Regulation

Russia, Ukraine Fail to Reach a New Gas Deal in Paris

The Russian government said Tuesday that the presidents of Russia and Ukraine discussed a new contract for natural gas supplies during peace talks in Paris on Monday, but failed to reach a deal.

Canadian Producer Raises Budget as Alberta Bottlenecks Ease

Canadian oil producer Cenovus Energy Inc said on Tuesday it would spend nearly a quarter more in 2020, after the province of Alberta lifted some curtailments on new oil wells last month.

China Creates State-Owned Pipeline Company

China has created a new centrally administered, state-owned pipeline company that combines all pipeline assets of the top three state-owned energy giants: China National Petroleum Corp., China Petrochemical Corp., and China National Offshore Oil Corp.

OPEC Talks End Without Word on Expected Cuts

The countries that make up the OPEC oil-producing cartel ended talks late Thursday without an announcement on possible deep cuts to production that would support the price of fuel around the world.

Saskatchewan's Oil Lures Investors, Producers from Troubled Alberta

Alberta's congested pipelines and production limits are turning oil companies to neighboring Saskatchewan, driving up prices for drilling rights as the region weathers a deep slump.

Libya's El Feel Oilfield Shut Due to Valve Closure

Libya's El Feel oilfield has been shut down due to a valve closure, the head of the National Oil Corporation said on Thursday, in the second stoppage at the southwestern field in consecutive weeks.

Construction Advances on Trans Mountain Pipeline Ahead of Court Hearing

Expansion of Canada's Trans Mountain oil pipeline entered a new phase of construction Tuesday, just two weeks before a court hearing to decide whether the government can complete the project.

Enbridge Starts Service on Canadian Section of Line 3

Enbridge has begun commercial operation of the Canadian section of its Line 3 pipeline, even as it continues to navigate Minnesota regulators for the U.S. portion of the $9 billion replacement project.

National Grid Lifts New York Moratorium, Commits to Pursue Alternate Solutions

National Grid has reached an agreement with the State of New York to immediately resume connecting natural gas service to customers in Brooklyn, Queens and on Long Island for approximately the next two years as the company pursues other long-term solutions to the shortage of natural gas in the region.

Wisconsin Governor Signs Felony Pipeline Trespass Bill

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers signed into law a bipartisan proposal Wednesday making it a felony to trespass or damage oil or gas pipelines in the state.

Congress Seeks Review of Keystone Pipeline in Wake of Spill

Top U.S. House Democrats have called for a federal review of both the Keystone pipeline and PHMSA in the wake of 383,000-gallon (1.4-million-liter) spill in northeastern North Dakota.

Association Leaders Urge Bipartisanship on Pipeline Safety Laws

The leaders of seven industry associations have urged members of the U.S House Energy & Commerce and Transportation & Infrastructure committees to "maintain the tradition of bipartisanship that has characterized pipeline safety legislation for decades."

Gazprom Proposes Short-Term Gas Deal with Ukraine

Russia's Gazprom said it has sent a letter to Ukraine formally proposing either to extend a current deal supplying gas to the country for its own use and for transit to Europe or to sign a new one-year agreement.

INGAA Renews Call for Bipartisan Pipeline Safety Reauthorization

Don Santa, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America, issued a statement today in response to pipeline safety legislation introduced by the Chairmen of the House Energy and Commerce and Transportation and Infrastructure Committees:

National Grid Addresses NY Challenges as AGA Weighs In

National Grid said it was confident it would be able to address concerns over gas supplies raised this week by governor of New York, while AGA condemned the "punitive measures."

Gas Company to Appeal Pipeline Rejection to Supreme Court

PennEast has said it will appeal the rejection of a bid to build a pipeline through parts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey to the U.S. Supreme Court.

EPA May Cancel Emission Controls for Gas Transmission

The Environmental Protection Agency wants to relieve the gas transmission industry from compliance with 2012 and 2016 Clean Air Act standards related to volatile organic chemicals (VOC) and greenhouse gases, chiefly methane.

PHMSA Issues Major Gas and Hazardous Liquid Safety Rules

Years after receiving congressional directives to change pipeline safety laws – with similar suggestions coming from the National Transportation Safety Administration – the federal pipeline safety agency finally issued two major rules, one directed at interstate gas pipelines the other at hazardous liquids pipelines.

FBI Opens Investigation into Mariner East Pipeline Project – AP Reports

The Associated Press has learned that the FBI has opened an investigation into the process by which Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s administration issued construction permits for the Mariner East Pipeline project.

Keystone Resumes Crude Oil Deliveries at Reduced Volumes

TC Energy said that its Keystone pipeline has returned to service following the approval of its repair and restart plan by the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA).

PennEast Developers Press on Despite Court Decision

The companies developing the $1 billion PennEast natural gas pipeline remain committed to building the project and are evaluating their options after a federal appeals court decided not to rehear an earlier decision against the pipeline.

Trump to Headline Gas Industry Gathering in Pennsylvania

Natural gas industry groups say President Donald Trump will give keynote remarks at their annual conference in the battleground state of Pennsylvania next week.

Senate Pipeline Bill Differs from House Bill

The Senate and House appear to be on a bit of a collision course with regard to reauthorization of the pipeline safety program at the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). Key committees in each of the two houses of Congress have passed bills that have different provisions and share only a few provisions.

EPA Proposes Limits on State Barriers to Pipeline Construction

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is moving ahead with an effort to prevent states from blocking pipeline projects by delaying or rejecting Clean Water Act certifications.

National Grid Says it Will Reconnect Gas Customers After NY Order

National Grid Plc said on Monday it was taking steps to reconnect about 1,000 natural gas customers in New York City and Long Island following a state order after the utility previously refused to reinstate service, citing short supply.

FERC Approves Sendero Carlsbad Gateway Project

Federal regulators have authorized construction of the Sendero Carlsbad Gateway natural gas project in the Permian Basin, including a 23-mile, 400 Mmcf/d pipeline from its Carlsbad processing plant to White Water Midstream's Agua Blanca pipeline.

New York to Fight FERC Ruling on Constitution Pipeline

The New York regulatory agency that failed to act on a water quality certification for Williams’ planned Constitution Pipeline said it will fight a federal ruling that it waived the decision through inaction. In spite of the challenge, the project may move ahead to completion by 2021.

Appeals Court Puts Mountain Valley Pipeline Permits on Hold

A federal appeals court has put a hold on two permits needed for construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline.

FERC Issues Final HDD Monitoring, IR Response Guidance

FERC's Office of Energy Projects has released its final Guidance for Horizontal Directional Drill Monitoring, Inadvertent Return Response, and Contingency Plans. The 15-page reference is available for download.

NJ Denies Permits for Proposed Natural Gas Pipeline

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy says his administration has rejected a proposed 120-mile long natural gas pipeline that would start in Pennsylvania and end in New Jersey.