaper feedstocks amid sustained strength in the Middle Eastern crude complex, Asian trade sources said.

Reuters: South Korea expects arms, shale gas on U.S. agenda in trade talks
South Korea’s trade minister Kim Hyun-chong said on Friday the United States may demand that Seoul guarantees it will step up arms purchases and imports of U.S. shale gas if the two countries renegotiate a free trade agreement.

Reuters: Record U.S. oil exports set to surge further: Mercuria
Already record U.S. oil exports are set to surge further in the coming month as stored oil in one of the world’s last areas of excess stockpiles pours into global markets, the chief executive of trading house Mercuria, Marco Dunand, said.

Daily Energy InsiderNEI president urges FERC to implement proposed rulemaking to compensate reliability, resiliency
Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) President and CEO Maria Korsnick recently urged the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to implement a proposed rulemaking from the Department of Energy (DOE) that would compensate energy resources for reliability and resiliency attributes.

The New York TimesDrilling in the Arctic Wildlife Refuge: How the G.O.P. Could Finally Break the Impasse
The Trump administration and congressional Republicans in recent weeks have renewed the fight over opening part of an enormous wildlife refuge in northern Alaska to oil and gas exploration. The battle over the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, which pits Republicans in Washington and much of the political and business establishment in Alaska against congressional Democrats and environmental and conservation groups, has been going on for decades.

San Francisco Chronicle: Judge’s order ends Valero bid for petroleum terminals
Valero Energy Corp.’s onetime plans to buy oil terminals in Richmond and Martinez, which ran into an antitrust suit by the state of California, received their last rites Thursday when a federal judge signed an agreement by all sides to call off the sale and dismiss the suit.

The Bismarck TribuneEnergy issues continue to be dominant
The wild days of the oil boom may be over, but anyone reading Thursday’sBismarck Tribune must realize the prominent role oil development continues to play in the state. Oil remains a key player in the state’s economic future and we are still facing some crucial decisions.

Minot Daily News: ND oil production rises slightly in August
North Dakota’s oil production again made a slight rise to 1.084 million barrels per day in August, the state’s Department of Mineral Resources reported Tuesday.

Reuters: U.S. oil pipeline rivals look to consolidate West Texas projects
As shale oil producers have rushed back into the Permian Basin after a downturn, U.S. pipeline firms have scrambled to plot new pipelines to take all that petroleum from West Texas to refineries, export hubs and petrochemical plants.

Midland Reporter-Telegram: Permian petroleum industry remains on the rise
By all measures, the Permian Basin’s oil and gas industry is on the rise. The Texas Permian Basin Petroleum Index, on the rise since October 2016, was up 23.6 percent in August. August 2016 levels, fueled by higher commodity prices and oil field activity, according to Karr Ingham, the Amarillo economist who prepares the index.

UPI: Results from a shale oil well in Oklahoma better than expected
Data taken from an oil well at a shale basin in Oklahoma show performance better than expected, which will likely trigger more drilling, BNK Petroleum said.  The company said Friday that production from a well in the South Central Oklahoma Oil Province, or SCOOP, was about 40 percent better than initial estimates.

Wisconsin Radio NetworkClean Wisconsin critical of Clean Power Plan repeal
A state environmental group is joining those critical of the Trump administration’s decision to repeal the Clean Power Plan. While the head of the EPA has previously argued that the policy picked winners and loser in the power industry, Tyson Cook with Clean Wisconsin says it’s a disappointing move aimed at propping up the coal industry.

Pipestone County Star: Fracking for water
Fracking may be used to find more water for a newly drilled well at the city’s water treatment plant.
The city currently has four wells, three of them at least 75 years old. The original plan was to drill two new wells at the new water treatment plant site for redundancy and extra capacity.

Iowa Farmer Today: Grassley says public could sway EPA rules
Sen. Chuck Grassley said there still is time to prevent the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from implementing changes in the Renewable Fuel Standard that could do “severe harm” to the biofuels industry.

Crain’s Detroit Business: End of Clean Power Plan unlikely to change energy direction in Michigan
Michigan’s top energy officials say the Trump administration’s move to rescind the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan will have a negligible impact on the state’s plans to produce cleaner energy that will reduce pollution by using renewable energy and natural gas to generate electricity.

Natural Gas Intelligence: Williams, Southwestern Agree to Expand NatGas Gathering, Processing in West Virginia
Williams Partners LP has reached agreement with Southwestern Energy Co. to expand the producer’s natural gas gathering and processing services in West Virginia.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Despite opposition, Plum’s council OKs Marcellus shale well pad permit
An oil and gas exploration company got the green light from Plum council Wednesday to proceed with its plans to build a Marcellus shale well pad in the borough.