Regulation

Pipeline Opponents Challenge Louisiana Law Targeting Protesters

Environmental groups and demonstrators arrested near Energy Transfer’s Bayou Bridge pipeline in Louisiana have filed a lawsuit challenging a 2018 state law that made trespassing near oil and gas pipelines a criminal offense.

Texas May Stiffen Penalties for Pipeline Damage

Lawmakers in Texas are considering a bill that would stiffen penalties for damaging or trespassing around oil and gas operations despite opposition from environmental groups who say it would quell peaceful protests and overly criminalize offenses.

Keystone Opponents Seek New Angle

Opponents of the Keystone XL oil pipeline asked a judge to again block construction of the $8 billion project after President Donald Trump issued a new permit for it.

Minnesota Regulators Will not Appeal Ruling on Enbridge Project

Minnesota utility officials won’t appeal a ruling that shot down their approval of an environmental impact statement for Enbridge Energy’s plan to replace an aging crude oil pipeline.

Petrobras Strikes Deal with Regulator to Sell Natural Gas Assets

Brazi's Petrobras has reached an agreement with anti-trust regulator Cade to sell off a series of natural gas transportation and distribution assets, the company said in an exchange filing on Monday.

Canada Eases Oil Production Curtailments for August

Canada is easing its curtailments on crude oil production for August, citing Increased rail capacity and improved pipeline efficiency.

Wisconsin Supreme Court backs Enbridge in Dane County case

The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Canada-based Enbridge Energy doesn't need to carry additional insurance for a pipeline project in Dane County, despite the local government's insistence that it do so in case of an accidental spill.

U.S., Dominion Energy Ask Supreme Court to Hear Atlantic Coast Pipeline Case

The U.S. Solicitor General and Dominion Energy Inc asked the Supreme Court to hear an appeal of a decision that stopped Dominion from building the Atlantic Coast natural gas pipeline across the Appalachian Trail in Virginia.

Michigan AG Sues to Shut Down Enbridge Line 5

Michigan's attorney general sued Thursday to shut down dual oil pipelines in the Great Lakes, saying they pose an "unacceptable risk."

Enbridge Line 3 Stalled Once Again

Enbridge Energy's plan to replace an aging crude oil pipeline that runs through northern Minnesota hit another obstacle Tuesday when two state agencies said they would hold up approval of the project's permits until problems with its environmental review are resolved.

EQM Raises Cost, Delays Timing of Mountain Valley Pipeline

EQM Midstream Partners said Monday it has raised the estimated cost of its Mountain Valley gas pipeline from West Virginia to Virginia to $4.8-$5.0 billion and delayed its completion to mid-2020 due to ongoing legal and regulatory challenges.

Canadian Government Likely to Approve Trans Mountain Expansion

Canada looks set to approve a hotly-debated plan to expand an oil pipeline this week, people familiar with the process told Reuters.

U.S. Allows Iraq to Import Iranian Gas for 3 More Months

The United States has allowed Iraq to import Iranian gas for its power grid another three months by extending a waiver to sanctions - but insists that Baghdad seek alternative sources.

U.S. Senator Introduces Bill to Sanction Nord Stream 2 Pipeline

U.S. Senator John Barrasso introduced a bill to slap sanctions on individuals and companies developing Russia's Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline, a day after President Trump said he was considering sanctions on the pipeline.

Trump Considering Sanctions Over Russia's Nord Stream 2

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he was considering sanctions over Russia's Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline project and warned Germany against being dependent on Russia for the fuel.

Colorado: Litmus Test for Oil, Gas Development’s Future

A glimpse at what is ahead for the oil and natural gas industry politically played out in the first quarter of 2019 in Colorado, a state long recognized for its ability to balance energy development, economics and the environment.

New York Regulators Deny Permit for Key Gas Pipeline

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

EPA Develops Water Reuse Action Plan

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has begun an effort to develop a new program to support water reuse. The agency will be putting together an action plan based on input from industry groups and local governments with the intention of using funding provided by the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) for whatever types of projects are eventually deemed eligible. Congress provided the EPA with $68 million in funding for WIFIA loans in fiscal 2019, which ends Sept. 30.

First Pipeline Safety Bill Introduced

Two Massachusetts senators, one of them a Democratic presidential candidate, have introduced the first pipeline safety bill as Congress works to put together legislation reauthorizing the Pipeline Safety Act, which expires on Sept. 30.

South Dakota Governor Defends Pipeline Protest Legislation

South Dakota’s governor and attorney general are asking a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit challenging a new law that aims to prevent disruptive demonstrations against the Keystone XL pipeline if it’s built.

Plains All American Fined $3.3M for California Oil Spill

A California judge fined Plains All American Pipeline $3.35 million for a 2015 California coastal oil spill caused by the rupture of a corroded pipeline.

PHMSA Pushing to Finalize 2011 Safety Rules

The head of the U.S. pipeline safety agency says officials intend to finalize long-delayed rules aimed at preventing oil spills and natural gas explosions by the end of the year.

China to Raise Tariffs on LNG Imports from United States

China announced it would raise tariffs on LNG imports from the United States amid a series of additional levies, a move that could further reduce U.S. LNG shipments to the world’s fastest growing importer of the fuel.

Court Lifts Injunction Blocking Keystone XL Pipeline

An appeals court has lifted a judge's injunction that blocked construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to the U.S., but the developer has said it's too late to begin work this year and environmental groups vowed to keep fighting it.

Brazil Supreme Court Approves Sale of Petrobas Pipeline Unit

Brazil's Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that state-run firms do not need congressional approval to sell their subsidiaries, a major victory for the government of President Jair Bolsonaro and state-run oil firm Petrobras.

Enbridge Seeks Michigan Court Ruling on Line 5 Pipeline Deal

Enbridge said will go to court after failing to strike a deal with Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on building an oil pipeline tunnel beneath the channel that connects Lakes Huron and Michigan.

Canadian Senate Passes Major Project Assessment Bill with Heavy Amendments

The Canadian Senate has approved legislation aimed at changing the way major projects such as oil pipelines are assessed, with more than 180 amendments that were welcomed by the government of Canada's main crude-producing province Alberta.

U.S. Regulators Partially OK Cactus II Rate Structure

U.S. energy regulators partially approved the rate structure and terms of service for Plains All American Pipeline LP’s Cactus II crude and condensate line from the Permian Basin to the Corpus Christi, Texas, area.

Michigan AG Vows to Shutdown Line 5 in 30 Days if Talks Fail

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel says she will move next month to decommission the Great Lakes oil pipeline if the state’s governor cannot resolve the issue with operator Enbridge.

Company Receives Federal Permit for Alaskan Pipeline Project

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