WorldOil China tariffs could mean bleak winter ahead for U.S. LNG This winter could be a bleak one for America’s natural gas exporters as the fastest-growing buyer of the fuel threatens to halt purchases amid an escalating trade war. EIA: Haynesville natural gas production reaches five-year high In June 2018, natural gas production in the Haynesville shale formation, located in northeastern Texas and Louisiana, averaged 6.35 Bcfd, accounting for 8.5% of the total U.S. dry natural gas production, Haynesville’s highest production level since November 2012. Keystone XL pipeline sent back for new environmental review The U.S. State Department must conduct a new environmental review for the Keystone XL crude pipeline, a federal judge ruled, dealing a blow to a project supported by President Donald Trump in his first few days in office. Deal frenzy swells with Diamondback's $8.4-billion shale buyout Diamondback Energy’s agreement to buy Energen in an $8.4 billion all-stock deal launches Permian buying spree that should shake up the U.S. shale industry. California ponders plan B if Trump wins opener in emissions fight As California professes optimism in its legal fight against Trump’s rollback of tailpipe emissions limits, the state is eyeing a fallback plan that could test how much its residents are willing to sacrifice to fight climate change. Companies in the news Danos has been awarded a contract by Shell Exploration and Production Company to provide coatings for Shell’s deepwater Appomattox platform in the Gulf of Mexico. What’s new in production Into the weeds Drilling advances Sensing doubts First oil Consent given to fracing first onshore, horizontal well in the UK Permian oil production requires additional pipeline infrastructure Further expansion of oil output in the Permian basin is dependent on a number of pipelines being built or expanded. Here is a rundown of the status of various pipeline projects in the region.