Regulation

Supreme Court Reinstates Permit 12 but Excludes Keystone XL

The U.S. Supreme Court reinstated use of the Army Corps of Engineers' Nationwide Permit 12 but refused to allow use of the fast-track permit to resume work on TC Energy's Keystone XL project.

Energy Transfer Vows to Keep Dakota Access Oil Flowing

Energy Transfer vowed to fight a court order to shut down and empty the Dakota Access oil pipeline, contending that U.S. District Judge James Boasberg overstepped his authority with the Monday ruling.

U.S. Court Orders Dakota Access Pipeline Shut, Emptied

A U.S. District Court has ordered Energy Transfer to shut down and empty its controversial 570,000 bpd Dakota Access oil pipeline within 30 days.

Michigan Judge Allows Restart of Enbridge Line 5 Pipeline

A Michigan judge ruled that Enbridge can resume pumping oil through its Line 5 pipeline, nearly a week after shutting it down because of damage to a structure that anchors a section of the line.

Michigan Regulators Deny Quick Approval of Enbridge Pipeline Tunnel

Regulators in Michigan have denied a request by Enbridge for expedited approval of its proposed Line 5 pipeline tunnel underneath the Great Lakes instead requesting a full review of the project.

EU Prepares Response to Nord Stream U.S. Sanctions Threat

The European Union is preparing measures to protect itself against proposed U.S. sanctions against European companies involved in the construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

Michigan Judge Orders Immediate Shut Down of Enbridge Line 5 Leg

A Michigan judge has granted a request from the state Attorney General to order the immediate shutdown of a portion of Enbridge's Line 5 which runs under a stretch of the Great Lakes.

PHMSA Issues Final Rule for Transportation of LNG by Rail

The U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration have released its final rule on the transportation of LNG by rail.

Dominion Seeks More Time to Complete Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Dominion Energy has requested more time from U.S. energy regulators to complete its long-delayed Atlantic Coast pipeline, even after receiving a favorable ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday.

Texas Could Tighten Some Natural Gas Flaring Rules by Fall

The head of Texas' energy regulatory body said they could look at tightening the states flaring regulations as early as this fall.

EQM Delays Mountain Valley Gas Pipeline to 2021

EQM Midstream has delayed the expected completion date of its Mountain Valley natural gas pipeline to sometime in early 2021 which could drive the cost of the project close to $6 billion.

PHMSA Proposal on Valves Proves Controversial

Flack is hitting the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) from all sides over its proposed rule to require automatic and remote shut-off valves on oil and gas pipelines.

U.S. FERC Landowner Protection Rule Likely to Delay Gas Projects

U.S. energy regulators have adopted new rules that prevent natural gas pipeline and development projects from performing construction work on any land where the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission must conduct rehearings permit decisions.

Federal Court Decision Threatens Pipeline Work Around Wetlands

Pipeline construction in and around wetlands faces a major, new legal impediment given the significant decision by a federal district court in Montana in mid-April.

Technology Meets Mega Rule Materials Verification Challenge Head On

With the implementation of the Mega Rule, U.S. pipeline owners and operators will be required to provide traceable, verifiable and complete (TVC) records that confirm the physical and operational characteristics of the pipeline meet the new requirements.

Easement Agreement Serves as Last Word Concerning ROW Issues

Most issues or problems regarding a pipeline right-of-way (ROW) can be resolved by a thorough investigation of the original easement agreement. This document determines the terms and conditions of laying and maintaining a pipeline on a property. It is the base contract between the landowner (grantor) and the pipeline operator (grantee).

Illinois Rejects Bid to Delay Decision on Dakota Access Expansion

Regulators in Illinois have unanimously rejected an attempt by environmental groups to delay the expansion of TC Energy's Dakota Access Pipeline due to the coronavirus.

Poland May Fine Gazprom Over Nord Stream 2 Pipeline Case

Polish regulators are considering fining Gazprom over $56 million related to anti-monopoly proceedings against the company's Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

Golden Pass Seeks to Boost Capacity at Texas LNG Plant

Golden Pass LNG has requested permission from FERC to increase the capacity of its $10 billion LNG plant in Texas from 15.6 MTPA to over 18 MTPA .

U.S. EPA Moves to Curb State Powers to Deny Permits for Energy Projects

The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency signed a new rule on Monday that will limit the ability of state governments to deny a critical permit to infrastructure projects in their states.

Court Ruling in Keystone XL Case Will Affect Other Major U.S. Pipelines

A U.S. appeals court ruling on Thursday in a case against the Keystone XL pipeline will likely have large effects on other major pipeline projects in the country.

Keystone XL Pipeline Likely to Face Delays After U.S. Court Denies Stay

A U.S. court ruling from last month that would impose delays and increase permitting costs for major pipeline projects in the U.S. was not overturned by an appeals court this week.

U.S. Presidential Candidate Would Rescind Keystone XL Permit if Elected

Presumptive U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said he would rescind the approval permit for the Keystone XL oil pipeline if he were to be elected in November.

CEQ Pro-Pipeline NEPA Changes Generate Heated Attacks

In Washington, on Feb. 22, Christy Goldfuss, former managing director of the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) under President Obama, stepped to the microphone during a public hearing and attempted to drive a rhetorical stake through the heart of the U.S. interstate pipeline industry.

EQM Sees U.S. Mountain Valley Pipeline Service in 2020, Analysts Unconvinced

Equitrans Midstream is still optimistic that its Mountain Valley natural gas pipeline can be in service by the end of 2020. Industry analysts are not as confident.

FERC Provides Guidance to Oil Pipelines During Pandemic

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has pledged to act expeditiously on certain waiver and tariff requests from interstate oil pipelines to address unforeseen circumstances resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

U.S. Pipeline Regulator Strikes Down Washington State's Crude-by-Rail Safety Limits

The U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) on Monday struck down crude-by-rail transportation restrictions imposed by Washington state, saying the measures would not lower the risk of explosions.

Oklahoma Regulators Take no Action After Oil Output Hearing

Energy regulators in Oklahoma declined to provide a timeline for a decision regarding requests from oil producers in the state to mandate production cuts in an attempt to stabilize to hard-hit industry.

U.S. Judge Revises Environmental Ruling on Pipeline Permits

A U.S. Judge partially revised a ruling that blocked pipeline crossings below streams and waterways, allowing crossings for utility and maintenance projects but continuing to require permits for pipeline construction projects.

Regulators Ease Storage Rules, Fees for Texas Producers

Texas oil and gas regulators voted to temporarily relax their rules for underground crude storage and waive related fees and surcharges that producers typically pay.