Regulation

Implementation Struggles of PHMSA’s Fatigue Mitigation Regulations

Fatigue is one of a controller’s greatest threats. Despite restrictions that have transpired for monitoring and mitigating controller fatigue in the past decade, fatigue is not a new worry within the oil and gas industry.

Natural Gas and Oil Industry Committed to Reducing Methane Emissions, API Testifies

American Petroleum Institute Vice President of Upstream Policy Kevin O’Scannlain testified during the EPA's hearing on proposed methane regulations for new and existing sources.

Kremlin Hopes Belarus Won't Stop Gas Transit to EU Amid Migrant Crisis

Russia hopes Belarus will not suspend gas transit to Europe, the Kremlin said on Wednesday, after Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko threatened to block shipments as part of a crisis over migrants at the border.

Michigan Drops Federal Case Against Enbridge Pipeline to Clear Way for State Court Case

The move is a welcome development for Enbridge in one part of the long-running battle over Line 5, but Governor Gretchen Whitmer made it clear she will continue to fight against the 68-year-old oil pipeline.

Ukraine's Naftogaz Says Russia-EU Gas Transit Deal May Not be Renewed

Ukraine's state energy firm Naftogaz has no power to halt the Nord Stream 2 pipeline being built between Russia and Germany, despite its role in the certification process, while its own transit deal with Russia may not be renewed.

APGA Continues Focus on Advocacy of Natural Gas

In this interview, Alonzo Weaver, chairman of APGA and senior vice president and COO at Memphis Light Gas & Water, discusses APGA’s priorities for the coming year, helping members who are coping with the COVID-19 pandemic and engaging the public concerning natural gas and other topics.

Enbridge May Face Tougher Fight for Oil Barrels, Lower Rates, After Pipeline Ruling

A Canadian regulator's rejection last week of Enbridge's plan to sell space long-term on the country's biggest oil pipeline dealt the company a double whammy that analysts say could hit its bottom line.

Germany Said to be Working with US on Nord Stream 2 Deal

Germany's foreign ministry said it continued to coordinate closely with the U.S. administration on implementing a joint declaration on the $11 billion pipeline.

Canada Rejects Enbridge Plan to Sell Oil Pipeline Space Under Contract

The Canada Energy Regulator on Friday rejected Enbridge's plan to sell nearly all space on its Mainline oil pipeline under long-term contracts, rather than rationing it on a monthly basis.

Australia Unveils Plan to Spur Pipeline Investment

Australia outlined a plan to spur investment in new gas pipelines to beef up gas supply, despite the government's pledge to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050

Delay to Nord Stream 2 Pipeline May Be Short - Analyst

The suspension of the approval process for the Russian Nord Stream 2 pipeline by a German regulator could be short-lived as Europe is hungry for more gas, an analyst said after meeting officials of Russian state gas giant Gazprom.

U.S. Energy Secretary: Companies Making Big Profits Should Increase Oil Supply

U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm on Tuesday urged U.S. energy companies to increase oil supply amid "enormous profits," as the Biden administration tries to bring down the price of gasoline.

US Wants NatGas/Power Coordination to Prevent Another Feb Freeze

U.S. power reliability regulators recommended electric grids strengthen cold weather rules and coordinate with the natural gas industry to prevent a recurrence of the February freeze that left millions in Texas without power for days.

Perspective: Stemming Methane Leaks from Pipelines, Landfills Could Quickly Slow Climate Change

Methane, which is more potent than carbon dioxide but has a shorter lifespan, reached record levels in the atmosphere last year, at about 2.5 times above those during the pre-industrial era.

Judge Rules Enbridge Line 5 Oil Pipeline Case with Michigan be Heard in Federal Court

A legal battle between Canadian company Enbridge Inc. and Michigan over Enbridge's Line 5 oil pipeline will be heard in federal court, a judge ruled on Tuesday, dismissing Michigan's motion to have the case sent back to state court.

Jitters in Europe as Russia Shows No Sign of Increasing Gas Supplies

Russia showed no sign on Monday of carrying out an order by President Vladimir Putin to pump more gas to Europe, deepening European concerns about tight supplies, high prices and energy dependence on Moscow as winter looms.

Uniper CFO: Nord Stream 2 Completion Not Cure-All for Gas Market Woes

The completion of the controversial Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to bring more Russian gas into Germany under the Baltic Sea would go some way to relieving the tight gas market this winter, but there are other factors at play.

Will Democratic-Run FERC Bless Use of ‘Social Cost of Carbon Tool’?

In a decision at the end of September, FERC staff handed the pipeline industry what could be a short-lived victory by approving three compressor stations – one new – in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Israeli Pipeline Group EAPC Indicted Over 2014 Oil Spill

Israeli state-owned energy group Europe Asia Pipeline Company was indicted on Tuesday over a 2014 oil spill that severely damaged a desert nature reserve, the country's Justice Ministry said.

New Regulations Place 400,000+ Miles of Gas Gathering Pipelines Under Federal Oversight

Historically, gathering lines have been lower-pressure, lower risk lines typically situated in rural areas. With the increase in fracking over the last 15 years, the volume of gas extracted and transported through gathering lines has increased significantly.

US Unveils Crackdown on Methane from Oil and Gas Industry

The Biden administration unveiled a plan to slash emissions of the greenhouse gas methane from oil and gas operations, drawing cautious support from both environmental groups and drillers.

Congress Puts Big Oil in the Hot Seat in Climate Deception Probe

The U.S. Congress opened a year's worth of investigations into whether Big Oil deceived Americans about its role in climate change, with Democratic lawmakers planning to grill the chiefs of four oil companies and two lobby groups.

Russia Using Gas to Bully Moldova, Says EU

The European Union's top diplomat said on Thursday that Moscow was using natural gas to bully Moldova, as the prime minister of the ex-Soviet republic said the country could not afford the prices Russia was now offering.

Democrats Scramble to Salvage US Methane Fee Proposal

Democrats are considering paring down a proposed methane fee on United States oil and gas producers as a way to pacify opposition to the idea from within its own ranks.

Panel Favors Equitrans in EQT PA-WV Hammerhead NatGas Pipe Dispute

U.S. pipeline company Equitrans Midstream Corp said an arbitration panel ruled in its favor in a dispute with EQT Corp over the delayed startup of the Hammerhead natural gas pipe in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

FERC Chairman Urges Northeast Generators to Buy Fuel Before Winter

Glick told utilities to line up fuel supplies because the Northeast does not have enough gas pipeline capacity for both heating and power generation on the coldest days.

German Regulator in Touch with Nord Stream 2 Over Certification Issues

Germany's energy regulator said on Friday that it is in touch with the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline consortium and expects it will provide assurances that the project meets the regulator's requirements.

Sources: US Slowing Down Oil and Gas Mergers

Regulators have extended the approval process for at least five oil and gas mergers and acquisitions in the last three months, as President Joe Biden's administration scrutinizes deals in a bid to tackle soaring energy prices.

Enbridge Briefly Shut Down Line 5 After Protesters Tampered with Pipeline

Enbridge Inc. shut down its Line 5 oil pipeline for several hours on Tuesday after protesters trespassed onto a facility in Michigan and tampered with the pipeline, an Enbridge spokesman said on Wednesday.

Greens Co-Leader: Germany Must Resist Russian 'Blackmail' Over Pipeline

The co-leader of Germany's Green Party accused Russian "blackmail" of causing high energy prices across Europe, saying Moscow is trying to leverage Germany to allow the Nord Stream 2 Baltic gas pipeline to begin operations.