US President Donald Trump signs an executive order rescinding an EPA clean water initiative. (PA) Policy & Regulation

Trump proposes $2.6 billion EPA budget cuts

US state agencies are reeling in the face of swingeing budget cuts that could massively curtail their environmental programmes.

By Therese Robinson 23 March 2017
Policy & Regulation

Venture Global completes FERC review for two projects

Two subsidiaries of Venture Global LNG have completed the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s preliminary review stage for projects in the United States.

1 March 2017
Policy & Regulation

WPX fined $1.2 mln for groundwater pollution

Oklahoma-based WPX Energy has been fined $1.2 million for polluting groundwater supplies to five households in southwestern Pennsylvania in 2012.

28 February 2017
Companies & Finance

TransCanada offers to sell pipeline stakes for acquisition deal

Calgary-based TransCanada has offered to sell stakes in two pipelines to further fund its US$10.3 billion acquisition of the Columbia Pipeline Group.

28 February 2017
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, left, and Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray last week. (PA) Global Markets

Beware of US-Mexico hot air, warns ex-US official

The risk that the US will cut off its gas supply to Mexico has been heavily exaggerated, one expert claims. Too much rides on energy ties.

28 February 2017
Exploration & Production

US to offer 224 blocks in Alaska’s Cook Inlet

The United States Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has announced plans to offer 440,000 hectares in the Cook Inlet off Alaska’s south-central coast for oil and gas exploration.

27 February 2017
Policy & Regulation

FERC unable to operate without a third member

The United States Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has been unable to operate since the resignation of FERC Chairman Norman Bay on 3 February.

27 February 2017
Policy & Regulation

Goldman Sachs fights Fed regulation plan

Goldman Sachs is fighting proposed plans for banks to hold significant capital as a form of risk against environmental catastrophes.

24 February 2017
Pipelines, Storage & Power

US storage gas withdrawals to increase – EIA

Gas withdrawals from the United States’ storage facilities are forecast to increase, the EIA has said.

24 February 2017
Pipelines, Storage & Power

Construction progressing on Tennessee gas power plant

The Tennessee Valley Authority’s $1 billion combined-cycle gas power plant near Memphis is nearly 70% complete.

24 February 2017
Pipelines, Storage & Power

TransCanada revises pipeline shipping capacity proposal

Calgary-based TransCanada has revised a proposal for shipping capacity on its Mainline gas system after weeks of consultations with producers.

23 February 2017
Companies & Finance

Veresen offloads C$1.18 bln of power generation assets

Canadian mid-stream company and project developer Veresen has agreed to sell its power generation assets to three separate buyers for C$1.18 billion.

22 February 2017
Policy & Regulation

California introduces bill to go fossil fuel-free by 2050

Kevin de Leon, the leader of California’s Senate, has introduced a bill requesting the state generate 100% of its power from renewable energy by 2045.

22 February 2017
Policy & Regulation

Canada may designate natural gas condensates as toxic substances

The Canadian government has proposed adding natural gas condensates (NGCs) to the list of toxic substances in Canada’s Environmental Protection Act.

22 February 2017
Policy & Regulation

Pruitt takes steps to reassure shaky US EPA staff

Scott Pruitt, the newly appointed head of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, has attempted to reassure the organisation’s 15,000 staff members over his leadership.

22 February 2017
TransCanada’s gas pipeline control room. The company is offering cheaper tariffs for local producers. (TransCanada) Pipelines, Storage & Power

Handbags at Dawn over US pipeline exports

TransCanada is offering lower pipeline tariffs for producers in the west of the country to protect them from cheap gas exported from the US.

15 February 2017
Policy & Regulation

Jordan Cove LNG receives FERC approval

The proposed $6 billion Jordan Cove LNG project has been granted approval by the United States Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

13 February 2017
LNG

US could be world’s largest LNG exporter by 2019

The United States could overtake Australia as the world’s largest exporter of LNG by 2019.

10 February 2017
Pipelines, Storage & Power

TransCanada hold talks to beat US shale to Ontario

Energy infrastructure company TransCanada is holding a second round of negotiations with producers in Calgary to deliver gas from Western Canada to Ontario.

9 February 2017
Policy & Regulation

US Senate to vote this week on Pruitt EPA appointment

The United States Senate is expected to vote this week whether to confirm Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency.

8 February 2017
LNG

Woodfibre LNG submits 40-year export plan to Canadian authorities

The British Columbia-based small-scale 2.1 mtpa Woodfibre LNG project has submitted an application to Canada’s energy regulator to export 2 mtpa of LNG for 40 years.

8 February 2017

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