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Convention on Supplementary Compensation: Liability Implications for the Nuclear Industry

Now that Japan’s Diet, as of November 21, 2014, has approved Japan’s ratification of the Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage (CSC) and implementing domestic legislation, Japan presumably will soon...more

2014 FERC Enforcement Report Emphasizes Internal Compliance Procedures, Self-Reporting, and Importance of Cooperation

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) Office of Enforcement (Enforcement) 2014 Report on Enforcement (Report), issued on November 20, 2014, provides an overview of and statistics regarding FERC’s enforcement...more

Temporary Suspension of Certain Sanctions Against Iran Extended Until Mid-2015

On November 24, 2014, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, China, Russia and Germany (collectively, the “P5+1”) announced that they will continue current negotiations with Iran regarding its nuclear program and will...more

Australian Government supports innovation in mining, energy, oil and gas

The Australian Government (through Minister for Industry Ian Macfarlane) on 31 October 2014 launched ‘Accelerating Commercialisation’, an initiative aimed at accelerating the commercialisation of intellectual property...more

Managing a FERC audit

What happens when the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission audits a public utility? The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has jurisdiction over interstate transmission of electricity, natural gas, and oil, as well...more

Saskatchewan Prime Contractor Regulations Coming into Force January 1, 2015

On January 1, 2015, The Occupational Health and Safety (Prime Contractor) Regulations will come into force in Saskatchewan (the Prime Contractor Regulations). If you are doing business in Saskatchewan, you should...more

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

Some Welcomed Recognition for Exploration Mining Companies

As market sentiment and investor confidence in Australia's extractive industries remains subdued, recent initiatives from governments and regulators demonstrate, at least, an acknowledgment of the issues faced by mineral...more

Beveridge & Diamond Secures Favorable CARB Determination in Offset Investigation for U.S.’s Largest GHG Offsets Provider

Attorneys in Beveridge & Diamond’s San Francisco office recently helped the largest developer of greenhouse gas (GHG) offset credits in the U.S., Environmental Credit Corp. (ECC), secure a favorable determination from the...more

Sink or Swim as Oil Prices Continue to Fall

As Warren Buffett once wrote in a 2002 letter to the shareholders of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc., "you only find out who is swimming naked when the tide goes out." Well, the tide is going out for many in the oil and gas industry...more

Illinois Supreme Court Debates Revenue Decoupling in Utility Ratemaking

During its September term, the Illinois Supreme Court debated an issue of considerable importance to the State’s utilities. People ex rel. Madigan v. Illinois Commerce Commission is a challenge brought by the Attorney General...more

CARB Invalidates Offsets for Facility's Alleged RCRA Noncompliance

On November 14, 2014, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) released a final determination invalidating almost 89,000 previously-issued offset credits due to CARB’s conclusion that the facility at issue failed to comply...more

Avoiding “Gotcha” Moments: Excusing Non-Production to Address Mechanical Issues Under the Temporary Cessation of Production...

In Landover Production Company, LLC v. Endeavor Energy Resources, L.P., et al., the Texas Court of Appeals re-affirmed the application of the implied, “temporary cessation of production doctrine” to prevent an oil and gas...more

Halliburton’s Acquisition of Baker Hughes Likely to Receive Close Antitrust Scrutiny from Department of Justice

On November 17, 2014, Halliburton Company (“Halliburton”) announced plans to acquire Baker Hughes, Inc. (“Baker Hughes”) for $34.6 billion. Halliburton and Baker Hughes are two of the world’s largest oilfield services...more

Green Sukuk: Financing the Gulf Region’s Renewable Energy Infrastructure

In this lw.com interview Latham & Watkins partner Harj Rai and associate Lee Irvine discuss how an issuance of green sukuk would allow Islamic investors, for the first time, access to ethical and socially responsible...more

What does the agreement between the United States and China to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions mean to 'Joe Industry'?

All media outlets are discussing a groundbreaking agreement between the United States and China to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Under the agreement, the United States promised to cut net greenhouse gas...more

DOE Announces New Grant Topics To Help Small Businesses Develop Clean Energy Technologies

DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) recently announced three new subtopics related to bioenergy under its SBIR and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs...more

OCS Operators and Lenders Beware - Comment Period Ending on BOEM Risk Management, Financial Assurance and Loss Prevention Notice...

Monday, November 17, 2014, is the last day to provide comments to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) in connection with its Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) with respect to risk management, financial...more

Energy Newsletter - November 2014

In This Issue: - First AIPN Model Contract for Unconventional Resource Operations - A Cautionary Tale: English Courts Further Depart from a Traditional Approach to Liquidated Damages in Unaoil v...more

Terms & Conditions under Texas Law: A Potential Liability Trap for Oilfield Operators

A common misconception exists that pre-printed terms and conditions on a job ticket do not rise to the level of a legal contract. This view is not correct. Terms and conditions can and will be enforced by Texas courts. Such...more

Rating Agency Developments

On November 6, Fitch released its updated criteria for rating securitizations in emerging markets. On November 5, DBRS released its methodology for rating companies in the automotive manufacturing industry. On November 5,...more

EPA Reverses Course on Malfunctions

EPA proposes eliminating all startup, shutdown and malfunction affirmative defense provisions from SIPS. On September 17, 2014, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a supplemental notice of...more

The impact of off-lease drilling in light of the San Antonio Court of Appeals recent decision in Lightning Oil Co. v. Anadarko

On October 29, 2014, the San Antonio Court of Appeals issued its decision in Lightning Oil Co. v. Anadarko, holding that Lightning Oil was not entitled to a temporary injunction enjoining Anadarko from drilling through...more

Courts Uphold Supplemental Assessment of Wells and Related Facilities/Improvements; and Validate Use of Cost Approach

The County of Kern Tax Assessor’s (“Assessor”) use of the cost approach to value to appraise new oil and gas wells for the purpose of levying supplemental assessments has been upheld by the Fifth District Court of Appeal. In...more

IRS Rules That Some Basis in Solar System Must Be Allocated to Structural Functions

On October 31, the IRS released Private Letter Ruling 201444025, which was addressed to a manufacturer of solar systems that are mounted on real estate. The nature of the real estate, along with many other interesting facts,...more

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