Regulation

Enbridge Asks Canada for Support of Oil Pipeline in Dispute with Michigan

Enbridge Inc asked the Canadian government to champion its Line 5 oil pipeline in a legal battle with the state of Michigan, which is trying to shut down the pipeline over concerns it could leak into the Great Lakes.

Russian Vessel to Join Nord Stream 2 Construction This Month

A Russian pipe-laying vessel, the Akademik Cherskiy, will join in the construction of the Nord Stream 2 undersea gas pipeline in Danish waters at the end of March, the RIA news agency reported on Wednesday.

Brazil Hopes to Attract Natural Gas Investors with New Law

Under the bill, companies interested in building gas pipelines will need a simple authorization rather than a more complex concession contract.

Deb Haaland Becomes First Native American U.S. Cabinet Secretary

U.S. Representative Deb Haaland was confirmed on Monday as Secretary of the Interior, becoming the first Native American to lead a cabinet agency and securing a central role in President Joe Biden’s sweeping plans to fight climate change.

Analysis: Germany Bets U.S. Will Make the Best of 'Bad Deal' Nord Stream Gas Link

Germany is betting the U.S. administration will take a pragmatic approach to the Nord Stream 2 project to ship Russian gas to Europe and is pushing for the pipeline’s completion in defiance of U.S. opposition.

U.S. Senate Confirms Biden EPA Pick Michael Regan

The U.S. Senate voted to confirm Michael Regan as the next administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, which will play a central role in the Biden administration’s plans to slash greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, vehicles and oil and gas facilities.

Perspective: 'Blockadia' Helped Cancel the Keystone XL Pipeline

Sustained political pressure was a notable contributing factor to Biden’s decision to cancel the Keystone XL Pipeline.

FERC Chairman Details Position on Natural Gas Pipelines

FERC Chairman Richard Glick does not want his intentions to review natural gas pipelines more thoroughly to be interpreted as him being opposed to gas pipelines altogether, he said.

Corps Initiates INGAA-Opposed Permit Changes

The Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) finalized changes to wetland pipeline digging permits opposed by the INGAA.

Biden Administration Initiates Major Pipeline Leak Regulatory Reviews

Both gas transmission and distribution pipelines face new regulations from the Biden administration on leaks from both pumping station equipment and pipelines.

Senator Holds Biden's CIA Pick Over Nord Stream 2 Pipeline

Republican Senator Ted Cruz put a hold late on Friday on President Joe Biden's pick to lead the CIA to pressure the administration to put tough sanctions on Russia's Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline project.

CERAWEEK: Texas Needs to Winterize its Grid or Interconnect with Neighbors

Texas should winterize its electric generation plants or consider connecting its grid with other parts of the country to help avoid another deadly blackout like the one last month that left people without heat, power or water for days.

U.S. Climate Czar Urges Oil Industry to Hasten Transition to Renewables

U.S. climate envoy John Kerry on Tuesday urged oil and gas companies to do more to diversify and adopt low-carbon technologies to tackle climate change.

18 Companies Quit Nord Stream 2 Pipeline Project

Baker Hughes Co and AXA Group and 16 other companies recently quit work on Russia's Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline and will not be sanctioned, according to a document the Biden administration sent to Congress last week which was seen by Reuters.

U.S. Trade Groups Urge Biden to Cap Natural Gas Prices After Texas Freeze

Trade groups representing U.S. public power and natural gas companies urged President Joe Biden to declare a gas emergency for last week's extreme weather and authorize the secretary of energy to cap the price of gas.

U.S., Canada Move Past Keystone XL Toward Achieving Net Zero Emissions by 2050

U.S. President Joe Biden said that he and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau agreed to work toward achieving net zero emissions by 2050.

Historic U.S. Interior Pick Tests Senate Support for Biden on Climate

Deb Haaland, the first Native American ever picked for a U.S. cabinet post, was grilled by Republican Senators who want an Interior Secretary more welcoming of oil and gas drilling on federal lands.

U.S. Energy Regulator to Examine Climate Change's Threat to Power Reliability

FERC, which regulates the interstate transmission of electricity, oil and natural gas and approves fossil fuel projects such as pipelines, could play a big role in President Joe Biden's promise to make the power grid emissions-free by 2035.

Munich Re Stops Insuring Nord Stream 2 Amid Sanctions Threat

A subsidiary of Germany's Munich Re will no longer insure the Nord Stream 2 pipeline from Russia to Europe amid the fear of sanctions by the U.S. government.

Biden Admin Designates Russian Ship as Helping to Build Nord Stream 2 Pipeline

The Biden administration identified a Russian ship and a company it believes are helping to build the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, but the entities had already been sanctioned by the Trump administration and the project's opponents in Congress said the move would do little to halt work on it.

U.S. to Unveil Nord Stream 2 Pipeline Report, Sanctions May Take Time

The Biden administration is expected to name as early as Friday the companies it believes are helping build Russia's Nord Stream 2 pipeline, a move that could eventually prompt sanctions on the nearly completed project.

Texas Mandate to Bar Natural Gas Exports Likely Unenforceable

The Texas oil and gas regulator on Thursday alerted state natural gas producers of a directive to reserve their supplies for in-state electric generation even as one member questioned whether the directive could be enforced.

Putin Says Russia Needs to Protect Elections from Foreign Meddling

Some European countries have called for sanctions against Moscow, including halting the construction of the undersea Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, designed to export gas from Russia to Germany by bypassing Ukraine.

Senators Prod Biden Admin on Nord Stream 2 Pipeline Sanctions

Two U.S. senators urged President Joe Biden to ensure the implementation of sanctions passed in January aimed at stopping the Nord Stream 2 Russia-to-Germany gas pipeline project, which a State Department spokesman reiterated was a "bad deal" for Europe.

Nigerians Can Sue Shell over Oil Spills, UK Court Rules

That move was seen as a victory for rural communities seeking to hold parent companies accountable for environmental disasters, while Shell is disappointed and has largely blamed sabotage for oil spills.

Army Corps Attorneys Withdraw from Dakota Access Pipeline Case

An attorney at Earthjustice who represents the tribe said they hope the Biden administration will seek to close the line, but the departure of these attorneys should not necessarily be seen as a signal of that happening.

Chairman Says FERC will Add Environmental Justice Position

The chairman of the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said on Thursday the panel will create a senior position on environmental justice, to make sure new energy projects, such as pipelines and liquefied natural gas facilities, do not unfairly harm minority communities.

Senate Energy Leader Urges Biden to Reverse Keystone XL Opposition

The head of the U.S. Senate energy committee, Joe Manchin, urged President Joe Biden to reverse his opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline, saying the project provides union jobs and is safer than transporting the oil via trucks and trains.

Canada Plans Hydropower Push after Keystone Cancellation

With Canadian crude exports taking a hit from Biden's decision to scrap the Keystone XL oil pipeline, Ottawa is increasingly focused on sales of clean energy.

Multiple Bids to Stop Enbridge’s Line 3 Replacement Rejected

A federal judge and the Minnesota Court of Appeals both within the span of a week rejected attempts by tribal and environmental groups to stop construction on Enbridge’s Line 3 oil pipeline replacement, the Associated Press reported.