Community & Environment

EU May Restrict Support for Natural Gas Projects, Citing Climate Goals

The European Union is planning to restrict its funding for natural gas projects because of the risk they pose to the bloc's climate goals, according to draft rules seen by Reuters.

EIA: Natural Gas Venting, Flaring Set Records in 2019

U.S. natural gas venting and flaring hit an all-time high of 1.48 Bcf/d last year, with the bulk of those volumes coming from North Dakota and Texas, updated government statistics show.

Gas Suspected in Fatal Omaha House Explosion

An explosion that leveled a home in Omaha killed two people and left two others critically injured, fire officials said. Crews from the city’s natural gas utility were on the scene, but the cause has not been confirmed.

Magellan Midstream Tank Explosion Injures 7 in Corpus Christi

Seven Magellan Midstream Partners employees were injured, four critically, when a storage tank at a Magellan plant in Corpus Christi exploded after catching fire Saturday morning, according to deputy Fire Chief Richie Quintero.

Enbridge Starts Construction on Line 3 Pipeline in Minnesota

Enbridge began construction on its Line 3 crude oil pipeline replacement in Minnesota on Tuesday, a day after state regulators approved the final permit for the $2.6 billion project amid legal challenges from lactivist and Indigenous groups.

Biden Plan to End U.S. Fossil Fuel Subsidies Faces Big Challenges

President-elect Joe Biden's promise to end U.S. fossil fuel subsidies worth billions of dollars a year could be hard to keep due to resistance from lawmakers in a narrowly divided Congress, including from within his own party.

Minnesota Gives Final Green Light to Line 3 Pipeline

Minnesota regulators approved the final permit Monday for Enbridge Energy’s Line 3 crude oil pipeline replacement across northern Minnesota, giving the company the green light to begin construction on the $2.6 billion project.

Anti-Pipeline Activists Face Terrorism Charges for Rail Scheme

Federal authorities in Seattle have charged two people with a terrorist attack on train tracks, suggesting they were motivated by opposition to a natural gas pipeline when they interfered with the operation of a railroad in Washington state.

Canadian Indigenous Deal with Keystone XL Took Years, Aims for Long-Term Wealth

TC Energy Corp's sale of a C$1 billion ($769 million) stake in Keystone XL to a Canadian indigenous group followed more than three years of pressure from a tiny Saskatchewan First Nation that demanded part ownership of the long-delayed oil pipeline.

Limited Pipeline Capacity in North American Regions Raises Winter Fuel Concerns

The United States has enough power generation to meet demand this winter, but extreme weather could challenge reliability in California and New England by putting fuel supplies at risk

Consumers Energy Completes 90-Mile Saginaw Trail Pipeline

Consumers Energy has completed construction of its $610 million Saginaw Trail Pipeline project, which replaced aging natural gas pipelines and related infrastructure across three Michigan counties.

ExxonMobil to Cut up to 300 Jobs in Canada

ExxonMobil said Wednesday that it plans to eliminate up to 300 jobs in Canada by the end of 2021 as part of its ongoing efforts to lower costs. It said the global pandemic has increased the urgency of its cutbacks.

Canadian Oil Output Seen Expanding until 2039

Canadian oil production will expand for nearly two more decades, slowing the country's progress toward achieving Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's goal of net-zero emissions by 2050, the Canada Energy Regulator (CER) forecast.

API Pledges to Fight Possible Biden Fracking Limits

If U.S. President-elect Joe Biden tries to restrict development of oil and gas drilling on federal lands, the American Petroleum Institute will use "every tool at its disposal" including legal action, chief executive Mike Sommers said

Corps of Engineers Grants Final Federal Permit for Enbridge Line 3

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers approved the final federal permit for Enbridge Energy's planned Line 3 crude oil pipeline replacement across northern Minnesota, bringing the project a step closer to construction.

EU Denies Gas Plants a Green Finance Tag

The European Commission on Friday proposed that power plants fueled by natural gas would not be not classed as a sustainable investment in Europe, although plants could possibly gain a green label by burning some hydrogen.

Enbridge Adds Solar Facilities to Power Pipeline Operations

Enbridge is adding solar energy facility to help power its natural gas pipeline compressor stations, citing a recent pledge to green its operations.

Blast Strikes Natural Gas Pipeline in North Sinai

A blast struck the Al Arish-Al Qantara natural gas pipeline in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula on Thursday, three witnesses told Reuters.

TC Energy: Keystone XL Pipeline Fits Biden Agenda

The creation of union jobs and support by Indigenous investors will help convince U.S. President-elect Joe Biden that the Keystone XL pipeline fits into his “Build Back Better” agenda, an executive with TC Energy said.

Canadian Indigenous Group to Invest in Keystone XL Pipeline

Pipeline operator TC Energy said on Tuesday Canadian indigenous group Natural Law Energy will invest up to C$1 billion ($763.77 million) in its long-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline project.

Italy Drafts Guidelines for National Hydrogen Strategy

Italy has set out guidelines for a national hydrogen strategy to help de-carbonize the economy as it phases out coal and boosts renewables, a change that would rely on existing pipeline infrastructure.

Environmental Groups Appeal Illinois Approval of DAPL Expansion

Environmental groups are appealing a decision made last month by Illinois regulators to allow the expansion of the Dakota Access oil pipeline (DAPL), according to documents filed with the state.

Beneath the Bustling City, Pipelines Operate Largely Unnoticed

Within cities, utilities considering pipeline replacement or expansion must have it all, including great communication, a solid plan, the latest technology and a smart public awareness strategy.

Managing Complex Pipeline Compliance with Software Solutions

From maintenance and testing to record-keeping and audits, operators often underestimate how complex and time-consuming the path toward compliance will be.

FERC Wants Limit on State Consideration of Quality Permits

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) plans to apply the new federal Clean Water Act requirement to transmission pipelines, limiting state challenges to construction projects in and around wetlands.

Bakken Restart: Back to Basics with Idle Wells

Abandoned wells have long been a part of the more-than-a-century-old American oil and gas industry, but industry and state regulators have become more thorough in mitigating and remediating these retired well sites.

Largest Capacity CO2 Pipeline Part of Expandable Capture, Storage System

A new system built to safely transport and permanently store CO2 is shifting how carbon is managed in the province of Alberta, Canada.

Minnesota Approves Enbridge Line 3 Pipeline Project

Minnesota regulators approved Enbridge's $2.6 billion Line 3 pipeline replacement project, clearing one of the last remaining hurdles for U.S. construction to begin.

DAPL's Future Uncertain as Biden Presidency Looms

The election of Democrat Joseph Biden could create more headaches for the Dakota Access Pipeline's (DAPL) owners, who are already embroiled in legal battles to keep the main conduit for flowing oil out of North Dakota running.

Banks Make Room for Fossil Fuels in Climate Pledge

The world's public development banks pledged to align with the Paris Agreement on climate change, but avoided a firm commitment to phase out fossil fuel financing.