Politics & Regulation

New Panelists in the Proposed Energy East Pipeline in Canada "Up to The Task." (National Energy Board)
New Panelists in the Proposed Energy East Pipeline in Canada "Up to The Task." (National Energy Board)

New Panelists in the Proposed Energy East Pipeline in Canada "Up to The Task."

The often delayed and much maligned Energy East Pipeline in Canada will be given new life by the appointment of three new members of the National Energy Board charged with making a determination whether the pipeline should go ahead.

The previous Energy East pipeline panel stepped down amidst questions about a potential conflict of interest last year.

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

Poland to Contest European Commission's OPAL Decision

The European Commission's recent decision to grant Gazprom more capacity in the OPAL pipeline serving markets in central Europe has been roundly denounced in Poland, with key government officials labeling the decision destabilizing and a threat to Poland's energy security.

Trudeau and Obama during a meeting in Washington in March 2016
Trudeau and Obama during a meeting in Washington in March 2016

Trudeau Supports Pipeliners

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has given the green light to two highly controversial oil pipelines as being in "the best interest of Canada." Native Indians as well as environmental groups were particularly critical of the proposed expansion and said they would do all they could to stop it.

TransCanada has hope for Keystone XL Pipeline (Marc Nozell / Wikipedia)
TransCanada has hope for Keystone XL Pipeline (Marc Nozell / Wikipedia)

TransCanada has hope for Keystone XL Pipeline

Calgary-based TransCanada is hopeful that the Trump win in last week's election will resuscitate the oft maligned Keystone XL pipeline rejected on 6 November 2015 by outgoing President Obama and given up for dead.

TransCanada said it was "“evaluating ways to convince the new administration on the benefits, the jobs and the tax revenues this project brings to the table.”

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.