Regulation

FERC Issues Favorable Environmental Assessment for Double E Pipeline

Summit Midstream and Exxon Mobil's Double E pipeline carrying natural gas from the Permian Basin to the Waha Hub in Texas has received a favorable environmental review from U.S. regulators.

Enbridge Applies for Construction of Great Lakes Pipeline Tunnel

Enbridge applied for permission to construct a pipeline tunnel beneath a waterway connecting two Great Lakes to replace an aging 4-mile stretch of its aging Line 5.

German Court Rejects Last Obstacle to Nord Stream 2 Construction

The Nord Stream 2 pipeline project cleared another legal hurdle in Germany last week.

U.S. Senate Confirms Danly to FERC, Widening Republican Majority

The U.S. Senate on Thursday easily confirmed James Danly as a Republican member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, widening the Republican majority on the panel.

Federal Regulatory Actions Ease Pipeline Construction

Two key Trump administration environmental regulators have made moves to wipe away potential barriers to new pipeline construction. The White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) issued a proposed rule that would make it more difficult for environmentalists to block infrastructure construction because of concerns raised about the project’s creation of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

State Awaits Final EIS after Answering Final Questions from FERC

With an additional 2,000 pages of charts, data, maps and explanations, the state-led Alaska liquid natural gas (LNG) team finished out 2019 by answering the last batch of questions from federal regulators for the project’s final environmental impact statement (EIS).

Alaska LNG Passes Major Permitting Milestone, Hurdles Remain

A U.S. energy regulatory report for Alaska Gasline Development Corp's proposed Alaska liquefied natural gas project found it would provide economic benefits to the state but could cause some significant adverse environmental impacts.

Canada's Supreme Court Dismisses Trans Mountain Pipeline Appeals

Canada’s Supreme Court said on Thursday it would not hear five separate appeals of a lower court’s decision related to the Trans Mountain oil pipeline, clearing another hurdle for a project that has been stalled for years due to opposition over climate concerns.

ExxonMobil Proposes Framework for Methane Regulations

ExxonMobil today released a model framework for industry-wide methane regulations that includes specific guidance related to transmission pipeline blowdowns between compressor stations.

Transco Takes Another Shot at NJ Pipeline Approval

Transco's Northeast Supply Enhancement Project, which would take natural gas to customers in New York City and Long Island, is back before New Jersey regulators.

FERC Weighs Plan to Build Pacific Connector Pipeline in Oregon

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is set to decide this week on a proposed natural gas pipeline and marine export terminal in Oregon that is likely set up a court battle over state's rights if approved.

U.S. Gives Iraq Sanctions Waiver for Iranian Gas Imports

The United States has granted Iraq a 45-day sanctions waiver enabling the country to continue importing vital Iranian gas and electricity supplies, two Iraqi officials said on Wednesday.

Texas Railroad Commission Adopts New Pipeline Safety Rules

Texas regulators have adopted new safety rules that prohibit natural gas distribution pipeline operators from installing underground cast iron, wrought iron or bare steel pipelines.

FERC Approves Chesapeake Utilities Pipeline Expansion

Chesapeake Utilities has announced that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has issued an order approving the Company’s proposed Del-Mar Energy Pathway Project.

FERC Boosts Natural Gas

An order issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in December against state subsidies for nuclear and renewable energy – called “out-of-market subsidies” – apparently gives a big boost to electric utilities using natural gas and the pipelines that feed them.

NPC Offers Improvements to Regulations

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

New OPA90 PREP Guidelines Bring Flexibility to WCD Response Testing

Oil transfer and storage businesses (onshore), which fall under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA90), are familiar with the 2016 National Preparedness for Response Exercise Program (PREP) Guidelines.

Canadian Court Dismisses Challenge to Trans Mountain Expansion

Canada's Federal Court of Appeal on Tuesday dismissed a challenge to the approval by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government of the Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion, clearing some uncertainty from the project.

U.S. Flared, Vented More Natural Gas Again in 2019 - Data

The U.S. drilling industry flared or vented more natural gas in 2019 for the third year in a row, as soaring production in Texas, New Mexico, and North Dakota overwhelmed regulatory efforts to curb the practice, according to state data and independent research estimates.

Enbridge Line 3 Receives Minnesota Regulator Approval

A Minnesota regulator ruled on Monday that a revised environmental impact statement for Enbridge Inc’s Line 3 oil pipeline replacement is adequate, helping to clear a significant hurdle for the long-delayed project .

Prospects Advance for Canada's Oil Pipelines, Challenges Still Remain

Prospects for expanding pipelines to move Canadian oil to markets have brightened, but plenty of hurdles remain for the Canadian sector, which has struggled for years with low prices and a glut in storage due to long project delays.

PennEast Seeks to Start Construction in Pennsylvania

PennEast Pipeline Co LLC said on Friday it has asked federal energy regulators for permission to build the Pennsylvania part of its proposed natural gas pipeline first due to difficulty in gaining approvals in New Jersey.

U.S. FERC Sides with PennEast Pipeline NJ Eminent Domain Case

The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Thursday supported the view of companies developing the $1 billion PennEast natural gas pipeline that they can use federal eminent domain to gain access to properties owned by New Jersey.

Pembina Withdraws Jordan Cove Application, Holds Out for Federal Approval

Pembina Pipeline Corporation (Pembina) has withdrawn its application for a state permit for the Jordan Cover natural gas pipeline and export terminal in Oregon.

North Dakota Signals No New Conditions on Dakota Access Expansion

North Dakota regulators signaled Thursday that the state would not impose conditions beyond those required by the federal government on a proposal to double the capacity of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

South Dakota Board Approves Keystone XL Water Permits

The South Dakota Water Management Board on Tuesday approved five water permit applications for Keystone XL pipeline construction.

Germany Makes Legal Changes to Ease Nord Stream 2 Completion

Germany’s parliament approved changes to the law governing the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to make it compliant with European Union regulations, removing a hurdle to completion of the Russia-led project.

House Democrats to Approve Tough Pipeline Bill

Democrats in the House are about to pass a new pipeline safety bill that is unlikely to attract any Republican support. The Pipeline Safety Act (H.R. 5120), which passed by two House committees in November with no GOP votes in favor, also clashes with the bi-partisan bill passed last summer by the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee.

Wisconsin Enacts Felony Pipeline Trespass Bill

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers signed into law a bipartisan proposal making it a felony to trespass or damage oil or gas pipelines in the state, despite saying he had some problems with the bill.

Where PHMSA’s Voluntary Information-Sharing Program Stands

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) officials are apparently still interested in developing a voluntary information sharing (VIS) safety reporting program.