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Proposed Oil Tanker Moratorium Act—Defining Canada's Pacific Gateway

by Bennett Jones LLP on

On 12 May 2017, the Government of Canada introduced Bill C-48, the proposed Oil Tanker Moratorium Act, in Parliament. This initiative follows up on the launch of the national Oceans Protection Plan in November 2016, and...more

Virginia Governor McAuliffe signs 11 Bills Promoting Solar and Renewable

by Williams Mullen on

On Monday May 8, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe signed 11 bipartisan bills (passed by the Virginia General Assembly earlier this year) which promote the use of solar and other renewable energy options and endeavor to...more

Solar Industry Import Drama Continues

On April 26, 2017, Suniva, Inc., a U.S. producer of solar cells and modules, filed a petition with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) under Section 201 of the Trade Act of 1974 seeking temporary import relief...more

Litigation Trends in the Global Oil and Gas Industry: What You Need To Know

by Hogan Lovells on

Michael Davison is head of the Hogan Lovells Litigation, Arbitration, and Employment Practice Group. For close to 30 years, he has been helping clients avoid disputes. He is currently working from the firm’s London office as...more

Trump Executive Order Addresses Executive Branch, Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity

by Dechert LLP on

President Donald J. Trump issued an Executive Order on May 11, 2017 aimed at “Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure” (the “Order”). The Order mandates federal governmental review of...more

Reforms Lead to New Opportunities in Saudi Arabia - Transformative changes in Saudi Arabia are opening up new opportunities in...

Saudi Arabia has recently adopted new policies aimed at transforming its economy, including plans to sell shares in the state oil company, Saudi Aramco, and to expand its Public Investment Fund (PIF) to diversify its...more

DC Circuit Considers When a Voluntary Remand Is Appropriate

The endless variety of federal regulatory programs are subject to the requirements of federal administrative law, i.e., the Administrative Procedures Act (APA). The APA is chiefly the province of the U.S. Court of Appeals for...more

Trillion Dollar Infrastructure Investment Watch: “Parameters,” But Not Full Plan to be Released this Month

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Despite bi-partisan agreement on the urgency to invest in the nation’s infrastructure to meet fast growing demands on our roads, railroads and waterways, there has yet to materialize a bi-partisan framework for funding and...more

Drill on Through to the Other Side: No Trespass When Drilling Through Mineral Estate with Surface Use Agreement

by Blank Rome LLP on

Action Item: The Texas Supreme Court annunciated two critical points in Lightning Oil Co. v. Anadarko E&P Onshore: (1) unauthorized interference may be a trespass only when it impacts the mineral lessee’s ability to exercise...more

New rules on energy and fuel distribution contained in the bill of law for the market and the competition

by DLA Piper on

Energy attracts the attention of the bill of law for the market and the competition (in Italian DDL Concorrenza or DDL). The text revised by the Senate has been passed, on 3 May 2017, ONto the Chamber of Deputies for its...more

Does FERC's Authority to Delegate Functions to Staff Survive the Loss of an Agency Quorum?

by Stinson Leonard Street on

On May 25th, the Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources will hold hearings on President Trump's nominations to fill two commissioner vacancies on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). If confirmed, the...more

North Dakota’s UIC Class VI Primacy Wait is Almost Over

by Stoel Rives LLP on

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is poised to approve North Dakota’s application for primary enforcement authority over the underground injection of CO2 for geologic sequestration in that state. Nearly four...more

Texas Subsurface Trespass Law Clarified

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

We know that in Texas the mineral owner has the right to explore for and produce the minerals. What does that leave for the surface owner? In Lightning Oil Company v. Anadarko E&P Onshore, LLC the Texas Supreme Court tells us...more

Renewable Energy Update - May 2017 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - Non-utility suppliers could serve 85% of load by mid-2020s, according to new CPUC report - Utility Dive - May 17 - A new report from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and...more

Hearings This Week

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

House Science, Space and Technology, Subcommittee on Environment hearing on “Expanding the Role of States in EPA Rulemaking.” Date: Tuesday, May 23, 10 a.m. Place: 2318 Rayburn Bldg....more

ITC Publishes Determinations On Biodiesel Antidumping, Countervailing Investigation

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On May 12, 2017, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) published in the Federal Register its preliminary determinations regarding the antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) investigations of biodiesel imports...more

Projects and Energy Weekly Snippets

by Hogan Lovells on

Weekly projects and energy updates in South Africa - Synposis of energy minister, Mmamoloko Kubayi budget speech - The energy minister reconfirmed that government will proceed with the signing of new nuclear power...more

FERC Accelerates Efforts to Integrate Electric Storage Projects Into Jurisdictional Wholesale Markets

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

Over the past year, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has accelerated its efforts to facilitate integration of electric storage projects into wholesale electricity markets subject to its jurisdiction....more

Carbon and Alloy Steel: Commission Hearing on Dismissal of Antitrust Claims

On April 20, 2017, the Commission heard oral arguments in Certain Carbon and Alloy Steel Products, Inv. No. 337-TA-1002, in connection with its review of Judge Lord’s Initial Determination dismissing complainant U.S. Steel’s...more

30,000 Foot View: State Of The Oil Patch

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Big picture concepts have filled my mind lately – I am trying to take a step back and see the whole picture instead of getting too deep in the weeds and isolated details. It made me curious – what is the 30,000 foot view of...more

Virginia Begins Development of Cap-and-Trade Program for Electric Power Sector

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

On May 16, 2017, Virginia’s Governor Terry McAuliffe signed Executive Directive 11 (the “Directive”), which directs Virginia’s Department of Environmental Quality (“DEQ”) to develop regulations to reduce greenhouse gas...more

Senators Send SEC, EPA, Letter On Renewable Fuel Credit Market

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On May 9, 2017, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), along with seven additional Democratic Senators, sent a letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the...more

Energy Update - May 2017

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

We are pleased to release the latest issue of our client newsletter, Energy Update, designed to inform clients and friends of the firm about important developments affecting US and international energy markets. Please see...more

White Certificates - New regulation on incentive scheme in Italy

by Hogan Lovells on

White certificates (dubbed “certificati bianchi” or “titoli di efficienza energetica”) have proven to be quite a successful incentive scheme in Italy in the past few years, generating significant returns on investments...more

Indonesia’s MEMR Regulation 12: A Step Forward or a Step Back?

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

Despite a significant renewable energy potential, Indonesia currently only produces six percent of its electricity from renewable energy.  The Indonesian government is targeting increasing this to 23 percent by 2025.  Many...more

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