Regulatory

Q&A with Lisa Viscidi on Mexico’s Natural Gas Market Development

Q&A with Lisa Viscidi on Mexico’s Natural Gas Market Development

Editor’s Note: NGI’s Mexico Gas Price Index, a leader tracking Mexico natural gas market reform, is offering the following question-and-answer (Q&A) column as part of a regular interview series with experts in the Mexican natural gas market. This 33rd Q&A in the series is with Lisa Viscidi, Director of Energy, Climate Change & Extractive Industries…

June 26, 2020
Pennsylvania Regulators Failed to Protect Public from Natural Gas Development Problems, Says Grand Jury

Pennsylvania Regulators Failed to Protect Public from Natural Gas Development Problems, Says Grand Jury

  A Pennsylvania grand jury has accused state regulators of failing to adequately oversee unconventional natural gas development, recommending new laws to better protect water supplies and air quality.   Attorney General (AG) Josh Shapiro said a report released by the grand jury following a two-year investigation shows “systematic failure” by the state’s top oil and…

June 26, 2020
Colorado Governor Appoints Five-Member Oil, Natural Gas Commission as Part of Legislative Overhaul

Colorado Governor Appoints Five-Member Oil, Natural Gas Commission as Part of Legislative Overhaul

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis has appointed the members of a new, professional, five-member Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) to replace the former nine-member volunteer group. The creation and subsequent transformation of the COGCC was mandated by state Senate Bill (SB) 181, which Polis signed into law last year. The legislation overhauled regulations governing…

June 26, 2020
Enbridge Temporarily Shuts Off Line 5 Ahead of Court Hearing in Michigan

Enbridge Temporarily Shuts Off Line 5 Ahead of Court Hearing in Michigan

Enbridge Inc. obeyed a court order Thursday to shut off its 540,000 b/d Line 5 pipeline that crosses the Straits of Mackinac until a hearing scheduled for Tuesday (June 30) on a Michigan state request for an injunction against resuming oil flows. An Ingham County, MI, judge granted a temporary restraining order sought by Michigan…

June 26, 2020
AMLO Denies Iberdrola Natural Gas Plant Cancellation as Tension with Private Sector Mounts

AMLO Denies Iberdrola Natural Gas Plant Cancellation as Tension with Private Sector Mounts

Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador denied Thursday that Spain’s Iberdrola SA is pulling out of its planned $1.2 billion natural gas-fired combined-cycle plant in the port city of Tuxpan. “There is no official information. It’s a journalistic story,” López Obrador said during his daily press conference.  On Wednesday, Tuxpan Mayor Juan Antonio Aguilar, told…

June 25, 2020
Pennsylvania Regulators Failed to Protect Public from Natural Gas Development Problems, Says Grand Jury

Pennsylvania Regulators Failed to Protect Public from Natural Gas Development Problems, Says Grand Jury

Pennsylvania Attorney General (AG) Josh Shapiro on Thursday said a two-year grand jury investigation into unconventional natural gas development uncovered “systematic failure” by regulators to protect the public from the risk of industry operations. The grand jury report recommended new state laws to better protect water supplies and manage air pollution.  “This report is about…

June 25, 2020
Minnesota AG Claims ExxonMobil, API and Koch ‘Perpetuating Fraud’ Regarding Climate Change

Minnesota AG Claims ExxonMobil, API and Koch ‘Perpetuating Fraud’ Regarding Climate Change

Minnesota Attorney General (AG) Keith Ellison on Wednesday sought to prevent ExxonMobil, the American Petroleum Institute (API) and three Koch Industries entities from continuing “deceptive practices” regarding climate change.  In the complaint filed in Ramsey County, Ellison said he is seeking to hold the companies and API “accountable for perpetuating fraud against Minnesotans” regarding “claims…

June 25, 2020
Nevada ‘Clean Cars’ Program Aims to Boost Low-Emissions Sales

Nevada ‘Clean Cars’ Program Aims to Boost Low-Emissions Sales

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak on Monday introduced a multi-year regulatory effort to promote more low- and zero-emission vehicle sales, including natural gas vehicles (NGV) and the use of renewable natural gas (RNG).  New regulations, targeted for 2024, would be part of the “Clean Cars Nevada,” involving the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) and Department…

June 25, 2020
Mexico Regulator Gives OK to Burgos Exploration Projects South of Texas Border

Mexico Regulator Gives OK to Burgos Exploration Projects South of Texas Border

Mexico’s upstream oil and gas regulator, Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos (CNH), has approved the appraisal plan by exploration and production firm Pantera Exploración y Producción to drill two wells in the Burgos Basin south of the Texas border.  One well is the Patriota-106DEL in Tamaulipas state, part of a modification to the evaluation program approved…

June 24, 2020
Wyoming, Montana Push for U.S. Supreme Court to Rule on Coal Export Dispute

Wyoming, Montana Push for U.S. Supreme Court to Rule on Coal Export Dispute

Wyoming and Montana on Tuesday filed briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court challenging as unconstitutional the state of Washington’s rejection of an export terminal to process the states’ coal supplies for export to Asian markets. The two states in January asked the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on Washington’s denial of a water permit for…

June 24, 2020