Politics & Regulation

the Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project (© 2016 Coastal GasLink)
the Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project (© 2016 Coastal GasLink)

TransCanada Clears Last Regulatory Hurdle Before Investment Decision on British Columbia Gas Pipeline

TransCanada has received the final permits from the B.C. Oil and Gas Commission for the $4.8 billion, 650 km Coastal GasLink pipeline from northeast B.C. to the west coast B.C. to serve export markets.

PHMSA Awarded Broad Authority To Shut Down Pipelines and Mandate Leak Detection Technologies (© 2016 PHMSA)
PHMSA Awarded Broad Authority To Shut Down Pipelines and Mandate Leak Detection Technologies (© 2016 PHMSA)

PHMSA Awarded Broad Authority To Shut Down Pipelines and Mandate Leak Detection Technologies

In yet another legislative step to strengthen regulatory oversight of the national pipeline network at the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), the House Energy and Commerce Committee approved a series of measures known as H.R.

Line 3 oil pipeline between Alberta and Wisconsin (© 2014 Government of Canada)
Line 3 oil pipeline between Alberta and Wisconsin (© 2014 Government of Canada)

The National Energy Board of Canada Gives a Conditional Nod to Enbridge's North American Pipeline Scenario

In a decision which could have far-reaching consequences for the North American pipeline landscape, the independent National Energy Board (NEB) of Canada has given conditional approval Enbridge's application to replace its 1,660 km Line 3 oil pipeline between Alberta and Wisconsin.

PHMSA's Mandate Extended With New Powers for Pipeline Oversight and Regulation (© 2016 The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee )
PHMSA's Mandate Extended With New Powers for Pipeline Oversight and Regulation (© 2016 The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee )

PHMSA's Mandate Extended With New Powers for Pipeline Oversight and Regulation

The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee of the House of Representatives last week unanimously approved bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) of the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) for four years and maintain the safety of the United States' pipeline network.

Keystone Oil Pipeline Operating Again After PHMSA Gives The Go-Ahead (© 2016 TransCanada )
Keystone Oil Pipeline Operating Again After PHMSA Gives The Go-Ahead (© 2016 TransCanada )

Keystone Oil Pipeline Operating Again After PHMSA Gives The Go-Ahead

TransCanada's Keystone Pipeline has received the green light from the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials and Safety Administration (PHMSA) to resume operations at reduced pressure, after a discovered leak nearly two weeks ago forced the company to shut the pipeline down.

Peter Watson Chair/CEO of National Energy Board of Canada(© 2016 NEB)
Peter Watson Chair/CEO of National Energy Board of Canada(© 2016 NEB)

National Energy Board of Canada To Impose Additional Safety Regulations on Pipeline Operators

In a decision highlighting a new openness and transparency regarding regulatory operations that protect public safety and the environment, the National Energy Board of Canada will require pipeline companies to publish their emergency procedures manuals online for public viewing by 30 September 2016.

Aliso Canyon gas leak site (© 2015 Scott L from Los Angeles, United States of America (1_D4C1832) [CC BY-SA 2.0])
Aliso Canyon gas leak site (© 2015 Scott L from Los Angeles, United States of America (1_D4C1832) [CC BY-SA 2.0])

More Exacting Federal and State Regulations Expected After Natural Gas Leak Is Finally Plugged in Southern California

Sixteen weeks after high levels of methane gas were detected leaking from a storage facility owned by Southern California Gas Company (SoCal Gas - the nation's largest natural gas distribution utility) in Aliso Canyon, the California Department of Conservation has declared that the leak has been permanent sealed with concrete.

PHMSA Says External Pipeline Corrosion At Fault For Last Spring's Santa Barbara Oil Spill (© 2016 PHMSA)
PHMSA Says External Pipeline Corrosion At Fault For Last Spring's Santa Barbara Oil Spill (© 2016 PHMSA)

PHMSA Says External Pipeline Corrosion At Fault For Last Spring's Santa Barbara Oil Spill

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has determined in its preliminary report issued this week that external pipeline corrosion was the root cause of the devastating 19 May 2015 Santa Barbara oil spill, spoiling miles of coastline more than 100 miles away on Los Angeles beaches.

Cyprus – Israel - Greece Trilateral Summit Declaration (© 2016 Republic of Cyprus, Ministry of Interior)
Cyprus – Israel - Greece Trilateral Summit Declaration (© 2016 Republic of Cyprus, Ministry of Interior)

Greece, Cyprus and Israel Contemplate a New Offshore Gas Pipeline to Europe

Leaders of Greece, Cyprus and Israel met last week in Nicosia to explore the possibility of constructing a gas pipeline from newly-discovered offshore gas fields in Israel to Greece via Cyprus.

TransCanada Takes On The US Government Over Keystone XL Pipeline Rejection (© 2015 TransCanada)
TransCanada Takes On The US Government Over Keystone XL Pipeline Rejection (© 2015 TransCanada)

TransCanada Takes On The US Government Over Keystone XL Pipeline Rejection

TransCanada, the Canadian energy giant aspiring to be the leading energy infrastructure company in North American, has filed suit against the Obama administration for rejecting last November the proposed 2,639-mile cross-border oil pipeline to the U.S. Gulf Coast known as Keystone XL.

Gaz Transmission and Hazardous liquid pipeline (© 2015 PHMSA - Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration)
Gaz Transmission and Hazardous liquid pipeline (© 2015 PHMSA - Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration)

Senate Passes New Legislation to Enhance the Safety of the 2.5 million miles of pipelines in the United States

Last week the Senate Commerce Committee passed the Safe Pipes Act, a preliminary step to reauthorize the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) before House and ultimately Executive Level approval.

Major Pipeline Systems and Frontier Activities Regulated by the National Energy Board (© 2013 National Energy Board)
Major Pipeline Systems and Frontier Activities Regulated by the National Energy Board (© 2013 National Energy Board)

The National Energy Board of Canada Raises the Pipeline Transparency Bar

The Canadian National Energy Board (NEB) has announced that it will post its inspection reports of the country's 73,000 km pipeline it oversees on the regulator's website.

 Barack Obama (© 2015 The White House)
Barack Obama (© 2015 The White House)

President Obama Sounds the Death Knell for Keystone XL Pipeline

President Obama announced over the weekend that the construction of the Keystone XL Tar Sands Oil Pipeline was not in the national interests of the United States.

The decision culminates a seven year review process undertaken by the Department of State and throws into general doubt the export of tar sands oil to foreign markets.

Keystone Pipeline System map, including the Keystone XL route  (© 2015 TransCanada)
Keystone Pipeline System map, including the Keystone XL route (© 2015 TransCanada)

TransCanada Makes 11th Hour Plea to Suspend the Review of the Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Process

Calgary-based TransCanada, in a formal letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, has requested that the Department put off its review of the Presidential Permit application for the Keystone XL pipeline.