Regulation

Court Stay Halts Some Work on Mountain Valley Pipeline

A federal appeals court has issued a stay that halts some Mountain Valley Pipeline construction in West Virginia. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted the stay Thursday in a case brought by conservation groups that challenged a water-crossings permit.

Oil and Gas Industry Faces Key Changes with New Tax Law

by Pat Hanley, Certified Public Acciuntant, Moss Adams The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) outlines many changes for taxpayers in the oil and gas industry. It generally lowers income tax rates for individual taxpayers, significantly reduces the income tax rate for corporations, and eliminates the corp..

House Considers Pipeline Cybersecurity Bill

Concerns in Congress about the inability of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to monitor gas pipeline hacking vulnerabilities are the stimulus behind a bipartisan bill that would give the Department of Energy new non-regulatory powers to plug the gaps in TSA oversight. A House Energy..

Roadmap to Future Energy Infrastructure

By Richard Nemec, Contributing Editor After his first year in Washington as Secretary of Energy, Texas native and former Gov. Rick Perry obviously felt at home when he returned in March to address part of the CERAWeek conference in Houston The GTI Re..

Argentina’s Vaca Muerta Pipeline to Improve Shale Gas Transport

In the three years since Mauricio Macri was elected president of the Argentine Republic, the federal government has stepped up efforts to meet unsatisfied gas demand of 40 MMcm/d in winter and increasing year-round demand to fuel an expanding industrial base.

Liberty Utilities Sees Potential Benefit in Decoupling

Whenever the topic of “decoupling” is mentioned concerning natural gas distribution utilities, confusion, along with a fair amount of debate, is bound to follow. That’s because, traditionally, rates for business and residential customers are decided based on a particular company’s revenues and profits.

Pipeline Company Seeks to Dismantle Alaska Oil Terminal

An Alaskan pipeline company plans to start dismantling an oil terminal on the Cook Inlet next year after oil is expected to start flowing through a reconfigured pipeline system in September.

France to Allow Private Investors to Buy into GRTgaz Gas Grid

France will allow gas utility Engie to sell part of the main French gas grid, GRTgaz, to private investors, according to a planned parliamentary bill, as the government eyes a series of possible privatizations to boost the economy.

US Oil Pipeline Companies, Producers Seek Relief from Steel Tariffs

Major U.S. energy companies including Plains All American Pipeline, Hess Corp and Kinder Morgan are among many seeking exemptions from steel-import tariffs as the United States ratchets up trade tensions with exporters including China, Canada and Mexico.

Minnesota PUC Opens Hearings on Enbridge Line 3 Replacement

Passions ran high as Minnesota regulators opened a key hearing on a final decision on Enbridge Energy’s proposal to replace its deteriorating Line 3 crude oil pipeline across northern Minnesota.

South Dakota High Court Dismisses Appeal Against Keystone XL

South Dakota’s Supreme Court this week dismissed an appeal from opponents of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, saying a lower court lacked jurisdiction to hear their cases. But an attorney battling the project says the “fight is not over.”

Trump Administration Defends Keystone XL Pipeline in Court

Trump administration attorneys defended the disputed Keystone XL oil sands pipeline in federal court on Thursday against environmentalists and Native American groups that want to derail the project.

Norway Court Hears Appeal from Pipeline Owners over Tariff Cuts

The Norwegian Supreme Court began hearing an appeal on Wednesday from some of the owners of the Gassled gas network that are challenging government cuts to pipeline tariffs.

New Jersey Challenges FERC Approval of PennEast Pipeline

The state of New Jersey has petitioned a federal appeals court in Washington to set aside the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) approval of the PennEast Pipeline, the latest in a series of moves to stop construction of the $1 billion project. Fi..

Virginia Regulators OK Key Step for Mountain Valley Pipeline

Virginia's Department of Environmental Quality announced that it has approved erosion, sediment and storm water control plans for the Mountain Valley Pipeline.

Understanding Corps Of Engineers Approach to Pipeline Permit Approvals

Growing U.S. oil and gas production will require billions of dollars in projects that require permit approvals from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Understanding and working with the Corps can help companies avoid construction delays for pipelines and marine export facilities.

American Public Gas Association

The American Public Gas Association (APGA) submitted a letter to the California State Assembly Committee on Natural Resources in opposition to legislation in California that would require all buildings in the state to be “electric ready” beginning in 2022.

Government

An overview of recent U.S. oil and gas pipeline regulatory updates.

Historic Perspective on U.S. Protective Tariffs

Protective tariffs occasionally have played a role in U.S. policy, but always with a less-than-desirable result going back to the late 1820s and marking the start of the nation’s Great Depression in 1930 with the now historic Smoot-Hawley Act.

Metal Import Tariffs: Unwanted ‘Help’ for Pipelines

Unsuccessful efforts to convince President Trump to halt planned tariffs on China came only a week after the energy industry protested his decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports – a decision widely regarded as counterproductive to the North American pipeline sector.

A Conversation with Conservation Fund CEO Larry Selzer

In an interview with P&GJ, Conservation Fund CEO Larry Selzer explains the organization's unique, dual-purpose mission to work with business and government to bring environmental protection and economic vitality together.

Work Can Resume on Rover's Sherwood Lateral

Rover Pipeline has received authorization from the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection to restart work on the Sherwood Lateral associated with the $4.2 billion project.

Enbridge Fined for Missing Pipe Inspection Deadlines

The U.S. government has fined Enbridge more than $1.8 million after accusing the Canadian oil transport company of missing deadlines for pipeline inspections following a 2010 oil spill in southwestern Michigan.

Keystone Pipeline Pressure Restrictions Lifted

PHMSA has lifted pressure restrictions on TransCanada's Keystone oil pipeline.

Mariner East 1 Restart Approved

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission has voted to allow Energy Transfer Partners to restart its Mariner East 1 natural gas liquids pipeline.

API Elects New CEO

The American Petroleum Institute has elected Mike Sommers as its next President and CEO. Sommers will succeed Jack Gerard, who is stepping down in August.

FERC OK's Additional Rover Pipeline Operations

Rover Pipeline receives authorization from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to begin commercial operations at additional Phase 2 facilities associated with the $4.2 billion project.

FERC Approves New Operations as Rover Nears Completion

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission authorized service to commence on one of the final sections of Rover Pipeline as Energy Transfer Partners announced construction of its $4.2 billion project is nearly complete.

Pipelines Help U.S. Electric Generation Gas Emissions Reach Lowest Levels Since 1990

Consumer Energy Alliance releases a new report highlighting improvements in air quality made possible by the shale energy revolution and America's safe and reliable pipeline network.

Chevron Evacuates Venezuela Executives Following Staff Arrests

Chevron evacuates executives from Venezuela after two of its workers were imprisoned over a contract dispute with state-owned oil company PDVSA.