Politics & Regulation

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.

Donald Trump signing orders to green-light the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines on 24 January 2017 (@ 2017 Office of the President of the United States)
Donald Trump signing orders to green-light the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines on 24 January 2017 (@ 2017 Office of the President of the United States)

Keystone XL Pipeline Gets Another Lease on Life

President Trump announced this past Friday that a construction permit for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline has been granted by the State Department.

European Court of Justice in Luxembourg (Peter Fuchs / Shutterstock)
European Court of Justice in Luxembourg (Peter Fuchs / Shutterstock)

Poland and the Ukraine move to block Gazprom's access to OPAL

In a bid to counter Gazprom''s access to Germany's Opal gas pipeline, Ukrainian state energy company Naftogaz is attempting to join Polish gas supplier PGNiG in a court case challenging the EU decision granting Gazprom greater access to the pipeline,
as ptj reported previously.

European Union to stop cartel proceedings against Gazprom (cbies / Shutterstock)
European Union to stop cartel proceedings against Gazprom (cbies / Shutterstock)

European Union to stop cartel proceedings against Gazprom

After two years, a delicate conflict between Russia and the European Union could soon be over. The European Union Commission wants to stop the a antitrust-suit against Gazprom after the Russian state has made concessions. However, before the procedure is actually terminated, interested parties should have the opportunity to comment, said Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager.

Pennsylvania historic twin wooden covered bridges (MarkVanDykePhotography / Shutterstock)
Pennsylvania historic twin wooden covered bridges (MarkVanDykePhotography / Shutterstock)

Long-awaited Rover Gas Pipeline Gets the Green Light

Energy Transfer Partners' proposed $4.2 billion, 1147 km Rover natural gas pipeline from Pennsylvania to Ontario, Canada has been approved by the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission after a two year review.

US Army releases land for pipeline in North Dakota
US Army releases land for pipeline in North Dakota

US Army releases land for pipeline in North Dakota

The US Army has given permission to carry the last section of the Dakota Access oil pipeline leading over one of their sites. End of January, President Trump revived the two controversial pipeline projects Keystone-XL and Dakota Access, which had been stopped by Trump’s predecessors, Obama.

National Energy Board to Review Energy East
National Energy Board to Review Energy East

National Energy Board to Review Energy East

Energy East, the proposed 4,500-kilometre $15.7 billion pipeline that would carry more than a million barrels a day of Canadian crude from Alberta to refineries and an export terminal in St. John, will be reviewed once again by the Canadian National Energy Board.

Work on the troubled project has been delayed numerous times since it was publicly announced in 2013.

Bulgaria and Serbia Agree to Work Together in Constructing Pipeline Interconnector  (Argus / Shutterstock)
Bulgaria and Serbia Agree to Work Together in Constructing Pipeline Interconnector (Argus / Shutterstock)

Bulgaria and Serbia Agree to Work Together in Constructing Pipeline Interconnector

In a long anticipated move to enhance the security of supply, reduce dependency on Russia and boost regional cooperation, Bulgaria and Serbia have signed an agreement to jointly build a 150 km gas pipeline between the two countries.

The so-called Interconnector Link is expected to be operational by the end of 2020.

Sioux Indians Secure Legal Victory in Effort to Thwart Construction of Pipeline
Sioux Indians Secure Legal Victory in Effort to Thwart Construction of Pipeline

Sioux Indians Secure Legal Victory in Effort to Thwart Construction of Pipeline

Though President Trump signed an Executive Order this week to expedite the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline, James Boasberg, a Federal judge, has ruled that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers should begin with a full environmental study of the disputed crossing of the Missouri River in North Dakota.

Trump revives Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines (Shutterstock / Evan El-Amin)
Trump revives Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines (Shutterstock / Evan El-Amin)

Trump revives Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines

U.S. President Donald Trump has signed a number of executive orders to advance approval of the controversial Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines. His administration takes a swift step forward to finally enable the construction of these two pipelines, which both had been blocked by former president Barack Obama’s administration.

New PHMSA Rule to Strengthen Pipeline Safety Requirements
New PHMSA Rule to Strengthen Pipeline Safety Requirements

New PHMSA Rule to Strengthen Pipeline Safety Requirements

Building on a series of deliberations over the past year designed to strengthen the regulatory environment pertaining to gas leaks and pipeline operations, the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) said on Friday it has passed a rule to boost safety requirements on the country's oil and refined products pipelines.