Permitting

Virginia Regulators Bring MVP One Step Closer to Construction Restart with Water Quality Permit

Virginia Regulators Bring MVP One Step Closer to Construction Restart with Water Quality Permit

The Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) received a new water quality permit from Virginia regulators last week, a development that could prove critical in the embattled Appalachian natural gas conduit’s quest to overcome regulatory setbacks and finish construction. Virginia’s State Water Control Board, on the recommendation of staff from the state Department of Environmental Quality, on…

December 20, 2021
Sempra Pushes Second LNG Export Facility on Mexico’s Pacific Coast Ahead in Queue

Sempra Pushes Second LNG Export Facility on Mexico’s Pacific Coast Ahead in Queue

San Diego-based Sempra Infrastructure said it could sanction a second liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal on Mexico’s Pacific Coast ahead of another planned U.S. export project. In discussing third quarter 2021 results, Sempra Infrastructure CEO Justin Bird said the Vista Pacifico LNG export facility would be similar in size to Phase 1 of the…

November 8, 2021
Spire Rehearing Request Rebuffed by DC Circuit as Pipeline Awaits FERC Action

Spire Rehearing Request Rebuffed by DC Circuit as Pipeline Awaits FERC Action

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia (DC) Circuit on Tuesday rebuffed a request filed by Spire STL Pipeline LLC to reconsider an earlier decision that vacated the Midwest natural gas conduit’s FERC certificate. The circuit court denied a petition for panel rehearing filed by Spire and its affiliate Spire Missouri Inc.,…

September 9, 2021
ConocoPhillips Evaluating ‘Options’ After Willow Project in Alaska Rebuked by Court

ConocoPhillips Evaluating ‘Options’ After Willow Project in Alaska Rebuked by Court

A federal judge on Wednesday voided Bureau of Land Management (BLM) approval of ConocoPhillips’ massive Willow development envisaged for Alaska’s North Slope, citing a failure by BLM to analyze the project’s downstream greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In a written ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason of the District of Alaska said the environmental impact…

August 19, 2021
Quebec Quashes Energie Saguenay LNG Terminal on Environmental Grounds

Quebec Quashes Energie Saguenay LNG Terminal on Environmental Grounds

Quebec upheld its reputation as no-go territory for fossil fuel projects Wednesday by denying environmental approval for a US$10.6 billion liquefied natural gas (LNG) export plan. GNL Quebec’s proposed Energie Saguenay terminal and Gazoduq pipeline failed to prove it would cut global greenhouse gas emissions, provincial Environment Minister Benoit Charette said in announcing the rejection.…

July 22, 2021
Small-Scale LNG Gaining Edge in Northeast Amid Pipeline Constraints, Climate Targets

Small-Scale LNG Gaining Edge in Northeast Amid Pipeline Constraints, Climate Targets

The challenge of transporting natural gas to energy-hungry consumers in the Northeast is continuing to create opportunities and spur demand for small-scale applications and virtual pipeline services throughout the region. Despite the sharp uptick in gas production from the prolific Appalachian Basin over the last decade, pipeline constraints remain an issue in the Northeast, particularly…

July 15, 2021
Domestic Oil, Gas Permitting Sputters in June, but Sharply Higher from Pandemic-Ridden 2020

Domestic Oil, Gas Permitting Sputters in June, but Sharply Higher from Pandemic-Ridden 2020

U.S. oil and gas drilling permitting has risen sharply from a year ago, but the gains are uneven, with the Denver-Julesburg (DJ) and Powder River basins drying up, while Haynesville Shale activity has increased, according to data compiled by Evercore ISI. The domestic permit count climbed by 32% in June from a year earlier, and…

July 13, 2021

Enbridge Expecting Delays for Line 5 Tunnel as Army Corps Orders EIS for Disputed Project

A U.S. environmental review is expected to delay construction of the proposed Straits of Mackinac tunnel for Enbridge Inc.’s Line 5, the 540,000 b/d oil pipeline that serves Central Canada and the Midwest The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will require a formal environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Line 5 project, said Acting Assistant…

June 24, 2021
Texas and California Oil, Gas Permitting Turns South in May

Texas and California Oil, Gas Permitting Turns South in May

The U.S. drilling permit count reversed by 23% in May month/month and was down 3% from a year ago, Evercore ISI said in its latest summary of nationwide data. The energy analyst firm each month compiles oil and gas permitting figures using state and federal data.  April permitting had bounced up by double digits from…

June 10, 2021
Texas, Montana AGs Leading Charge to Reinstate Keystone XL Permit

Texas, Montana AGs Leading Charge to Reinstate Keystone XL Permit

Texas and Montana are leading a multistate lawsuit against the Biden administration for revoking the Keystone XL (KXL) crude oil pipeline’s 2019 presidential permit, arguing the administration lacks unilateral authority to overturn energy policy set by Congress. Upon taking office Jan. 20, President Biden issued an executive order (EO) rescinding the approval granted by President…

March 18, 2021
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