Regulation

Perspective: Canada Praised for Climate Leadership Despite Scathing Watchdog Report

The report said federal investment of $12.6 billion in the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is an example of policy incoherence in relation to moving forward on climate commitments.

Explainer: Nord Stream 2 Russian Gas Pipeline's Long Wait for Approval

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said Germany may consider halting the pipeline if Russia attacks Ukraine, reflecting growing political pressure on the Gazprom-led project.

Aerial Surveys Detect Dozens of Methane 'Super-Emitters' in Permian

The facilities, which include pipelines, were observed as "persistently" emitting large volumes of methane over the three years of aerial surveys.

Shell, UK Regulators Revive Talks on North Sea Gas Field Development

Shell and British regulators have revived talks on developing the Jackdaw gas field in the North Sea as the government struggles with soaring gas and power prices.

In Ukraine Crisis, Germany Faces Tough Decisions Over Gas Pipeline

Chancellor Olaf Scholz would face pressure from allies to respond to any invasion by stopping the Nord Stream 2 pipeline from Russia to Germany going into operation.

Methane Leak Detection Moving to Higher Plateaus

The U.S. government continues to look at rules or fees requiring companies to track and limit volumes of methane released into the atmosphere. Investment companies such as BlackRock are also keeping a close eye on sustainability practices such as methane reduction.

Germany Could Halt Pipeline if Russia Attacks Ukraine, Scholz Signals

Germany may consider halting the Nord Stream 2 pipeline if Russia attacks Ukraine, Chancellor Olaf Scholz signaled on Tuesday, as pressure grew on his government to take a more hawkish stance on the Kremlin.

Germany Cannot Rule Out Nord Stream 2 as Means of Pressure, Says Foreign Policy Expert

Germany cannot rule out using the Nord Stream 2 pipeline as a means of pressure against the Kremlin in case of further Russian aggression towards Ukraine.

Russia Urges European Union, Germany to Not Delay Nord Stream 2

Russia on Monday urged Germany and the European Union not to drag its feet over certification of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, which has become a focal point in political disputes.

Infrastructure Bill Lavishes $44 Billion in New Money on Water Construction

Congress dropped a load of new funding for drinking water and sewer construction in the IIJA, which is meant to be over and above what the appropriations committees will provide annually for the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds (SRF), which typically get between $1 billion and $2 billion a year.

Permitting Provision in Infrastructure Bill Disguises Federal Threats Elsewhere

The “permitting” provision in President Biden's Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act creates the illusion that help is on the way at the same time his administration is pursuing other initiatives to hamper pipeline permitting.

Cruz's Nord Stream 2 Sanctions Bill Fails to Pass in US Senate

The U.S. Senate failed to pass a bill to slap sanctions on Russia's Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline sponsored by Republican Senator Ted Cruz, a day after Democrats unveiled their own legislation.

Gazprom Quizzed on High Energy Prices, EU's Vestager Says

The EU's anti-trust chief said she asked gas companies including Gazprom about tight supplies after accusations the Russian giant was holding back extra production.

American Petroleum Institute Wants Recognition for Methane Reductions

The American Petroleum Institute lobby group is seeking recognition of reductions in methane emissions by oil and gas producers as the Biden administration moves to regulate the greenhouse gas.

Russia Undermining European Gas Supply Amid Ukraine Standoff, IEA Says

Russia is contributing to an undersupply of natural gas to Europe, the head of the International Energy Agency Fatih Birol said on Wednesday.

Potential Russian Invasion of Ukraine Could Kill Off Nord Stream 2, US Says

Moscow's behavior towards Ukraine will play a crucial role in the fate of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, the United States said on Wednesday.

US Senators Say Cruz Sanctions on Nord Stream 2 Could Harm Relations with Germany

Several Democratic senators said they believe sanctions on Russia's Nord Stream 2 pipeline backed by Republican Senator Ted Cruz could harm relations with Germany.

Mexico Attorney General Seeks Up to 39 Years Prison for Ex-Pemex Boss

Mexico's attorney general has requested a prison sentence of up to 39 years for the former chief executive of state oil company Petroleos Mexicanos for his role in a corruption scandal.

US Worried Nord Stream 2 Sanction Plan by Cruz Would Undermine United Front

The State Department is worried that a vote to slap sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline would undermine the united front in response to Russia.

Gas Flows Eastward Via Russian Yamal Pipeline Jump

Natural gas supplies via the Yamal-Europe pipeline, which usually sends Russian gas west into Europe, jumped on Tuesday in direction of Poland from Germany.

Brazilian Courts Suspend Petrobras Natural Gas Price Hikes

Courts in four Brazilian states have suspended a 50% hike in natural gas prices planned by state-run oil company Petrobras, likely kicking off an intense legal battle.

Putin Says Europe Only Has Itself to Blame for Surging Gas Prices

The European Union can only blame its own policies for record gas prices as some of its members resell cheap Russian gas at much higher prices within the bloc, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

Ukraine's Naftogaz Calls for EU Anti-Monopoly Action Against Gazprom

EU competition chief Margrethe Vestager said the bloc asked questions of major energy companies "to understand if there is foul play in the energy market," but it was too early to reach any conclusions.

APGA Urges US Cities and Towns Not to Follow New York City’s Mistake

APGA is saddened and disappointed by the New York City Council’s decision to eliminate the direct use of natural gas in newly constructed homes and buildings.

Nord Stream 2 Starts Filling Second Pipe with Natural Gas

Nord Stream 2 AG started filling its second pipe with natural gas, stepping up preparations to launch a project that has sparked global political tensions and is yet to get the green light from Germany.

New PHMSA Rule Strengthens Pipeline Standards for Great Lakes, Coastal Waters

PHMSA issued an Interim Final Rule that designates the Great Lakes, coastal beaches, and marine coastal waters as “Unusually Sensitive Areas,” extending more stringent requirements to hazardous liquid pipelines near such areas.

United States Grand Jury Accuses Amplify Energy of Negligence in Oil Spill

A federal grand jury has accused Amplify Energy and two of its subsidiaries of illegally and negligently discharging oil during a pipeline break in California in October.

Enbridge Removes Michigan's Oil Pipeline Lawsuit to Federal Court

Enbridge Inc. removed to U.S. federal court a lawsuit filed by Michigan's attorney general against its Line 5 oil pipeline, the latest in a long-running dispute between the Canadian company and the Midwestern state.

New York City Bans Natural Gas in New Buildings

The New York City Council voted on Wednesday to ban the use of natural gas in new buildings, following in the footsteps of dozens of smaller U.S. cities seeking to shift from fossil fuels to cleaner forms of energy.

Investor Group Faults New Exxon Board Members on Climate Transition Plan

A coalition of Exxon Mobil Corp. investors wants the oil company to replace its chief executive officer and move more aggressively to slash greenhouse gas emissions.