Politics & Regulation

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Logo of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration - PHMSA (© PHMSA)

US Pipeline Boom Outpaces Safety Agency's Resources, Sparking Safety Concerns

As thousands of miles of new pipelines cross the nation, carrying fuels and capturing carbon dioxide, concerns are mounting about the ability of a cash-strapped federal agency to ensure their safety.

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Federal Court and Family Court of Australia in Melbourne (© Shutterstock/Nils Versemann)

Santos Ltd.'s $5.8bn Barossa Pipeline Project to Proceed After Indigenous Group’s Challenge Fails

Santos Ltd.'s $5.8 billion Barossa offshore gas project received a crucial boost on Monday as the Australian Federal Court dismissed a legal challenge by a group of Tiwi Islanders seeking to halt construction of a key pipeline.

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

Wet'suwet'en Leader & Coastal GasLink Pipeline Opposers Found Guilty of Defying Court Order

A prominent Wet'suwet'en leader and two pipeline opponents were found guilty Friday of criminal contempt of court for defying a court order barring them from obstructing the Coastal GasLink pipeline construction.

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Mexican police car with flashing lights (© Shutterstock/Matt Gush)

Nine Bodies Found Near Pipeline in Central Mexico, Fuel Theft Suspects Under Investigation

Authorities in central Mexico discovered the bodies of nine men in vehicles near a fuel pipeline on Tuesday last week, prompting renewed concerns about widespread fuel theft and gang violence. Officials suspect possible involvement in illegal siphoning activities as the circumstances around the deaths remain under investigation.

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Flags of Finland & China (© Shutterstock/DexonDee)

Finland and China Discuss Pipeline Damage in "Constructive" Talks, Chinese Ship Remains Suspect

Finnish President Sauli Niinisto reported "constructive" talks with Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping last Wednesday regarding the damaged Balticconnector gas pipeline, though details of China's cooperation in the investigation remain unclear.

The logo of the Canada Energy Regulator infront of the website (© Shutterstock/T. Schneider)
The logo of the Canada Energy Regulator infront of the website (© Shutterstock/T. Schneider)

Trans Mountain Pipeline Regulatory Hearing Set — Work 95% Complete

The Canada Energy Regulator (CER) has scheduled a hearing Friday, January 12th, to consider a request by Trans Mountain Corp. to modify its construction method for the nearly completed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.

Exterior view of the tower housing the headquarters of the oil company TotalEnergies, Courbevoie, France (© Shutterstock/HJBC)
Exterior view of the tower housing the headquarters of the oil company TotalEnergies, Courbevoie, France (© Shutterstock/HJBC)

TotalEnergies Hires Former Benin PM to Review Land Purchases for EACOP Project

French energy giant TotalEnergies has hired Lionel Zinsou, former prime minister of Benin, to assess land acquisition practices for its Tilenga oil and East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) projects in Uganda and Tanzania.

The move comes amid ongoing legal challenges and accusations of environmental and social harm against the projects.

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Flag of Germany in the wind (© Shutterstock/Golub Oleksii)

Germany Launches Probe into Suspected Sabotage of LNG Pipeline Under Construction

German federal prosecutors have opened an investigation into suspected sabotage after discovering small holes drilled into a liquefied natural gas (LNG) pipeline under construction in northern Germany.

Trans Mountain Pipeline under construction along the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains (© Shutterstock/Bruce Raynor)
Trans Mountain Pipeline under construction along the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains (© Shutterstock/Bruce Raynor)

Trans Mountain Seeks Reversal of Pipeline Variance to Avoid "Catastrophic" Delay

Canadian government-owned Trans Mountain Corp. pleads with the country's energy regulator to reverse a recent decision that could stall its oil pipeline expansion by two years and inflict billions in losses, Reuters reported last Thursday.

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Flag of Niger (© Shutterstock/Svet foto)

Niger to Begin Oil Exports Through New Pipeline Worth $2 Billion, Eyes Refining Expansion

Niger is working to export its first crude oil through a newly constructed pipeline linking its Agadem oilfield to the Benin port of Cotonou, marking a significant step in the country's oil development strategy.

Military leader Abdourahamane Tiani announced on state television on Sunday that commercialization of the pipeline is expected to begin in January 2024.

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Flags of Bulgaria & Serbia (© Shutterstock/esfera)

Serbia Opens New Gas Pipeline Interconnector to Reduce Reliance on Russian Energy

Serbia has completed the construction of an interconnector to a pipeline in Bulgaria, a key step in diversifying its gas supplies and reducing its dependence on Russia.

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Seal of the NTSB infront of a screen with the website (© Shutterstock/T. Schneider)

NTSB Calls for Changes to San Pedro Bay Oil Operations Following Huntington Beach Spill

Following a two-year investigation into the October 2021 oil spill off Huntington Beach, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) calls for changes to San Pedro Bay oil operations and nationwide communication protocols between offshore oil and shipping companies.

The logo of the Canada Energy Regulator infront of the website (© Shutterstock/T. Schneider)
The logo of the Canada Energy Regulator infront of the website (© Shutterstock/T. Schneider)

Trans Mountain Expansion Project Delayed Again by Canadian Regulator's Tough Decision

Trans Mountain Expansion (TMX) project faces further delay following the Canada Energy Regulator (CER) decision to deny the company’s request for a variance on a section of the oil pipeline under construction in British Columbia, potentially delaying the 590,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) expansion.

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European Union flag infront of the European Commission (© Shutterstock/symbiot)

EastMed Pipeline Remains on EU's New List of Common Interest Projects

The European Commission has kept EastMed Pipeline proposed to connect the gas reserves in the Eastern Mediterranean to Greece via Cyprus and Crete on its new list of Projects of Common Interest (PCI) despite a delayed investment.

Hamilton, a 127-meter U.S. Coast Guard cutter (WMLS-753) (© Shutterstock/Daniel Wright98)
Hamilton, a 127-meter U.S. Coast Guard cutter (WMLS-753) (© Shutterstock/Daniel Wright98)

U.S. Coast Guard Expands Search to Nearby Oil Pipelines for Source of Spill in the Gulf of Mexico

The U.S. Coast Guard expanded its search for the source of the leak that spewed 1.1 million gallons of oil in the Gulf of Mexico south off South Pass on November 16, 2023, as the source of the leak remains unknown.

The Coast Guard plans to include other pipelines near a Main Pass Oil Gathering line that was shut down on the day the spill was discovered.