Regulatory

California Looks to Shore Up Power Supply, Possibly with Natural Gas, to Prevent Summer Outages

California Looks to Shore Up Power Supply, Possibly with Natural Gas, to Prevent Summer Outages

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) on Thursday approved a series of actions to reduce the risk of power outages during extreme heat events, including possible increased natural gas-fired generation from existing plants. Following prolonged heat waves across the western United States in 2020 and 2021, the measures aim to reduce energy demand and increase…

December 3, 2021
Phillips Sworn in at FERC, Giving Democrats 3-2 Majority

Phillips Sworn in at FERC, Giving Democrats 3-2 Majority

FERC’s newest commissioner, Willie L. Phillips, was sworn in Friday, returning the agency to its full complement of five sitting members. Phillips, nominated by President Biden in September and confirmed by the Senate last month, replaces Republican Neil Chatterjee for a term expiring June 30, 2026. Phillips joins the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission after most…

December 3, 2021
Texas Steps Up Oversight of ‘Critical’ Natural Gas Infrastructure in Wake of Winter Storm Uri

Texas Steps Up Oversight of ‘Critical’ Natural Gas Infrastructure in Wake of Winter Storm Uri

The Texas Railroad Commission (RRC) has adopted rules designating the “critical” natural gas suppliers and customers during energy emergencies in the wake of last February’s Winter Storm Uri. RRC Chairman Wayne Christian said the commission “adopted a ‘critical designation’ rule to ensure our natural gas supply is prepared for future energy emergencies…critical facilities including more…

December 2, 2021
Pembina Scraps Plans for Jordan Cove LNG in Oregon After Years of Setbacks

Pembina Scraps Plans for Jordan Cove LNG in Oregon After Years of Setbacks

Pembina Pipeline Corp. is abandoning plans to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) export project and related pipeline in Oregon, citing ongoing regulatory setbacks in a filing with federal regulators on Wednesday.  “Despite diligent and persistent efforts, Applicants have not been able to obtain the necessary state-issued permits and authorizations from various Oregon state agencies,”…

December 2, 2021
Michigan Governor ‘Shifts’ Strategy on Line 5 Pipeline, Resuscitates 2019 Lawsuit

Michigan Governor ‘Shifts’ Strategy on Line 5 Pipeline, Resuscitates 2019 Lawsuit

After losing one legal battle, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has revived a dormant state court lawsuit in an attempt to shut Enbridge Inc.’s 540,000 b/d Line 5 oil pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac. Whitmer said Tuesday the strategy was “shifting” after dropping an unsuccessful action on Line 5 in federal court. The governor directed…

December 1, 2021
What’s Ahead for Lower 48 Oil and Gas Players in 2022? Listen Now to NGI’s Hub & Flow

What’s Ahead for Lower 48 Oil and Gas Players in 2022? Listen Now to NGI’s Hub & Flow

Click here to listen to the latest episode of NGI’s Hub & Flow podcast in which NGI’s Patrick Rau, director of Strategy & Research, shares takeaways from the third quarter energy company earnings results and insight into what’s ahead for operators in the Lower 48. In “Shale 4.0 — Natural Gas Earnings Takeaways from 3Q21,”…

December 1, 2021
U.S. Friendlier to Natural Gas, Oil Investments than Canada, Execs Say

U.S. Friendlier to Natural Gas, Oil Investments than Canada, Execs Say

Policies and regulations in the U.S. oil and natural gas patch, led by Texas, are viewed as substantially more favorable to investment than in Canada, according to the latest survey by the Fraser Institute. The 2021 Canada-US Energy Sector Competitiveness Survey by the Vancouver-based think tank asked 71 senior executives in the petroleum sector to…

December 1, 2021
Federal Oil, Natural Gas Auctions Facing Changes as Interior Proposes Higher Royalty Rates

Federal Oil, Natural Gas Auctions Facing Changes as Interior Proposes Higher Royalty Rates

The U.S. oil and natural gas industry need not fear a federal drilling ban — for now — but royalty rates may be hiked for the first time in a century and leasing terms could be tightened based on an analysis by the Department of Interior. After taking office in January, President Biden issued Executive…

November 30, 2021
Canada Regulators Say No to Long-Term Oil Contracts on Enbridge Mainline

Canada Regulators Say No to Long-Term Oil Contracts on Enbridge Mainline

A 28-month fight over access to Enbridge Inc.’s oil Mainline ended in defeat Friday for its plan to sell decades-long contracts to fill 90% of the conduit’s capacity for 3 million b/d to a handful of refineries and brokers. “Mainline contracting would likely reduce the access to pipeline capacity realistically available to certain shippers,” said…

November 29, 2021
Oil, Natural Gas Industry Facing Higher Costs, Scrutiny in Federal Auctions

Oil, Natural Gas Industry Facing Higher Costs, Scrutiny in Federal Auctions

The U.S. oil and natural gas industry need not fear a federal drilling ban — for now — but royalty rates may be hiked for the first time in a century and leasing terms could be tightened based on an analysis by the Department of Interior. After taking office in January, President Biden issued Executive…

November 29, 2021
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