Regulatory

Maritime Administration Pauses Review of New Fortress Energy’s Fast LNG Project

Maritime Administration Pauses Review of New Fortress Energy’s Fast LNG Project

An environmental review of New Fortress Energy Inc.’s (NFE) LNG project proposed offshore of Louisiana could be delayed after the Maritime Administration (MARAD) paused the process while seeking more information from the firm, recently published documents show. In documents published for the first time publicly on Sept. 8, MARAD confirmed it had paused the review…

September 16, 2022
Fatal Tetco Incident in 2019 Said Combination of Pipeline Defect, Degraded System

Fatal Tetco Incident in 2019 Said Combination of Pipeline Defect, Degraded System

A manufacturing defect, a degraded coating and an ineffective corrosion prevention system contributed to a fatal explosion and fire on Enbridge Inc.’s Texas Eastern Transmission (Tetco) natural gas pipeline near Danville, KY, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said Wednesday. The August 2019 Tetco Line 15 rupture and subsequent fire caused one death and sent…

September 16, 2022
Mexico-U.S. Energy Tensions Ease As Focus Shifts to Shared Opportunities

Mexico-U.S. Energy Tensions Ease As Focus Shifts to Shared Opportunities

Energy sector tensions between the United States and Mexico have quieted in recent days as both sides work to change the narrative towards cooperation.  U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo and Secretary of State Antony Blinken were in Mexico City on Monday to speak to top officials, including Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Orador, in what…

September 13, 2022
Oil, Gas Industry Expresses Concern Over Changes at Mexico’s Upstream Regulator

Oil, Gas Industry Expresses Concern Over Changes at Mexico’s Upstream Regulator

Mexico’s Hydrocarbon Companies Association (AMEXHI) has urged the country’s Senate to expedite the appointment of a new head at upstream regulator Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos (CNH). Former head Rogelio Hernández’s resignation was made public last week, meaning the CNH now has three active members. By law, the CNH requires four commissioners for duties to be…

September 12, 2022
Natural Gas Infrastructure Deemed ‘Critical’ in Texas Required to Weatherize by Dec. 1

Natural Gas Infrastructure Deemed ‘Critical’ in Texas Required to Weatherize by Dec. 1

Natural gas infrastructure considered “critical” by the state will be required to weatherize operations under rules approved Tuesday by the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC).  Objections by consumer and watchdog groups failed to sway the three-member commission, which enacted the rules unanimously.  Critics in comments sent to RRC and in person at the open meeting…

September 2, 2022
Maine Supreme Court Revives New England Transmission Project Deemed Vital to Energy Transition

Maine Supreme Court Revives New England Transmission Project Deemed Vital to Energy Transition

The Maine Supreme Judicial Court delivered a victory on Tuesday  for advocates of a transmission line that would connect renewable hydropower supply in Quebec with demand in New England. Fifty-nine percent of Maine voters had effectively voted down the New England Clean Energy Connect (NECEC) project via a referendum dubbed Question 1 in November 2021.…

September 2, 2022
‘Midsummer Boost’ in July for Lower 48 Oil, Natural Gas Permitting Led by Permian

‘Midsummer Boost’ in July for Lower 48 Oil, Natural Gas Permitting Led by Permian

A rebound in Permian oil and gas permitting, along with a lift in the Haynesville and Marcellus shales, lifted the Lower 48 count in July to a three-year high, according to state and federal data. The “midsummer boost” compiled by Evercore ISI analysts, found that permitting overall rose by 707 month/month (m/m) and was 63%…

August 26, 2022
FERC Gives MVP Another Four Years to Reach Finish Line

FERC Gives MVP Another Four Years to Reach Finish Line

FERC has granted the heavily scrutinized Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) another four years to finish construction and enter service, a move that could augur well for the embattled natural gas project’s political and regulatory future. In an order filed Tuesday, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission gave MVP until Oct. 13, 2026, to complete what has…

August 24, 2022
USMCA Energy Consultations Could Damage Mexico Economy, Expert Lawyer Says

USMCA Energy Consultations Could Damage Mexico Economy, Expert Lawyer Says

Mexico needs to reach an agreement during the consultation period with its commercial partners in the United States-Mexico-Canada-Agreement (USMCA) as part of a dispute over energy policies, Teresa Gallegos, an expert attorney in the Mexican energy industry, told NGI’s Mexico GPI.  If it doesn’t, “Mexico will be in a very unfavorable position which will without…

August 19, 2022
Enbridge Line 5 Scores U.S. Court Victory, as Battle with Michigan Continues

Enbridge Line 5 Scores U.S. Court Victory, as Battle with Michigan Continues

A four-year campaign by Michigan to shut down Enbridge Inc.’s 540,000-b/d Line 5 oil pipeline across the Straits of Mackinac suffered a setback in federal court Thursday that included a rebuke from the bench. U.S. District Court Judge Janet Neff of the Western District of Michigan dismissed a motion by Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel…

August 19, 2022