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Water District Case Clarifies California Public Records Act Exemption for Utility Customers

“Customer” Includes a Business or Corporation, Judge Rules - The Public Records Act exempts from required disclosure the identities of commercial, as well as individual, utility customers, according to a recent...more

Drilling Down: Oil Prices and Innovation

Some economists have recently predicted that it not be until the third fiscal quarter 2015 that oil prices may begin to stabilize (for example, see ATB Financial’s Alberta Economic Outlook Q2 2015, published March 31, 2015). ...more

Colorado Court Ruling Confirms Role of Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission in Resolving Royalty Disputes

It is not uncommon for royalty disputes between mineral lessors and operators to increase as oil and natural gas prices decrease. Before mineral lessors go running to the courthouse in Colorado, however, and before operators...more

Pierce Atwood Environmental Regulatory Compliance Calendar (RCC)

Draft Integrated Science Assessment for Oxides of Nitrogen – Health Criteria - EPA has announced an extension of the public comment period for the second external review draft of a document titled, “Second External Draft...more

China Update - April 2015

In This Issue: - Quote of the Week - U.S.-China Relations - Trade - Energy & Environment - Excerpt from Quote of the Week: “The Asia-Pacific region – and you know the U.S. is a Pacific power – is...more

Environmental Notes - April 2015

- In this Issue: - TSCA Reporting: Violations May Never Lapse, But Corroborative Information Is Better Understood - South Carolina Generator Inspection Schedule Increases - Frequent Questions: Form R -...more

Ontario to Adopt Cap-and-Trade System, Joining Quebec and California Carbon Market

The Ontario government has signed an agreement with Quebec to create a joint cap-and-trade system to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In its announcement, Ontario has indicated that it will impose a hard ceiling on the...more

FAQs on California’s Emergency Water Conservation Regulations

In the wake of Gov. Jerry Brown’s Executive Order calling for mandatory water reductions statewide, the State Water Resources Control Board went to work immediately on drafting emergency measures. Since Brown’s order two...more

Mexico’s Energy Revolution Series: A Liberalized Electricity Sector - April 2015

In This Issue: - Introduction - A Revamped Institutional Architecture - New Makeup of the Electricity Supply Chain .. Generation .. T&D Network .. Retailing - A note of...more

Bankruptcy "Essentials" in a Low-Price Environment

J. Paul Getty once said, “Formula for success: rise early, work hard, strike oil.” However, with crude oil prices nearly half of what they were a mere six months ago, Getty’s formula may not hold as true as it once did. In...more

Going from A to A+: SEC Approves Amendments to Regulation A

On March 25, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission unanimously adopted final rules to amend Regulation A, as mandated by Title IV of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act). Whereas the existing...more

Mining Issuers: Ensure your Websites and Investor Presentations Comply with NI 43-101

Mining issuers have their qualified persons (“QPs”) and occasionally legal counsel review technical disclosure, including news releases and technical reports, to ensure they comply with National Instrument 43-101 Standards of...more

California DOJ Surprises More Than 100 Retailers with Transparency in Supply Chains Act Notification

This week, the California Attorney General’s Department of Justice sent letters to a large number of retailers, notifying those retailers that they may be subject to California's Transparency in Supply Chains Act (the “Act”...more

Renewable Structures: Choices and Challenges

Since the first wind deal utilizing a partnership in 2003 (also known as a “partnership flip,” a “pre-tax after-tax partnership,” or a “wind safe harbor partnership structure”), there has been a constant evolution of...more

Harper Review: Implications for networks businesses

The Final Harper Competition Policy Review Report (Harper Review) was released on 31 March 2015. We set out below the key potential implications for networks businesses....more

Parameters of Iran Sanctions Relief Announced

On April 2, 2015, the United States and its P5+1 negotiating partners, together with Iran, announced the key parameters of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) regarding Iran’s nuclear program. Further details are...more

Schlumberger and PayPal Settlements Reinforce Breadth of Sanctions Compliance Challenges

Last week, U.S. authorities settled criminal charges against a subsidiary of Schlumberger Ltd. and civil claims against PayPal, Inc. Federal authorities alleged that these companies violated U.S. embargoes and other economic...more

What Is The Correct Post-Judgment Interest Rate In Texas?

As with many legal questions, the answer depends. The Texas Supreme Court recently reinforced this in Hooks v. Samson Lone Star, L.P., No. 12-0920, 2015 WL 3933380 (Tex. Jan. 30, 2015)....more

No Equitable Extension of a Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Lease

Whoa! I didn’t see this one coming. Pennsylvania lessees are not entitled to an equitable extension of the primary term of an oil and gas lease in the face of a legal challenge to the validity of the lease....more

Arbitration Outcomes Not Binding on Subsequent Arbitration Panels, Court Rules

A recent Alberta Court of Queen's Bench decision in ENMAX Energy Corporation v. TransAlta Generation Partnership addresses long-standing legal principles such as stare decisis and res judicata in the context of arbitration...more

Harper Review - Implications for wholesale electricity markets

The Final Harper Competition Policy Review Report (Harper Review) was released on 31 March 2015. We set out below the key potential implications for wholesale electricity markets....more

March 2015: Energy Litigation Update

Drilling Contracts and Rig Maintenance. Drill rig contracts, which take a similar format around the world, have for years been construed by many as entitling contractors to be paid a day rate while fixing equipment failures...more

Maine long-term contracting for electricity

Maine energy regulators have asked for public comment on the goals and objectives for a decade-old program supporting long-term contracts between utilities and independent power producers. At stake is the future of Maine's...more

Sanctions implications of the nuclear deal between Iran and the international community

Yesterday, an important tentative deal was agreed between the P5+1, the European Union, and Iran. Below, we look at what elements of the current sanctions could potentially be suspended or lifted if final agreement is reached...more

Framework Agreement reached over Iran’s Nuclear Programme

On 2 April the P5+1, the European Union and Iran agreed to a framework for a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA framework) regarding Iran’s nuclear programme. Further detail on the JCPOA framework can be found in the...more

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