Regulation

Mexico Orders Seizure of Hydrogen Plant at Pemex Oil Refinery

Mexico's government has ordered the expropriation of a hydrogen plant at a Pemex oil refinery that was sold to French company Air Liquide during the previous administration, after officials ordered a temporary occupation of the facility last December.

Biden Appoints Democrat Willie Phillips as Head of FERC

President Joe Biden has promoted Willie Phillips to head the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the White House said on Friday, as the panel gears up to issue rules to help the power grid distribute more electricity from wind and solar power.

Regulator Orders Trans Mountain Expansion Project to Address Deficiencies After B.C. Flooding

The Canada Energy Regulator (CER) has ordered the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project to address environmental deficiencies and noncompliances found following flooding near Abbotsford, British Columbia, the regulator said on Thursday.

U.S. Official: LNG Export Review Should Consider Impact on Green Hydrogen Market

A review of U.S. LNG that the Energy Department will conduct during a pause on new permits should weigh the impact of gas exports on the development of the emerging green hydrogen market, an administration official told Reuters on Wednesday.

Biden Administration's LNG Pause Defended by Top Official in Senate Hearing

A top U.S. Department of Energy official on Thursday defended President Joe Biden's pause on approvals of LNG exports at a Senate hearing called by a fellow Democrat who said he will investigate the decision.

Brent, U.S. Crude Futures Give Up Some Gains on Talk of Gaza Ceasefire

Brent and U.S. crude futures initially climbed over $1 a barrel on Tuesday after the U.S. Energy Department said crude oil production would grow less than forecast but then gave up some of the gains on talk of a possible lengthy cease-fire in the Gaza War.

Court Debates Fate of Biden's Approval for Willow Oil Project in Alaska

In Juneau, Alaska, a panel of appellate judges is deliberating on whether to uphold the Biden administration's green light for ConocoPhillips' Willow oil project within Alaska's federal petroleum reserve on the North Slope.

Tellurian Explores Sale of Haynesville Upstream Business to Finance Driftwood LNG

Tellurian is exploring the sale of its Haynesville upstream business, the LNG firm said on Tuesday, as it looks to raise capital for its Driftwood LNG project.

U.S. Lawmakers Hold First of Two Hearings on Biden's LNG Pause

As Republican and some Democratic U.S. lawmakers slam President Joe Biden's pause on approvals of exports of LNG a House subcommittee held a hearing on the issue on Tuesday, the first of two in Congress this week.

U.S. Says Allies 'Reassured' LNG Pause Does Not Affect Current Exports

U.S. allies concerned about steady supplies of LNG are reassured when they understand President Joe Biden's pause on LNG export approvals does not affect currently permitted shipments, a U.S. State Department official said on Monday.

Delek's Big Spring Refinery Chosen for $95 Million DOE Carbon Capture Pilot Project

Delek US Holdings said on Friday the U.S. Department of Energy has selected its Big Spring refinery for a pilot carbon capture project and would provide up to $95 million of federal funding to support its development.

Canada Regulator Clears Latest Trans Mountain Pipeline Delay of Environmental or Safety Concerns

The Canada Energy Regulator (CER) said on Wednesday that it has not noted any environmental or safety concerns with the latest construction challenges to plague the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

U.S. Official to Testify on Biden's LNG Export Pause at Senate Hearing

A top U.S. Energy Department official will testify at Feb. 8 Senate Energy Committee hearing looking into President Joe Biden's pause on new approvals for LNG exports, the Energy Department said on Thursday.

Methane Standards Hit Pipelines More Gently Than Proposed

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued final methane performance standards for natural gas controllers and compressors, which will require midstream and interstate pipelines to take a new look at their emission controls.

U.S. House to Vote on Reversing Biden's LNG Exports Pause

The U.S. House of Representatives will vote next month on a measure to overturn the Biden administration's moratorium on approvals of new liquefied natural gas exports, Bloomberg reported, citing a Republican lawmaker.

Former Sempra Energy Chief Behind Efforts to Salvage Driftwood LNG Project

U.S. LNG developer Tellurian chose a Lazard Inc. investment banker to right its struggling Driftwood LNG export project, the company's chairman told investors this week.

