Politics & Regulation

Headquarter of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation in Albany
Headquarter of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation in Albany

Constitution Pipeline Fails to Make Its Case For Construction

Constitution pipeline, the $1billion gas pipeline project designed to run 200-km from the Marcellus Shale natural gas field in Pennsylvania to Upstate New York, has thus far failed to meet New York's water quality standards and will not be granted a permit to proceed with construction.

Jordan approves construction of new oil & gas pipeline (ShiningBlack / Shutterstock)
Jordan approves construction of new oil & gas pipeline (ShiningBlack / Shutterstock)

Jordan approves construction of new oil & gas pipeline

Jordan and Iraq have agreed to build a twin oil and gas pipeline from Basra to Aqaba. The new pipeline will help to meet Jordan’s energy needs.

The framework agreement is set to be signed between the Iraq Ministry of Oil and Jordan’s Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources.

FERC To Review Pipeline Policies in Face of Multiple Pipeline Spills by Energy Transfer in Ohio (Joseph Sohm / Shutterstock)
FERC To Review Pipeline Policies in Face of Multiple Pipeline Spills by Energy Transfer in Ohio (Joseph Sohm / Shutterstock)

FERC To Review Pipeline Policies in Face of Multiple Pipeline Spills

Energy Transfer Partners troubled $4.2 billion Rover Pipeline, carrying fracked gas 1150 km across Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Michigan and Canada, has had another accident with a spill of fluids into wetlands near the Tuscarawas River in Ohio.

Plains All American Pipeline to Face Criminal Charges for Massive 2015 Oil Spill on California Coast (jukurae / Shutterstock)
Plains All American Pipeline to Face Criminal Charges for Massive 2015 Oil Spill on California Coast (jukurae / Shutterstock)

Plains All American Pipeline to Face Criminal Charges for Massive 2015 Oil Spill on California Coast

Nearly three years have passed since Plains All American Pipeline 901, a 24-inch subterranean oil pipeline, burst near Refugio State Beach, sending an estimated 140,000 gallons of sticky crude oil down under the U.S. Hwy 101 and into the Pacific Ocean near Santa Barbara.

More and more oil & gas exploration is conducted in the Mediterranean Sea (Andriy Markov / Shutterstock)
More and more oil & gas exploration is conducted in the Mediterranean Sea (Andriy Markov / Shutterstock)

East Med Pipeline To Boost Europe's Energy Security

In yet another effort to enhance European energy security by diversifying sources away from Russia, a consortium of countries including Cyprus, Italy, Greece and Israel will build an 1900 km gas pipeline from the Levantine Basin in the eastern Mediterranean to Greece and Italy in 2025.

Nebraskan Regulators Give Keystone XL Pipeline the Green Light (shannonpatrick / wikipedia)
Nebraskan Regulators Give Keystone XL Pipeline the Green Light (shannonpatrick / wikipedia)

Nebraskan Regulators Give Keystone XL Pipeline the Green Light

TransCanada has obtained final approval from state officials in Nebraska to build the controversial Keystone pipeline across Nebraska, even though these same officials vetoed what TransCanada has viewed as the preferred route.

Regulators in Colorado Getting Serious About Pipeline Leaks (Kara Grubis / Shutterstock)
Regulators in Colorado Getting Serious About Pipeline Leaks (Kara Grubis / Shutterstock)

Regulators in Colorado Getting Serious About Pipeline Leaks

Leakey oil and gas pipelines are commanding the attention of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission as 430 pipelines near occupied buildings recently failed leak-detection tests. While this is only 0.35 percent of the lines tested, state politicians are calling the tests significant and dangerous.

North Dakota State Regulators and Energy Transfer Partners Find Novel Way Out of Dispute (Dmitrijs Kaminskis / Shutterstock)
North Dakota State Regulators and Energy Transfer Partners Find Novel Way Out of Dispute (Dmitrijs Kaminskis / Shutterstock)

North Dakota State Regulators and Energy Transfer Partners Find Novel Way Out of Dispute

North Dakota regulators and Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) have reached an agreement concerning allegations that the Dallas - based company violated state rules during construction of the Dakota Access pipeline.

Court Rejects Bid to Build Pipeline Transporting Fracked Gas Through New York (railway fx / shutterstock)
Court Rejects Bid to Build Pipeline Transporting Fracked Gas Through New York (railway fx / shutterstock)

Court Rejects Bid to Build Pipeline Transporting Fracked Gas Through New York

"Constitution" a proposed 195-km natural gas pipeline championed by the US petroleum industry as well as the executive branch of federal government has been rejected by the U.S. Court of Appeals Second Circuit on environmental grounds.

United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (CC BY-SA 3.0 / AgnosticPreachersKid)
United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (CC BY-SA 3.0 / AgnosticPreachersKid)

New Environmental Ruling With Broad Implications for the US Pipeline Industry

This week the United States witnessed a sea change in the policy of the US government toward pipeline construction.

Indeed, President Trump's program to rebuild America's infrastructure suffered a big blow when a federal court ruled that regulators must examine the pipeline's impact on global climate change before granting approval.

Environmental Concerns Stymie Further Development of the Trans Mountain Oil Pipeline in British Columbia (Stasivanovv / Shutterstock)
Environmental Concerns Stymie Further Development of the Trans Mountain Oil Pipeline in British Columbia (Stasivanovv / Shutterstock)

Environmental Concerns Stymie Further Development of the Trans Mountain Oil Pipeline in British Columbia

The extension of Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain Oil Pipeline to Vancouver's harbor has been indefinitely suspended pending a review of other transportation options.

US Capitol east front, by Martin Falbisoner - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0
US Capitol east front, by Martin Falbisoner - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0

US Sanctions and Nord Stream 2: Now Is the Time for Europe to Act

This week the House of Representatives followed the Senate in voting overwhelmingly to impose broad sanctions on Russia for behavior deemed unacceptable to the United States, particularly the alleged cyber hacking of the US election.