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US Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.) introduced legislation on May 23 that would require the US Department of Energy to establish a research, development, and demonstration program for carbon capture technologies at natural gas-fired power plants.

The British Columbia Court of Appeal has ruled against provincial legislation that could have blocked expansion of the federally owned Trans Mountain Pipeline system. The legislation would have enabled the BC government to require a permit for the handling of heavy oil and thus to disallow the expansion project, which Premier John Horgan strongly opposes.

Oil prices climbed May 28 for a second trading session with light, sweet crude oil for both the July and August contracts settling above $59/bbl as traders returned after a long Memorial Day weekend.

Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. will increase its crude oil production capacity by 128,300 b/d before royalties with the purchase of Devon Canada for $3.775 billion (Can.) cash. Devon Energy announced early this year its plan to shed Canadian operations and natural gas production to focus on US oil.

Thirty-four Democrats on California’s congressional delegation, including Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala D. Harris, expressed their strong opposition to the US Bureau of Land Management’s plans to open more than 2 million acres of land in the state to new oil and gas development.

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