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The flag of the USA (copyright by Shutterstock/Graeme Dawes)
The flag of the USA (copyright by Shutterstock/Graeme Dawes)

The Feds Put U.S. Pipeline Operators On Notice: Minimize Natural Gas Releases

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has submitted an advisory bulletin to the Federal Register underscoring to pipeline and facility operators requirements to minimize methane gas emissions in the Protecting Our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety (PIPES) Act of 2020.

Route of Nord Stream 2 (copyright by Shutterstock/MurzilA)
Route of Nord Stream 2 (copyright by Shutterstock/MurzilA)

Russia Sees Light At The End Of The Nord Stream 2 Tunnel

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak said yesterday that Nord Stream 2 is almost complete with a mere 100-km left to build, according to TASS.

"We hope that construction works on Nord Stream 2 will be completed by the end of this year," Novak told reporters of progress on the pipeline, which will allow Russia to ship more gas to Western Europe, while bypassing Ukraine.

German Federal Minister of the Economy, Peter Altmaier, presenting the German National Hydrogen Strategie (copyright by BMWi/Susanne Eriksson)
German Federal Minister of the Economy, Peter Altmaier, presenting the German National Hydrogen Strategie (copyright by BMWi/Susanne Eriksson)

Germany Aims To Be No 1 in Next Generation Hydrogen Technologies

"We want to be Number 1 in the world with Hydrogen Technologies," says the German Federal Minister of the Economy, Peter Altmaier.

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Flag of Myanmar (copyright by Shutterstock/esfera)

Offshore Natural Gas Pipeline In Myanmar Caught In The Country's Geopolitical Thicket

Chevron's recently assembled activist Board of Directors  is moving the oil giant to suspend payments from a gas joint venture involving an offshore gas pipeline in the Yadana fields in southwest Myanmar that would have reached Myanmar's military junta.  French energy major Total has joined Chevron in shutting down the money flows to the junta.

Judge's gavel on the table (copyright by Shutterstock/FabrikaSimf)
Judge's gavel on the table (copyright by Shutterstock/FabrikaSimf)

Oil Giants Reel From Landmark Court Case And Activist Shareholders

In a judgement reverberating through the world of petroleum companies and their suppliers, a court in the Netherlands has ruled that Shell must cut its CO2 emissions by 45% compared to 2019 levels, legally obliging for the first time a company to align its policies with the Paris climate accords.

Department of Homeland Security Seal located outside the Federal Emergency Management Agency headquarters in Washington, DC (copyright by Shutterstock/Mark Van Scyoc)
Department of Homeland Security Seal located outside the Federal Emergency Management Agency headquarters in Washington, DC (copyright by Shutterstock/Mark Van Scyoc)

New Directive From The DHS To Protect U.S. Pipeline Infrastructure

For the first time the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is moving to regulate cybersecurity in the pipeline industry.  The agency is responding to a computer attack on Colonial Pipeline's East Coast network that crippled nearly half of the company's fuel supply this month – an incident that highlighted the vulnerability of critical infrastructure to online attacks.

The flag of Poland in the sky (copyright by Adobe Stock/FOTOWAWA)
The flag of Poland in the sky (copyright by Adobe Stock/FOTOWAWA)

Poland Sees Nord Stream 2 As Geopolitical Threat

In the wake of the Biden administration's decision to waive sanctions on Nord Stream 2's parent company, Nord Stream AG, Poland has come out strongly against the U.S. move, saying the completion of Nord Stream 2 would threaten energy security in central and eastern Europe.

The Pioneering Spirit laying the pipeline in Swedish waters (copyright by Nord Stream 2/Axel Schmidt)
The Pioneering Spirit laying the pipeline in Swedish waters (copyright by Nord Stream 2/Axel Schmidt)

The Biden Administration's Muddle Of Nord Stream 2 Policy

The Biden administration, in a move nobody anticipated, will lift sanctions on Nord Stream AG, the company based in Switzerland and currently building the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline between Russia and Germany.  Sanctions will also be waived against Matthias Warnig, CEO of Nord Stream and ally of Russian president Vladimir Putin.

 Spilled oil around the oil pipeline (copyright by Shutterstock / Leonid Ikan)
Spilled oil around the oil pipeline (copyright by Shutterstock / Leonid Ikan)

New Russian Pipeline Spill Imperils The Komi Region

Rosprirodnadzor, the Russian regulator part of the Ministry of Natural Resources of the Russian Federation, has reported a pipeline spill of some 100 tons in Russia's northwestern region of Komi. The leak flowed into Kolva, a local river, creating an oil slick requiring immediate attention.

Hacker getting money (Shutterstock/Elnur)
Hacker getting money (Shutterstock/Elnur)

New Details Are Emerging After The Colonial Pipeline Cyberattack

News outlets are reporting that Colonial Pipeline paid nearly $5 million to Russian hackers responsible for the attack on Colonial's pipeline network.

The hackers, known worldwide as The DarkSide and apparently originating from Eastern Europe, has told hacking associates that it is shutting down, according to security research firms. Its website has been down since last Thursday.