Regulation

INGAA Renews Call for Bipartisan Pipeline Safety Reauthorization

Don Santa, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America, issued a statement today in response to pipeline safety legislation introduced by the Chairmen of the House Energy and Commerce and Transportation and Infrastructure Committees:

National Grid Addresses NY Challenges as AGA Weighs In

National Grid said it was confident it would be able to address concerns over gas supplies raised this week by governor of New York, while AGA condemned the "punitive measures."

Gas Company to Appeal Pipeline Rejection to Supreme Court

PennEast has said it will appeal the rejection of a bid to build a pipeline through parts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey to the U.S. Supreme Court.

EPA May Cancel Emission Controls for Gas Transmission

The Environmental Protection Agency wants to relieve the gas transmission industry from compliance with 2012 and 2016 Clean Air Act standards related to volatile organic chemicals (VOC) and greenhouse gases, chiefly methane.

PHMSA Issues Major Gas and Hazardous Liquid Safety Rules

Years after receiving congressional directives to change pipeline safety laws – with similar suggestions coming from the National Transportation Safety Administration – the federal pipeline safety agency finally issued two major rules, one directed at interstate gas pipelines the other at hazardous liquids pipelines.

FBI Opens Investigation into Mariner East Pipeline Project – AP Reports

The Associated Press has learned that the FBI has opened an investigation into the process by which Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s administration issued construction permits for the Mariner East Pipeline project.

Keystone Resumes Crude Oil Deliveries at Reduced Volumes

TC Energy said that its Keystone pipeline has returned to service following the approval of its repair and restart plan by the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA).

PennEast Developers Press on Despite Court Decision

The companies developing the $1 billion PennEast natural gas pipeline remain committed to building the project and are evaluating their options after a federal appeals court decided not to rehear an earlier decision against the pipeline.

Trump to Headline Gas Industry Gathering in Pennsylvania

Natural gas industry groups say President Donald Trump will give keynote remarks at their annual conference in the battleground state of Pennsylvania next week.

Senate Pipeline Bill Differs from House Bill

The Senate and House appear to be on a bit of a collision course with regard to reauthorization of the pipeline safety program at the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). Key committees in each of the two houses of Congress have passed bills that have different provisions and share only a few provisions.

EPA Proposes Limits on State Barriers to Pipeline Construction

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is moving ahead with an effort to prevent states from blocking pipeline projects by delaying or rejecting Clean Water Act certifications.

National Grid Says it Will Reconnect Gas Customers After NY Order

National Grid Plc said on Monday it was taking steps to reconnect about 1,000 natural gas customers in New York City and Long Island following a state order after the utility previously refused to reinstate service, citing short supply.

FERC Approves Sendero Carlsbad Gateway Project

Federal regulators have authorized construction of the Sendero Carlsbad Gateway natural gas project in the Permian Basin, including a 23-mile, 400 Mmcf/d pipeline from its Carlsbad processing plant to White Water Midstream's Agua Blanca pipeline.

New York to Fight FERC Ruling on Constitution Pipeline

The New York regulatory agency that failed to act on a water quality certification for Williams’ planned Constitution Pipeline said it will fight a federal ruling that it waived the decision through inaction. In spite of the challenge, the project may move ahead to completion by 2021.

Appeals Court Puts Mountain Valley Pipeline Permits on Hold

A federal appeals court has put a hold on two permits needed for construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline.

FERC Issues Final HDD Monitoring, IR Response Guidance

FERC's Office of Energy Projects has released its final Guidance for Horizontal Directional Drill Monitoring, Inadvertent Return Response, and Contingency Plans. The 15-page reference is available for download.

NJ Denies Permits for Proposed Natural Gas Pipeline

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy says his administration has rejected a proposed 120-mile long natural gas pipeline that would start in Pennsylvania and end in New Jersey.

Protests, Red Tape Block Millions in Colombia Oil Industry Investment

Some $700 million in investment spending by oil companies operating in Colombia is frozen because of contract delays caused by community protests and consultations, slow environmental licensing and court orders, the Colombia Petroleum Association said.

Weldbend, Boltex Win Lawsuit Against Ulma Forja

A jury returned a verdict in favor of Weldbend and Boltex on all counts in a lawsuit by the American carbon steel flange manufacturers against a Spanish company, Ulma Forja – part of the Mondragon Corp. – and its U.S. subsidiary, Ulma Piping.

Profit, Not Politics: Trump Allies Sought Ukraine Gas Deal

As Rudy Giuliani pushed Ukrainian officials to investigate Donald Trump's political rival, others with ties to the president wanted to install new management at Ukraine's state gas company and steer contracts to companies controlled by Trump allies, AP reports.

Permian Highway Pipeline Clears Key Legal Hurdle

Kinder Morgan’s Permian Highway Pipeline reached major milestone as the City of Kyle, Texas, approved a settlement agreement allowing construction of the pipeline through the city.

Minnesota Regulators Restart Line 3 Pipeline Review Process

State utility regulators on Tuesday unfroze the approval process for Enbridge Energy's plan to replace its aging Line 3 crude oil pipeline across northern Minnesota, directing a state agency to fix the deficiencies identified by a court in the project's environmental review.

Feds Recommend New Requirements After Natural Gas Disaster

Federal officials are recommending stronger nationwide requirements for natural gas systems following last September's natural gas explosions and fires in Massachusetts.

Court Suspends Alberta Law Curbing Oil Flow to British Columbia

A Canadian court on Tuesday granted a temporary injunction against legislation enabling the province of Alberta to restrict the flow of oil and gas to neighbouring British Columbia.

FERC Approves Tallgrass Cheyenne Connector Pipeline

Federal regulators have approved Tallgrass Energy's Cheyenne Connector project, which will transport natural gas from Colorado's DJ Basin to Cheyenne, Wyo., for Midwest delivery via the company's Rockies Express Pipeline.

Ukraine, Russia Fail to Reach Gas Deal for Europe but Agree to Meet Again

Russia and Ukraine failed to reach a new gas transit deal on Thursday, but said talks were "constructive" and they would meet again to try to find an agreement before the current one ends.

Judge Partially Blocks Law Aimed at Oil Pipeline Protests

A federal judge hasemporarily blocked enforcement of some new South Dakota laws that aim to prevent disruptive demonstrations against the Keystone XL pipeline.

Federal Agency Resists Paying North Dakota Oil Protest Cost

The federal government is contesting North Dakota's claims that the state should be reimbursed for the $38 million the state spent policing prolonged protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline.

Alberta Sees Progress on Crude-by-Rail Talks to Ease Oil Curtailments

he premier of Canada's main oil-producing province Alberta said on Wednesday he is hopeful of more progress this month on talks between his government and producers about easing oil curtailments, as long as extra output is shipped by rail.

Mexico Gas Pipeline at Center of Dispute Starts Operations

A major natural gas pipeline between Texas and the Mexican Gulf Coast port of Tuxpan that was at the heart of a dispute between Mexico's government and infrastructure firms begins operations on Tuesday.