Regulation

North American Trade Deal Limits Changes to Mexico’s Energy Policies

Under the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador would not be able to roll back the 2013 reforms to the country’s energy law permitting foreign investment in the industry, according to a report from the Center for the United States and Mexico at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Launch of ACFTA and Africa’s Pipeline Industry

The African Continental Free Trade Area (ACFTA), was launched to serve as a catalyst for the manufacturing and trade in pipeline industry-related products to support regional demand and encourage growth.

A Decade into DIMP, Pipe Replacement Still Keeps Workforce Busy

Ten years after it went into effect, the U.S. Distribution Integrity Management Program (DIMP) continued to drive much of the nation's pipeline replacement activity.

Japan's LNG Demand to Rise During Reactor Upgrades

Japanese utilities face hundreds of millions of dollars in extra fuel costs in 2020 as they buy in extra LNG and coal while nearly half the country's working nuclear reactors go off-line for government-ordered security upgrades.

No doubt of Nord Stream 2 Completion, but Later at Higher Cost

Russian and German officials say sanctions will add time and cost to construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline between their two countries, but alternatives are available for completion by in 2020.

Nord Stream 2 Says 100 Miles of Pipeline Left to Lay to Europe

The consortium behind Nord Stream 2 said on Monday that about 160 km (100 miles) of gas pipeline still needed to be laid, after a major contractor suspended work last week due to U.S. sanctions.

Turkey Threatens Retaliation Against Possible U.S. Pipeline Sanctions

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan was quoted as saying on Friday that Ankara would retaliate against potential U.S. sanctions over its purchase of Russian defense systems and the TurkStream gas pipeline.

TC Energy Files to Reduce Toll on Canadian Mainline Pipeline

TC Energy Corp said on Friday its unit has reached a settlement with customers to reduce toll on the western part of its Canadian Mainline pipeline, making it cheaper to transport gas, and asked the Canada Energy Regulator for its approval.

NPC Study Offers Ways to Improve Pipeline Regulatory Process

The National Petroleum Council (NPC) released a report focusing on pipeline permitting solutions, which suggests the regulatory process for infrastructure needs to be simplified in order to eliminate redundancies.

Russia, Ukraine, EU Agree 'In Principle' on New Gas Deal

Russia, Ukraine and the European Commission, after hours-long talks on Thursday, agreed in principle on a new gas deal starting after Jan 1, 2020, European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic told a briefing.

FERC Rules Clean Energy Sources Must Pay Higher Market Price

The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Thursday directed the largest U.S. power grid operator to force state-subsidized solar and wind electricity providers to raise prices, a move that opponents called a partisan attempt to protect fossil fuels.

Oil Patch Woes: Amid Downturn, Alberta Rages at Canada's Trudeau

A shortage of pipelines, shut-in wells, slumping prices, oilfield layoffs, and strained local food banks. The root causes of Alberta's problems are uniquely Canadian, and their blame of Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is fueling a Western separatist movement dubbed #Wexit.

New England Power and Gas Prices Spike During Cold Snap

Natural gas and power prices in New England spiked to their highest since last winter as a cold snap froze the six-state region. Next-day gas prices for Thursday jumped almost 25% to $14.50 per mmBtu, their highest since January, for a second day in a row.

Russia's Putin Says Moscow Plans to Keep Gas Transit Via Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Moscow planned to keep gas transit via Ukraine irrespective of a number of gas pipelines Moscow currently builds to bypass its ex-Soviet neighbor.

Court Delays Decision on Trans Mountain Pipeline Challenge

A panel of Canadian appeals court judges withheld their decision on a challenge to Trans Mountain pipeline Wednesday, saying they need more time to make a decision after a three-day hearing.

Energy Firms Fight Surprise Court Order Blocking Leviathan Gas Output

Companies developing the huge natural gas field Leviathan will try to convince an Israeli court to remove an injunction that threatens to delay production due to environmental concerns.

Bill Imposing Sanctions on Companies Building Nord Stream 2 Heads to White House

The U.S. Senate on Tuesday passed legislation to slap sanctions on companies building a pipeline to bring Russian natural gas to Germany, but it was uncertain whether the measures would slow completion of the project.

Lawyer for Indigenous Contends Government Delayed Spill Reports

A Squamish Nation lawyer told a Canadian Court on Tuesday that the government delayed sharing critical documents about spill risks related to expanding its oil pipeline, in some cases waiting until after the conclusion of consultations with indigenous communities.

U.S. Sanctions Could Hit Nord Stream 2 Construction in Danish waters

Germany believes a new U.S. law imposing sanctions on companies building Russia's contested seabed Nord Stream 2 pipeline could affect ongoing construction works off the coast of Denmark, Bild newspaper said, citing a government document.

Bloomberg Claims Credit for Killing Coal, Now Targets Gas Plants

Democratic presidential contender Michael Bloomberg broadly, repeatedly — and wrongly — took a huge amount of credit for driving the U.S. coal industry to its knees. Now he wants to target gas plants.

EPA Considers Regulatory Relief for Pipeline Facility RICEs

The Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA) and the American Gas Association (AGA) are pressing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to finalize changes to air emission rules the agency has been considering for over a decade.

Electrification: Sorting Out Where Natural Gas Supply Fits In

Electrification is a word that is gaining attention these days from the corporate and regulatory boardrooms to the oilfields where hydraulic fracturing and other innovations have vaulted the United States into the global lead for both oil and natural gas production.

Opinion: Tough for China to Buy Enough U.S. crude, LNG

The big, unresolved question from the initial trade agreement between the United States and China is what happens if Beijing cannot meet the massive jump in required commodity purchases.

New U.S. Energy Secretary Slams NY for Blocking Gas Pipelines

New U.S. Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette slammed New York state regulators on Thursday for blocking pipelines that would bring natural gas from Appalachia to New England, but did not specify whether the Trump administration could do anything to push the projects forward.

FERC Approves Site Prep for Tellurian's Driftwood LNG Export Plant

Federal regulators said Tellurian can begin site preparation at the site of its proposed $27.5 billion Driftwood LNG export project, a facility that calls for major pipeline construction projects in Texas and Louisiana.

Father's Energy Legacy Haunts Canada's Trudeau with Angry Albertans

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has an unusual challenge as he seeks to charm angry westerners who fear he will destroy the region's oil and gas industry - the legacy of his father, who was reviled in much of the west for his energy policies. (photo Art Babych / Shutterstock.com)

Canada's Encana Files Paperwork to Shift Base to U.S.

Canadian oil and gas company Encana Corp on Wednesday filed paperwork with U.S. and Canadian authorities as part of a plan to shift its base to the United States.

Russia, Ukraine Fail to Reach a New Gas Deal in Paris

The Russian government said Tuesday that the presidents of Russia and Ukraine discussed a new contract for natural gas supplies during peace talks in Paris on Monday, but failed to reach a deal.

Canadian Producer Raises Budget as Alberta Bottlenecks Ease

Canadian oil producer Cenovus Energy Inc said on Tuesday it would spend nearly a quarter more in 2020, after the province of Alberta lifted some curtailments on new oil wells last month.

China Creates State-Owned Pipeline Company

China has created a new centrally administered, state-owned pipeline company that combines all pipeline assets of the top three state-owned energy giants: China National Petroleum Corp., China Petrochemical Corp., and China National Offshore Oil Corp.