Regulation

2 Pennsylvania Constables Charged for Pipeline Security Work

Prosecutors say two Pennsylvania constables have been arrested for misusing their elected positions to work as “hired guns” for a natural gas pipeline.

Montana Judge Sets Date for Keystone XL Lawsuit Hearing

A Montana judge won’t take up the latest dispute between the Trump administration and environmental groups over the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline until this fall.

Enbridge Needs U.S. Approval to Restart Pipeline after Kentucky Blast

Canadian energy company Enbridge Inc said it is working to meet the terms of an order from federal regulators so it can restart the part of its Texas Eastern pipeline in Kentucky that was damaged in a blast on Aug. 1 that killed one person.

Rare Split Vote May Signal Tighter Regulation of Future Permian Flaring

The chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission cast a rare vote against a flaring permit in the Permian Basin, citing concern over the "frequency and ease" with which the state's oil and gas regulatory body has permitted crude producers to burn associated gas.

New NAFTA  Agreement: Pathway for Oil, Gas

A member of the energy intelligentsia in June, after the U.S.-Mexico dispute over immigration was calmed, noted President Donald Trump who was in Texas over that period delivered the message that he favors expanding infrastructure to bolster energy trade with Mexico.

State Supreme Court Backs Enbridge in Dane County Case

The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled Enbridge doesn’t need additional insurance for its Line 61 pipeline project in Dane County, despite the local government’s insistence.

EPA Expected to Crimp State Authority over Pipeline Approvals

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was scheduled to release a proposed rule in August limiting the ability of states to delay or even prevent the building of pipelines by delaying approval of water quality certifications required under the Clean Water Act. The CWA’s Section 401 gives states a reasonable amount of time, defined as up to one year, to consider a pipeline’s application.

New Democratic Pipeline Safety Bill Elicits Industry Opposition

House Democrats debuted the first comprehensive pipeline safety reform bill introduced in this Congress, and it contains a number of provisions opposed by both the intrastate and interstate gas transportation industries.

Trump Administration Moves to Limit State Powers to Block Pipelines, Terminals

The Trump administration on Friday unveiled a proposal that would curb state powers to block pipelines and other energy projects, part of the Trump administration's effort to boost domestic oil, gas and coal development.

Virginia Pipeline Company Asks County to Remove Protesters

Attorneys for a company constructing a controversial natural gas pipeline through Virginia are asking a county judge to remove tree-sitters that are blocking work on the project. A federal court denied a similar request last week.

Nord Stream 2 Says Denmark Re-route Could Cause Eight-Month Delay, Cost $740 million

Nord Stream 2, the Russian-led gas pipeline project across the Baltic Sea to Europe, could be delayed by up to eight months and cost an extra 660 million euros ($740 million) due to hurdles in securing the necessary permits from Denmark, the pipeline operator has said.

Maine City Pipeline Ordinance Case Heads to Federal Appeals Court

A Maine city’s ordinance prohibiting bulk loading of crude oil onto tankers is in the hands of a panel of federal judges in Boston.

Trump Administration Asks Judge to Dismiss New Keystone XL Lawsuit

The Trump administration and a Canadian energy company are asking a Montana judge to dismiss environmental groups’ legal challenge of a new presidential permit allowing construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline across the U.S.-Canada border.

Plains Adds Cactus II Surcharge to Offset Steel Tariffs

Plains All American Pipeline LP said on Friday it will tack on a fee for users of a new oil pipeline to pay for the cost of the Trump administration's tariffs on imported steel, with analysts and traders calling it the first U.S. energy pipeline operator to do so.

U.S. Court Lifts Order Blocking Keystone XL Pipeline Work

TC Energy Corp's long-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline took a small step forward this week, after a U.S. court overturned an injunction that barred certain work on the project, the company said.

Federal Gas Pipeline Safety Bill Advances Through Senate Panel

Legislation aimed at improving national pipeline safety following last September’s natural gas explosions in Massachusetts has advanced in Congress.

U.S. Senate Panel Passes Nord Stream 2 Pipeline Sanctions Bill

A U.S. Senate committee passed a bill on Wednesday to impose sanctions on companies and individuals involved in building the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia to Germany that the Trump administration says would strengthen Moscow's economic grip on Europe.

Canadian Federal Approval not Needed for Gas Pipeline

TC Energy Corp's proposed Coastal GasLink pipeline to supply the LNG Canada project in northern British Columbia is not subject to federal regulation, Canada's National Energy Board (NEB) said on Friday.

Nord Stream 2 Pipeline Challenges EU in Court Over New Ruling

The Russian-led Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project is taking the European Union to court to challenge new rules it says endanger its business model, opening a new front in a fight that has divided EU nations.

Senate Panel to Vote Next Week on Sanctions for Nord Stream 2

A U.S. Senate committee is due to vote next week on a bill that would slap sanctions on companies and individuals involved in building the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline from Russia to Germany that the Trump administration says would strengthen Moscow’s economic grip on Europe.

Wisconsin Tribe Sues Enbridge to Force Pipeline Removal

A Native American tribe in Wisconsin is suing Enbridge Inc. in hopes of forcing the Canadian company to remove a key pipeline that runs through their reservation.

Kinder Morgan Sues Austin Suburb over Pipeline Ordinance

Kinder Morgan has filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging an Austin suburb's "most recent attempt to hinder construction and impermissibly interfere" with its Permian Highway Pipeline (PHP) project.

N.D. Seeks to Recover Pipeline Protest Costs, Sues Federal Government

North Dakota sued the federal government Thursday to recover the $38 million the state spent policing protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline.

BC Not Authorized to Regulate Trans Mountain Oil Flows, Court Rules

Five judges ruled unanimously the provincial government of British Columbia cannot regulate increased flows of heavy crude through the proposed Trans Mountain pipeline, removing a potential hurdle to the long-delayed project.

Potential Permitting Delays Could Raise Line 3 Costs

Enbridge said there is a risk its Line 3 replacement project could exceed its previous cost estimate of $6.71 billion (C$9 billion) because of delays to permits in the United States.

Federal Permit Granted for Alaskan Pipeline Project

A company seeking to develop a large oil project on Alaska’s North Slope has won a key federal permit.

FERC Authorizes Williams to Expand Pipeline for New York Markets

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a certificate of public convenience and necessity to Williams authorizing the Northeast Supply Enhancement (NSE) project – an expansion of the existing Transco natural gas pipeline designed to serve New York markets.

Permit Denied for 24-Mile Underwater Pipeline by New York Regulators

State environmental regulators denied a water quality permit for a 24-mile (39-km) underwater pipeline from New Jersey to Queens that backers say is crucial for meeting rising demand for natural gas in New York City and Long Island.

First Infrastructure Bill Emerges in Congress

House Democrats have introduced the first infrastructure package in Congress, and it would make significant new investments in broadband deployment and drinking water systems, among other areas. All 31 Democrats on the House Energy & Commerce Committee sponsored the LIFT America Act (H.R. 2741) which had a hearing in front of that committee on May 22.

Pipeline Companies Oppose Some Proposed Mapping Requirements

The proposal from the PHMSA to force transmission and distribution pipelines to submit additional geospatial data to the National Pipeline Mapping System (NPMS) could cost the industry tens of millions of dollars in added expenses.