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The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has prohibited ratepayer-funded natural gas capacity purchases by electric utilities. The Aug. 17 decision vacated a Department of Public Utilities Commission order giving it authority to approve electric utilities’ contracts for new gas pipeline capacity if they are in the public interest.

Continental Resources Inc., Oklahoma City, has agreed to sell nonstrategic properties in North Dakota and Montana to an undisclosed buyer for $222 million.

The Association of Oil Pipe Lines released the 2016 API-AOPL Annual Liquids Pipeline Safety Excellence Performance Report & Strategic Plan, which it developed jointly with the American Petroleum Institute.

The US Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued an advisory bulletin about procedures for changing a pipeline’s status from active to abandoned for pipeline owners and operators, and federal and state pipeline safety personnel.

The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management released a draft environmental impact statement for a potential oil and gas lease sale in Alaska’s Cook Inlet. The sale currently is scheduled for June 2017, the US Department of the Interior agency said.


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