Regulation

Feds Critical of GOM Pipeline Abandonment Policy

The U.S. Government Accountability Office released a report that found the Department of Energy does not have “a robust oversight process” for ensuring the integrity of about 8,600 miles of active offshore oil and gas pipelines on the sea floor of the Gulf of Mexico.

DAPL Closure Could Shut 400,000 bpd of N. Dakota Oil

Energy Transfer LP is in the middle of a years-long legal fight to keep open its 557,000-bpd pipeline, the largest out of the Bakken shale region of North Dakota and Montana, as U.S. officials conduct an environmental review of the line.

PennEast Pipeline Faces New Jersey in Supreme Court Hearing Next Week

PennEast Pipeline Company is expected in the U.S. Supreme Court next week, according to the court’s schedule.

Equitrans Midstream Supports Methane Reduction Efforts

Equitrans Midstream supports the U.S. oil and gas industry's ongoing efforts to reduce methane emissions and reaffirms its prior opposition to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) rollback of methane regulations in 2020.

Canadian Lawmakers Call for Action in Michigan Pipeline Dispute

Canadian lawmakers urged the leaders of the United States and Canada to take further steps to resolve a dispute between Enbridge Inc and the state of Michigan over the cross-border Line 5 oil pipeline.

Failed Fitting Led to 1,200 Barrel Oil Leak from Trans Mountain Pipeline

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada completed its investigation into a June 2020 release of crude oil at the Trans Mountain Sumas pump station in British Columbia, determining a 1-inch pipeline fitting was the source of the leak.

Canada's Energy Industry Will Shape the Future

It has been another tough couple of weeks for the pipeline industry. Keystone XL lost its Presidential Permit. A critical infrastructure project that would have delivered immense benefits on both sides of the border, cancelled as an act of backward-looking political symbolism by the President of the United States on his very first day in office.

Tank Car Impact Tests Take Aim at Safety Concerns

Tank cars transport roughly 2 million shipments of hazardous materials (hazmat), carrying goods that are essential to North America’s economy, public health and quality of life. Railroad safety is the key to making it all work. Rail is recognized as the safest mode of transportation for moving bulk shipments of hazardous materials.

FERC Kicks Off Broad Pipeline Approval Re-Examination

Clouds are gathering over future pipeline construction as the Biden administration’s environmental focus begins to seep into Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) initiatives.

U.S. Army Corps Allows Dakota Pipeline to Stay Open During Review

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers today said it will allow Energy Transfer's Dakota Access oil pipeline to keep running, after an environmental permit was scrapped last year.

New PHMSA Rules Ease Burdens, Maintains Safety

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) re-examination of the Federal Pipeline Safety Regulations should ease regulatory burdens on the construction, maintenance and operation of gas transmission, distribution and gathering pipeline systems, according to the final rule in the Federal Register.

EPA Chief: Biden Admin's Methane Emission Curbs to Exceed Obama's

The Biden administration’s curbs on methane will be more ambitious than those imposed by former President Barack Obama and will go a long way to helping the United States achieve its overall targets to cut greenhouse gas emissions over the next decade.

U.S. Army Corps to Lay Out Plans for Dakota Access Pipeline Review at Hearing

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is expected to lay out its recommendations on the Dakota Access oil pipeline at a federal court hearing today that could involve shutting down the line for several months during an environmental review.

Fate of Dakota Access Pipeline at Stake at Friday Court Hearing

The fate of the Dakota Access pipeline could be decided at a U.S. court hearing Friday, where federal regulators could set in motion a months-long shutdown of the line while the Biden Administration completes an environmental review.

NTSB Looks to Improve Pipeline Leak Detection and Mitigation

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board named improving pipeline leak detection and mitigation as an item on its “Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements” for 2021-2022, the agency announced.

Improving Natural Gas Distribution Systems to Ease Pressure Risks

This article examines redundant overpressure protection (OPP) requirements at the city gates in the U.S. and how several operators are at risk of noncompliance as states begin to enforce redundant OPP requirements specifically at the city gates.

Democrats Asking Biden to Shut Down Dakota Access Pipeline

A group of 33 Democratic congress members are named on a letter to President Joe Biden asking him to shut down the Dakota Access Pipeline while it undergoes a court-mandated environmental review.

Russia Expects Maritime Rules to be Respected Amid Nord Stream 2 Concerns

Russia expects all maritime traffic rules "to be strictly observed" in the area of the construction site of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, a foreign ministry official said.

Investors Renew Push for EU Methane Emissions Standard on Gas

A group representing European investors managing 36 trillion euros ($42.3 trillion) in assets renewed pressure on the European Commission to introduce mandatory methane emissions standards for natural gas.

Industry Group Says Biden’s Infrastructure Plan Misses Opportunity for Pipelines

U.S. President Joe Biden plans to pay for his $2 trillion infrastructure plan with higher corporate taxes, which is facing criticism from Republicans and industry support groups including the American Petroleum Institute who say it will kill jobs.

Australian State Rejects AGL Energy's Plan to Import LNG

Victoria state rejected a plan by AGL Energy to build an LNG import terminal, effectively killing a proposal designed to help fill an expected shortfall in gas supply in southeast Australia from 2024.

Gazprom Chairman Expects Nord Stream 2 Pipeline Completion This Year Despite U.S. Pressure

The chairman of Russian gas producer Gazprom's board was cited by the TASS news agency on Friday as saying that construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to Germany would be completed this year despite U.S. opposition to the project.

U.S.'s Blinken Warned Germany's Maas About Nord Stream 2 Sanctions

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he had told his German counterpart that sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline were a real possibility and there was "no ambiguity" in American opposition to its construction.

U.S. Senators Want Biden to Speed Sanctions Over Nord Stream 2 Pipeline

Two senior U.S. Senate Democrats urged President Joe Biden's administration on Tuesday to make a full diplomatic push to stop the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline from Russia to Europe, increasing pressure on the issue from members of his party.

White House Climate Czar and Big Oil Meet, Talk Cooperation

Representatives from the oil and gas industry and national climate adviser Gina McCarthy struck a cooperative tone following a meeting where the two sides discussed how companies can align with the Biden administration's ambitious climate goals.

FERC Approves Northern Natural’s Pipeline Replacement Project

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved Northern Natural Gas Company’s request to replace 87 miles of natural gas pipeline, agreeing that the project’s greenhouse gas emissions would not be significant.

Biden Weighing New Sanctions to Block Russian Gas Pipeline

President Joe Biden's administration is weighing additional sanctions to block construction of the nearly completed Nord Stream 2 pipeline from Russia to Germany, potentially including the project's parent company Nord Stream 2 AG, Bloomberg News reported.

U.S. Secretary of State Warns Nord Stream 2 Pipeline Entities to Immediately Quit

The U.S. State Department is tracking efforts to complete Russia's Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline and evaluating information on entities that appear to be involved, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Thursday.

NYC Natural Gas Ban Costs Potentially ‘Astronomical’

A New York City ban on natural gas connections in new buildings by 2030 and announced policies to ban natural gas and other fossil fuels in large buildings by 2040 could cost New York City households upwards of $25,000, a study shows.

Several U.S. States Sue Biden Admin over Keystone XL Pipeline

Texas and several other U.S. states have sued the administration of President Joe Biden over his decision to revoke a key permit for the Keystone XL pipeline.