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California Lawmakers Making a Strong Push to Ban Hydraulic Fracturing
California Commercial Building Owners Must Disclose Energy Usage of the Building During Sale, Lease or Financing after July 1, 2013
Uncertainty Surrounds Illinois’s Nationally-Watched Collaborative Legislation On Fracking
Transbay Tower Groundbreaking
Consultant: BigLaw Growth is NOT Dead!
Weekly Brief: 78% of Law Schools Ignore ABA Rule
Local Governments Continue to Fight States for Right to Govern Fracking
Deryck Palmer on What’s Next for the Energy Sector
BigLaw's Banker: I've Got a "Robust" List of Firms That May Fail
Are EPA Regulations or Market Factors More to Blame for Potential Coal Plant Closures?
Regulatory Challanges When Bringing a Vehicle to Market in the United States
Obama Blocks Chinese-Owned Wind Project Out of Concerns for National Security
Pacific Northwest Positioned to Be Hub for Great Sustainable Transportation Economy
Stewart Baker, Former GC of NSA, on Why the Cybersecurity Act Failed & Threat of Tomorrow’s Terrorism
Who pays for road damage in Pennsylvania after ACT 13?
Marcellus gas fuels Natural Gas Vehicles
Vermont Becomes the First State to Outlaw Fracking—Stone Pigman's Keith Hall
Natural gas encourages industrial and large commercial end-users to revisit their operational plans
LXBN This Week, Episode 1: Brinker, NLRB Posting Rule, Fracking, SmithKline in the Supreme Court
Is Fracking Safe?
On April 9, 2013, the European Union agreed to a preliminary deal requiring oil, gas, mining and forestry companies to report in greater detail any payments at or above €100,000 (approximately $130,000) they make to foreign...more
The SEC has adopted a rule requiring SEC reporting companies to provide disclosures about conflict minerals that are "necessary to the functionality or production of a product manufactured by the company." Conflict minerals...more
I am currently attending the Hanson Wade Oil and Gas Supply Chain Compliance conference in Houston. The event is excellent and the presentations have been ‘spot on’ for the nuts and bolts of how to do compliance. As the...more
In 2012 ,the SEC adopted final rules requiring public companies engaged in certain oil and gas activities to disclose payments made to domestic and foreign governments as required by the Dodd-Frank Act. The rules were...more
Businesses in the oil and gas industry are cautioned to pay careful attention to evolutions in anti-corruption law in the jurisdictions where they operate. The U.S. government has successfully enforced the Foreign Corrupt...more
The SEC recently filed its initial brief in the case pending in the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in which the National Association of Manufacturers, United States Chamber of Commerce, and Business...more
On Thursday, March 28, 2013, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the "CFTC") approved a final order that exempts certain non-financial energy derivative transactions between and amongst government-owned electric...more
On March 28, 2013, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission issued a final rule that largely affirmed its earlier proposal to exempt certain FERC and Texas PUC regulated transactions from CFTC jurisdiction and provided...more
Japan plans to launch the world’s first futures contract for liquefied natural gas, also known as LNG. This marks the country’s latest step toward creating a global market for fuel....more
Pursuant to the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) fined a natural gas trader $30 million for manipulating the settlement price for natural gas futures contracts on the New York...more
In this issue:
- NASDAQ Proposes Internal Audit Function Requirement for Listed Issuers
- FINRA’s Frequently Asked Questions on Electronic Blue Sheet Submissions Updated Regarding Order Execution Time
On March 15, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit held that the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has exclusive jurisdiction over natural gas futures contracts and that the Federal...more
The D.C. Circuit clarifies that FERC may prohibit manipulative trading only in markets outside of the CFTC's exclusive jurisdiction over commodity futures contracts.
On March 15, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the...more
The CFTC's Dodd-Frank swap reporting and recordkeeping requirements become mandatory on April 10, 2013, for all persons and companies engaging in swaps. These requirements include the agency's swap data reporting and...more
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit decided today that the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has exclusive jurisdiction over all transactions involving commodity futures contracts and that the Federal...more
Last week I attended the Society for Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE) Energy and Utilities Conference here in Houston. As usual, SCCE put on a great event, the speakers and topics were all first-rate. As you might...more
Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is no stranger to scandal and controversial statements, but lately his words and actions seem to be providing cause for concern outside of the European Union....more
Yesterday celebrated an auspicious anniversary as it was the 125th anniversary of the British newspaper, the Financial Times (FT), its first issue having been delivered on February 13, 1888. In England, and across the world,...more
On 18 September 2012, the European Parliament approved a package of proposals that impose on loggers of primary forests, and large companies that extract oil, gas and minerals, a new obligation to provide full details on...more
A divided Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently adopted a rule affecting publicly-traded oil, gas, and mining companies. The Commission promulgated these regulations pursuant to Section 1504 of the Dodd-Frank Act....more
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has responded to questions raised by market participants regarding whether such participants must classify physical commercial agreements for energy supply and consumption as...more
On November 8, the Securities and Exchange Commission denied a motion to stay the effective date of the recently enacted resource extraction disclosure rules. These rules, adopted by the SEC on August 22, require public...more
The SEC has released a Small Entity Compliance Guide relating to the recently adopted rules relating to new disclosures required of “resource extraction issuers.” Compliance Guides like this one are required by 1996...more
Originally published in Drillers and Dealers: Expert's Insights - October 2012.
Recent months have brought two important developments in the global trend towards transparency and accountability in the oil and gas...more
The CFTC Office of General Counsel (“OGC”) issued an interpretation today regarding application of the “swap” definition (and forward contract exclusion thereunder) to energy transportation and storage contracts, in response...more
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