Politics & Regulation

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Iran - Pakistan Gas Pipeline Victim of U.S. - Iran Confrontation

For years Pakistan has been negotiating with its regional neighbor Iran about importing Iranian natural gas.  Seeking to bolster its energy security by cutting a deal with its energy - rich next door neighbor, planning in Islamabad was in full swing.  But the US withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, otherwise known as the Iran Nuclear Deal, in 2015, and the subsequent rise in

Trump signing the Presidential memoranda to advance the construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines. January 24, 201
Trump signing the Presidential memoranda to advance the construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines. January 24, 201

President Trump's Plans for More Pipelines Stalls Amid Regulatory Challenges

U.S. President Donald Trump signed executive orders last week to speed up the construction of transnational and national pipeline projects.

This comes after making promises on the campaign trail for the presidency to remove regulatory barriers to energy projects.

 The Hemicycle of the European Parliament in Strasbourg during a plenary session (Photo by Diliff, License: CC-BY-SA 3.0)
The Hemicycle of the European Parliament in Strasbourg during a plenary session (Photo by Diliff, License: CC-BY-SA 3.0)

Natural gas: Parliament extends EU rules to pipelines from non-EU countries

To provide legal clarity for operators and competitive gas supply for all Europeans, the Members of the European Parliament (MEP) approved new gas market rules to bring incoming pipelines under EU law.

Keystone in No Man's Land (shannonpatrick17 / CC BY 2.0)
Keystone in No Man's Land (shannonpatrick17 / CC BY 2.0)

Trump Overrides Environmental Concerns and Gives Keystone XL a Green Light

President Trump has issued a presidential edict to “construct, connect, operate, and maintain pipeline facilities at the international border” at Phillips County, Montana, “for the import of oil from Canada to the United States.” The edict thus provides TransCanada, the Canadian pipeline company, a significant boost as it considers its final investment decision on the $8 billion project.

Jerusalem: Four-way talks about pipeline to Europe (Copyright: Mission of Isreal to the EU and NATO)
Jerusalem: Four-way talks about pipeline to Europe (Copyright: Mission of Isreal to the EU and NATO)

Jerusalem: Four-way talks about pipeline to Europe

Israel wants to strengthen its alliance with Cyprus and Greece with a natural gas project in the Mediterranean. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Cypriot President Nikos Anastasiadis, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Jerusalem on Wednesday evening.

Nord Stream 2 Not A Done Deal (WindVector / Shutterstock)
Nord Stream 2 Not A Done Deal (WindVector / Shutterstock)

On the Bratsva Pipeline through the Ukraine: Russia Says What Europe Wants To Hear

In what could be seen as a sop to placate nervous European and American powers over the future shipment of Russian gas through Nord Stream 2 to Germany, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said that Moscow is amenable to further shipments of gas via the existing Bratsva and Soyuz pipeline systems, providing certain conditions are met.

The interior of the United States Supreme Court (Phil Roeder, CC BY 2.0)
The interior of the United States Supreme Court (Phil Roeder, CC BY 2.0)

Stalled Atlantic Coast Pipeline Seeks Redress at the US Supreme Court

Dominion Energy will appeal to the United States Supreme Court a lower court ruling maintaining that U.S. Forest Service did not have the authority to authorize the 974-km Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) from crossing a portion of the Appalachian Trail.

SoCalGas Charged With Shirking Its Responsibilities Under California State Law
SoCalGas Charged With Shirking Its Responsibilities Under California State Law

SoCalGas Charged With Shirking Its Responsibilities Under California State Law

SoCalGas, a utility providing natural gas for home heating and other uses to nearly 22 million people across Southern and Central California with a checkered safety history in the state, is under scrutiny for a 2017 explosion caused by a gas leak, which affected a residential neighborhood in Ontario and caused “severe damages to nearby garages and injury to one person.”

Milestone Eminent Domain Ruling Greenlights Penneast Pipeline (Sergey_R)
Milestone Eminent Domain Ruling Greenlights Penneast Pipeline (Sergey_R)

Milestone Eminent Domain Ruling Greenlights Penneast Pipeline

The consortium of companies seeking to build a 120-mile-long natural gas pipeline in Pennsylvania and New Jersey has won a federal court case over its right to eminent domain.

The ruling allowing the company to build is welcome news for the pipeline industry, which has been dealt a series of setbacks pertaining to other pipelines in the country.

GASCADE-Employees are checking the construction (Copyright: Gascade)
GASCADE-Employees are checking the construction (Copyright: Gascade)

EUGAL: Approval for Northern Section Obtained

Construction of the section of the European Gas Pipeline Link (EUGAL) in Saxony, Germany, can begin in September. The planning approval decision was handed over to the company in charge of the project, GASCADE Gastransport GmbH, by the Dresden office of the state authorities in Saxony today, Thursday, 6 September 2018.

Permit for Dakota Access oil pipeline granted by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (NittyG  / CC BY-SA 4.0)
Permit for Dakota Access oil pipeline granted by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (NittyG / CC BY-SA 4.0)

Permit for Dakota Access oil pipeline granted by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Over a year ago a judge ruled that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers would again need to review the environmental impact of the Dakota Access Oil Pipeline. The Army Corps has now completed that second review and renewed the permit for the pipeline.

Example for illegal pipeline tapping (copyright: ptc-paper-database)
Example for illegal pipeline tapping (copyright: ptc-paper-database)

Russian President Vladimir Putin signs law of criminal liability for tappings into pipelines

The respective document is placed on the official legal information resource. The new law augments the article 215.3 (Disabling Oil, Gas and Petroleum Products Pipelines) of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation with a new clause.