Regulation

Army Corps Proposes New Pipeline Permit

With a federal court in Montana having thrown a monkey wrench in pipeline use of an Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) wetlands permit, the Corps is now moving to make changes in its Nationwide Permit 12 (NWP 12), which allows pipelines with construction plans that pose minimal impact on wetlands to enter a simple, quick regulatory permit approval process.

EPA Ends Methane Limits Constraint for Pipelines

The new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule freeing interstate pipelines from Obama-era rules that set volatile organic chemical (VOC) and methane emission restrictions is headed for a federal court date.

A Little Help for Our Friends?

With oil and gas industry workers being especially hard hit by fallout from the coronavirus, a bipartisan group of lawmakers set out a few months ago to secure assistance for those in the sector who need it.

EU Considers Binding Methane Emissions Standards for LNG

The European Union has released a new draft of proposed standards on natural gas within the bloc in an effort to limit methane emissions.

Trans Mountain Agrees to Reroute Pipeline Around Indigenous Area

After years of litigation, Trans Mountain has agreed to reroute a portion of its expansion project around an indigenous area, according to a filing with Canadian energy regulators.

U.S. Oil-Export Projects Stall as Output Slips, Opposition Builds

Several major deepwater oil export projects have stalled as the coronavirus pandemic has caused global energy demand to collapse and environmental opposition has increased.

Glenfarne Gets 5 More Years to Build Magnolia LNG Plant

U.S. energy regulators have given Glenfarne Group an additional five years to construct its Magnolia LNG plant in Louisiana.

Trump Backs Canada-Alaska Rail to Free Landlocked Oil, but Project Faces High Hurdles

President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter over the weekend he would issue a permit for a railway project from Canada's oil sands to ports in Alaska.

Opposition Team Criticizes Enbridge Plans for Line 5 Tunnel

Experts who reviewed project documents on behalf of opposition groups said Enbridge's plans for drilling an oil pipeline tunnel beneath a channel linking two of the Great Lakes do not meet industry standards.

Atlantic Bridge Gas Compressor Station gets U.S. Approval

U.S. regulators have given Enbridge final approval to put its Weymouth natural gas compressor station in service.

U.S. Tightens Waiver for Iraq Gas Imports from Iran

The United States has extended a sanctions waiver that enables Iraq to continue importing gas from Iran but this time granting a significantly shorter waiver period, Iraqi officials and the U.S. State Department said Thursday.

Mountain Valley Seeks U.S. Approval to Resume Pipeline Construction

Mountain Valley Pipeline asked federal regulators for permission to resume construction on the $5.4-$5.7 billion pipeline from West Virginia to Virginia by Sept. 25.

U.S. Charges Former Manager of European Oil Firm over Graft in Ecuador

The U.S. Justice Department has charged a former manager of a European oil trading firm with paying bribes of $870,000 to help win a contract from Ecuador's state-run oil firm.

Top Shipping Insurance Group Will Not Cover Ships Linked to Nord Stream 2

The world's largest group of shipping insurers will not insure vessels involved in the Russian-led Nord Stream 2 and TurkStream gas pipeline projects because of the threat of U.S. sanctions.

Dakota Access Flows Safe Through 2020 — Court Schedule

The Dakota Access pipeline will be able to continue flows until late December 2020 at the earliest, according to a federal court schedule released last week.

Pennsylvania Orders Sunoco to Reroute Section of Mariner East 2 Pipeline

Environmental regulators in Pennsylvania have ordered Sunoco Pipeline, a unit of Energy Transfer, to reroute a section of the company's Mariner East 2 natural gas liquids (NGL) pipeline.

PHMSA Ratifies Industry Requestion MAOP

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) published a final rule in mid-July granting transmission pipelines the changes they requested after publication of a big final rule last October titled, “Safety of Gas Transmission Pipelines: MAOP Reconfirmation, Expansion of Assessment Requirements, and Other Related Amendments.”

Pro-Pipeline Changes to NEPA Challenged

One lawsuit has already been filed contesting the Trump administration’s July pro-pipeline changes to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) gave the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) new authority to discount greenhouse gas emissions when approving applications for new interstate pipeline construction.

EPA Drops Methane Emissions Rule

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it is dropping rules established in 2016 to limit methane emissions from oil and gas production and pipelines, a move that was applauded by the American Petroleum Institute but may have little effect on much of the industry.

ConocoPhillips Pulls Flaring Permit Extension Request at 41 Texas Sites

ConocoPhillips has withdrawn a request for Texas energy regulators to extend faring permits for 41 production sites in the state.

Anatomy of Frustration: Atlantic Coast and Dakota Access Pipelines

In early July, the U.S. pipeline industry faced down a one-two punch as the $8 billion Atlantic Coast Pipeline was canceled and a federal judge ordered the Dakota Access pipeline shut down.

Underwater: Australia's Oil Industry Faces New Indigenous Heritage Test

A discovery of ancient artifacts near a planned pipeline route off Australia's west coast has opened new challenges for energy companies to conserve indigenous heritage.

Merkel Doesn't Rule Out Sanctions on Nord Stream 2

Chancellor Angela Merkel does not rule out imposing sanctions on a pipeline set to bring Russian gas to Germany in response to the suspected poisoning of a Kremlin critic with a Soviet-style nerve agent, her chief spokesman said on Monday.

U.S. Army Corps Asks Appeals Court to Reverse Dakota Access Ruling

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has asked a court of appeals to reverse a ruling against the Dakota Access pipeline which invalidated an environmental permit that allowed the pipeline to operate on U.S. land.

Draft of EU Methane Strategy Shies Away from Binding Emissions Standards

A draft of the European Union's strategy to reduce methane emissions in the region will not impose binding standards on natural gas imported and sold in the bloc.

AGA: 5 Things U.S. Political Parties Must Keep in Mind When Outlining Energy Platforms

AGA President and CEO Karen Harbert outlines five energy principles that both Democrats and Republicans should consider in their national platforms before the 2020 election

Federal Judge Allows North Dakota to Pursue Protest Reimbursements

A federal judge ruled on Wednesday that North Dakota may pursue reimbursement from the federal government for costs the state incurred in relation to protests against the Dakota Access pipeline.

ConocoPhillips Gets U.S. Green Light for Alaska Oil Project

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management approved ConocoPhillips' plan for drilling in Alaska's National Petroleum Reserve, including roads and pipelines to access the North Slope site.

New Mexico Close to Adopting Oil and Gas Water Rules

Energy regulators in New Mexico are close to adopting a new set of environmental rules regulating produced water from oil and gas operations.

PHMSA Proposed Controversial Changes for Liquid Pipelines

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is in the process of seeking comments on a number of pipeline regulatory reform proposals, one focusing on hazardous liquid pipelines, the other on distribution pipelines.