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OCC & Federal Reserve Report and Proposed Rules - Limitation on Banks Dealing & Investing in Metals and other Physical Commodities

On September 8, 2016, as required by Section 620 of the Dodd-Frank Act, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (the “Board”), the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (the “OCC”) and the Federal Deposit...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XI, Issue 41

SEC/CORPORATE – SEC Division of Corporation Finance Issues Five Additional C&DIs Relating to Pay Ratio Disclosure Rule – On October 18, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporation Finance...more

Pricing Carbon in Wholesale Electricity Markets: RTOs/ISOs Looking at a Carbon Price to Integrate Regional Public Policy Goals

Several eastern regional transmission organizations and independent system operators (RTO/ISO) are talking seriously about pricing carbon in their markets. NEPOOL, the participant voting organization on wholesale market...more

Carbon Reduction Reshapes a Regional Electricity Market

Earlier this year, Massachusetts passed legislation that will require the state’s distribution utilities to purchase carbon-free electricity from hydropower and on and offshore wind farms under long-term contracts for up to...more

Post-Aliso Canyon gas storage report

A task force has released its report on the safety of underground natural gas storage, following the Aliso Canyon leak in California. The Interagency Task Force on Natural Gas Storage Safety was formed by Congress and the...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - October 2016 #3

Environmental and Policy Focus - Federal report recommends gas-storage safety changes - OC Register - Oct 18 - A task force commissioned by the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety...more

Implementing A Competitive Natural Gas Market In Mexico - CENAGAS to hold its first open season

Centro Nacional de Control de Gas Natural (CENAGAS) has received authorization from the Comisión Reguladora de Energía (CRE) to conduct its first open season for the assignment of available capacity on a firm basis in the...more

Connecticut Governor appoints State Cybersecurity Czar

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy recently appointed Democrat Arthur H. House the state’s first cybersecurity czar. House moves into the role after serving as the chairman of the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority for the past four...more

Louisiana Statutory Penalties Imposed on Operator

If you’ve ever tried to escape penalties for the operator/producer’s failure to comply with La. R.S §30:103.1 and §103.2, take comfort in XXI Oil & Gas, LLC v. Hilcorp Energy Company. You are not alone. No excuse has...more

Digital Tax Update – Local Edition

After the highly publicized administrative lease transaction and amusement tax expansions in Chicago last year, more cities around the country are taking steps to impose transaction taxes on the sale or rental of digital...more

“Ponzi Scheme” Recital Not Enough

Disgruntled investors suing oil and gas companies for fraud must allege facts to support a Ponzi scheme in order to obtain the “Ponzi scheme presumption.” This “Ponzi scheme presumption,” if adequately pleaded in the first...more

Energy Sector Alert Series: Brexit and Energy - Leaving the EU While Staying Connected

In this eight-week alert series, we are providing a broad look at current and emerging issues facing the energy sector. Lawyers from across the firm are discussing issues ranging from cybersecurity, antitrust and intellectual...more

EPA to the Oil and Gas Industry: The Request Is in the Mail

It looks like the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will have its own scary treat for the oil and gas industry this Halloween—an information request under Section 114 of the Clean Air Act designed to help EPA regulate...more

Federal Court Orders EPA to Evaluate Job Losses from Air Regulations

On October 17, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia ruled in favor of Murray Energy Corporation (Murray) in its section 321 suit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The court...more

The FAA’s New Drone Regulations

The use of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS or, colloquially, drones) is becoming more prolific. In the oil and gas context, drones can play a key role in conducting risky oilfield operations. The uses for drones in the...more

Iran Issues Pre-qualification for Upstream Tenders

Iran is said to be targeting an increase in oil production from 3.85 to 4 million barrels per day by the end of 2016. Iran is also hoping to start export of a new heavy oil, called West Karun, and which is expected to compete...more

Mine Safety Regulators Issue Seat Belt Alert

The Mine Safety and Health Administration has issued a safety alert urging miners to buckle their seat belts while operating mobile equipment. According to a review of mining fatalities from 2010 to 2015, approximately...more

Massachusetts climate change executive order

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed an executive order last month setting a comprehensive approach to climate change. Executive Order No. 569, Establishing An Integrated Climate Change Strategy for the Commonwealth,...more

California DWR Releases Final Groundwater Basin Boundary Modifications

On October 18, 2016, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) released its final modifications to California’s groundwater basin boundaries in response to the emergency regulations adopted by DWR last October. The basin...more

FERC Investigations: Uncertainty Rules as More Entities Challenge in Federal Court: Insights from Nutter’s Matt Connolly

Legal Update - Matt Connolly, a senior associate in Nutter’s Litigation Department, addressed Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) investigations in Nutter Insights. Matt discussed what triggers a FERC...more

Renewable Energy Update - October 2016 #2

Renewable Energy Focus - Reaction mixed on proposed California solar-wind resource adequacy scheme - Renewable Energy World - Oct 12 - The power and energy regulatory environment is in a high state of...more

Sustainable Development Update - October 2016 #3

Sustainable Development Focus - San Francisco’s Treasure Island project wins top green rating - Commercial Property Executive - Oct 14 - The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has awarded LEED-ND...more

DOE to Deploy Funds for Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects in Indian Country

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Indian Energy has announced its Notice of Intent for funding opportunities ranging from $50,000 to $1 million to maximize the development and deployment of clean energy and...more

Pan-Canadian carbon pricing approach

All Canadian jurisdictions will have put a price on carbon pollution by 2018, according to a speech earlier this month by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The federal government's "pan-Canadian approach" sets a...more

UK CMA Announces Closure of Investigation into PCWs for Energy Tariffs

On 6 October 2016, the UK Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) announced the closure of its investigation into a suspected competition law breach by some price comparison websites (“PCWs”) for energy tariffs on the...more

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