Regulatory

Interior’s GOM Auction Delayed to Square Covid-19 Impacts

Interior’s GOM Auction Delayed to Square Covid-19 Impacts

A federal offshore oil and gas lease set for August has been delayed for three months to assess the impact of Covid-19 on U.S. oil and gas markets. The Department of Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), which oversees the offshore auctions, rescheduled the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) Lease Sale 256 to November. The…

July 21, 2020
NARUC Partnership with DOE to Explore Emerging Natural Gas Technologies

NARUC Partnership with DOE to Explore Emerging Natural Gas Technologies

To share information on novel technologies and investments in natural gas, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) has announced a partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The partnership follows the success of the NARUC-DOE Natural Gas Infrastructure Modernization Partnership (NGIMP) in 2016, which created numerous educational handbooks on natural gas.  The…

July 21, 2020
Louisiana Property Owners Awarded Larger Payout in Court Fight Against Bayou Bridge

Louisiana Property Owners Awarded Larger Payout in Court Fight Against Bayou Bridge

Louisiana landowners involved in a lawsuit over the Bayou Bridge Pipeline (BBP), the last segment of the controversial Dakota Access pipeline system (DAPL), were awarded a larger payout after an appeals court reversed a ruling. In his decision on Thursday, Judge Jonathan Perry of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third in Louisiana said…

July 20, 2020
California Regulators Reiterate Support for Gas Phase Out

California Regulators Reiterate Support for Gas Phase Out

California regulators on Thursday reiterated their intention to help move the state away from fossil fuels as part of support for statewide decarbonization to mitigate climate change. The five members of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) underscored their preference for electrification in unanimously taking action to require wireless communications providers to ensure uninterrupted service…

July 20, 2020
Column:  All the Right Things Were Said, and Much was Omitted, on AMLO’s Trip to Washington

Column: All the Right Things Were Said, and Much was Omitted, on AMLO’s Trip to Washington

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. Prud’homme was central to the development of Cenagas, the nation’s natural gas pipeline operator, an entity formed in 2015 as part of…

July 17, 2020
Williams Scores Approval for Leidy South Natural Gas Project

Williams Scores Approval for Leidy South Natural Gas Project

FERC on Friday approved the Williams Leidy South natural gas pipeline project that would connect Marcellus/Utica shale supply to demand markets along the Atlantic Seaboard ahead of the 2021-2022 winter. The 582,400 Dth/d pipeline, an extension of the massive Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line system, aka Transco, would source gas produced by Cabot Oil & Gas…

July 17, 2020
PG&E Equipment Caused 2019 Wildfire, Says California Investigation

PG&E Equipment Caused 2019 Wildfire, Says California Investigation

A Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) transmission line in the Northern California wine country caused the 77,000-acre Kincade Fire last year, according to an investigation by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The Kincade blaze was caused by PG&E’s electrical transmission lines northeast of Geyserville in Sonoma County, according to the investigation. …

July 17, 2020
Colorado’s Boulder County Extends Moratorium on Oil, Gas Permitting to End of Year

Colorado’s Boulder County Extends Moratorium on Oil, Gas Permitting to End of Year

Colorado’s Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) for Boulder County has extended the existing moratorium on accepting and processing new oil and gas development applications and on seismic testing to December 31. The moratorium was put in place to give BOCC staff time to review and update the county’s oil and gas regulations in light of…

July 17, 2020
Court Blocks Trump Effort to Rescind Obama-Era Methane Rule

Court Blocks Trump Effort to Rescind Obama-Era Methane Rule

A federal judge has vacated the Trump administration’s attempt to rescind an Obama-era rule governing associated natural gas flaring and venting on public and tribal lands, citing “myriad inadequacies” on which the rescission was based, including violating National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulations.  A coalition of environmental and citizens’ groups had argued that the move…

July 16, 2020
AMLO Claims Landmark Energy Reform Created from Corruption as Former Pemex Head Returns to Face Charges

AMLO Claims Landmark Energy Reform Created from Corruption as Former Pemex Head Returns to Face Charges

Mexico officials are expected to return Emilio Lozoya, the former director general of Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex), back home by Friday to face corruption charges after extraditing him from Spain, but there could be even bigger news in the days and weeks to come. Lozoya, the poster boy of Mexico’s energy reform, is aiming to launch…

July 16, 2020
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