Community & Environment

Equitrans Expects to Stop Pennsylvania Gas Leak in Next Couple of Days

U.S. energy company Equitrans Midstream Corp. said on Thursday it expected to stop a natural gas leak at its Rager Mountain storage facility in Pennsylvania in the next couple of days.

White House Asks Congress for $500 Million to Modernize Oil Reserve

The Biden administration has asked Congress for $500 million to modernize the U.S. strategic petroleum reserve (SPR), a document outlining the request shows. The SPR oil is stored in hollowed-out, underground salt caverns that can shift and potentially require maintenance when petroleum is removed and replaced.

Green Groups Sue Louisiana Over Venture Global LNG Permit Exemption

Three environmental groups have sued the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources for exempting Venture Global LNG from needing an environmental permit to build a LNG terminal, the organizations said on Wednesday.

One Killed, Two Injured in Petronas-operated Pipeline Explosion in Malaysia

Malaysian state energy company Petronas reported a fire at the Sabah-Sarawak Gas Pipeline near Lawas on Wednesday afternoon, which the Borneo Post online said led to an explosion that killed one person and injured two others.

UGI to Develop Fifth Renewable Natural Gas Project in Upstate New York

(P&GJ) — The project is expected to produce approximately 35 million cubic feet of RNG annually that will be delivered to a local natural gas pipeline serving the regional distribution system.

Mexico's Pemex to Work with EPA to Bring Down Methane Emissions

Mexican state oil company Pemex said Saturday that it would work with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reduce greenhouse gas emissions — especially methane — to meet ambitious international commitments.

Canada, Nigeria Target Oil and Gas Methane Emissions with New Laws

Oil and gas producers Canada and Nigeria have become the latest countries to tackle the potent greenhouse gas methane with laws to rein in emissions in the fossil fuel energy sector.

Enbridge to Sell Stake in Seven Oil Pipelines to Indigenous Groups for $819 Million

Canada's Enbridge Inc. will sell an $818.83 million minority stake in seven Alberta oil pipelines to a group of Indigenous communities, the company said on Wednesday, adding that it may also sell at least part of its Trans Mountain pipeline to Indigenous groups once its expansion is closer to completion.

Sustainability: Energy Company ESG Efforts

(P&GJ) — Late in 2021, a global energy think tank at Columbia University held a private workshop with representatives from the national and international oil, financial, consulting and nongovernment organization (NOC) sectors, along with academia, to better understand the dynamics and impact of the global sustainability movement on the energy space.

Reducing Carbon Footprints at Oil, Gas Infrastructures

(P&GJ) — The energy and resources industry is undergoing one of the most significant shifts in generations. This transition is toward green energy – or renewable energy created from natural resources – that does not release greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions during production.

Activists, Fishermen Argue Rio Grande LNG Terminal Permit is Too Obliging to Industry

Environmental groups and fishermen on Wednesday told a federal appeals court the U.S. government’s permitting for a Gulf Coast natural gas export terminal was too accommodating to industry interests at the expense of wetlands.

Canada Invokes Pipeline Treaty with U.S. to Prevent Shutdown of Enbridge’s Line 5

Canada has invoked a 1977 pipeline treaty with the United States for the second time in less than a year, in this case to prevent a shutdown of Enbridge Inc.’s Line 5 pipeline in Wisconsin, Foreign Minister Melanie Joly said on Monday.

Serious Injury Reported at TC Energy’s NGTL Pipeline Work Site in Alberta

The Canada Energy Regulator said work was stopped at the TC Energy’s NGTL Edson Mainline work site near Caroline, Alberta, after it was notified of a serious, non-fatal injury on Thursday.

Two Oil Pipelines Destroyed by Explosives in Nigeria, Officers Arrest Four

Nigerian police said on Tuesday two oil pipelines that feed the Brass export terminal, one of Nigeria's export streams operated by Italian group Eni, were recently blown up by explosives.

Environmental Groups Attempt to Slow LNG Exports to Europe

Despite Biden’s commitment to get more U.S. LNG to Europe, environmental groups are trying to convince FERC to slow or kill export LNG facilities and pipelines that serve them on mostly environmental grounds.

