OPEC's share shrunk as refiners increased imports from Canada and the United States, data shows.
"I reject the contention that the strategy is unlawful because the definition of 'economically recoverable' was irrational. It follows that the claimants' claim fails and is dismissed," Judge Sara Cockerill said in the ruling document.
The release of crude stocks by China will occur around Lunar New Year, which falls on Feb. 1, the sources said.
Senator Robert Menendez won the support of many of his fellow Democrats, including President Joe Biden, for an alternative bill to impose sanctions on Russia that he introduced on Jan. 12.
In contrast to its dealings with the European Union, Russia is delivering natural gas exceeding its contractual commitments to China, Birol added.
The deal requires the bill to get 60 votes—a high hurdle in the 50-50 Senate. The bill would also have to pass in the House and be signed by President Joe Biden, a Democrat.
The draft has reignited disputes between EU countries, which disagree on whether natural gas and nuclear are green.
The Biden administration has opposed the pipeline as it would bypass Ukraine, depriving it of lucrative transit fees.
The protests in Kazakhstan were sparked by a fuel market reform first broached in 2015 that came into effect at the start of the month that sought to remove state price caps for butane and propane.