Regulation

U.S. Appeals Court Allows Dakota Access Pipeline to Keep Running

A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday said that the Dakota Access Pipeline does not have to be shut and drained per a lower court order.

Poland Fines Gazprom $57 Million Over Nord Stream 2

Gazprom has been fined nearly $60 million by Polish energy regulators for failing to cooperate with requests regarding the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

Trump Allows Keystone Pipeline to Ship More Canadian Oil After Expansion Stalls

President Donald Trump has issued a presidential permit to allow TC Energy's Keystone oil pipeline to ship nearly 30% more Canadian crude as the company's' proposed expansion of the pipeline has again been stalled by legal hurdles.

Kinder Morgan Reports Loss After $1 Billion Charge

Kinder Morgan reported a second-quarter net loss of $637 million after downgrading the value of some assets due to the market impact of Covid-19.

New Mexico Proposes Crackdown on Methane Emissions

New Mexico has proposed a new set of rules that would require oil and gas producers in the state to capture at least 98% of methane emissions by 2026.

Federal Judge Blocks Trump Administration's Easing of Rule on Methane Emissions

A federal judge on Wednesday blocked an attempt by the Trump administration to roll back a rule on cutting methane emissions from oil and gas operations on federal and tribal lands.

Trump Revamps Key Environmental Law in Bid to Fast Track Pipelines

President Trump announced plans on Wednesday to expedite the permitting process for major infrastructure projects, including oil and gas pipelines.

U.S. Extends Sanctions on Companies for Work on Russian Pipelines

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Wednesday that the country will be extending sanctions against companies working on two major Russian pipelines if the firms do not halt their work.

U.S. Appeals Court Grants Dakota Access Temporary Stay of Shutdown Order

A U.S. appeals court has granted the Dakota Access pipeline a temporary stay to allow the line to continue flowing during the legal proceedings.

Natural Gas Efficiency Programs Pay Off in Reduced Costs, Carbon Emissions

North American natural gas utilities have been spending nearly $4 million a day for programs to make customers more efficient use of the fuel. A new study shows those investments are paying off.

Guest Commentary: The Two-Front War on Pipelines

Pipeline opponents have raised their game, skillfully and aggressively scoring wins against projects on two fronts: in the courts and regulatory proceedings on both the federal and state sides.

Senate Water Infrastructure Bills Pass Committee

Two separate bills passed by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will increase authorization levels for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds.

FERC Policy Statement on ROE Favors Pipelines

A new FERC policy on interstate oil and gas pipeline return on equity (ROE) follows a similar policy concerning utility lines but allows for the differences between the two industries.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to Appeal Dakota Access Shutdown

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced it will appeal a federal judge's shutdown order against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Options for Low-Pressure System Now Requiring Overpressure Protection

Events over the last several years have proven the inherent risks that can be present in older low-pressure gas distribution systems. As a result, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has investigated the problems and made several recommendations.

FERC Approval Gives Alaska LNG 10 Years to Start Operations

Federal authorization for the Alaska liquefied natural gas (LNG) project sets a 10-year deadline to start operating the gas pipeline and liquefaction plant, twice as much time as regulators have generally allowed for other U.S. LNG export terminal developers to build multibillion-dollar facilities.

A Little Good News from Back East

The pipeline industry in the U.S. Northeast finally got some positive news on the permitting front, when New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) received the go-ahead to move forward with construction work on a controversial 30-mile (48-km) section of the Southern Reliability Link (SRL) pipeline in New Jersey.

Dakota Access Seeks Stay of Pipeline Shutdown Order Pending Appeal

Dakota Access has asked a federal court to stay its previous order to shut down and empty the pipeline within 30 days while an appeal of the decision is decided.

End of an Era? Series of Setbacks Bode ill for Big Pipeline Projects

A rapid-fire succession of setbacks for big energy pipelines in the United States this week has revealed an uncomfortable truth for the oil and gas industry: environmental activists and landowners opposed to projects have become good at blocking them in court.

U.S. Energy Dept. Approves Jordan Cove LNG Exports

The U.S. Department of Energy has approved LNG exports from the proposed Jordan Cove LNG project in Oregon, the first on the country's West Coast.

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.