Stephen Davis

Stephen Davis

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

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Cuba Natural Gas

CNG – Cuba Natural Gas - With the recent shift in U.S. government policy regarding Cuba, is now the time for the energy industry, particularly liquefied natural gas (LNG) project developers, to consider Cuba?...more

5/20/2016 - Cuba Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR) Energy Projects General Licenses Liquid Natural Gas Oil Prices

2015 Energy Year in Review

Akin Gump is pleased to announce it has released its “2015 Energy Year in Review,” which examines the current state of the global energy market and highlights the energy matters with which the firm was involved last year in...more

3/29/2016 - Energy Projects Energy Sector Natural Resources Oil & Gas Renewable Energy

Jordan Cove LNG Setback

In a move that surprised some industry observers, on March 11, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued an order (the “Order”) that (i) denied Jordan Cove Energy Project, L.P.’s (“Jordan Cove”) application...more

3/18/2016 - Energy Projects FERC Joint Venture Natural Gas Act Pipelines

Midstream Acreage Contract Dedications Take a Hit in Bankruptcy

In a hotly anticipated ruling on Tuesday, Judge Chapman followed on her prior pronouncement that she was “inclined” to permit the rejection of certain gathering and processing agreements in the Sabine Oil & Gas chapter 11...more

3/11/2016 - Chapter 11 Commercial Bankruptcy Midstream Contracts Oil & Gas

Midstream Contract Acreage Dedications at Risk

If you read one thing... - On Tuesday, Judge Shelley Chapman, the Southern District of New York Bankruptcy Judge in the Sabine Oil & Gas chapter 11 cases, noted she was “inclined” to permit the rejection of certain...more

2/5/2016 - Chapter 11 Commercial Bankruptcy Debt Restructuring Exploration and Production Assets Oil & Gas

Budget Deal Includes Repeal of U.S. Crude Oil Export Ban

On December 15, 2015, U.S. congressional leaders announced a year-end budget compromise that removes the ban on the export of crude oil from the United States. In exchange for this concession, the Democratic-led opposition to...more

12/17/2015 - Appropriation Act Crude Oil Energy Sector Export Controls Oil & Gas

EPA Proposes Major New Air Emissions Requirements for the Oil and Gas Industry

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released today a suite of requirements that impose strict new limits on the emission of volatile organic compounds (VOC) and methane by the oil and natural gas industry. The proposals...more

8/19/2015 - Comment Period EPA Greenhouse Gas Emissions Methane National Emissions Standards Natural Gas Oil & Gas Proposed Regulation Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC)

Commerce Issues Guidance Regarding Restrictions on Crude Oil Exports

On December 30, 2014, the Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) issued long-awaited frequently asked questions (FAQs) and related answers in an attempt to provide guidance on restrictions on crude oil...more

1/12/2015 - BIS Export Controls Oil & Gas U.S. Commerce Department

Options for Obtaining Regulatory Guidance and/or Approval Related to the Export of Crude Oil and Petroleum Products

As previously reported on Speaking Energy (available here), the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has recently indicated that it is willing to work with U.S. energy companies to navigate...more

7/23/2014 - BIS CCATS Energy Energy Policy Energy Reform Exports Licenses Oil & Gas Regulatory Standards

DOE Releases Two New Reports on the Environmental Impacts of LNG Exports

On Thursday, May 29, 2014, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released two new reports on the potential environmental impacts of liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports from the United States to countries that do not have a free...more

6/4/2014 - DOE Environmental Impact Report (EIR) Environmental Policies Liquid Natural Gas Natural Gas Oil & Gas

DOE Proposes New Procedures for LNG Export Authorizations

Yesterday, the United States Department of Energy (DOE) issued proposed new procedures for liquefied natural gas (LNG) export decisions. The proposal applies only to applications to export LNG from the Lower-48 states to...more

6/2/2014 - Applications DOE Energy Export Controls Exports FERC Liquid Natural Gas Natural Gas NEPA Oil & Gas Public Comment

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