Environmental Group Unlikely to Challenge Venture Global’s CP2 Construction Permit Approval

Environmentalists are unlikely to challenge in court regulators' expected approval of Venture Global LNG's CP2 export terminal, activist Bill McKibben told Reuters on Tuesday.

U.S. Awards $242 Million in SPR Contracts to Exxon, Macquarie, Phillips 66, Sunoco

The Biden administration has awarded Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) contracts for 3.1 million barrels of oil worth more than $242 million to Exxon, Macquarie, Phillips 66 and Sunoco, the U.S. Energy Department said in a statement on Monday.

Tallgrass Energy, Bridger Commence Open Season for 830-Mile Pony Express Pipeline Expansion

The open season covers the Northwest portion of the Pony Express line, connecting Bridger Pipeline's Guernsey Hub in southeast Wyoming to Pony Express' Guernsey and Sterling origin terminals in Northeast Colorado.

POET's U.S. Midwest Ethanol Plants to Join Summit Carbon Pipeline Project

POET LLC said on Monday the world's largest ethanol producer will partner with Summit Carbon Solutions to capture carbon dioxide emissions at 17 of its U.S. Midwest ethanol plants as part of Summit's multi-state pipeline project.

Concerns Mount Among Activist Investors as Exxon Mobil's Lawsuit Sidesteps U.S. Regulator in Shareholder Dispute

Investors that use shareholder resolutions to pressure companies on environmental and social issues said they are worried that an Exxon Mobil lawsuit bypassing the U.S. securities regulator could undermine their influence.

Russia’s Planned Gas Pipeline to China Faces Construction Delay

Mongolian Prime Minister L. Oyun-Erdene said construction of Russia's planned new Power of Siberia-2 gas pipeline to China, which was expected to start this year, may be delayed.

INGAA Warns of 'Devastating Ripple Effects' Amid Biden’s Halting of LNG Export Terminal Approvals

In response to the decision, Amy Andryszak, president and CEO of INGAA, emphasized the potential consequences, stating, “The administration needs to appreciate that even a ‘pause’ on approvals can potentially cause devastating ripple effects on national security, energy investments, the supply chain, and American workers and consumers."

Biden Halts LNG Export Approvals Amid Climate Pressure, Imperils Projects

President Joe Biden has paused approvals for pending and future applications to export LNG from new projects on Friday, a move cheered by climate activists that could delay decisions on new plants until after the Nov. 5 election.

Sources: Biden to Announce Delay on New LNG Export Terminal Approvals

The Biden administration is expected to announce on Friday that it will begin considering climate impacts in its approvals of new LNG exports, a process that will likely delay decisions on new terminals until after the Nov. 5 presidential election, two sources familiar with the matter said.

Texas LNG Receives Regulatory Approval for Final Investment Decision

Texas LNG, a subsidiary of Glenfarne Energy, obtains permits for its 4 MMtpa LNG export terminal in the Port of Brownsville, Texas, marking a crucial step towards a final investment decision.

White House Pauses Decision on Louisiana LNG Export Terminal

The Biden administration is delaying a decision on a Louisiana LNG export project that would be the United States' largest, but which has raised the ire of environmentalists, the New York Times reported on Wednesday.

EIA: U.S. Crude Stockpiles Slump, Gasoline Builds Amid Winter Storms

U.S. crude oil stockpiles slumped while gasoline inventories jumped last week after winter weather hit crude production and imports, refining, and demand for fuel, the Energy Information Administration said on Wednesday.

U.S. Oil Refiners Ask EPA to Limit Participation in Renewable Fuel Credit Market

U.S. oil refiners have asked President Joe Biden's administration to reform the renewable fuel credit program by restricting who can participate, claiming the current trading environment allows market manipulation and raises fuel costs.

Canada Regulators Face Activist Ire for Trans Mountain Variance Approval

Environmental activists say the CER's conditions around the materials Trans Mountain can use to build the smaller section of pipe are too lenient. However, there is little they can do at this stage to block the approval.