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A Kinder Morgan subsidiary scheduled a binding open season for incremental firm natural gas transportation service on its Mier-Monterrey pipeline, which would expand capacity to 1.34 Bcfd.

The project, planned for completion by the fourth quarter of 2017, will loop the existing Mier-Monterrey pipeline system from the Mexico-United States border to Huinalá, Nuevo León, Mexico, adding a lateral from Pesquería, Nuevo León, to Escobedo, Nuevo León.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — State officials say Florida Fuel Connection will make a $75 million capital investment to build a petroleum terminal and rail transportation facility in East Feliciana Parish, near the Mississippi River.

Gov. Bobby Jindal and Florida Fuel Connection CEO John H. Armbrust announced the plans Tuesday.

Jindal, in a news release, said the complex will provide a starting point for the shipment of fuel via rail to Florida, which lacks pipeline connections to regional oil refineries.

The project will create 50 new direct jobs at an average annual salary of $70,000.

A group formed by Malaysian energy company Petronas is all but certain to begin building a $36 billion LNG export terminal on Canada’s Pacific coast by year’s end, according to British Columbia’s finance minister, Michael de Jong.

“The construction will begin soon ... this fall, de Jong said July 27 at a news briefing in Putrajaya, Malaysia, after meeting with the country’s prime minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. “All other prerequisites have been dealt with.”

Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners plans a $1.5 billion expansion of natural gas pipeline operations in western Pennsylvania. The 440 MMcf/d capacity project will support long-term midstream agreements with EdgeMarc Energy. EdgeMarc has drilled over 20 wells and has over 25,000 acres under lease in Butler County. As part of the deal, Energy Transfer is acquiring EdgeMarc’s Constellation pipeline in Butler County.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A section of the 124-mile route of the planned Constitution Pipeline has been redrawn to avoid a 1,000-acre private forest with fragile wetlands.

Christopher Stockton, spokesman for the pipeline that will bring natural gas from Pennsylvania to New York City and New England, confirmed the route change Tuesday. Stockton says the change adds almost three miles to the route and affects 11 landowners who have signed right-of-way agreements.

The productivity of natural gas wells in the Marcellus Shale and the neighboring Utica Shale is steadily increasing because of ongoing improvements in precision and efficiency of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing occurring in those regions.

Since January 2012, natural gas production in the Marcellus and Utica regions has accounted for 85% of the increase in natural gas production reported in EIA's Drilling Productivity Report (DPR) and has driven recent growth in total U.S. natural gas production.

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A judge on Monday denied a Louisiana company's request to lift the U.S. government's decades-long suspension of an energy lease near Glacier National Park, but he called the delay unreasonable and ordered government officials to fast-track a decision.

In his ruling, U.S. District Judge Richard Leon was incredulous that the matter has gone unresolved for so long.

"No combination of excuses could possibly justify such ineptitude or recalcitrance for such an epic period of time," the judge wrote.

ONEOK Partners has entered into a 50-50 joint venture with a subsidiary of Fermaca Infrastructure, a Mexico City-based natural gas infrastructure company, to construct a pipeline that would transport natural gas from the Permian Basin in West Texas to Mexico.

The $450 million Roadrunner Gas Transmission pipeline project extends from ONEOK Partners’ ONEOK WesTex Transmission natural gas pipeline system at Coyanosa, TX, west to a new international border-crossing connection at the U.S.-Mexico border near San Elizario, TX, where it will connect with Fermaca’s Tarahumara Gas Pipeline.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) authorized Excelerate Energy, in cooperation with the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA), to site, construct and operate the Aguirre Offshore GasPort Project, off the shore of Puerto Rico.

The project will consist of a floating LNG terminal with a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU), minimal infrastructure to moor the vessel, and a subsea pipeline to deliver the gas onshore. The facility will provide fuel to PREPA's Central Aguirre Power Complex.

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The Public Utilities Commission is considering whether to approve for the second time in just over five years construction of the South Dakota portion of the long-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline.

The hearing process started Monday. The state authorized TransCanada Corp.'s project in 2010, but permits must be revisited if construction doesn't start within four years.

The commission is now considering the company's guarantee that it can complete the project while meeting the conditions of the 2010 approval.

It's unlikely the panel will make a decision immediately.