Regulation

CERAWEEK: Texas Needs to Winterize its Grid or Interconnect with Neighbors

Texas should winterize its electric generation plants or consider connecting its grid with other parts of the country to help avoid another deadly blackout like the one last month that left people without heat, power or water for days.

U.S. Climate Czar Urges Oil Industry to Hasten Transition to Renewables

U.S. climate envoy John Kerry on Tuesday urged oil and gas companies to do more to diversify and adopt low-carbon technologies to tackle climate change.

18 Companies Quit Nord Stream 2 Pipeline Project

Baker Hughes Co and AXA Group and 16 other companies recently quit work on Russia's Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline and will not be sanctioned, according to a document the Biden administration sent to Congress last week which was seen by Reuters.

U.S. Trade Groups Urge Biden to Cap Natural Gas Prices After Texas Freeze

Trade groups representing U.S. public power and natural gas companies urged President Joe Biden to declare a gas emergency for last week's extreme weather and authorize the secretary of energy to cap the price of gas.

U.S., Canada Move Past Keystone XL Toward Achieving Net Zero Emissions by 2050

U.S. President Joe Biden said that he and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau agreed to work toward achieving net zero emissions by 2050.

Historic U.S. Interior Pick Tests Senate Support for Biden on Climate

Deb Haaland, the first Native American ever picked for a U.S. cabinet post, was grilled by Republican Senators who want an Interior Secretary more welcoming of oil and gas drilling on federal lands.

U.S. Energy Regulator to Examine Climate Change's Threat to Power Reliability

FERC, which regulates the interstate transmission of electricity, oil and natural gas and approves fossil fuel projects such as pipelines, could play a big role in President Joe Biden's promise to make the power grid emissions-free by 2035.

Munich Re Stops Insuring Nord Stream 2 Amid Sanctions Threat

A subsidiary of Germany's Munich Re will no longer insure the Nord Stream 2 pipeline from Russia to Europe amid the fear of sanctions by the U.S. government.

Biden Admin Designates Russian Ship as Helping to Build Nord Stream 2 Pipeline

The Biden administration identified a Russian ship and a company it believes are helping to build the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, but the entities had already been sanctioned by the Trump administration and the project's opponents in Congress said the move would do little to halt work on it.

U.S. to Unveil Nord Stream 2 Pipeline Report, Sanctions May Take Time

The Biden administration is expected to name as early as Friday the companies it believes are helping build Russia's Nord Stream 2 pipeline, a move that could eventually prompt sanctions on the nearly completed project.

Texas Mandate to Bar Natural Gas Exports Likely Unenforceable

The Texas oil and gas regulator on Thursday alerted state natural gas producers of a directive to reserve their supplies for in-state electric generation even as one member questioned whether the directive could be enforced.

Putin Says Russia Needs to Protect Elections from Foreign Meddling

Some European countries have called for sanctions against Moscow, including halting the construction of the undersea Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, designed to export gas from Russia to Germany by bypassing Ukraine.

Senators Prod Biden Admin on Nord Stream 2 Pipeline Sanctions

Two U.S. senators urged President Joe Biden to ensure the implementation of sanctions passed in January aimed at stopping the Nord Stream 2 Russia-to-Germany gas pipeline project, which a State Department spokesman reiterated was a "bad deal" for Europe.

Nigerians Can Sue Shell over Oil Spills, UK Court Rules

That move was seen as a victory for rural communities seeking to hold parent companies accountable for environmental disasters, while Shell is disappointed and has largely blamed sabotage for oil spills.

Army Corps Attorneys Withdraw from Dakota Access Pipeline Case

An attorney at Earthjustice who represents the tribe said they hope the Biden administration will seek to close the line, but the departure of these attorneys should not necessarily be seen as a signal of that happening.

Chairman Says FERC will Add Environmental Justice Position

The chairman of the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said on Thursday the panel will create a senior position on environmental justice, to make sure new energy projects, such as pipelines and liquefied natural gas facilities, do not unfairly harm minority communities.

Senate Energy Leader Urges Biden to Reverse Keystone XL Opposition

The head of the U.S. Senate energy committee, Joe Manchin, urged President Joe Biden to reverse his opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline, saying the project provides union jobs and is safer than transporting the oil via trucks and trains.

Canada Plans Hydropower Push after Keystone Cancellation

With Canadian crude exports taking a hit from Biden's decision to scrap the Keystone XL oil pipeline, Ottawa is increasingly focused on sales of clean energy.

Multiple Bids to Stop Enbridge’s Line 3 Replacement Rejected

A federal judge and the Minnesota Court of Appeals both within the span of a week rejected attempts by tribal and environmental groups to stop construction on Enbridge’s Line 3 oil pipeline replacement, the Associated Press reported.

Pipelines Sail into Political Winds in Washington in 2021

With the ascension of President Joe Biden and environmentally friendly Democratic agency heads taking over U.S. regulatory and independent agencies, interstate gas pipelines face a host of newly emboldened, top-level appointees.

Biden's EPA Pick Plans to Consult with Stakeholders, States in Climate Fight

U.S. President Joe Biden's choice to lead the Environmental Protection Agency told lawmakers he will consult with states and other stakeholders as the agency determines how to deliver on the administration's plans to tackle climate change and clean up pollution hotspots.

U.S. Will Monitor Activity to Complete Nord Stream 2 Pipeline

The United States will monitor activity to complete or certify the Nord Stream 2 pipeline intended to transport Russian natural gas to Europe and, if such activity takes place, will make a determination on sanctions, the U.S. State Department spokesman said.

Court Issues Arrest Warrant for Head of ExxonMobil Nigeria

The EFCC said it had sought the warrant after Richard Laing, the managing director of ExxonMobil Nigeria, rebuffed three invitations to appear before investigators probing alleged procurement fraud involving a pipelines project.

Supreme Court to Hear Pipeline Company's Bid to Seize New Jersey Land

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to hear a bid by a consortium of energy companies seeking to seize land owned by the state of New Jersey to build a $1 billion natural gas pipeline.

Russia Lawmaker Suggests Taxing Yamal LNG Over Challenging Gazprom

Russia's flagship liquefied natural gas project, privately-owned Yamal LNG, is challenging state gas giant Gazprom in its core European market, and should either be taxed or have a limit put on its sales there, a lawmaker said.

Environmentalists and Unions Clash Politically Over Pipelines

Environmentalists and labor unions that threw their support behind U.S. President Joseph Biden now find themselves on the opposite sides of a battle over the construction of big pipeline projects between Canada and the United States.

Michigan OKs Great Lakes Oil Pipeline Tunnel Permits

The decision, a victory for Enbridge Inc., comes as the Canadian company resists Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's demand to shut down its 68-year-old line in the Straits of Mackinac.

Industry Leaders, Biden Admin Disagree on Expected Impact of Climate Executive Actions

President Joe Biden signed a new raft of executive actions to combat climate change, including pausing new oil and gas leases on federal land and cutting fossil fuel subsidies, as he pursues green policies he billed as a boon for job creation.

U.S. Mountain Valley Gas Pipeline Again Delayed

The companies building the Mountain Valley natural gas pipeline now plan to seek individual permits to cross each stream remaining in its path, and analysts say that will delay its startup until 2022.

Appeals Court Deals Another Blow to Dakota Access Oil Pipeline

The decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia panel raises the chances that Energy Transfer LP's 557,000 barrel-per-day Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) will be shut pending environmental review.