Regulatory

Biden Signs Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill

President Joe Biden signs the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill into law on Nov. 15.

Infrastructure Victory Creates New Challenges for Biden

President Biden faces new challenges after his $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill cleared Congress.

California's PUC OKs Boosting Storage at Infamous Gas Field

Regulators in California have voted to increase the capacity of an underground gas storage field in the Los Angeles area that previously leaked methane.

White House Eyes New Climate Change Strategies in Biden Bill

The White House is close to completing a package of clean energy strategies for the president's domestic policy bill.

Maine’s Governor Backs Federal Plan to Tackle PFAS Contamination

Maine's governor supports the federal plan to improve issues with PFAS.

Debra Shore Set to Lead EPA Midwestern Office

President Biden appointed Debra Shore to lead the EPA's Midwestern office.

White House Restoring Environmental Reviews for Big Projects

New federal regulations are reversing Trump-era environmental policy impacting major infrastructure.

Ohio Senator Visits Advanced Drainage Systems to Discuss the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment

U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), a lead Republican negotiator of the bipartisan infrastructure legislation that recently passed the U.S. Senate, met with leadership and employees at Advanced Drainage System, Inc. (ADS) and discussed the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act. Following the..

$1 Trillion Infrastructure Bill Heads for Senate Debate

Lawmakers send a $1 trillion bipartisan bill to the Senate for final votes.

Democrats Lay Out Speculative Marker for Water Infrastructure

Speculation rises as the push for infrastructure bills has little support from Republican members of the House.

Indiana Lawmakers Seek to Amend Bill Impacting Waterways

Lawmakers in Indiana want to change a bill the protects the state's waterways.

Regulators Fined Gas Utility $900K for Pipeline Violations

Regulators in Indiana fined CenterPoint for pipeline violations.

States Sue to Undo Biden Pause on US Oil & Gas Lease Sales

Several states sue to undo Biden's pause on oil ad gas lease sales.

Biden Addresses Climate Crisis by Pausing Oil and Gas Leasing

President Joe Biden signed executive orders to reduce fossil fuels and by doing so, paused oil and gas leasing on federal land.

Keystone XL Termination Causes Widespread Job Loss

President Joe Biden halted the Keystone XL pipeline which led to widespread job loss.

AP Sources: Biden to Pause Oil and Gas Leasing on Public Lands

Sources say President Joe Biden will announce a moratorium on new gas and oil leasing on public lands.

Biden Names Democrats to Lead Energy Agencies

President Joe Biden has named two Democrats to lead regulatory agencies for energy infrastructure.

Official WRDA Package Does Not Include Clean Water Infrastructure Investment

The Water Resources and Development Act failed to include the Clean Water Infrastructure Investment.

AWWA Releases Second Edition of Polyethylene Pipe Manual

The American Water Works Association has released the newest edition of M55, PE Pipe – Design and Installation manual.

EPA Eliminates Methane Emission Restrictions for Pipelines

The new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule, freeing interstate pipelines from Obama-era rules that set volatile organic chemical (VOC) and methane emission restrictions, is headed for a federal court date.

Army Corps Proposes New Pipeline Permit

The Army Corps of Engineers is moving to make changes in its Nationwide Permit 12, which allows pipelines whose construction poses minimal impact on wetlands to enter a simple, quick regulatory permit approval process.

Federal Court Disallows FERC Rehearing Policy

A federal court tossed out a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) policy to extend rehearing periods so it could spend more time examining primarily landowner or environmental groups’ complaints about FERC’s approval of a new construction application.

PHMSA Proposal on Valves Proves Controversial

Flack is hitting the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) from all sides over its proposed rule to require automatic and remote shutoff valves on oil and gas pipelines. The February 2020 proposed rule from PHMSA attempts to implement mandates from both the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and Congress.

Federal Court Decision Threatens Pipeline Work Around Wetlands

Pipeline construction in and around wetlands faces a major, new legal impediment, given the significant, mid-April decision by a federal district court in Montana.

Court Rejects Bid to Revive Cancelled U.S. Pipeline Program

More than 70 pipeline projects across the U.S. could be affected by a federal appeals court decision to deny a request from the Trump administration to overturn a lower court ruling involving the Keystone XL pipeline which halted a national permitting program.

EPA Proposes First Ever Rule to Improve Transparency of Guidance

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a new rule to establish consistent requirements and procedures for issuing guidance documents.

Maryland, Virginia, D.C. Intend to Sue EPA on Bay Pollution

Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia are planning to file a lawsuit against the EPA for what they claim is a failure for the organization to hold two other states accountable for meeting targets set to reduce pollution in the Chesapeake Bay.

PHMSA Allowing Enforcement Flexibility During Coronavirus Pandemic

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is giving enforcement latitude to pipeline operators during the coronavirus pandemic.

CEQ Pro-Pipeline NEPA Changes Generate Heated Attacks

The CEQ proposal includes changes to the wording and timelines in the NEPA – which controls the scope of environmental impact statements – in an attempt to modernize the 30-year-old law. Many of those pro-pipeline changes parallel recommendations made last December by the National Petroleum Council.

U.S. Delays Pipeline Approvals After Environmental Ruling

Pipelines and utility projects across the country could face long delays and increased costs after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers halted a nationwide permit program citing a recent federal court ruling that declared the permit illegal.