Dena E. Wiggins

Dena E. Wiggins

Ballard Spahr LLP

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Bipartisan Group of Senators Requests Expedited LNG Export Approvals

The U.S. Senate is turning up the heat on Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz on the subject of LNG exports. In a very unusual move, a bipartisan group of 34 senators has asked the Secretary to expedite approvals of...more

7/16/2013 - DOE Energy Free Trade Agreement Iran Sanctions Liquid Natural Gas

Chemical Industry Will Invest $71.7 Billion and Create 537,000 Jobs Due to Shale Gas, ACC Says

The U.S. chemical industry will invest $71.7 billion and create 537,000 direct and indirect jobs by 2020 due largely to the transformative effect of shale gas on the industry’s global competitiveness, according to the...more

5/23/2013 - Job Creation Natural Gas Shale Gas

DOE Approves Freeport LNG Export Project

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has conditionally approved a plan by Freeport LNG Expansion, L.P., to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) from its terminal in Freeport, Texas, to non-free trade agreement (FTA) countries....more

5/21/2013 - DOE Dow Chemical Exports Free Trade Agreement Natural Gas

House Bill Would Speed Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting

Representative Mike Pompeo (R-KS) has introduced a bill (H.R. 1900) that would expedite the permitting of new interstate natural gas pipelines. Such projects require approvals from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission...more

5/13/2013 - FERC Natural Gas Pipelines Shale Gas

Senators to FERC, CFTC: Play Nicely on Energy Market Oversight

Three U.S. Senators are calling for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to work more cooperatively on ensuring comprehensive oversight of energy markets. The...more

5/8/2013 - CFTC Dodd-Frank Energy Policy FERC

FERC Lacks Authority To Regulate Natural Gas Futures Contracts, D.C. Circuit Rules

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit decided today that the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has exclusive jurisdiction over all transactions involving commodity futures contracts and that the Federal...more

3/18/2013 - Banging the Close CFTC Commodities Exchange Act Energy Policy Act FERC Futures Natural Gas

State Department: Proposed Keystone XL Pipeline Would Have Little Environmental Impact

The proposed Keystone XL pipeline would have no significant environmental impact on most resources along its planned route, according to a draft supplementary environmental impact statement (SEIS) released earlier this month...more

3/14/2013 - Department of State Environmental Impact Report Keystone XL Pipeline

Natural Gas Market Participants Oppose Proposed FERC Transparency Changes

A broad cross-section of natural gas market participants expressed significant opposition to a proposal by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to require increased reporting of natural gas transactions. In...more

2/15/2013 - Compliance FERC Natural Gas Reporting Requirements Shareholders

Senate Energy Committee Debates Liquefied Natural Gas Exports

The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources held a hearing yesterday on Opportunities and Challenges for Natural Gas and heard testimony from a distinguished panel of industry, government, academic, and environmental...more

2/14/2013 - Energy Policy Exports Liquid Natural Gas Natural Resources Shale Gas

FERC Case Could Affect Agency's Jurisdiction over Natural Gas Markets

The outcome of the Brian Hunter v. FERC case, which was argued today in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, will help determine the scope of FERC's authority over the gas markets and the scope of FERC's...more

2/8/2013 - Administrative Authority Banging the Close CFTC Enforcement FERC Jurisdiction Natural Gas Swaps

FERC Notice of Inquiry on Market Transparency Extended to February 12

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has extended the deadline for comments on the Notice of Inquiry (NOI) regarding Enhanced Natural Gas Market Transparency until February 12, 2013....more

1/29/2013 - FERC Natural Gas Oil & Gas Reporting Requirements Transparency

Energy Department Accepting Comments Regarding LNG Exports

The Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a notice regarding the availability of the study that it had commissioned to explore the cumulative impact of liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports....more

12/20/2012 - DOE Exports Free Trade Agreement Natural Gas

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