Regulation

Pipelines Sail into Political Winds in Washington in 2021

With the ascension of President Joe Biden and environmentally friendly Democratic agency heads taking over U.S. regulatory and independent agencies, interstate gas pipelines face a host of newly emboldened, top-level appointees.

Biden's EPA Pick Plans to Consult with Stakeholders, States in Climate Fight

U.S. President Joe Biden's choice to lead the Environmental Protection Agency told lawmakers he will consult with states and other stakeholders as the agency determines how to deliver on the administration's plans to tackle climate change and clean up pollution hotspots.

U.S. Will Monitor Activity to Complete Nord Stream 2 Pipeline

The United States will monitor activity to complete or certify the Nord Stream 2 pipeline intended to transport Russian natural gas to Europe and, if such activity takes place, will make a determination on sanctions, the U.S. State Department spokesman said.

Court Issues Arrest Warrant for Head of ExxonMobil Nigeria

The EFCC said it had sought the warrant after Richard Laing, the managing director of ExxonMobil Nigeria, rebuffed three invitations to appear before investigators probing alleged procurement fraud involving a pipelines project.

Supreme Court to Hear Pipeline Company's Bid to Seize New Jersey Land

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to hear a bid by a consortium of energy companies seeking to seize land owned by the state of New Jersey to build a $1 billion natural gas pipeline.

Russia Lawmaker Suggests Taxing Yamal LNG Over Challenging Gazprom

Russia's flagship liquefied natural gas project, privately-owned Yamal LNG, is challenging state gas giant Gazprom in its core European market, and should either be taxed or have a limit put on its sales there, a lawmaker said.

Environmentalists and Unions Clash Politically Over Pipelines

Environmentalists and labor unions that threw their support behind U.S. President Joseph Biden now find themselves on the opposite sides of a battle over the construction of big pipeline projects between Canada and the United States.

Michigan OKs Great Lakes Oil Pipeline Tunnel Permits

The decision, a victory for Enbridge Inc., comes as the Canadian company resists Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's demand to shut down its 68-year-old line in the Straits of Mackinac.

Industry Leaders, Biden Admin Disagree on Expected Impact of Climate Executive Actions

President Joe Biden signed a new raft of executive actions to combat climate change, including pausing new oil and gas leases on federal land and cutting fossil fuel subsidies, as he pursues green policies he billed as a boon for job creation.

U.S. Mountain Valley Gas Pipeline Again Delayed

The companies building the Mountain Valley natural gas pipeline now plan to seek individual permits to cross each stream remaining in its path, and analysts say that will delay its startup until 2022.

Appeals Court Deals Another Blow to Dakota Access Oil Pipeline

The decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia panel raises the chances that Energy Transfer LP's 557,000 barrel-per-day Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) will be shut pending environmental review.

Nigerian Oil Reform Expected to Pass in April or May

The laws governing Nigeria's oil and gas exploration have not been fully updated since the 1960s because of the contentious nature of any change to oil taxes, the terms of exploration, and revenue-sharing.

Big U.S. Oil Drillers Have Federal Permits to Last Years

The seven companies that control half the federal supply onshore in the Lower 48 states have leases and permits in hand that could last years, despite any ban on new federal drilling like the 60-day halt Biden's administration instituted.

Pause on Federal Drilling Could Hamper Economic Recovery, Create Foreign Dependence

President Joe Biden’s administration imposed a 60-day pause on oil and gas permits on federal land in what industry leaders are calling a fracking ban.

INGAA, API Laud Congressional Passage of PIPES Act

The Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA) and the American Petroleum Institute (API) praised Congress for passing the Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety Act (PIPES Act) in the 2021 omnibus spending package.

Policy Implications for Satellite-Based Methane Detection

Regulatory processes on opposite sides of the Atlantic highlighted a critical climate protection challenge: How can the oil and gas industry – and the regulators who oversee it – best detect and address methane emissions to protect the environment and the climate in particular?

EU Lawmakers Expected to Vote to Block Nord Stream 2

European Union lawmakers are expected to support a resolution to stop the completion of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to take Russian natural gas to Europe, in response to the arrest of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.

German Regulator Awaits Detailed Complaints Against Nord Stream 2

Opponents still need to give detailed reasons to justify a halt on Nord Stream 2's construction in German waters.

Army Corps on Hot Seat over Changes to Pipeline Approvals

With the arrival of the Biden administration and the ascension of environmental concerns to provide a spike in political pressure, the Army Corps of Engineers may have to rethink its proposed changes to the nationwide permits it issues for all sorts of dredge and fill construction activities around wetlands, including gas and water pipelines.

Report Indicates Germany's Bilfinger Drops Out of Nord Stream 2 Project

The news comes as the U.S. Treasury Department on Tuesday slapped sanctions on a vessel helping to build the pipeline to take Russian natural gas to Europe via Germany.

Germany Responds to U.S. Decision to Sanction Russian Vessel Involved in Nord Stream 2

The United States has informed Germany that it plans to impose sanctions on a Russian pipe-laying ship involved in construction of the Russian-led Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia to Germany.

U.S. State Department Warns of Sanctions Risk on Nord Stream 2 Pipeline

The U.S. State Department this month told European companies which it suspects are helping to build Russia's Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline that they face the risk of sanctions.

NTSB Determines Cause of 2018 Fatal Gas Leak, Dallas Home Explosion

The NTSB determined that the ignition of an accumulation of natural gas that leaked from the gas main that was damaged during a sewer replacement project 23 years earlier, led to the explosion.

Nigeria Senate President Says Action Coming on Delayed Oil Reform Law

The measure, 20 years in the making, underpins everything from oil exploration to gas pipelines and fuel regulation.

Eased Federal Pipeline Regulations Published in Federal Register

The Federal Department of Transportation is set to ease regulatory burdens on the construction, maintenance and operation of pipeline systems, requiring fewer reports regarding leaks and incidents.

Analysis: New U.S. Army Corps' Stream Crossing Rules Could Hurt Oil/Gas Pipes

Finalized revisions to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Nationwide Permits program could cause problems for oil and natural gas pipelines, analysts say.

Azerbaijan Starts Gas Exports to Russia-Dominated European Market

Azerbaijan has started commercial natural gas supplies to Europe via the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), the energy ministry said , beginning its push into the lucrative energy market dominated by Russia.

Line 3 Pipeline Opponents Sue to Shut Down Minnesota Construction

Opponents of a pipeline project that crosses three states have asked a federal court to halt construction in Minnesota on allegations that U.S. Army Corps of Engineers failed to address several environmental issues when it approved a water quality permit.

Federal Officials Investigate Fiery Oil Train Derailment

U.S. federal and local authorities were investigating a fiery oil car train derailment north of Seattle, Wash., near where two people were arrested last month and accused of attempting a terrorist attack on train tracks to disrupt plans for a natural gas pipeline.

US Preparing New Sanctions to Impede Nord Stream 2 Pipeline

The United States is urging European allies and private companies to halt work that could help build the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline and is preparing wider sanctions on the Russian project in coming weeks, senior Trump administration officials said on Wednesday.