Regulation

Trump Administration Asks Judge to Dismiss New Keystone XL Lawsuit

The Trump administration and a Canadian energy company are asking a Montana judge to dismiss environmental groups’ legal challenge of a new presidential permit allowing construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline across the U.S.-Canada border.

Plains Adds Cactus II Surcharge to Offset Steel Tariffs

Plains All American Pipeline LP said on Friday it will tack on a fee for users of a new oil pipeline to pay for the cost of the Trump administration's tariffs on imported steel, with analysts and traders calling it the first U.S. energy pipeline operator to do so.

U.S. Court Lifts Order Blocking Keystone XL Pipeline Work

TC Energy Corp's long-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline took a small step forward this week, after a U.S. court overturned an injunction that barred certain work on the project, the company said.

Federal Gas Pipeline Safety Bill Advances Through Senate Panel

Legislation aimed at improving national pipeline safety following last September’s natural gas explosions in Massachusetts has advanced in Congress.

U.S. Senate Panel Passes Nord Stream 2 Pipeline Sanctions Bill

A U.S. Senate committee passed a bill on Wednesday to impose sanctions on companies and individuals involved in building the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia to Germany that the Trump administration says would strengthen Moscow's economic grip on Europe.

Canadian Federal Approval not Needed for Gas Pipeline

TC Energy Corp's proposed Coastal GasLink pipeline to supply the LNG Canada project in northern British Columbia is not subject to federal regulation, Canada's National Energy Board (NEB) said on Friday.

Nord Stream 2 Pipeline Challenges EU in Court Over New Ruling

The Russian-led Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project is taking the European Union to court to challenge new rules it says endanger its business model, opening a new front in a fight that has divided EU nations.

Senate Panel to Vote Next Week on Sanctions for Nord Stream 2

A U.S. Senate committee is due to vote next week on a bill that would slap sanctions on companies and individuals involved in building the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline from Russia to Germany that the Trump administration says would strengthen Moscow’s economic grip on Europe.

Wisconsin Tribe Sues Enbridge to Force Pipeline Removal

A Native American tribe in Wisconsin is suing Enbridge Inc. in hopes of forcing the Canadian company to remove a key pipeline that runs through their reservation.

Kinder Morgan Sues Austin Suburb over Pipeline Ordinance

Kinder Morgan has filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging an Austin suburb's "most recent attempt to hinder construction and impermissibly interfere" with its Permian Highway Pipeline (PHP) project.

N.D. Seeks to Recover Pipeline Protest Costs, Sues Federal Government

North Dakota sued the federal government Thursday to recover the $38 million the state spent policing protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline.

BC Not Authorized to Regulate Trans Mountain Oil Flows, Court Rules

Five judges ruled unanimously the provincial government of British Columbia cannot regulate increased flows of heavy crude through the proposed Trans Mountain pipeline, removing a potential hurdle to the long-delayed project.

Potential Permitting Delays Could Raise Line 3 Costs

Enbridge said there is a risk its Line 3 replacement project could exceed its previous cost estimate of $6.71 billion (C$9 billion) because of delays to permits in the United States.

Federal Permit Granted for Alaskan Pipeline Project

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

FERC Authorizes Williams to Expand Pipeline for New York Markets

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a certificate of public convenience and necessity to Williams authorizing the Northeast Supply Enhancement (NSE) project – an expansion of the existing Transco natural gas pipeline designed to serve New York markets.

Permit Denied for 24-Mile Underwater Pipeline by New York Regulators

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

First Infrastructure Bill Emerges in Congress

House Democrats have introduced the first infrastructure package in Congress, and it would make significant new investments in broadband deployment and drinking water systems, among other areas. All 31 Democrats on the House Energy & Commerce Committee sponsored the LIFT America Act (H.R. 2741) which had a hearing in front of that committee on May 22.

Pipeline Companies Oppose Some Proposed Mapping Requirements

The proposal from the PHMSA to force transmission and distribution pipelines to submit additional geospatial data to the National Pipeline Mapping System (NPMS) could cost the industry tens of millions of dollars in added expenses.

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.