Regulation

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.

Texas Will Not Mandate Oil Production Cuts

Texas energy regulators on Tuesday said they will not mandate oil production cuts, ending a month-long debate about whether they would wade into global oil politics for the first time in 50 years as crude prices cratered.

U.S. Delays Pipeline Approvals After Environmental Ruling

Pipelines and utility projects across the country could face long delays and increased costs after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers halted a nationwide permit program citing a recent federal court ruling that declared the permit illegal.

PHMSA Eases Pipeline Regulations, Enforcement in Response to Pandemic

Responding to the impact Covid-19 on midstream staffing and resources, PHMSA has issued two guidance documents to ease some operating requirements, allow discretion in enforcement and provide flexibility to support the critical needs of state and industry partners.

Oklahoma to Allow Struggling Oil Producers to Halt Output Without Breaking Contracts

Oklahoma's oil regulator will allow struggling producers to shut-in wells without having to break a lease declaring unprofitable production an economic waste.

Drones Become Additional Inspection Tool in Permian Basin

Data collection, inspections and safety within the basin have become increasingly important among oil and gas enterprises in the Permian Basin, and drone technology has emerged as a front runner to transform operations.

PHMSA Issues Notice of Discretion Concerning Operators and COVID-19

PHMSA told pipeline operators on March 20 that the administration recognized the constraints they face in the wake of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, adding that certain employees may be required to work outside of their classification.

Oklahoma Judge May Recommend Ruling Oil Production 'Economic Waste'

An Oklahoma Judge will recommend the state's oil and gas regulator approve an emergency order declaring oil production in the state could constitute economic waste, a spokesman for the state's Corporation Commission said.

PHMSA Proposes Mandatory Shutoff Valve Installation for Some Pipelines

Natural gas and hazardous liquid pipelines will have to install automatic shutoff valves (ASVs), remote control valves (RCVs) or equivalent technology on all newly constructed or entirely replaced pipelines that have nominal diameters of 6 inches (152.4 mm) or greater if the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) finalizes a proposal it issued in February.

House Democrats Consider Anti-Pipeline Regulatory Changes

Democrats in the House have introduced two bills that would negatively affect interstate pipelines. The legislative efforts align with a broader push by Democrats, including presidential candidates, to enact “green” energy policies, which will vilify natural gas, if not at least tarnish its reputation, as a climate-preferred alternative to coal and oil.

Texas Oil Hearing Stirs Debate but No Decision; Oklahoma Sets May Hearing

Texas energy regulators listened as top executives on Tuesday debated whether the state should cut oil output by 1 million barrels per day, but did not indicate how they might vote after more than 10 hours of sometimes dire testimony.