Regulations

Proposed Canadian Policy Could Make Pipelines Responsible for Wellhead-to-Burnertip Greenhouse Gas

The regulatory barrier that halted TransCanada Corp.’s Energy East pipeline conversion last year — blaming pipelines for cargo carbon emissions — would confront all future projects under legislation proposed Thursday by the Liberal government in Ottawa.

February 9, 2018

Pennsylvania Leaning on Federal EPA to Combat Methane at NatGas Sites

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has indicated that it could advance federal recommendations for reducing smog-forming volatile organic compounds (VOC) for the oil and natural gas industry as a way to better address methane emissions from existing sources in the state.

December 15, 2017

Quebec Proposes Modifying Oil, NatGas Regulations

The provincial government of Quebec has published a draft version of proposed regulations governing oil and natural gas activities in the province.

September 22, 2017
Mexico’s Water Use Rules for Unconventional E&P Projects Updated

Mexico’s Water Use Rules for Unconventional E&P Projects Updated

The Mexican government continues to update its environmental regulations as authorities prepare for the first exploration and production (E&P) auction to feature blocks with unconventional oil and natural gas resources since the energy reforms of 2013.

September 5, 2017

House Panel Passes Bills to Change How EPA Conducts Scientific Research

A House panel on Thursday passed along partisan lines a pair of bills designed to alter the way the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) conducts its scientific research, as well as membership in the agency’s Science Advisory Board (SAB).

March 10, 2017

Energy Issues Barely Mentioned in Trump’s First Address to Congress

President Trump devoted less than two minutes of his first address to Congress to discuss energy issues, but he used the plenum Tuesday evening as an opportunity to mention several of his accomplishments during his first weeks in office.

March 1, 2017

House Republicans to Begin Repeal of Obama’s Energy Regs Next Week, Says Majority Leader

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said lawmakers will begin the process of repealing several energy regulations enacted during the Obama administration next week, including rules on methane emissions, water protections and financial disclosures.

January 25, 2017

PA Sen. Wants to Redraft 30-Year-Old Oil/Gas Law to Aid Legacy Producers

Pennsylvania Republican state Sen. Scott Hutchinson circulated a memo last week seeking co-sponsors for legislation that would redraft the Oil and Gas Act of 1984 to clarify its language and address the current challenges facing legacy producers that operate under it.

January 9, 2017

Repeal of Methane Rules Near Top of House GOP’s Agenda

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said Republican lawmakers have yet to decide which regulations from the Obama administration they want to repeal first, but he disclosed that he expected “swift action” on rules governing methane emissions from the oil and gas industry.

January 5, 2017

State Panel Puts Fracking Regulations on Hold in Maryland

A panel of lawmakers in Maryland has reportedly asked the state Department of the Environment (MDE) to delay implementing rules governing hydraulic fracturing (fracking).

January 3, 2017