Regulation

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.

Federal Court Disallows FERC Use of ‘Tolling Orders’

A federal court tossed out a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) policy that the commission has used to extend rehearing periods so it could spend more time examining typically landowner or environmental groups’ complaints about FERC approvals of new construction applications.

Supreme Court Reinstates Permit 12, Excludes Keystone XL

The U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the Army Corps of Engineers’ (Corps) use of Nationwide Permit 12 but refused to let TC Energy resume construction of its Keystone XL pipeline under the fast-track permit.

Developers Cancel Long-Delayed Atlantic Coast Pipeline

The developers of the long-delayed, 600-mile (965-km) Atlantic Coast Pipeline canceled the multistate natural gas project, citing recurring litigation, permitting uncertainties and mounting costs.

Energy Transfer Vows to Keep Dakota Access Oil Flowing

Energy Transfer has vowed to fight a court order to shut down and empty the Dakota Access oil pipeline (DAPL), contending that U.S. District Judge James Boasberg overstepped his authority with the ruling.

Trump Administration Rolls Back Curbs on Methane Emissions

The Trump Administration will officially roll back regulations concerning methane emissions from oil and gas operations on Thursday.

Judge Gives U.S. Three Weeks to Detail Dakota Access Pipeline Options

A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to provide options for resolving the loss of a permit for the Dakota Access oil pipeline by the end of the month.

U.S. Department of Interior Approves Issuance of Permits for Alaska LNG Pipeline

The U.S. Department of the Interior has announced its decision to approve the issuance of rights-of-way permits for the Alaska LNG Pipeline Project.

U.S. Appeals Court Allows Dakota Access Pipeline to Keep Running

A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday said that the Dakota Access Pipeline does not have to be shut and drained per a lower court order.

Poland Fines Gazprom $57 Million Over Nord Stream 2

Gazprom has been fined nearly $60 million by Polish energy regulators for failing to cooperate with requests regarding the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

Trump Allows Keystone Pipeline to Ship More Canadian Oil After Expansion Stalls

President Donald Trump has issued a presidential permit to allow TC Energy's Keystone oil pipeline to ship nearly 30% more Canadian crude as the company's' proposed expansion of the pipeline has again been stalled by legal hurdles.

Kinder Morgan Reports Loss After $1 Billion Charge

Kinder Morgan reported a second-quarter net loss of $637 million after downgrading the value of some assets due to the market impact of Covid-19.

New Mexico Proposes Crackdown on Methane Emissions

New Mexico has proposed a new set of rules that would require oil and gas producers in the state to capture at least 98% of methane emissions by 2026.

Federal Judge Blocks Trump Administration's Easing of Rule on Methane Emissions

A federal judge on Wednesday blocked an attempt by the Trump administration to roll back a rule on cutting methane emissions from oil and gas operations on federal and tribal lands.

Trump Revamps Key Environmental Law in Bid to Fast Track Pipelines

President Trump announced plans on Wednesday to expedite the permitting process for major infrastructure projects, including oil and gas pipelines.

U.S. Extends Sanctions on Companies for Work on Russian Pipelines

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Wednesday that the country will be extending sanctions against companies working on two major Russian pipelines if the firms do not halt their work.

U.S. Appeals Court Grants Dakota Access Temporary Stay of Shutdown Order

A U.S. appeals court has granted the Dakota Access pipeline a temporary stay to allow the line to continue flowing during the legal proceedings.

Natural Gas Efficiency Programs Pay Off in Reduced Costs, Carbon Emissions

North American natural gas utilities have been spending nearly $4 million a day for programs to make customers more efficient use of the fuel. A new study shows those investments are paying off.

Guest Commentary: The Two-Front War on Pipelines

Pipeline opponents have raised their game, skillfully and aggressively scoring wins against projects on two fronts: in the courts and regulatory proceedings on both the federal and state sides.

Senate Water Infrastructure Bills Pass Committee

Two separate bills passed by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will increase authorization levels for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds.

FERC Policy Statement on ROE Favors Pipelines

A new FERC policy on interstate oil and gas pipeline return on equity (ROE) follows a similar policy concerning utility lines but allows for the differences between the two industries.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to Appeal Dakota Access Shutdown

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced it will appeal a federal judge's shutdown order against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Options for Low-Pressure System Now Requiring Overpressure Protection

Events over the last several years have proven the inherent risks that can be present in older low-pressure gas distribution systems. As a result, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has investigated the problems and made several recommendations.

FERC Approval Gives Alaska LNG 10 Years to Start Operations

Federal authorization for the Alaska liquefied natural gas (LNG) project sets a 10-year deadline to start operating the gas pipeline and liquefaction plant, twice as much time as regulators have generally allowed for other U.S. LNG export terminal developers to build multibillion-dollar facilities.

A Little Good News from Back East

The pipeline industry in the U.S. Northeast finally got some positive news on the permitting front, when New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) received the go-ahead to move forward with construction work on a controversial 30-mile (48-km) section of the Southern Reliability Link (SRL) pipeline in New Jersey.

Dakota Access Seeks Stay of Pipeline Shutdown Order Pending Appeal

Dakota Access has asked a federal court to stay its previous order to shut down and empty the pipeline within 30 days while an appeal of the decision is decided.