Michigan Regulators Request More Information on Enbridge’s Line 5 Pipeline Tunnel Project

State of Michigan regulators on Thursday ordered Canada's Enbridge Inc. to file additional information on safety and engineering for its proposed Line 5 oil pipeline tunnel, describing Enbridge's current application as "deficient."

Cheniere Asks Biden Administration for Exemption from Pollution Rule

Cheniere Energy Inc. has asked the Biden administration to exempt it from a pollution rule under the U.S. Clean Air Act, arguing the limits would force the LNG exporter to shut for an extended period and endanger the country's efforts to ramp up supplies to Europe.

FERC Suspends Schedule for Venture Global’s Gas Plant, Pipeline Project in Louisiana

The U.S. energy regulator has suspended the environmental review schedule for Venture Global LNG's proposed CP2 LNG export plant and pipeline in Louisiana.

Pipeline & Gas Journal Accepting Nominations for Annual P&GJ Awards

Pipeline & Gas Journal is accepting nominations for its annual Pipeline & Gas Journal Awards, which will honor the midstream energy segment’s leading innovations and outstanding personal contributions to the industry.

Kinder Morgan Gets FERC Approval to Offer Certified Gas Pooling on TGP System

Kinder Morgan subsidiary Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. LLC (TGP) has received approval from FERC to offer producer certified gas, or responsibly sourced gas, aggregation pooling service across the 11,760-mile pipeline system.

Supreme Court Limits EPA’s Authority to Regulate Carbon Emissions

In a highly anticipated but not unexpected 6-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on June 30, 2022, that the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan exceeded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s authority under the Clean Air Act.

US Energy-Related CO2 Emissions Rose 6% in 2021

In 2021, U.S. energy-related CO2 emissions increased by 296 million metric tons (MMt), or 6%, compared with 2020 levels. This increase followed a rise in economic activity and energy consumption once the initial economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic began to subside.

Rethinking Practices Can Reduce Carbon Footprint for Pipeline Projects

The push to reduce global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is at the forefront as we continue to close in on our 2050 net-zero targets set by the Paris Agreement. Governmental agencies for countries pledged to the cause are clamping down on companies to aid them in their efforts.

Southwestern Energy, Uniper Ink Supply Agreement for Responsibly Sourced Gas

Gas producer Southwestern Energy Co. has signed a multiyear, certified Responsibly Sourced Gas sales agreement with Uniper, one of Germany’s largest publicly listed energy supply companies.

Freeport LNG Plant Suffers Explosion, Nearby Residents Evacuated, Police Say

A explosion and fire on Wednesday hit the massive Freeport LNG liquefied natural gas plant on the Texas Gulf Coast, prompting an evacuation of nearby residents in Quintana, Texas.

NWP 12 Up for Review Again

The Army Corps of Engineers is undertaking a review of Nationwide Permit 12 (NWP 12), which allows gas and oil pipelines to avoid a lengthy, expensive environmental review when building facilities near wetlands.

Hydrogen Blending Well into Climate Change Discussion

The venerable international energy conference, CERAWeek, returned as a live, week-long venue in Houston the second week of March, touting its usual lineup of speakers from around the globe and its topics from A to Z in the energy space.

Securing Pipeline Endpoints Against Rising Global Threats

As Ukrainians fight to hold the line against heavy shelling and missile strikes, Russia is being admonished by Ukraine’s international supporters. Moscow promises to cause as much disruption as possible to its detractors with a full-on cyber retaliation.

Renewable Natural Gas: Pipe Dream or Industry Future?

After several decades of being a favorite of the environmental community, natural gas finds itself amid climate change worries on the outside looking in, seeking to make billions of dollars of pipeline, processing and storage infrastructure relevant in a world hungry for a carbon-free energy future by 2050.

P&GJ Analysis: Biden’s ‘Big Project’ Environmental Reviews

With the Biden administration bringing back a stricter review process for pipeline and other major infrastructure projects later this month – it seemed like a good time to look at the origin of the policy and what the change will entail.