Regulation

TXOGA Applauds Court's Decision to Resume LNG Export Permits

Texas Oil & Gas Association (TXOGA) President Todd Staples praised the recent court ruling that ended the halt on LNG export permit approvals.

Federal Judge Blocks Biden's Pause on LNG Export Permits

A federal judge on Monday dealt President Joe Biden's climate agenda a setback by blocking the Democrat's administration from continuing to pause the approval of applications to export LNG.

Supreme Court Ruling Puts Biden's Tailpipe Emission Rules at Risk

A U.S. Supreme Court decision limiting federal regulatory powers to interpret ambiguous laws could undermine President Joe Biden's effort to cut tailpipe emissions from the nation’s vehicle fleet, two environmental law attorneys told Reuters.

U.S. Court May Delay Hearing on Citgo Bids to September Amid Auction Deliberations

A U.S. court has been asked to postpone to Sept. 19 a hearing to present the winning bid in an auction of shares in the parent of Venezuela-owned refiner Citgo Petroleum, according to a motion filed with the court on Friday.

FERC Approves Transco's Texas to Louisiana Gas Pipeline Project

The project, estimated at $91.8 million, aims to expand the capacity of the existing Transco pipeline in Texas and Louisiana, enhancing energy infrastructure reliability and diversification along the Gulf Coast.

U.S. Supreme Court Blocks EPA's 'Good Neighbor' Air Pollution Plan

The 5-4 decision granted requests by Ohio, Indiana and West Virginia, as well as U.S. Steel Corp, pipeline operator Kinder Morgan and industry groups, to halt enforcement of the EPA's "Good Neighbor" plan restricting ozone pollution from upwind states, while they contest the rule's legality in a lower court.

U.S. Regulators Approve Louisiana LNG Plant and 85-Mile Pipeline

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission voted 2-1 to allow construction and operation of the Calcasieu Pass 2 LNG plant and a related, 85-mile-long (137 km) pipeline.

688-Mile Summit Carbon Pipeline Project Approved for Construction by Iowa Regulators

(P&GJ) — Summit Carbon Solutions LLC has received a construction permit to build, maintain, and operate the Midwest Carbon Express, a 688-mile pipeline spanning 29 counties in Iowa.

Former Pertamina CEO Jailed 9 Years Over Improper Cheniere LNG Deal

A former chief executive of Indonesia's state energy firm Pertamina has been sentenced to nine years in jail for graft in a case related to a long-term contract to procure liquefied natural gas from a unit of U.S. company Cheniere Energy.

Martin Midstream Recovers 1,250 Barrels from Pipeline Oil Spill in Arkansas

Martin Midstream Partners said on Monday it had recovered around 1,250 barrels of crude oil following a pipeline spill that occurred earlier this month.

Equinor Plans Restart of Hammerfest LNG Plant Following Weekend Outage

The plant's power generators had been undergoing maintenance when its backup supply from an external grid failed, resulting in the outage.

Dangote Refinery Accuses Oil Majors of Blocking Local Crude Purchases

The $20 billion refinery, billed to be the largest in Africa and Europe at full throttle, started production in January but has struggled to find enough crude to meet its 650,000-barrel-per-day capacity.

EPA to Review Texas' Oversight of Oil, Gas Wastewater Disposal Wells

The review follows a petition from nine environmental groups and aims to assess if the Texas Railroad Commission meets federal standards for protecting public health and the environment.

EU Adopts 14th Sanctions Package Against Russia, Targets LNG Exports

The European Union has introduced a new round of sanctions against Russia, marking the first time its gas exports, particularly liquefied natural gas (LNG), are targeted.

Petroecuador Declares Force Majeure on Napo Crude Exports Due to Pipeline Shutdown

Ecuador's Petroecuador has declared force majeure over deliveries of Napo heavy crude for exports following the shutdown of a key pipeline and oil wells due to heavy rains hitting the country.

