Regulation

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.

Canada Supreme Court Rejects British Columbia Bid to Regulate Oil Pipeline

The Supreme Court of Canada on Thursday quickly dismissed an attempt by the western province of British Columbia to regulate what can be transported in a major crude oil pipeline crossing its territory.

16 States Oppose PHMSA Proposal for LNG Rail Shipments

Attorneys general from 16 U.S. states have opposed a Trump administration proposal to ship liquefied natural gas (LNG) by rail, arguing that any leaks increase safety risks to residents and emergency responders.

NOAA: Jordan Cove LNG Project Would Have Minimal Environmental Impact

Federal authorities have suggested the environmental impact of the proposed Jordan Cove LNG terminal and pipeline in southern Oregon would be minimal, saying the contentious project wouldn’t jeopardize protected species or adversely change their critical habitat.

Louisiana Appeals Court Hears Arguments in Pipeline Lawsuit

A Louisiana appeals court heard arguments Wednesday on a lawsuit challenging state laws that let oil pipeline operators take private land for construction.

White House Unveils Plan to Speed Big Projects Permits

The Trump administration on Thursday unveiled a plan to speed permitting for major infrastructure projects like oil pipelines, road expansions and bridges, one of the biggest deregulatory actions of the president's tenure.

Federal Appeals Court Tosses Permit for Atlantic Coast Pipeline Station

A federal appeals court has thrown out a permit for a natural gas compressor station on Dominion Energy's Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Dip on Power Switch to Gas

U.S. emissions linked to climate change fell last year on a record drop in coal-fired power generation, but further declines are unlikely without rapid policy changes, according to an estimate released on Tuesday.

Enbridge May Re-file Application for U.S. Deepwater Oil Terminal

Enbridge Inc will consider re-filing its application for federal permits to build a crude export terminal off Freeport, Texas, if market demand picks up, a company spokesman said on Friday.

Revolution, Mariner East to Resume after $30 Million Settlement

Pennsylvania fined Energy Transfer more than $30 million on Friday but will allow it to resume construction of its Revolution pipeline. The agreement also lifts a statewide construction ban, enabling work to resume on Mariner East.

U.S. Sanctions Block Hurry-Up Work on Nord Stream 2

Any companies that rush to finish building a Russian natural gas export pipeline to Germany that came under U.S. sanctions this month risk being penalized, senior U.S. officials said on Sunday.

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.