Politics & Regulation

Former German Chancellor Schroeder: The US pursues selfish interests (Tim Reckmann / pixelio.de)
Former German Chancellor Schroeder: The US pursues selfish interests (Tim Reckmann / pixelio.de)

Former German Chancellor Schroeder: The US pursues selfish interests

Gerhard Schroeder, the former Chancellor of Germany and current Chairman of the Board of Nord Stream 1 and 2, assailed the United States for seeking to stymie the development of Nord Stream 2.

Canadian Government Buys Trans Mountain Expansion Project (BILD LLC / Shutterstock)
Canadian Government Buys Trans Mountain Expansion Project (BILD LLC / Shutterstock)

Canadian Government Buys Trans Mountain Expansion Project

Canada's government is intervening in the conflict over the construction of Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain Expansion Project with an unusual decision. To ensure the construction of the controversial pipeline, it is purchasing the whole project and the infrastructure needed to expand the pipeline from Kinder Morgan for 4.5 billion Canadian dollars (about 3 billion euros).

Pipeline shortfalls cost Canada billions (Anton Watman / Shutterstock)
Pipeline shortfalls cost Canada billions (Anton Watman / Shutterstock)

Pipeline shortfalls costs Canada billions

Due to a lack of capacity in the pipelines network, Canadian oil producers are forced to sell their products to the United States - with substantial price reductions. This is what the Fraser Institute, a Canadian think tank, found out in a study. In the current year alone this will cost the country's oil producers more than fiftheen billion Canadian Dollar.

Escalating Trade War Between China and the US Threatens Pipeline Industry (Shutterstock / rawf8)
Escalating Trade War Between China and the US Threatens Pipeline Industry (Shutterstock / rawf8)

Escalating Trade War Between China and the US Threatens Pipeline Industry

China has kept true to its promise of matching U.S. tariffs in scale and intensity by levying higher tariffs on $3 billion worth of U.S. goods, including a 15 percent tariff on the steel pipe that is used in oil and gas pipelines.

New US Steel Tariffs Cast a Pall Over the Pipeline Industry (Media Whalestock / Shutterstock)
New US Steel Tariffs Cast a Pall Over the Pipeline Industry (Media Whalestock / Shutterstock)

New US Steel Tariffs Cast a Pall Over the Pipeline Industry

President Trump's announcement of a 25 percent tariff on imported steel and 10 percent on imported aluminum has had a poor reception in the United States among energy companies and pipeline manufacturers, who fear they will likely take a hit.

Minnesota Completes Amended Review of Enbridge Oil Pipeline (Enbridge)
Minnesota Completes Amended Review of Enbridge Oil Pipeline (Enbridge)

Minnesota Completes Amended Review of Enbridge Oil Pipeline

As the name suggests, the multibillion dollar New Line 3 planned by Enbridge is to take the place of Line 3 (or "Old Line 3"). The original 1960 vintage 34-inch diameter pipeline runs 1765-km from Edmonton, Alberta to Superior, Wisconsin. Apart from being old, corroded and prone to mishaps, it lacks the newest technologies that the New Line would have.

Turkish warships on patrol (Thomas Koch / Shutterstock)
Turkish warships on patrol (Thomas Koch / Shutterstock)

Realpolitik, Turkey and Cyprus's Gas Fields

Recently, Cyprus said Eni had discovered a potentially sizeable gas deposit at another target southwest of the island, close to where Greek Cypriots reside on their southern half of the island. But no sooner was the announcement made that Turkey dispatched warships to keep ENI's drillship from reaching the drilling location: Block 3 of the Cypriot Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

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.