Regulation

FERC to Hear TotalEnergies Alleged $214 Million NatGas Manipulation Case

An Administrative Law Judge will determine whether units and traders at French energy company Total, now TotalEnergies SE, manipulated the natural gas market in 2009-2012.

Pennsylvania Fines Energy Transfer $1 Million for 2018 Gas Pipe Blast

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission approved a $1 million settlement with a unit of Energy Transfer LP for a pipeline explosion and fire at its Revolution natural gas pipeline in Western Pennsylvania in 2018.

Biden, Merkel Fail to Resolve Differences About Nord Stream 2 Gas Pipeline

President Joe Biden and German Chancellor Angela Merkel failed to settle their dispute over Russia's Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline but said they agreed that Moscow must not be allowed to use energy as a weapon to coerce its neighbors.

Germany Loses Gazprom Pipeline Appeal as Court Sides with Poland

Berlin lost its fight against a ruling limiting Gazprom's access to the OPAL pipeline that links the Russian gas producer's Nord Stream pipeline to Germany after Europe's top court sided with Poland.

Ukraine Seeks Energy 'Security Guarantees' From Biden-Merkel Meeting

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy is pinning hopes on the United States and Germany to come up with energy "security guarantees" for Ukraine amid fears over Russia's Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to Europe.

North Dakota Sues Federal Govt Over Canceled Oil and Gas Leasing

North Dakota is suing the U.S. government on claims the Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Land Management illegally canceled oil and gas lease auctions in the state.

Company Cancels Byhalia Connection Pipeline Project

Byhalia Connection LLC announced it is no longer pursing the Byhalia Connection construction project, which had called for the construction of an oil pipeline through southwest Tennessee and northern Mississippi.

TC Energy Files $15B NAFTA Claim Over Keystone XL Cancellation

TC Energy Corporation filed a Notice of Intent to initiate a legacy North American Free Trade Agreement claim under the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement to recover economic damages resulting from the revocation of the Keystone XL Project’s Presidential Permit.

U.S. House Panel Passes Amendment to Stop Sanctions Waiver on Nord Stream 2

The Biden administration could face pressure to block Russia's Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline after a House of Representatives panel this week passed an amendment seeking to repeal the U.S. State Department's ability to waive sanctions on the project.

Nigerian Lawmakers Pass Historic Oil Overhaul Bill

Both chambers of Nigeria's parliament have passed a bill that overhauls nearly every aspect of the country's oil and gas production, putting a project that has been in the works for two decades one step closer to presidential sign-off.

U.S. Supreme Court Backs PennEast Pipeline in New Jersey Land Dispute

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled in favor of a consortium of energy companies including Enbridge Inc seeking to seize land owned by New Jersey to build a $1 billion natural gas pipeline despite the state's objections.

Is FERC Changing Rules for Pipelines?

FERC continues to produce angst among gas pipeline developers with its two recent decisions regarding rehearing demands from pipeline opponents.

EU Countries Approve Landmark Climate Change Law

European Union countries on Monday gave the final seal of approval to a law to make the bloc's greenhouse gas emissions targets legally binding, as EU policymakers prepare a huge new package of policies to fight climate change.

Following Senate, U.S. House Reverses Trump Rollbacks of Methane Rules

The U.S. House of Representatives voted 229-191 to nullify the Trump administration's 2020 rollback of regulations to curb the emissions of greenhouse gas methane from oil and gas infrastructure, following a similar move by the Senate in April.

Enbridge Says Additional Permit Requirements Will Delay Start of Line 5 Tunnel Project

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' decision to undertake a tougher environmental review of Enbridge Inc's proposed oil pipeline tunnel under the Great Lakes will delay the start of construction on the project, the company said.

Federal Court Closes Dakota Access Pipeline Case, But Allows for Fresh Challenges

A U.S. district court closed a long-running case against the Dakota Access oil pipeline but allowed for Native American tribes and other opponents of the line to file additional actions against it, court documents showed.

Police Detain Eight Employees of China Gas Unit After Deadly Pipeline Blast

Eight employees at a China Gas Holdings unit have been detained by local police following a fatal gas pipeline explosion on Sunday, according to a statement by the Shiyan city government.

Timeline of Nord Stream 2: The Difficult Birth of Russia's Gas Link to Germany

The Nord Stream 2 pipeline looks set for completion after U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday called it a "fait accompli" and said United States was working with Germany to mitigate its effects.

One Password Allowed Hackers to Disrupt Colonial Pipeline

The head of Colonial Pipeline told U.S. senators that hackers who launched last month's cyber attack against the company and disrupted fuel supplies to the U.S. Southeast were able to get into the system by stealing a single password.

Blinken: U.S. Able to Mitigate Nord Stream 2 Pipeline Effects

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Monday the completion of the Russian Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline was a "fait accompli,” defending the U.S. decision to waive some sanctions and vowing a response if Moscow tries to use gas as a weapon.

U.S. Pipeline Operators Should Prepare for Methane Curbs

The U.S. Department of Transportation's pipeline regulator on Monday sent an advisory to oil and gas pipeline operators directing them to update their inspection and maintenance plans for curbing the release of potent greenhouse gas methane, as part of the Biden administration's broader effort to combat climate change.

Germany: Ukraine Must Remain Gas Transit Country After New Pipeline

Germany said Ukraine should remain a transit country for Russian gas, the Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper reported, after President Vladimir Putin said it would depend on the former Soviet republic showing "goodwill" towards Moscow.

U.S. to Give Ransomware Hacks Similar Priority as Terrorism

The U.S. Department of Justice is elevating investigations of ransomware attacks to a similar priority as terrorism in the wake of the Colonial Pipeline hack and mounting damage caused by cyber criminals, a senior department official told Reuters.

U.S. EPA to Revise Trump Rule in Boost to States' Climate Fight

The Trump administration was focused on fast tracking big energy projects and had set its sights on the Section 401 permitting process because it allowed states to block major pipeline, coal export terminals and other projects they felt would lead to an increase in greenhouse gas emissions.

U.S. Announces New Security Directives for Pipelines After Hack

The Department of Homeland Security issued a new security directive for pipeline owners and operators on Thursday after a hack of the Colonial Pipeline disrupted fuel supplies in the southeastern United States for days this month.

FERC to Set Up New Office to Fund Pipeline Opponents

Congress has told the FERC to have a new office of public participation (OPP) up and running starting with the new fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1, 2021.

FERC Again Weighs Climate Impacts, Approves NatGas Pipeline Projects

Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioners approved two pipeline projects from Northern Natural Gas Company and Tuscarora Gas Transmission Company, agreeing that their climate impacts should not be significant.

Biden: Nord Stream 2 Sanctions 'Counter-Productive' for European Ties

U.S. President Joe Biden said he decided to waive sanctions against the company behind the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline because the project was nearly complete and doing so could have harmed ties with Europe.

U.S. Issuing First Cyber Regulations for Pipelines After Hack

The Biden administration is working with pipeline companies to strengthen protections against cyberattacks following the Colonial Pipeline hack and will announce actions in coming days, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said on Tuesday.

Candidates to Succeed Merkel Clash on Nord Stream 2 Pipeline

The conservative and Greens candidates to succeed German Chancellor Angela Merkel after September's federal election clashed on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia, and on whether Germany should host U.S nuclear weapons.