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BLM to replace Obama-era flaring rule; states asked to up rates for pipe safety

BLM proposes replacing 'punitive' Obama-era gas venting, flaring rule

The Trump administration is moving to replace what it called a "punitive" 2016 natural gas venting and flaring rule in an attempt to encourage more production on federal and tribal lands.

Gas utilities need more rate support for safety programs, federal regulator says

State utility regulators should authorize more financial support for gas companies' voluntary safety activities, said the chief federal pipeline safety overseer, noting that just complying with standards is not enough to advance safety.

Pa. regulator may be under-reporting oil, gas methane emissions, study finds

Pennsylvania regulators may be vastly underestimating the amount of methane emitted from the state's oil and gas production sites, in part because of an emphasis on unconventional shale wells, an environmental group's analysis found.

KMI cleared to start work at Burnaby tunnel site for Trans Mountain pipe project

Canada's energy regulator has cleared Kinder Morgan Inc.'s Canadian unit to begin construction at the entrance to a tunnel on its Westridge Marine Terminal site that would house its pipeline under Burnaby Mountain.

Utilities, regulators plot defense strategies as cyberthreats get 'more focused'

The threat of cyberattacks on essential U.S. infrastructure is becoming "more intense," so state commissions and the utilities they oversee must evolve to defuse the risk to critical energy systems, cyber-focused specialists said at a meeting of state regulators.

Report: Maryland to propose special conditions for Columbia Gas pipeline project

The Maryland Department of Environment has reportedly asked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to withhold a permit for a TransCanada Corp. company's natural gas pipeline project until the state agency can propose special conditions on the project.

Colo. regulator approves stricter rules for oil, gas lines after 2017 explosion

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission approved stricter rules for oil and gas flowlines in the state, nearly a year after an explosion in the town of Firestone that killed two people and injured one.