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Market Weighs European Storage, Winter Risks as Natural Gas Forwards, Futures Retreat

Market Weighs European Storage, Winter Risks as Natural Gas Forwards, Futures Retreat

Amid erosion of value in the futures market as traders continued to try to price in winter supply risks, regional natural gas forwards pulled back sharply throughout the Lower 48 during the Aug. 31-Sept. 7 period, NGI’s Forward Look data show. From coast to coast, hubs posted fixed price declines of $1-plus for October delivery,…

September 9, 2022
Cheniere Says LNG Exports Won’t be Curbed by EPA Decision on Pollution Rule

Cheniere Says LNG Exports Won’t be Curbed by EPA Decision on Pollution Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) this week denied Cheniere Energy Inc.’s request for an exemption from a reinstated air pollution rule that will now force the company to work toward compliance.  Cheniere spokesperson Eben Burnham-Snyder said the agency’s decision will likely result in “unwarranted expenditures,” but the company does not expect it to have a…

September 7, 2022
SCOTUS Ruling on Power Plant Emissions Seen as Warning to Federal Agencies to Tread Lightly

SCOTUS Ruling on Power Plant Emissions Seen as Warning to Federal Agencies to Tread Lightly

This week’s Supreme Court ruling in the case of West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) should be interpreted as a warning to federal agencies not to overstep their explicit statutory authority in crafting regulations, according to legal and energy experts. At the heart of the case was whether EPA had legal authority under section…

July 1, 2022
Biden’s EPA Acts to Reverse Trump-Era Rule, Bolster State Power to Block Natural Gas Pipelines

Biden’s EPA Acts to Reverse Trump-Era Rule, Bolster State Power to Block Natural Gas Pipelines

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under President Biden took action to unwind a rule that curbs the power of states, territories and Native American tribes to block natural gas pipelines and other energy projects that could pollute waterways. For 50 years, states and tribes had authority under the Clean Water Act (CWA) to protect…

June 7, 2022
Biden Administration’s 2023 Budget Doubles Down on Energy Transition

Biden Administration’s 2023 Budget Doubles Down on Energy Transition

Even as President Biden has stressed the short-term need to increase oil and natural gas output and expedite liquefied natural gas (LNG) project development, the 2023 budget released by the administration Monday focuses almost entirely on transitioning away from fossil fuels. The president’s 2023 budget request for $5.3 trillion total includes funds for the Department…

March 29, 2022
Biden Administration Says Slashing U.S. Oil, Natural Gas Methane Emissions to Cost ‘Pennies’ Per Mcf

Biden Administration Says Slashing U.S. Oil, Natural Gas Methane Emissions to Cost ‘Pennies’ Per Mcf

The United States is set to impose sweeping limits on methane emissions from oil and gas operations as the Biden administration ups its commitment to tackle global warming. Once enacted, the rule’s impact on natural gas and oil prices from 2023-2035 would cost “pennies per bbl of oil or Mcf of gas,” the Environmental Protection…

November 2, 2021
Trump-Era Limits on CWA Scope Axed by District Judge as Biden Agenda Moves Forward

Trump-Era Limits on CWA Scope Axed by District Judge as Biden Agenda Moves Forward

A U.S. district judge has rebuffed Trump-era limits on the scope of the Clean Water Act (CWA), vacating a rule that the Biden administration had already targeted for revision as part of broader efforts to strengthen federal environmental protections. An order handed down by the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona Monday vacated…

August 31, 2021
Biden Administration Gives States, Tribes More Time to Review Some Pipeline Projects

Biden Administration Gives States, Tribes More Time to Review Some Pipeline Projects

The Biden administration is moving to give states and tribal authorities more leeway in approving or denying permits for projects that include oil and natural gas pipelines that cross waterways. Under Section 401 of the federal Clean Water Act (CWA), states and authorized tribes have allowed to grant, deny or waive certification for proposed federal…

August 24, 2021
Congress Approves Restoration of Obama-Era Methane Rules for Oil, Natural Gas Industry

Congress Approves Restoration of Obama-Era Methane Rules for Oil, Natural Gas Industry

The House on Friday voted to restore Obama-era controls on methane emissions from the oil and natural gas sector that had been partially rescinded by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Trump administration. The measure passed by a margin of 229-191 under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) after 52-42 passage by the Senate, and…

June 25, 2021
Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Trump Regulatory Rollback Affecting GHG Emissions

Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Trump Regulatory Rollback Affecting GHG Emissions

A federal appeals court struck down a Trump administration rule intended to relax federal oversight of air pollution from coal- and natural gas-fired power plants. The reversal of the Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule, issued by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia on Tuesday, concluded that Environmental Protection Agency officials under…

January 20, 2021
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