Regulation

Biden Backs Scaled-Down Version of ConocoPhillips Alaska Oil Project

President Joe Biden's administration said on Wednesday it would support a scaled-back version of ConocoPhillips' planned $6 billion Willow oil and gas drilling project in Alaska but has not yet made a final decision on the contentious proposal.

Carbon Pipeline Company Sues Iowa County Over Local Siting Ordinance

The developer of a Midwest carbon capture pipeline network has sued Shelby County in Iowa, saying its ordinance restricting the siting of hazardous pipelines is overruled by a federal pipeline safety law.

2,000-Mile Carbon Pipeline Project Sparks Battle Among North Dakota Landowners

(P&GJ) — Landowners from North Dakota gave testimony on Jan. 27 in favor of and against Summit Carbon Solutions' use of eminent domain to construct a 2,000-mile carbon pipeline network beneath hundreds of homes and farms in the Midwest.

Peninsula Pipeline Receives Approval to Expand Natural Gas Infrastructure in Nassau County, Florida

(P&GJ) — Peninsula Pipeline Co. will construct new infrastructure in two phases. Phase one involves the construction of three new pipeline segments, which consist of steel pipe, new regulator stations and improvements, a new gas injection point and three new points of delivery. Phase two of the project involves the installation of two new steel pipeline segments.

Texas Oil Regulator Advises Pipeline Operators to Prepare for Severe Winter Conditions

The Texas oil regulator on Sunday advised oil and gas pipeline operators to secure equipment and facilities after forecasts for severe weather over the next several days.

Pipeline Operator Kinder Morgan Sees Tax Credits Speeding Up Clean Energy Investments

U.S. funding for clean energy projects will help energy pipeline operator Kinder Morgan accelerate its investments in renewable natural gas and carbon sequestration, executives said on Wednesday.

US Issues License to Trinidad and Tobago to Develop Venezuela Offshore Gas Field

The Biden administration has granted a license to Trinidad and Tobago to develop a major gas field located in Venezuelan territorial waters, U.S. and Trinidad officials said on Tuesday, marking a further easing of some sanctions on Venezuela.

Exxon Stops Routine Gas Flaring in The Permian, Wants Others to Follow

Exxon Mobil Corp. said it has stopped routine flaring of natural gas from production in the top U.S. shale basin and will press for stronger regulations for rivals to do the same, company officials said in an interview.

Energy Secretary Granholm Says Biden Would Veto House Republican Bill on Oil Reserve

President Joe Biden will veto a bill by U.S. House of Representatives Republicans on the Strategic Petroleum Reserve if it passes Congress, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said on Monday.

Santos Faces New Delay on Barossa Gas Pipeline Due to Heritage Assessment

Santos Ltd. faces a new delay developing the Barossa gas project off northern Australia after a regulator ordered it to evaluate environmental risks to underwater indigenous cultural heritage before starting pipeline construction.

EPA Ups Ante on Pipeline Methane Emissions

(P&GJ) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has once again proposed to tighten the vise on interstate pipeline methane emissions. EPA’s supplemental Clean Air regulatory proposal in November 2022 doubles down on a never-finalized proposed rule issued in November 2021, which the transmission industry slammed for unrealistic emission controls on wet seal compressors, pneumatic controllers and rod packing and other equipment.

APGA Perspective: Policymakers Need to Incentivize Natural Gas Innovations

(P&GJ) — Energy security, affordability and efficiency remain top-of-mind for American consumers. As such, the role of natural gas in our country’s future energy mix has sparked continuous debate among voters and policymakers.

U.S. Department of Energy Rejects Initial Bids to Resupply Oil Stockpile

The U.S. Department of Energy has rejected the first batch of bids from oil companies to resupply a small amount of oil to the nation’s emergency crude oil stockpile in February, according to a DOE spokesperson.

Environmental Groups Sue to Stop Texas Gulf Coast Export Facility, Pipeline Project

Environmental groups have sued the US to overturn the approval of the SPOT oil-export facility and related pipeline project off the Texas Gulf Coast. The terminal will be able to load two supertankers at a time and export 2 MMbbls of crude oil per day.

Mexico's Pemex Destroyed Resources Worth $342 Million from Two Top Gas Fields

Mexican state oil company Pemex illegally burnt off hydrocarbon resources worth more than $342 million in the three years up to August 2022 at two of its most important new fields, internal documents from the country's oil regulator showed.

