Gregory Louer

Gregory Louer

Squire Patton Boggs

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2014 Mid-Term Congressional Elections Analysis - What To Expect From The 114th Congress In The Run Up To The 2016 Presidential...

In This Issue: -Introduction -Appropriations/Budget -Defense And National Security -Education Policy -Energy And The Environment -Financial Services -Food And Agriculture Policy -Healthcare...more

11/6/2014 - Election Results Legislative Agendas

Capital Thinking: Energy

DOT PUBLISHES NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING FOR NEW RAIL SAFETY STANDARDS - On Wednesday, July 23, the Department of Transportation (DOT) released a proposed rule designed to enhance the transportation safety of oil...more

7/31/2014 - Barack Obama Bureau of Land Management Clean Energy Congressional Investigations & Hearings DOT EPA Ethanol FERC Legislative Committees Methane Natural Gas Nominations Nuclear Regulatory Commission Oil & Gas Oil Spills Railways Rulemaking Process Trucking Accident Trucking Industry Trucking Regulations

Capital Thinking: Energy

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY - SENATE ENR COMMITTEE VOTES TO APPROVE FERC NOMINEES, KEYSTONE XL BILL - On Wednesday, June 18, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources (ENR) Committee held a business meeting in executive...more

6/26/2014 - Energy FERC Keystone XL Pipeline Natural Resources Pipelines

Capital Thinking: Energy

HOUSE ENERGY COMMITTEE APPROVES BILL TO LIMIT EPA GHG REGULATORY AUTHORITY - On Tuesday, January 28, the House Energy and Commerce Committee voted to favorably report H.R. 3826, the “Electricity Security and...more

2/3/2014 - Carbon Emissions Energy Policy EPA Greenhouse Gas Emissions Oil & Gas

OSHA Seeks Comments on Process Safety Management Amendments, Other Standards

Oil and Gas Production and Servicing Industry May Be Impacted - First, OSHA requests comment on whether the agency should amend § 1910.119(a)(2)(ii), which currently exempts oil and gas-well drilling and servicing...more

1/30/2014 - Compliance Oil & Gas OSHA Safety Precautions Workplace Hazards

Capital Thinking: Energy

ENERGY AND COMMERCE TO CONSIDER BILL TO LIMIT EPA’S REGULATORY AUTHORITY - On Monday, January 13, the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy and Power will hold a markup vote on H.R. 3826, the...more

1/13/2014 - Clean Air Act DOE Energy Policy EPA Greenhouse Gas Emissions Power Plants

Capital Thinking: Technology and Communications

House Commerce Committee Members Introduce Video Policy Bills - Last Thursday, December 12, two members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee introduced video reform legislation that would eliminate or reform a...more

12/16/2013 - Broadcasting Cell Phones FCC Legislative Agendas Spectrum The Copyright Act Video

Capital Thinking: Energy

HOUSE-PASSED BUDGET AGREEMENT INCLUDES ENERGY POLICY PROVISIONS - Last Thursday, December 12, members of the U.S. House voted 332-94 to pass the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013, a budget resolution offered as an amendment...more

12/16/2013 - Energy Policy Ethanol Federal Budget Loan Guarantee Solicitation Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Capital Thinking: Technology and Communications

Senate Commerce Committee Holds Hearing On Patent Demand Letters - Last Thursday, November 7, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee held a hearing titled “Demand Letters and Consumer Protection:...more

11/11/2013 - FCC FTC NPRM Patent Assertion Entities

Capital Thinking: Energy

SENATE EPW COMMITTEE HOLDS HEARING ON FUGITIVE METHANE GAS LEAKS - Last Tuesday, November 5, the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works held a hearing titled “Fugitive Methane Emissions from Oil and Gas...more

11/11/2013 - DOE Energy Efficiency EPA Greenhouse Gas Emissions Methane Power Plants

Capital Thinking: Energy

Legislative Activity - Rep. Upton and Rep. Green Introduce Energy Infrastructure Project Reform Legislation - Last Tuesday, October 22, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Rep. Gene...more

10/28/2013 - Climate Change Infrastructure Nuclear Power Shale Gas

Capital Thinking: Energy

Legal Activity - Supreme Court Sets Up Limited EPA Greenhouse Gas Challenge - On Tuesday, October 15, the Supreme Court granted and consolidated six petitions for certiori to hear a limited appeal of the...more

10/21/2013 - Clean Air Act EPA Greenhouse Gas Emissions Permits

Capital Thinking: Energy

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY - SENATE ENERGY COMMITTEE HEARING ON HYDROCARBON AGREEMENT - The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources held a hearing on Tuesday, October 1 to consider two bills that would...more

10/11/2013 - FERC Hydrocarbons Mexico Nuclear Regulatory Commission Oil & Gas Proposed Legislation

Capital Thinking: Technology and Communications

Legislative Activity - White House Reportedly Working On Online Privacy Bill - The Obama administration is reportedly drafting legislation aimed at bolstering online privacy safeguards for consumers. According...more

10/10/2013 - FCC Filing Deadlines Government Shutdown Privacy Laws Proposed Legislation TCPA

Capital Thinking: Energy

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY - Energy Efficiency Legislation Delayed - The Senate failed last week to fully consider S. 1392, energy efficiency legislation introduced by Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Rob Portman...more

10/1/2013 - Carbon Emissions Coal Energy Efficiency EPA FERC Power Plants Proposed Legislation

U.S. Health and Safety Law: Inspections and Investigations During the Shutdown

Last night, Congress failed to reach an agreement to continue funding government operations beyond the end of Fiscal Year 2013. The federal government is, consequently, in the process of shutting-down a significant portion of...more

10/1/2013 - ALJ DOL FMSHRC Government Shutdown MSHA OSHA

ALJ Ruling on Heart Attack Reporting Requirements Creates Split of Authority

In Vulcan Construction, decided August 3, 2013, Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission Administrative Law Judge Gill held that an employee’s heart attack did not constitute an immediately reportable accident because...more

10/1/2013 - ALJ MSHA Reporting Requirements

Capital Thinking: Environment

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY - Last Week’s Hearings: - Tuesday, September 24: The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety, will hold a hearing to examine black...more

9/30/2013 - Carbon Emissions EPA Green Technology Power Plants Seafood Sports

Capital Thinking: Technology & Communications

Legislative Activity - Senate Commerce Committee Evaluates FCC And FTC Nominees - The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation held a hearing on Wednesday, September 18 to consider the...more

9/26/2013 - Confirmation Proceedings Copyright Alert System Data Collection Data Protection FCC FTC Internet Retailers Nominations Piracy Sales & Use Tax Spam Texting Voluntary IP Agreements

Capital Thinking: Energy

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY - Upcoming Hearings: Tuesday, September 10: The House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing titled “Implementing the Nuclear Waste Policy Act – Next Steps.” The hearing will be...more

9/13/2013 - Energy FERC Nuclear Regulatory Commission Nuclear Waste SEC

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