U.S. Launches $850 Million Grant Program to Tackle Methane Emissions in Oil Sector

The U.S. government opened up on Friday competitive bidding that will close on Aug. 26 for $850 million in grants to help small oil and gas producers monitor and reduce methane from their operations,

Russian Court Orders $102 Million Award of Commerzbank Assets to Pipeline Firm

A Russian court has ordered that Commerzbank assets worth $101.86 million be awarded in damages to a company overseeing construction of a gas processing plant in northwest Russia, court documents showed.

Trans Mountain Revises Heavy Crude Standards on Pipeline After Quality Concerns

Canadian government-owned oil pipeline operator Trans Mountain last week revised standards for accepting crude oil on its recently expanded system after buyers raised concerns about the crude oil arriving on the line, a regulatory filing showed.

Geospatial Analytics: Predictions, Trends, and A.I. Applications for Pipeline Management

Geospatial analytics is revolutionizing pipeline management for oil and gas companies, enabling efficient monitoring of vast infrastructure. Utilizing A.I.-powered technologies, this approach detects potential leaks, encroachments, and chemical traces, ensuring early detection and minimizing environmental impact.

Biden Administration Offers $200 Million in Grants to Fix Aging Gas Pipelines

(P&GJ) — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is now accepting applications for nearly $200 million in grants aimed at repairing and modernizing aging natural gas pipes.

Canada Oil and Gas Emissions Cap Likely to Cut Production, Report Says

Canada's proposed oil and gas emissions cap will prompt companies to cut production rather than invest in costly carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology, analysts say.

Meld Energy Gets Approval for $317 Million Hydrogen Facility in Hull

Meld Energy has received approval from the East Riding of Yorkshire Council to build a $317 million, 100-megawatt green hydrogen production facility at Saltend in Hull.

Uganda Optimistic About Timely Finish of Revised $5 Billion, 897-Mile EACOP Pipeline

Uganda has attributed the spike in the cost of construction for the 897-mile (1,443-km) East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) to the government’s resolve to make the new project more climate responsive.

States Sue U.S. to Block $7 Billion Rule Requiring Oil Firms to Guarantee Well Dismantling Payments

Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi on Monday sued the U.S. government to block the Biden administration's proposed rule that would require the offshore oil and gas industry to provide nearly $7 billion in financial assurances to cover costs of dismantling old infrastructure.

Enbridge Faces Michigan AG's Attempt to Halt Line 5 Pipeline in State Court Decision

A U.S. appeals court on Monday handed Michigan's attorney general a jurisdictional victory in her bid to force Enbridge to stop operating the Line 5 oil pipeline underneath the Straits of Mackinac in the Great Lakes by allowing her to pursue her case in state rather than federal court.

Colonial Pipeline Owners Explore Stake Sales at $10 Billion Valuation: Sources

Some of Colonial Pipeline's owners are exploring divesting their stakes, hoping they can fetch prices that would value the largest U.S. fuel transportation system in excess of $10 billion, according to people familiar with the matter.

Niger Suspends Oil Exports to China Amid Dispute with Benin

At the Agadem oilfield in eastern Niger, the minister oversaw the padlocking of a section of the 1,243-mile pipeline through which exports to China were meant to flow under a deal with state-owned oil giant CNPC.

Pipeline Customers Push for Lower Prices Amid Regulatory Challenges

Pipeline customers have stimulated a two-pronged political attack on interstate pipeline pricing directed at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and Congress.

U.S. Ready to Reopen Oil Stockpile if Petrol Prices Surge, FT Reports

The Biden administration is ready to release more oil from the U.S. strategic stockpile to stop any jump in petrol prices this summer, the Financial Times reported on Monday.

API Sues in Federal Court to Block Biden's EV Emission Rules

The nation's largest oil trade group, which includes ExxonMobil and Chevron, filed a federal lawsuit on Thursday seeking to block the Biden administration's efforts to reduce planet-warming emissions from cars and light trucks and encourage electric vehicle manufacturing.