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Virginia’s water control board has approved a water quality certification for the proposed Atlantic Coast natural gas pipeline in a 4-3 vote on Dec. 12, but it was not effective immediately. The commonwealth’s Department of Environmental Quality plans to complete additional studies dealing with soil and erosion control and stormwater management plans first, a DEQ spokesman said after the vote.

Production of crude oil from the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries averaged 32.5 million b/d in 2017, a 200,000-b/d decrease from 2016 levels, and OPEC oil production will average 32.7 million b/d in 2018, according to the US Energy Information Administration’s latest Short-Term Energy Outlook.

Cenovus Energy Inc. is combining executive jobs and planning a 15% workforce cut in 2018 under a little-changed budget focusing on cost and debt reduction. It plans to invest $1.5-1.7 billion (Can.) in 2018, compared with an expected $1.55-1.65 billion this year.

Oil prices settled lower Dec. 13 on markets in New York and London but held steady on Dec. 14 after the International Energy Agency said US supply is growing faster than expected. IEA’s forecast came after the US Energy Information Administration said US oil production reached 9.78 million b/d for the week ended Dec. 8. 

The World Bank Group (WBG) reported it plans to stop financing upstream oil and gas projects in developing countries to help implement the 2016 Paris climate agreement’s goals. Exceptions will be considered where there is a clear energy access benefit for the poor and the project fits within the countries’ Paris agreement commitments, it said on Dec. 12 during the One Planet Summit in Paris.

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