Regulation

Protests, Red Tape Block Millions in Colombia Oil Industry Investment

Some $700 million in investment spending by oil companies operating in Colombia is frozen because of contract delays caused by community protests and consultations, slow environmental licensing and court orders, the Colombia Petroleum Association said.

Weldbend, Boltex Win Lawsuit Against Ulma Forja

A jury returned a verdict in favor of Weldbend and Boltex on all counts in a lawsuit by the American carbon steel flange manufacturers against a Spanish company, Ulma Forja – part of the Mondragon Corp. – and its U.S. subsidiary, Ulma Piping.

Profit, Not Politics: Trump Allies Sought Ukraine Gas Deal

As Rudy Giuliani pushed Ukrainian officials to investigate Donald Trump's political rival, others with ties to the president wanted to install new management at Ukraine's state gas company and steer contracts to companies controlled by Trump allies, AP reports.

Permian Highway Pipeline Clears Key Legal Hurdle

Kinder Morgan’s Permian Highway Pipeline reached major milestone as the City of Kyle, Texas, approved a settlement agreement allowing construction of the pipeline through the city.

Minnesota Regulators Restart Line 3 Pipeline Review Process

State utility regulators on Tuesday unfroze the approval process for Enbridge Energy's plan to replace its aging Line 3 crude oil pipeline across northern Minnesota, directing a state agency to fix the deficiencies identified by a court in the project's environmental review.

Feds Recommend New Requirements After Natural Gas Disaster

Federal officials are recommending stronger nationwide requirements for natural gas systems following last September's natural gas explosions and fires in Massachusetts.

Court Suspends Alberta Law Curbing Oil Flow to British Columbia

A Canadian court on Tuesday granted a temporary injunction against legislation enabling the province of Alberta to restrict the flow of oil and gas to neighbouring British Columbia.

FERC Approves Tallgrass Cheyenne Connector Pipeline

Federal regulators have approved Tallgrass Energy's Cheyenne Connector project, which will transport natural gas from Colorado's DJ Basin to Cheyenne, Wyo., for Midwest delivery via the company's Rockies Express Pipeline.

Ukraine, Russia Fail to Reach Gas Deal for Europe but Agree to Meet Again

Russia and Ukraine failed to reach a new gas transit deal on Thursday, but said talks were "constructive" and they would meet again to try to find an agreement before the current one ends.

Judge Partially Blocks Law Aimed at Oil Pipeline Protests

A federal judge hasemporarily blocked enforcement of some new South Dakota laws that aim to prevent disruptive demonstrations against the Keystone XL pipeline.

Federal Agency Resists Paying North Dakota Oil Protest Cost

The federal government is contesting North Dakota's claims that the state should be reimbursed for the $38 million the state spent policing prolonged protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline.

Alberta Sees Progress on Crude-by-Rail Talks to Ease Oil Curtailments

he premier of Canada's main oil-producing province Alberta said on Wednesday he is hopeful of more progress this month on talks between his government and producers about easing oil curtailments, as long as extra output is shipped by rail.

Mexico Gas Pipeline at Center of Dispute Starts Operations

A major natural gas pipeline between Texas and the Mexican Gulf Coast port of Tuxpan that was at the heart of a dispute between Mexico's government and infrastructure firms begins operations on Tuesday.

State Court Rejects Challenge to Line 3 Pipeline

The Minnesota Supreme Court declined to take up challenges by tribal and conservation groups and ruled that the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission can move forward with an environmental review of Enbridge Energy’s proposal to replace its aging Line 3 crude oil pipeline.

Trump Administration Drops Obama-Era Water Protection Rule

The Trump administration on Thursday revoked an Obama-era regulation that shielded many U.S. wetlands and streams from pollution but was opposed by developers and farmers who said it hurt economic development and infringed on property rights.

US Court Vacates Dominion Atlantic Coast Pipeline Permit

A permit allowing Dominion Energy to build the Atlantic Coast natural gas pipeline from West Virginia to North Carolina has been vacated by an appeals court.

EU to Push for Progress in Ukraine-Russia Gas Talks

The European Union will do all it can to facilitate talks next week between Ukraine and Russia on future gas transits after their contract expires in January, the bloc's energy commissioner said on Wednesday.

Mexico Gets Deal with Final Holdout Firm in Pipeline Contract Dispute

Mexico's government has reached a deal with infrastructure firm Fermaca in its renegotiation of natural gas pipeline contracts signed under the last government, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Wednesday.

Water Infrastructure Bill Introduced

The Senate is looking to pass bipartisan water infrastructure bills aimed mostly at providing funding for dams, irrigation and water conservation, and rejuvenation projects in the Western U.S. under the auspices of the Bureau of Reclamation, an Interior Department agency.

Pipeline Cybersecurity Protection Legislation Moves Forward

House Democrats and Republicans have had trouble agreeing on a pipeline safety bill so far this year, but a second bill on pipeline security faces no such problem.

PHMSA Likely to Accelerate LNG Rail Shipments

Environmentalists are broadening their opposition to natural gas transportation beyond pipelines by opposing the shipment of LNG on rail cars.

U.S. Seeks Dismissal of Tribes' Lawsuit Over Keystone XL

Attorneys for the Trump administration want a U.S. judge to throw out a lawsuit from Native American tribes trying to block the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to Nebraska.

Court Bars PennEast from Seizing N.J. State Property for Pipeline

A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday barred PennEast Pipeline Co from using a federal law to seize properties controlled by the state of New Jersey in order to build a proposed $1 billion natural gas pipeline.

Court Orders FERC to Explain Pipeline Decision

The nation's top appeals court has ordered a federal agency to explain why it approved the construction of a pipeline sending substantial quantities of natural gas to Canada.

EU's Top Court Curtails Gazprom Access to Nord Stream Pipeline Link

Europe's top court on Tuesday overruled a 2016 EU decision allowing Russia's Gazprom to ship more gas via the Opal gas pipeline, which links the company’s Nord Stream pipeline to Germany.

New York Vows to Fight FERC Ruling on Consitution 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. Some analysts, however, predicted the project may move ahead to completion by 2021.

Shell Delays U.S. Lake Charles LNG Export Project to 2025

Royal Dutch Shell has asked to extend the time by which it should complete its planned LNG export project in Louisiana with partner Energy Transfer by five years to 2025, regulatory filings showed.

Canadian Court Allows New Challenges to Trans Mountain Expansion After Previous Government Approval

Canada's Federal Court of Appeal on Wednesday agreed to hear six challenges to the Canadian government's earlier approval of an expansion of the Trans Mountain oil pipeline, potentially adding to delays ahead of an October election.

Virginia Regulators Say Dominion Profits Too High

Virginia's largest electric utility earned $277 million more in profits last year than what regulators say is reasonable and its customers could see huge bill increases in coming years, state regulators said in a new report.

INGAA Responds to Proposed Methane Rule

INGAA responded to the EPA's proposed methane rule by citing the strong commitment its members have made to maintain pipeline integrity and safety, emphasizing their their determination to minimize environmental impact even if regulations are relaxed.