Politics & Regulation

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Oil pipeline loaded on railcars (copyright by Shutterstock/Stephen B. Thornton)

The Trump Administration Gives Keystone XL A Strategic Victory

Though courtroom challenges still hang like a dark cloud over the $8 billion, 1,930-km oil sands pipeline construction project, the Trump administration today approved a right-of-way allowing Keystone XL to be built.

Atlantic Coast Pipeline Map (copyright by Atlantic Coast Pipeline)
Atlantic Coast Pipeline Map (copyright by Atlantic Coast Pipeline)

Opponents of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline Achieve Victory in Big Court Case

Against a backdrop of proposed changes to environmental rules to speed up pipeline projects, inter alia, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia has rejected Dominion Energy's application for a permit to operate a natural gas compressor station integral to the development of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

Nord Stream 2 Construction stopped - Russia Counts on the EU (Copyright: Axel Schmidt / Nord Stream 2)
Nord Stream 2 Construction stopped - Russia Counts on the EU (Copyright: Axel Schmidt / Nord Stream 2)

Nord Stream 2 Construction stopped - Russia Counts on the EU

Following the US sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 pipeline and the halt of all remaining construction works, Russia now expects the European Union to find a way out of the situation. The EU has an interest in its own energy security at acceptable prices, said the Russian Vice-Chancellor Dmitry Kozak.

Comment: Nordstream 2 In Final Push To Greifswald (Copyright by Axel Schmidt / Nord Stream 2)
Comment: Nordstream 2 In Final Push To Greifswald (Copyright by Axel Schmidt / Nord Stream 2)

Comment: Nord Stream 2 In Final Push To Greifswald

The United States government has long maintained that the development of a second Nord Stream gas pipeline would render Europe too dependent on gas from Russia, making the continent vulnerable to political manipulation.

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TurkStream pipeline (copyright by TurkStream)

TurkStream to provide Serbia with Russian gas

Work on expanding the Turkish Stream pipeline to Serbia should be completed in the coming weeks. Russian President Vladimir Putin explained this at a meeting with his Serbian counterpart Aleksandar Vučić.

Putin said: "Serbia has been connected to the gas pipeline network, which is an extension of the Turkish Stream gas pipeline".

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FBI agent wearing FBI uniform (copyright by Shutterstock / Dzelat)

An FBI Corruption Investigation Ensnares Energy Transfer in Pennsylvania

Doubts surrounding the awarding of the multibillion dollar Mariner East natural gas liquids pipeline system in Pennsylvania have given rise to an FBI corruption investigation into Dallas-based Energy Transfer.  The focus of the agents’ questions involves the permitting of the pipeline, whether Governor Thomas Wolf's administration forced the environmental protection staff to approve constructio

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Enbridge Energy Headquarter (Copyright by Shutterstock/ JHVEPhoto)

Enbridge Energy's Aging Line 3 To Be Examined by Minnesota Regulators

Minnesota regulators at the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) will take up the approval process for Enbridge Energy's controversial plan to replace its decrepit Line 3 crude oil pipeline across northern Minnesota.

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PHMSA Logo (copyright by PHMSA)

New PHMSA Rules to Enhance Pipeline Safety in the United States

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), otherwise known as America's pipeline regulator, has been deliberating for years on ways to strengthen its regulatory framework and at long last issued three new pipeline safety rules that will materially affect the way the over 804,672 km of pipelines are operated in the United States.

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Rusted Sunoco barrel (copyright by Shutterstock/arcticphotoworks)

Sunoco's Mariner East pipeline recieves another penalty

Sunoco Pipeline LP, a subsidiary of Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), has been fined $319,000 for violating environmental regulations pertaining to its Mariner East pipeline system, which is the latest among $13.5 million in penalties assessed on the controversial project in numerous counties of Pennsylvania since 2017.

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Turkey and Bulgaria (copyright by Shutterstock/Sasha_Strekoza)

Eastern European Transboundary Gas Pipeline Project To Be Signed This Week

Boyko Borissov, Prime Minister of Bulgaria, announced at the 12th Annual Summer University of GERB Youth Organization that a gas pipeline contract from Turkey through Bulgaria, Serbia, Hungary and Austria is expected to be signed on 5 September 2019.   He added that the energy project will help to ensure diversification of supplies and that together with the gas interconnector, Greece will achi