Washington Watch

President Obama's proposed budget for fiscal year 2016 has $478 billion in new spending for infrastructure over six years, but little or none of that would go to sewer and drinking water work, not that Congress will approve the tax increases to pay for it anyway.

The interstate pipeline industry is pushing back hard against a proposal to require companies to submit much broader, more detailed pipeline location information.

Gas producers and pipelines seem to be in general agreement about a FERC proposal to improve coordination between gas suppliers and electric transmission providers.

The ascent of Republicans to majority status in the U.S. Senate in 2015 means the pipeline industry will be able to play more effective defense against Obama administration regulations it opposes and more effective offense behind energy legislation it supports.

One top federal pipeline regulator left her job and a senior state regulator is coming to Washington to fill a second top pipeline job.

FERC "pipeline" Commissioner Phillip Moeller held a workshop on Sept. 18, to explore the possibility of the commission, on its own or through a third party, setting up an online trading platform for the nomination and confirmation of pipeline deliveries of natural gas.

There is at least one raised eyebrow at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) over the EPA's proposed Clean Power Plan, the subject of a proposed rule issued on June 2.

Pipeline safety is back on the congressional agenda: in part because of a recent Department of Transportation Inspector General's report and in part because of PHMSA'S failure to finish rulemakings mandated by the 2011 pipeline safety bill.

Congress set up a new federal financing authority for water infrastructure construction.

A federal court decision allowing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to move forward with a rule limiting mercury emissions from power plants has heightened concerns in some quarters about interstate pipeline infrastructure inadequacy.

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