Chinese Oil Major CNOOC Wins Ruling Against Canada's Pembina Pipeline

Canada's Pembina Pipeline Corp. unjustly discriminated against Chinese oil major CNOOC Ltd. by refusing access to storage facilities in Edmonton, Alberta, the Canada Energy Regulator has ruled. The Edmonton terminal is part of the TransMountain pipeline system and is fed by 20 feeder pipelines coming from different parts of Alberta.

Tennessee Community Pushes Against Kinder Morgan’s 32-Mile Cumberland Pipeline Project

(P&GJ) — Residents in Dickson County, Tennessee, are hesitant to welcome Kinder Morgan’s 32-mile-long Cumberland gas pipeline project in the community, citing concerns over living within the pipeline's "explosion zone," a fear sparked by a 1996 explosion in a neighboring town.

UK Court Rules $1.15 Billion Funding for Mozambique LNG Project is Lawful

The British government's funding of up to $1.15 billion for an LNG project in Mozambique is lawful, a London court ruled on Friday, dismissing an appeal by Friends of the Earth.

NATO, EU Launching Task Force to Protect Pipelines Following Nord Stream Attack

NATO and the EU are launching a task force to boost the protection of critical infrastructure in response to last year's attack on the Nord Stream gas pipelines and Russia's "weaponizing of energy," the organizations’ leaders said on Wednesday.

API Unveils Plan to Prioritize US Natural Gas, Northeast Pipeline Development

(P&GJ) — The American Petroleum Institute (API) President and CEO Mike Sommers has released a new report and outlined the policies needed to make, move and improve American energy and prioritize U.S. natural gas and oil as a long-term strategic asset.

German Green Group Files Complaint Seeking Shorter LNG Terminal License

A German environmental group has lodged a complaint calling for the operating license of a new floating LNG terminal at Wilhelmshaven to be shortened by a decade, citing its discharging of chlorine and risks to Germany's climate targets.

Spire STL Gas Pipeline Project Backed by FERC Following Legal Woes

(P&GJ) — The Spire STL Pipeline has been reissued a permanent certificate by FERC to operate the 65-mile (105-km) natural gas system, stating the project sufficiently satisfies economic needs in the St. Louis region.

US Pipeline Regulator Probing 60-Barrel Leak on Colonial's Line 3

Top U.S. pipeline operator Colonial Pipeline on Wednesday shut its Line 3 for unscheduled maintenance in response to a "product release" at its Witt delivery station near Danville, Virginia. PHMSA is monitoring the estimated 60-barrel leak on the company's Line 3 pipeline in Virginia, a source told Reuters on Thursday.

Biden Names Democrat Willie Phillips as Acting Head of FERC

President Joe Biden has named Willie Phillips, a Democrat, acting chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, FERC said on Tuesday. Phillips joined the commission in December, 2021 after being appointed by Biden and approved by Congress. Phillips will be the first African-American to take the reigns at FERC.

ONEOK Seeks FERC Approval for 155-Mile Permian-Mexico Connector Pipeline

Saguaro Connector Pipeline filed for a presidential permit application with FERC to construct and operate facilities for the exportation of natural gas at a new international border-crossing at the U.S. and Mexico border in Hudspeth County, Texas. The pipeline would consist of approximately 155 miles of 48-inch-diameter natural gas pipeline originating at the Waha Hub in Pecos County, Texas.

RRC Launches Investigation into Service Issues with Gas Distribution Operator Atmos Mid-Tex

(P&GJ) — The Railroad Commission on Dec. 27 launched an investigation on the performance of Atmos Energy Mid-Tex Division’s gas distribution system during last week’s Winter Storm Elliott.

Italy Court Ruling Allows Work on Tuscan LNG Terminal to Proceed

An Italian administrative court has ruled against a request for a precautionary halt on works for a new LNG terminal in the Tuscan port city of Piombino, saying it did not pose an immediate threat to public safety.

FERC Rejects Environmental Concerns About Gas Pipeline Projects

(P&GJ) — The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) continues to dispatch environmental objections to pipeline projects. Even Chairman Richard Glick, who had originally made reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions his guiding light, is turning a deaf ear.

Using Regulation to Develop Natural Gas Systems

(P&GJ) — Engineering design serves as a fundamental pillar of the lifecycle of an engineering project. The fundamentals of engineering design use industry standards combined with federal, state and municipal codes to produce a construction-ready engineering package.

TC Energy Submits Restart Plan for Keystone Pipeline to US regulator

TC Energy Corp. has submitted a restart plan for its Keystone pipeline to U.S. safety regulator Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) which is being reviewed, according to a source on Tuesday.