Exploration & Production , Legislation , Lease Sales

Review of Federal Oil, Gas Leasing Program Nearing Completion: Haaland

The Biden administration earlier this year stopped holding federal oil and gas lease sales, pending the review, but a federal judge last month ruled that his leasing freeze was unlawful.

July 27, 2021

Legislation , International , Pipelines

US, Germany Deal on Nord Stream 2 Pipeline Draws Ire of Lawmakers in Both Countries

The agreement  will resolve a long-standing dispute over the $11 billion pipeline, now 98% complete, being built under the Baltic Sea to carry gas from Russia's Arctic region to Germany.

July 22, 2021

Legislation , Pipelines

US Reveals New Cybersecurity Requirements for Critical Pipeline Owners

The Department of Homeland Security on July 20 required owners and operators of critical pipelines that transport hazardous liquids and natural gas to implement "urgently needed protections against cyber intrusions."

July 20, 2021

Exploration & Production , Legislation , International

Nigeria Revamps Oil Sector Law in Pursuit of Dwindling Investment

The overhaul, in the works for 20 years, is the first sweeping update to the laws that govern everything from oil drilling to fuel sales in Nigeria—Africa's largest oil exporter in decades.

July 16, 2021

Legislation , International , Health, Safety & Environment , Energy Transition

EU Unveils Plan to Increase Renewables Share in Energy Mix to 40% by 2030

The aim is to implement legally-binding targets to reduce net EU emissions by 55% by 2030, from 1990 levels, and eliminate them by 2050.

July 14, 2021

Public Capital , Investment , Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) , Natural Gas , Crude Oil , Legislation , International , Emissions , Energy Transition

BP: Oil Accounted for Most of 2020’s Cut in Energy Demand

Natural gas use dipped and renewable demand grew, eating into coal’s share of power generation, BP’s annual report says.

July 9, 2021

Investment , Legislation , Infrastructure , Emissions , Energy Transition , Construction , Pipelines

Report: Energy Sector in Limbo over Permitting, ESG and Climate Policies

The Babst Calland law firm’s annual report includes a chat with Sen. Joe Manchin and an assessment of the impact of President Biden’s government-wide climate approach.

July 7, 2021

Investment , Legislation

Maine State Officials Ordered to Divest Their Fossil Fuel Assets

Law is the first in the US that requires fossil fuel divestment for officials.

June 18, 2021

Exploration & Production , Legislation , Lease Sales

Federal Judge Halts Biden’s Pause on Oil and Gas Leasing

The Interior Department said it would comply with the ruling by a federal judge in Louisiana, but did not say when oil and gas leasing on public lands might resume.

June 16, 2021

Legislation , Emissions , Energy Transition

What Will Biden Do on Climate? Clean Air Act May Provide a Clue

A legislative solution to climate change policy is ideal, experts say, but if Congress fails to act, federal agencies can utilize tools like section 115 of the Clean Air Act to regulate emissions.

May 26, 2021