David Wochner

David Wochner

K&L Gates LLP

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FERC Policy Statement Regarding Pipeline Recovery of System Modernization Costs

On April 16, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC” or the “Commission”) issued a Policy Statement on Cost Recovery Mechanisms for Modernization of Natural Gas Facilities (the “Policy­­­.Statement”), opening...more

5/1/2015 - FERC Natural Gas Oil & Gas Pipelines Policy Statement

Newly Installed FERC Chairman Norman Bay’s Past Opinions Signal Preference for Energetic Use of Commission Authority

On April 15, 2015, Norman Bay assumed the chairmanship of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”). Prior to taking the chairman’s role, Chairman Bay was appointed to the Commission in July 2014 after five years of...more

4/27/2015 - Administrative Appointments Energy Sector FERC

United States Coast Guard Guidance May Encourage Use of Liquefied Natural Gas as a Marine Fuel

On February 25, 2015, the United States Coast Guard (USCG) published two final policy letters on the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel. Released in draft form in February 2014, the policy letters address...more

3/23/2015 - Bunkering Coast Guard Final Rules Liquid Natural Gas Oil & Gas Vessels

Supreme Court’s Perez Decision Shines the Light on Federal Agencies’ Authority to Use “Interpretations” (Often called Shadow...

Over the last three decades, federal agencies have increasingly used “interpretations” to “explain” what a formal regulation means, rather than to go through the more expensive, complicated and slow process of changing the...more

3/20/2015 - Administrative Procedure Act Energy Sector Environmental Policies FLSA Interpretive Rule Labor Policies Notice and Comment Perez v Mortage Bankers Assoc SCOTUS Securities Statutory Interpretation

Regulating Exploration on the Arctic OCS: U.S. Federal Regulators Propose Rules for Oil and Gas Exploratory Drilling on the Arctic...

In recent years, the energy industry has expressed significant interest in investigating submerged lands on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) in the Arctic for commercial quantities of oil and natural gas. The...more

2/25/2015 - Arctic Drilling BOEM BSEE Energy Sector Exploration and Production Assets Legal History NPRM Offshore Drilling Oil & Gas Regulatory Standards Well Drilling

Can You Feel New Regulations in the Air? EPA Announces Steps That It Will Take to Reduce Methane and VOC Emissions from Oil and...

In recent years, the proliferation of oil and gas production, transmission, and distribution activities in the United States has led to a number of regulatory initiatives by state and federal agencies designed to manage new...more

2/4/2015 - Clean Air Act Energy Policy EPA Methane NAAQS Natural Gas Oil & Gas Power Plants Regulatory Agenda Regulatory Standards VOC

2014 Midterm Elections: Implications for U.S. LNG Exports

Federal elections held nationwide on November 4 ushered in Republican control of the U.S. Senate and expanded the Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Republicans now hold majorities in both houses of...more

11/24/2014 - Election Results Legislative Agendas Natural Gas Oil & Gas

FERC Issues Declaratory Orders in Shell and Pivotal Proceedings Related to LNG Production Facilities

On September 4, 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC” or the “Commission”) issued declaratory orders in response to two petitions, each seeking a jurisdictional determination under the Natural Gas Act (“NGA”)...more

9/18/2014 - FERC Liquid Natural Gas Natural Gas Oil & Gas Pipelines Shell Oil Surface Transportation Trucking Industry

DOE Announces Fundamental Shift in LNG Export Authorization Policy

On Thursday, 29 May 2014, the U.S. Department of Energy (“DOE”) announced a proposed change to the procedures it will use to process applications to export LNG to non-free trade agreement (“non-FTA”) countries. This is a...more

6/6/2014 - Applications DOE Environmental Assessments Exports FERC Greenhouse Gas Emissions Liquid Natural Gas Natural Gas NEPA Non-FTA Countries Oil & Gas Proposed Amendments

Jordan Cove: DOE Issues Seventh Order to Export LNG to Non-FTA Nations, First from Pacific Coast

On March 24, 2014, the U.S. Department of Energy ("DOE") issued an order authorizing Jordan Cove Energy Project, LP (“Jordan Cove”) to export liquefied natural gas ("LNG") from the Jordan Cove LNG Terminal in Coos Bay,...more

3/31/2014 - DOE Energy Exports Free Trade Agreement Liquid Natural Gas Oil & Gas

Cameron LNG: DOE Issues Sixth Order to Export LNG to Non-FTA Nations

On February 11, 2014, the U.S. Department of Energy ("DOE") issued an order authorizing Sempra’s Cameron LNG to export liquefied natural gas ("LNG") from the Cameron Terminal in Cameron Parish, Louisiana to nations with which...more

2/14/2014 - DOE Exports Liquid Natural Gas Non-FTA Countries

FERC Issues Order Asserting Jurisdiction over Ethane Pipelines Under the Interstate Commerce Act

On December 31, 2013, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”), in a case of first impression, confirmed its jurisdiction over and its intention to regulate the economic and operational aspects of the interstate...more

1/3/2014 - Federal Jurisdiction FERC Hydrocarbons Interstate Commerce Liquid Natural Gas Marcellus Shale Oil & Gas Petrochemicals Pipelines Utica Shale

DOE Issues Order on Freeport Expansion Application to Export LNG to Non-FTA Countries

On November 15, 2013, the U.S. Department of Energy ("DOE") issued an order (available here) authorizing Freeport LNG Expansion, LP; FLNG Liquefaction, LLC; FLNG Liquefaction 2, LLC; and FLNG Liquefaction 3, LLC;...more

12/6/2013 - DOE Energy Exports Free Trade Agreement Liquid Natural Gas Natural Gas Pipelines

DOE Issues Fourth Order Authorizing Export of LNG to Non-FTA Nations from the Lower-48

On Wednesday, September 11, 2013, the U.S. Department of Energy ("DOE") issued an order authorizing Dominion Cove Point LNG, LP ("Cove Point") to export liquefied natural gas ("LNG") from the Cove Point LNG Terminal, in...more

9/17/2013 - DOE Exports Free Trade Agreement Liquid Natural Gas Oil & Gas

DOE Issues Third Authorization to Export LNG to Non-FTA Countries from Lower-48

On August 7, 2013, the U.S. Department of Energy ("DOE") issued an order authorizing Lake Charles Exports, LLC ("Lake Charles") to export liquefied natural gas ("LNG") from the Trunkline LNG terminal, its affiliate's terminal...more

8/12/2013 - DOE Energy Free Trade Agreement Liquid Natural Gas Natural Gas Natural Resources Oil & Gas Pipelines

DOE Issues Second LNG Export License for Non-FTA Countries

On May 17, 2013, the U.S. Department of Energy (“DOE”) issued an order authorizing the Freeport LNG Terminal (“Freeport”) in Quintana Island, Texas to export liquefied natural gas (“LNG”) to nations with which the United...more

5/23/2013 - DOE Environmental Review Exports Free Trade Agreement Licenses Liquid Natural Gas Natural Gas Revocation

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