Regulation

U.S. Allows Iraq to Import Iranian Gas for 3 More Months

The United States has allowed Iraq to import Iranian gas for its power grid another three months by extending a waiver to sanctions - but insists that Baghdad seek alternative sources.

U.S. Senator Introduces Bill to Sanction Nord Stream 2 Pipeline

U.S. Senator John Barrasso introduced a bill to slap sanctions on individuals and companies developing Russia's Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline, a day after President Trump said he was considering sanctions on the pipeline.

Trump Considering Sanctions Over Russia's Nord Stream 2

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he was considering sanctions over Russia's Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline project and warned Germany against being dependent on Russia for the fuel.

Colorado: Litmus Test for Oil, Gas Development’s Future

A glimpse at what is ahead for the oil and natural gas industry politically played out in the first quarter of 2019 in Colorado, a state long recognized for its ability to balance energy development, economics and the environment.

New York Regulators Deny Permit for Key Gas Pipeline

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

EPA Develops Water Reuse Action Plan

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has begun an effort to develop a new program to support water reuse. The agency will be putting together an action plan based on input from industry groups and local governments with the intention of using funding provided by the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) for whatever types of projects are eventually deemed eligible. Congress provided the EPA with $68 million in funding for WIFIA loans in fiscal 2019, which ends Sept. 30.

First Pipeline Safety Bill Introduced

Two Massachusetts senators, one of them a Democratic presidential candidate, have introduced the first pipeline safety bill as Congress works to put together legislation reauthorizing the Pipeline Safety Act, which expires on Sept. 30.

South Dakota Governor Defends Pipeline Protest Legislation

South Dakota’s governor and attorney general are asking a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit challenging a new law that aims to prevent disruptive demonstrations against the Keystone XL pipeline if it’s built.

Plains All American Fined $3.3M for California Oil Spill

A California judge fined Plains All American Pipeline $3.35 million for a 2015 California coastal oil spill caused by the rupture of a corroded pipeline.

PHMSA Pushing to Finalize 2011 Safety Rules

The head of the U.S. pipeline safety agency says officials intend to finalize long-delayed rules aimed at preventing oil spills and natural gas explosions by the end of the year.

China to Raise Tariffs on LNG Imports from United States

China announced it would raise tariffs on LNG imports from the United States amid a series of additional levies, a move that could further reduce U.S. LNG shipments to the world’s fastest growing importer of the fuel.

Court Lifts Injunction Blocking Keystone XL Pipeline

An appeals court has lifted a judge's injunction that blocked construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to the U.S., but the developer has said it's too late to begin work this year and environmental groups vowed to keep fighting it.

Brazil Supreme Court Approves Sale of Petrobas Pipeline Unit

Brazil's Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that state-run firms do not need congressional approval to sell their subsidiaries, a major victory for the government of President Jair Bolsonaro and state-run oil firm Petrobras.

Enbridge Seeks Michigan Court Ruling on Line 5 Pipeline Deal

Enbridge said will go to court after failing to strike a deal with Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on building an oil pipeline tunnel beneath the channel that connects Lakes Huron and Michigan.

Canadian Senate Passes Major Project Assessment Bill with Heavy Amendments

The Canadian Senate has approved legislation aimed at changing the way major projects such as oil pipelines are assessed, with more than 180 amendments that were welcomed by the government of Canada's main crude-producing province Alberta.

U.S. Regulators Partially OK Cactus II Rate Structure

U.S. energy regulators partially approved the rate structure and terms of service for Plains All American Pipeline LP’s Cactus II crude and condensate line from the Permian Basin to the Corpus Christi, Texas, area.

Michigan AG Vows to Shutdown Line 5 in 30 Days if Talks Fail

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel says she will move next month to decommission the Great Lakes oil pipeline if the state’s governor cannot resolve the issue with operator Enbridge.

Company Receives Federal Permit for Alaskan Pipeline Project

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

Trans Mountain Pipeline Gets Boost From Provincial Court Ruling

The Trans Mountain Pipeline project (TMX) received a boost after the British Colombia Court of Appeals unanimously ruled that the B.C. government could not block a proposed expansion of the pipeline.

Pipeline Opponents Challenge Louisiana Law Targeting Protesters

Environmental groups and demonstrators arrested near an Energy Transfer LP crude pipeline filed a lawsuit on Wednesday challenging a 2018 Louisiana state law that made trespassing near oil and gas pipelines a criminal offense.

U.S. Asks Supreme Court for More Time on Atlantic Coast Appeal

The U.S. Solicitor General asked the Supreme Court on Wednesday to extend the time the government has to file a petition in an appeal of a circuit court decision preventing Dominion Energy Inc from building the Atlantic Coast natural gas pipeline across the Appalachian Trail in Virginia.

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.

U.S. Senators Planning Legislation Against Nord Stream 2

A group of Republican and Democratic U.S. senators will introduce legislation as soon as Tuesday seeking sanctions targeting the Nord Stream 2, a gas pipeline from Russia to Germany under fire from the United States and some European Union countries.

China to Raise Tariffs on LNG Imports from United States

China said on Monday it would raise tariffs on LNG imports from the United States amid a series of additional levies, a move that could further reduce U.S. LNG shipments to the world's fastest growing importer of the fuel.

Potential Permitting Delays Could Raise Line 3 Costs

Enbridge Inc, Canada's largest pipeline operator, said on Friday there is a risk its Line 3 replacement project could exceed its previous cost estimate of C$9 billion ($6.71 billion) because of delays to permits in the United States.

Trump Administration Will Complete New Keystone XL Environmental Review

U.S. government attorneys say the Trump administration plans to finish a new environmental review of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada even if a federal appeals court throws out a lawsuit that blocked the project.

Federal Judge Sends Dakota Access Ruling Back to State Courts

A federal judge has sent back to North Dakota state court a lawsuit alleging the environmental group Greenpeace conspired against the Dakota Access oil pipeline.

Tariffs Could Add $80 Million Cost to Kinder Morgan GCX Pipeline

U.S. pipeline operator Kinder Morgan Inc will pay a tariff on imported steel used in a $1.75 billion natural gas pipeline project, the U.S. Department of Commerce ruled on Monday, dealing a setback to energy industry efforts to avoid the penalties.

Michigan Governor Halts Great Lakes Oil Pipeline Tunnel

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has ordered state departments and agencies to take no further action on legislation enacted in late 2018 authorizing construction of an oil pipeline tunnel beneath lakes Huron and Michigan. Whitmer made the move after Attorney General Dana Nessel issued an opinion st..

Denmark Asks Nord Stream 2 to Assess 3rd Option for Pipeline

The Danish Energy Agency has requested an environmental assessment of a third route option for the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in Danish waters, a move that could delay the project to pump Russian gas to Europe. The 765-mile (1,225-km) pipeline, now under construction, has come under fire from the U..