Regulation

State Court Rejects Challenge to Line 3 Pipeline

The Minnesota Supreme Court declined to take up challenges by tribal and conservation groups and ruled that the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission can move forward with an environmental review of Enbridge Energy’s proposal to replace its aging Line 3 crude oil pipeline.

Trump Administration Drops Obama-Era Water Protection Rule

The Trump administration on Thursday revoked an Obama-era regulation that shielded many U.S. wetlands and streams from pollution but was opposed by developers and farmers who said it hurt economic development and infringed on property rights.

US Court Vacates Dominion Atlantic Coast Pipeline Permit

A permit allowing Dominion Energy to build the Atlantic Coast natural gas pipeline from West Virginia to North Carolina has been vacated by an appeals court.

EU to Push for Progress in Ukraine-Russia Gas Talks

The European Union will do all it can to facilitate talks next week between Ukraine and Russia on future gas transits after their contract expires in January, the bloc's energy commissioner said on Wednesday.

Mexico Gets Deal with Final Holdout Firm in Pipeline Contract Dispute

Mexico's government has reached a deal with infrastructure firm Fermaca in its renegotiation of natural gas pipeline contracts signed under the last government, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Wednesday.

Water Infrastructure Bill Introduced

The Senate is looking to pass bipartisan water infrastructure bills aimed mostly at providing funding for dams, irrigation and water conservation, and rejuvenation projects in the Western U.S. under the auspices of the Bureau of Reclamation, an Interior Department agency.

Pipeline Cybersecurity Protection Legislation Moves Forward

House Democrats and Republicans have had trouble agreeing on a pipeline safety bill so far this year, but a second bill on pipeline security faces no such problem.

PHMSA Likely to Accelerate LNG Rail Shipments

Environmentalists are broadening their opposition to natural gas transportation beyond pipelines by opposing the shipment of LNG on rail cars.

U.S. Seeks Dismissal of Tribes' Lawsuit Over Keystone XL

Attorneys for the Trump administration want a U.S. judge to throw out a lawsuit from Native American tribes trying to block the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to Nebraska.

Court Bars PennEast from Seizing N.J. State Property for Pipeline

A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday barred PennEast Pipeline Co from using a federal law to seize properties controlled by the state of New Jersey in order to build a proposed $1 billion natural gas pipeline.

Court Orders FERC to Explain Pipeline Decision

The nation's top appeals court has ordered a federal agency to explain why it approved the construction of a pipeline sending substantial quantities of natural gas to Canada.

EU's Top Court Curtails Gazprom Access to Nord Stream Pipeline Link

Europe's top court on Tuesday overruled a 2016 EU decision allowing Russia's Gazprom to ship more gas via the Opal gas pipeline, which links the company’s Nord Stream pipeline to Germany.

New York Vows to Fight FERC Ruling on Consitution Pipeline

The New York regulatory agency that failed to act on a water quality certification for Williams' planned Constitution Pipeline said it will fight a federal ruling that it waived the decision through inaction. Some analysts, however, predicted the project may move ahead to completion by 2021.

Shell Delays U.S. Lake Charles LNG Export Project to 2025

Royal Dutch Shell has asked to extend the time by which it should complete its planned LNG export project in Louisiana with partner Energy Transfer by five years to 2025, regulatory filings showed.

Canadian Court Allows New Challenges to Trans Mountain Expansion After Previous Government Approval

Canada's Federal Court of Appeal on Wednesday agreed to hear six challenges to the Canadian government's earlier approval of an expansion of the Trans Mountain oil pipeline, potentially adding to delays ahead of an October election.

Virginia Regulators Say Dominion Profits Too High

Virginia's largest electric utility earned $277 million more in profits last year than what regulators say is reasonable and its customers could see huge bill increases in coming years, state regulators said in a new report.

INGAA Responds to Proposed Methane Rule

INGAA responded to the EPA's proposed methane rule by citing the strong commitment its members have made to maintain pipeline integrity and safety, emphasizing their their determination to minimize environmental impact even if regulations are relaxed.

Feds Clear Way for Williams Pipeline over NY Objections

Federal regulators have cleared the way for a Williams Partners natural gas pipeline to move forward despite New York’s denial of a water quality permit that had blocked the project.

EPA Calls for Rescinding Methane Rules for Oil & Gas Industry

The Trump administration moved Thursday to revoke Obama-era regulations on climate-changing methane leaks from oil facilities, a proposal that environmental advocates said would renounce key federal legal authority to regulate the gas' outsize damage to the climate.

Nord Stream 2 Investor OMV Says Project Can Still Meet Deadline

The chief executive of Austrian energy firm OMV said the Nord Stream 2 company has not changed its expected completion date and could still deliver the project on time and budget, despite Denmark's still-pending decision on a construction permit.

Tellurian Files for FERC Review of Permian Global Access Pipeline

Tellurian has asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to initiate a review of its proposed Permian Global Access Pipeline following an oversubscribed open season for the 625-mile natural gas project from West Texas to Southeast Louisiana's growing LNG export market.

Pipeline Shippers Challenge Plains' Steel Tariff Surcharge

Two U.S. shale producers have challenged an energy pipeline operator's proposed surcharge for the Trump administration's 25% tariff on imported steel, raising the stakes for pipeline builders facing higher construction costs.

China's CNPC Suspends Venezuelan Oil Loading Due to U.S. Sanctions: Sources

China National Petroleum Corp, a leading buyer of Venezuelan oil, has halted August loadings following the latest U.S. sanctions on the South American exporter, three sources with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Monday.

MEG Energy Opposes Proposed Enbridge Pipeline Changes

Oil sands producer MEG Energy has written to Canada's energy regulator to oppose pipeline company Enbridge Inc's plan to introduce long-term fixed volume contracts on its Mainline system.

EQM Stops Some Work on Mountain Valley Pipeline

EQM Midstream Partners LP has told U.S. federal regulators the company would stop some work on its long-delayed Mountain Valley natural gas pipeline from West Virginia to Virginia as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reviews a couple of permits.

Russia May Put Pipeline Company Transneft in Charge of Oil Terminals

Russia may transfer the running of oil intake terminals to state-owned pipeline company Transneft, according to a government website, after a privately-owned terminal was blamed earlier this year for contaminating oil supplies.

2 Pennsylvania Constables Charged for Pipeline Security Work

Prosecutors say two Pennsylvania constables have been arrested for misusing their elected positions to work as “hired guns” for a natural gas pipeline.

Montana Judge Sets Date for Keystone XL Lawsuit Hearing

A Montana judge won’t take up the latest dispute between the Trump administration and environmental groups over the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline until this fall.

Enbridge Needs U.S. Approval to Restart Pipeline after Kentucky Blast

Canadian energy company Enbridge Inc said it is working to meet the terms of an order from federal regulators so it can restart the part of its Texas Eastern pipeline in Kentucky that was damaged in a blast on Aug. 1 that killed one person.

Rare Split Vote May Signal Tighter Regulation of Future Permian Flaring

The chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission cast a rare vote against a flaring permit in the Permian Basin, citing concern over the "frequency and ease" with which the state's oil and gas regulatory body has permitted crude producers to burn associated gas.