Regulation

U.S. District Court Orders Dakota Access Oil Pipeline Can Remain Open

The 570,000-bpd pipeline out of North Dakota that travels under a Missouri River reservoir is likely to stay running at least until an environmental review of the line is completed next year.

Biden Admin Sets Senate Nord Stream 2 Briefing After Sanctions Waivers Pushback

Officials from President Joe Biden's administration agreed to brief U.S. Senate committee staff on Monday about its decision to waive some sanctions related to Russia's Nord Stream 2 pipeline, after some lawmakers - some of Biden's fellow Democrats as well as Republicans - questioned the decision.

Colonial Pipeline CEO Acknowledges ‘Controversial Decision’ to Pay Hackers

Colonial Pipeline's CEO acknowledged to the Wall Street Journal that his company paid a $4.4 million ransom to hackers as executives were unsure how badly its systems were breached or how long it would take to restore the pipeline.

IECA Urges Congress to Give FERC Reliability Oversight on Natural Gas Pipelines

The Industrial Energy Consumers of America (IECA) on Wednesday sent letters to the Senate and House Committees of jurisdiction on physical and cybersecurity of natural gas pipelines.

U.S. to Waive Sanctions on Firm, CEO Behind Russia's Nord Stream 2 Pipeline

The Biden administration will waive sanctions on the company behind Russia's Nord Stream 2 pipeline to Europe and its chief executive, a Washington source familiar with the plans and Germany's foreign minister said on Wednesday.

Citgo Secures U.S. Government's Maritime Waiver Amid Fuel Crunch

The Biden administration granted oil refiner Citgo Petroleum a maritime shipping waiver allowing it to move fuel between U.S. ports on a foreign flagged vessel, two sources told Reuters on Friday, making it the second company to secure one this week.

U.S. Denies Dakota Access Oil Pipeline Stay Request

U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Thursday denied a request from operators of the Dakota Access oil pipeline for a stay, while they seek a Supreme Court review in the company's battle to keep the line open.

U.S. Waives Shipping Restrictions to Ease Fuel Crunch After Pipeline Hack

The U.S. government relaxed a long-standing maritime law protecting domestic shipping commerce to allow an undisclosed company to transport gasoline and diesel to ports in the East Coast after a cyberattack crippled the nation's largest fuel pipeline network.

Canada, U.S. Ties Could be Undermined if Michigan Shuts Pipeline

A day before Michigan's deadline to close down a key crude oil pipeline, Canada on Tuesday issued its strongest remarks so far, saying the move could undermine relations with the United States, its closest ally and trading partner.

Enbridge to Keep Great Lakes Pipeline Running, Defy Looming Michigan Shutdown Order

Canada's Enbridge Inc will continue to operate its Line 5 despite an order from the U.S. state of Michigan to shut down the crude oil pipeline next week, Chief Executive Al Monaco said.

Automated Compliance Management Aids Recordkeeping

Amid growing PHMSA regulation and evolving technology, gas utilities are being called to modernize and improve business processes to meet safety and compliance goals. Going through this process will cause organizations to experience change on many levels.

Texas Legislature passes bills to support fossil fuel industries

House Bill 17 protects consumers by prohibiting political subdivisions from discriminating against specific fuel sources like natural gas and coal; this will ensure cities and counties cannot pass California-style ordinances that ban gas hook-ups in new buildings or homes.

EXPLAINER: The Dakota Access Pipeline Faces Possible Closure

A U.S. court could order the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) shut in coming weeks, disrupting deliveries of crude oil, and making nearby rail traffic more congested.

US Federal Land Policy Still Leaves Room for Winning Hands

State energy officials have been laser-focused on the Biden administration’s suspension of new oil and gas leasing on federal lands because it could eventually curtail Bakken production by more than 100,000 bpd.

Army Corps: No Cause to Shut Dakota Pipeline During Review

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said it does not believe a judge should order the Dakota Access oil pipeline shut while environmental review continues, according to court filings on Monday.

Beware of Pending FERC Shift

A recent vote of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) may have come out favorably for the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP), but 3-2 wins like this for midstream companies will likely become a much rarer commodity this summer.

North Carolina Again Denies Permit for Mountain Valley Pipeline Extension

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) again denied Mountain Valley Pipeline's (MVP) request for a water permit for its proposed Southgate natural gas pipeline project from Virginia to North Carolina.

BNSF Can Handle More Crude-by-Rail Shipments if Dakota Pipeline is Shut, Railroad Says

BNSF, the railroad unit of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc, is prepared to handle any increase in rail traffic if the Dakota Access oil pipeline (DAPL) is shut due to an ongoing legal dispute, the company told Reuters.

Dakota Access Pipeline Seeking Supreme Court Review in Fight to Keep Line Open

Dakota Access oil pipeline's operators plan to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene in its ongoing legal battle to keep the 570,000 barrel-per-day line open, according to a court filing on Thursday.

U.S. Senate OKs Reversal of Trump Rollback of Methane Emissions Rule

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday approved a measure to restore regulation of emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, a move Democratic Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer called a "big deal" in fighting climate change.

U.S. Supreme Court Tackles PennEast Pipeline's Bid to Seize New Jersey Land

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday wrestled with a bid by a group of energy companies seeking to seize land owned by New Jersey to build a $1 billion natural gas pipeline, as the state argues that its rights would be trampled.

Brazil's Antitrust Body Postpones Deadline for Petrobras Asset Sales

Brazil's antitrust authority CADE postponed deadlines for divestitures by state-controlled oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA, including its refineries, natural gas pipelines and its stakes in natural gas distribution companies.

U.S. Senate to Vote on Measure to Reverse Methane Rule Rollbacks

The Senate lead sponsor of the bill said that restoring those rules, which targeted methane leaks from new wells as well as pipelines, capture the "lion's share" of methane emissions.

New Policy Formalizes FERC Use of GHG Emissions

A Republican commissioner at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission took the unusual step of advising interstate pipeline and LNG companies to get ready to have pending applications for construction upended by the order FERC issued on March 23 by a vote of 3-2.

Colonial Pipeline Increases Estimate of Gasoline Spilled in North Carolina

New data shows the amount of gasoline released in Mecklenburg County’s Oehler Nature Preserve exceeds Colonial Pipeline’s 1.2-million-gallon estimate.

Judge Orders Army Corps Update on Dakota Access Pipeline by May 3

A federal judge ordered the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to provide an update by May 3 on when it plans to complete an environmental review of the Dakota Access oil pipeline and whether it recommends the line should shut during the review process.

Canada's Trans Mountain Ordered to Suspend Oil Line Expansion to Protect Hummingbird Nests

The Canadian government has ordered Trans Mountain Corp to halt work on a section of its oil pipeline expansion project in Burnaby, British Columbia, for four months to protect hummingbird nests.

Frustrated Canada Presses White House to Keep Great Lakes Oil Pipeline Open

Enbridge said shutting Line 5 would cause fuel shortages and gas price spikes, and require 15,000 trucks and 800 rail cars a day to replace deliveries to Ontario.

U.S. Appeals Court Denies Dakota Access Pipeline Rehearing Request

A U.S. Appeals Court on Friday denied Dakota Access LLC's petition for a rehearing on an earlier court decision to cancel a key permit for the DAPL oil pipeline, court documents show.

Equinor LNG Plant Broke Rules Ahead of 2020 Fire, Watchdog Says

Equinor must fix a series of rule breaches exposed by a fire at its Melkoeya LNG plant in Norway last year for the plant to reopen, the country's safety watchdog said on Thursday.