Regulations

Court: FERC Has ‘Full Mouth of Teeth to Enforce Rules, Laws

Prior to the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct), FERC was “sort of like a snaggletooth tiger,” but it has a “full mouth of teeth now” to enforce its rules and regulations, said the agency’s top cop Wednesday.

June 21, 2007

FERC Proposes Rule to Improve Transparency of Gas Market

FERC last Thursday issued proposed rules that seek to revise existing agency regulations to improve the transparency of transportation and sale of wholesale natural gas in the United States.

April 23, 2007

MMS Proposes Metering of Flared, Vented Gas on OCS

Interior Department’s Minerals Management Service (MMS) has proposed a “complete rewrite” of its regulations on production rates, burning oil and venting and flaring natural gas on the federal Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).

March 19, 2007

MMS Proposes Metering of Flared, Vented Gas on OCS

Interior Department’s Minerals Management Service (MMS) has proposed a “complete rewrite” of its regulations on production rates, burning oil and venting and flaring natural gas on the federal Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).

March 14, 2007

FERC Audits Companies’ Compliance with Gas Price Reporting Rules

FERC has begun auditing several energy companies to determine whether they are complying with the agency regulations governing the reporting of prices on natural gas trades to published indexes.

September 11, 2006

FERC Audits Companies’ Compliance with Gas Price Reporting Rules

FERC on Tuesday initiated audits of several energy companies to determine whether they are complying with the agency regulations governing the reporting of prices on natural gas trades to published indexes.

August 30, 2006

Waivers Allow Duke to Divest Gas Transportation Contracts in Preparation for Cinergy Merger

In anticipation of its planned merger with Cinergy Corp., Duke Energy on Friday was granted limited waivers of FERC’s policies and regulations to divest itself of a number of natural gas transportation contracts associated with certain West Coast and East Coast generation power plants that will not be part of the asset base of the merged company.

February 28, 2006

FERC Issues Proposed Changes to Merger Reviews

FERC last Monday proposed rules and amendments to the Commission’s regulations to implement merger review provisions of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct 2005), which amended section 203 of the Federal Power Act (FPA).

October 10, 2005

BLM Puts Hold on Proposed Processing Fees for Oil, Gas Permits

In response to the newly enacted energy bill, Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) plans to put on hold portions of proposed regulations that would have allowed it to implement fees to recover costs associated with oil, natural gas and geothermal leasing, including the processing of oil and gas applications for permits to drill (APDs) and geothermal permits to drill (GPDs).

August 31, 2005

FERC Waivers Granted to Offset Impact of NGPL Amarillo Line Repairs on Shippers

FERC on Tuesday granted Natural Gas Pipeline Co. of America (NGPL) waivers of its tariff and agency regulations to mitigate the effect of planned repairs on its Amarillo Line to its shippers.

August 25, 2005