Regulation

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.

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.