Regulatory

FERC Accused of ‘Shirking’ Environmental Review for Alaska LNG Authorization

FERC Accused of ‘Shirking’ Environmental Review for Alaska LNG Authorization

Environmental groups have asked a federal court to order FERC to vacate its authorization for the proposed Alaska liquefied natural gas (LNG) project, arguing the Commission did not adequately review the development’s environmental impacts. In a petition filed last week in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia (DC), the Center for…

September 21, 2021
Alberta Says Keystone XL Provides ‘Responsibly Produced’ Oil from Reliable Canada Partner

Alberta Says Keystone XL Provides ‘Responsibly Produced’ Oil from Reliable Canada Partner

President Biden rejected a top-ranked supplier on the global environment, social and governance (ESG) investment scale by blocking TC Energy Inc.’s Keystone XL oil export pipeline project, according to the Alberta provincial government. “Based on aggregated…performance from the Yale Environmental Performance Index, Social Progress Index, and World Bank Governance Index, Canada is third behind Norway…

September 21, 2021
BLM Headquarters Relocating Back to DC from Colorado

BLM Headquarters Relocating Back to DC from Colorado

The Department of Interior (DOI) said it is relocating the headquarters for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) back to Washington, DC, from Grand Junction, CO. The DOI said “following years of transition and upheaval among the workforce” the change would “enable the bureau to better serve the American public and fulfill its mission as…

September 20, 2021
Enbridge Faces $3.2M in Penalties after Line 3 Construction Said Behind Aquifer Damage

Enbridge Faces $3.2M in Penalties after Line 3 Construction Said Behind Aquifer Damage

Minnesota regulators have determined that Enbridge Inc. must pay $3.2 million in penalties and repairs after construction of the contentious Line 3 oil pipeline replacement project was found to have caused an underground aquifer to leak. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) announced that the mistake has cost a $20,000 administrative penalty, $300,000 for…

September 20, 2021
Natural Gas Pipelines ‘Not at the Forefront’ of Cybersecurity, Experts Warn

Natural Gas Pipelines ‘Not at the Forefront’ of Cybersecurity, Experts Warn

Natural gas pipeline operators must enhance their cybersecurity protocols to avoid breaches like the one that shut down the Colonial Pipeline refined products conduit in May, a panel of experts agreed Wednesday.  Electronic bulletin boards (EBB) are especially vulnerable to hacks, said the panelists participating virtually in the LDC Gas Forums Midcontinent conference in Chicago.…

September 18, 2021
Column: Mexico Federal Budget Shows Pemex and CFE Come First

Column: Mexico Federal Budget Shows Pemex and CFE Come First

Editor’s Note: NGI’s Mexico Gas Price Index, a leader tracking Mexico natural gas market reform, is offering the following column by Eduardo Prud’homme as part of a regular series on understanding this process. The opinions and positions expressed by Prud’homme do not necessarily reflect the views of NGI’s Mexico Gas Price Index. Although Mexico’s energy…

September 17, 2021
Texas Regulators Looking to Improve Natural Gas Infrastructure Post Uri

Texas Regulators Looking to Improve Natural Gas Infrastructure Post Uri

In an effort to reform the rules following Winter Storm Uri last February, the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) has proposed changes to designate critical natural gas infrastructure during energy emergencies. Proposed rule 3.65 specifies the process under which entities that provide natural gas would be designated as critical customers or gas suppliers during an…

September 17, 2021
U.S., Europe Targeting 30% Reduction in Global Methane Emissions by 2030, Says Biden

U.S., Europe Targeting 30% Reduction in Global Methane Emissions by 2030, Says Biden

President Biden said Friday the United States and the European Union will target a 30% reduction in global methane emissions versus 2005 levels by 2030. The president unveiled the Global Methane Pledge in an address kicking off the virtually held Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate. President Biden urged fellow world leaders to sign…

September 17, 2021
North American Natural Gas Buyers Eyeing Certified Supplies for ESG-Minded Customers

North American Natural Gas Buyers Eyeing Certified Supplies for ESG-Minded Customers

Designating natural gas as certified or “responsibly sourced” may do little to reduce its carbon intensity, but as U.S. and overseas customers question how their fuel is produced, the branding is growing in importance to ensure conformity and transparency, according to industry experts. A conundrum of challenges is facing natural gas buyers today, as many…

September 16, 2021
Natural Gas Buyers Looking for Guidance to Recover Costs for Pricier RNG, Low-Carbon Options

Natural Gas Buyers Looking for Guidance to Recover Costs for Pricier RNG, Low-Carbon Options

North American natural gas buyers are ready to embrace low-carbon options for their customers, but executives said they are wary about the dearth of regulatory mandates, which could determine which direction to take. Reducing the carbon footprint is a worthy goal, said DTE Gas Co.’s Eric Schiffer, principal marketing specialist for the DTE Energy Co.…

September 16, 2021
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