Politics & Regulation

Stephan Kamphues, Chairman of the Board of Management of Open Grid Europe speaking at 3rd Energy Policy Dialogue in Essen (© 2016 Open Grid Europe)
Stephan Kamphues, Chairman of the Board of Management of Open Grid Europe speaking at 3rd Energy Policy Dialogue in Essen (© 2016 Open Grid Europe)

Gas Pipeline Network to Play an Important Part in the German Energy Transition

Last week, Germany’s largest pipeline operator Open Grid Europe hosted a debate about the Climate Action Plan 2050 and interlinking of sectors at the 3rd Energy Policy Dialogue in Essen. Some 130 decision-makers from the worlds of politics, commerce and society took part in the debate about the energy transition, the interlinking of sectors and the role of gas and gas infrastructure.

Atlantic Sunrise Expansion (copyright by Williams)
Atlantic Sunrise Expansion (copyright by Williams)

Fed Delay of Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline Adds to Williams Partners' Woes

The federal authorization decision of a 318 km natural gas pipeline project in the eastern United States dubbed Atlantic Sunrise has been delayed at least until 30 March 2017 until outstanding environmental issues can be properly studied.

Comment: US Pipeline Construction Likely to Jump Regardless Who Wins the Presidency
Comment: US Pipeline Construction Likely to Jump Regardless Who Wins the Presidency

Comment: US Pipeline Construction Likely to Jump Regardless Who Wins the Presidency

Perhaps no issue better highlights the differences between Hillary Rodham Clinton and Donald Trump as candidates for the U.S. presidency than energy policy.

U.S. Army Corps Engineers  ( © Army Corps Engineers )
U.S. Army Corps Engineers ( © Army Corps Engineers )

The Army Corps of Engineers Grants Final Permits for Bakken Pipeline Project

The controversial 1830 km, 30 inch diameter Bakken oil pipeline has at long last gotten a green light, as The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers granted final permits for the project on July 26. It was the final regulatory hurdle for the project, which received other necessary permits by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the Iowa Utilities Board earlier this year.

Map of Eastring Pipeline (© 2016 Eastring)
Map of Eastring Pipeline (© 2016 Eastring)

Eastring Pipeline Memorandum Signed by Slovakia and Bulgaria Energy Ministers

Slovakia’s Minister of Economy Peter Ziga and Bulgaria’s State Secretary of Ministry of Energy Zeco Stantov were present at the informal Council meeting held in Bratislava on July 13 were both the Energy Ministers signed the Eastring pipeline project’s Memorandum of Understanding. This marks an expression of strong political support for the pipeline project’s effective implementation.

PHMSA Announced $49+ Million in Pipeline Safety Base Grants
PHMSA Announced $49+ Million in Pipeline Safety Base Grants

PHMSA Announced $49+ Million in Pipeline Safety Base Grants

On July 01, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) of the U.S. Department of Transportation have announced more than $49 million in Pipeline Safety Base Grants. This reimbursement will be used as a portion of the operating costs for the state pipeline safety programs.

Northern Gateway Oil Pipeline (© 2016 Northern Gateway)
Northern Gateway Oil Pipeline (© 2016 Northern Gateway)

Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Oil Pipeline Overturned by the Canadian Court

It seems that the woes of Enbridge’s Northern gateway oil pipeline project are far from over. On Thursday, June 30, the approval of the project has been overturned by a Canadian court. The Federal Court cited the reason that the government has not succeeded to properly consult the First Nations affected by the project.

TransCanada Keystone Oil Pipeline (© 2013 shannonpatrick17, https://www.flickr.com/photos/shannonpatrick17/8480337530/in/photostream)
TransCanada Keystone Oil Pipeline (© 2013 shannonpatrick17, https://www.flickr.com/photos/shannonpatrick17/8480337530/in/photostream)

TransCanada Takes Court Action To Recover $15 billion in Keystone XL Pipeline Case

Believing that it has been unjustly deprived of the value of its multi-billion dollar investment in the U.S. energy infrastructure, TransCanada is seeking legal redress for $15 billion in damages from the federal government in Washington, D.C. after the Obama administration rejected the company's Keystone XL Oil Pipeline project last November.

Proposed Trans Mountain Expansion Project (© 2016 Trans Mountain)
Proposed Trans Mountain Expansion Project (© 2016 Trans Mountain)

City of Vancouver Says Halt to Kinder Morgen's Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion

City of Vancouver Says Halt to Kinder Morgen's Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion

Joining the Squamish Nation, the Living Oceans Society, the Raincoast Conservation Foundation, among others, the City of Vancouver has asked the Canadian Federal Court of Appeal to stop Kinder Morgan's $6.8 billion Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion project.

Pipes Act of 2016 Clears House and Moves On To the Senate (© 2016 House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)
Pipes Act of 2016 Clears House and Moves On To the Senate (© 2016 House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)

Pipes Act of 2016 Clears House and Moves On To the Senate

As expected, the U.S. House of Representatives today unanimously approved bipartisan legislation to enhance pipeline safety, clarify safety oversight efforts, and provide greater regulatory certainty in oil and gas transportation.

Donald Trump (© 2015 By Michael Vadon [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
Donald Trump (© 2015 By Michael Vadon [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)

Trump Will Resuscitate the Keystone XL Pipeline if Elected President

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said over the weekend that he would “100 per cent” approve the contentious Keystone XL pipeline previously rejected by President Barack Obama, but he wants “a better deal” for the U.S.

California Public Utilities Commission (©By The original uploader was Coolcaesar at English Wikipedia [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons)
California Public Utilities Commission (©By The original uploader was Coolcaesar at English Wikipedia [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons)

California State Regulators Fine SoCal Gas for Pipeline Safety Violations

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has fined SoCal Gas $2.25 million for 45 safety violations found during inspections in the Mid-City and Harbor area in April and May of 2015. The violations stemmed from the delayed maintenance of corrosion prevention systems, and not from actual corrosion of pipes or casings.