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Energy Alert: The Court of Appeal Upholds the Redwater Decision

by Field Law on

Field Law’s Energy Group continues to follow developments regarding the Redwater Energy case. This Energy Alert summarizes the Alberta Court of Appeal’s recent decision on the matter. ...more

D.C. Circuit Tells FERC to Try Again on Utility Rates of Return

by Jones Day on

On April 14, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued a decision that could cause short-term uncertainty for electric utilities, whose rates for transmission service, including the allowed rate of return,...more

A Closer Look at President Trump's Executive Order on Energy Independence

by Holland & Knight LLP on

President Donald Trump's Executive Order (EO) entitled "Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth" is a broad directive accomplishing a number of the Trump Administration's energy-related priorities....more

State aid: the former French financial support mechanism for solar radiative energy at risk

by White & Case LLP on

By an order dated 15 March 20171, the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) rules on the compatibility with the European State aid rules of the Ministerial Orders of 10 July 2006 and of 12 January 2010 setting out the feed-in...more

Administration's Executive Order on Climate and Energy Is Controversial, and May Shift Action to States

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On March 28, 2017, President Trump issued an “Executive Order on Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth” (E.O.) that takes aim at a broad range of federal climate and energy programs and regulations. The E.O....more

Two Bureau of Land Management Regulations on Life Support Under President Trump

by Jones Day on

The Trump Administration has signaled its intent to pull the plug on two rules issued by the U.S. Department of Interior's Bureau of Land Management ("BLM") in 2015 and 2016. Legal and legislative developments over the next...more

UAS, A Growing Part of the Oil and Gas Industry

As the use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS or as they are more commonly called, drones) continues to rapidly increase as technology continues to develop, more and more industries will utilize UAS in their day-to-day...more

Executive Orders Expected this Week Regarding Clean Air and Water Act Rules

by Nossaman LLP on

In addition to a January 20th Presidential Memorandum freezing all, not yet enacted, rules and sending them back to the agencies and Office of Management and Budget for reconsideration, and the utilization of the...more

MSHA decides that the White House’s Regulatory Freeze Does Not Apply to its New Rule

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

MSHA decided to move forward with its controversial Examination of Workplaces in Metal and Nonmetal Mines Rule without regard to a White House Memorandum requesting federal agencies to delay rules for sixty days. (see our...more

Summary of FERC Meeting Agenda for February 2017

by White & Case LLP on

On February 8, 2017, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a press release cancelling the monthly meeting to be held in February. Additionally, FERC stated that all forthcoming monthly meetings are pre-emptively...more

Drought Emergency Regulations Extended Again

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Despite objections from many water suppliers that drought conditions have ended, the State Water Resources Control Board this week voted unanimously to extend emergency water conservation regulations throughout California....more

White House Issues Interim Guidance Memo on Implementation of "Two-for-One" Executive Order On Regulations, Invites Public Comment

by Bracewell LLP on

On February 2, 2017, the Acting Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (“OIRA”) issued a guidance document (the “Interim Guidance”) intended to help clarify President Trump’s January 30, 2017...more

No Quorum at FERC may Affect Ability to Consummate Dispositions of Jurisdictional Assets and Issuances of Debt

by Stinson Leonard Street on

At the close of business on Friday, February 3, 2017, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) lost its legal quorum of three members when its former Chair, Norman Bay, resigned his post as a FERC Commissioner. Earlier...more

FERC Faces Unprecedented Lack of Quorum After Commissioner’s Departure

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Commissioner resignation leaves agency without quorum necessary to issue major orders including approvals of natural gas pipeline permits and contested mergers. Key Points: ..Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is...more

MSHA Decision Pending on the Effective Date for the Workplace Examination Final Rule

On January 23, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) issued its Final Rule for Examinations of Working Places in Metal and Nonmetal Mines. The final rule amends the existing workplace examinations standard and...more

Update: Trump's Busy First Week of Office

As reported last week in Bradley’s Governmental Affairs alert in A Sign of Things to Come? Trump’s Regulatory Freeze and Other Early Actions, the Trump administration took immediate action with regard to the Affordable Care...more

Potential Revisions to NRC Regulations Could Significantly Affect the Oil & Gas Industry

In response to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) sting operation which identified certain regulatory weaknesses, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is considering revisions to applicable security and...more

Summary of FERC Meeting Agenda for January 19, 2017

by White & Case LLP on

Below are brief summaries of the agenda items for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s January 19, 2017 meeting, pursuant to the agenda as issued on January 12, 2017. Agenda items E-3, E-4, E-5, E-6, C-1, and C-2 have...more

Texas Supreme Court Rules Pipeline Can Take Land by Eminent Domain

by Snell & Wilmer on

On January 6, the Texas Supreme Court ruled that the Denbury Green Pipeline-Texas LLC (“Denbury Green”) could take private property by eminent domain. In Denbury Green Pipeline-Texas LLC v. Texas Rice Land Partners Ltd., the...more

EPA Issues Final Determination That No Adjustments to GHG Standards for Model Years 2022-2025 Will Be Made, but Questions Remain

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On January 12, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized its determination not to change greenhouse gas (GHG) emission standards for cars and light trucks manufactured in model years (MYs) 2022-2025. This...more

Supreme Court of Illinois Says Courts Can Decide ARES Rate Disputes

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Courts – not the ICC – have jurisdiction over rate cases involving an ARES, said the Supreme Court of Illinois.[1] In a unanimous opinion written by Chief Justice Karmeier, the Court in December answered the Seventh Circuit’s...more

[Webinar] 2017 MSHA Enforcement Initiatives and Rulemaking Outlook - Jan. 26th, 1:00pm EST

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

As we begin a new calendar year and look ahead to a new administration, industry should continue to stay informed as to MSHA’s regulatory agenda and enforcement initiatives. While MSHA will soon have new decision makers in...more

Utility-Scale Battery Storage Systems: Legal Issues and Opportunities

Federal and state government mandates and incentives, combined with technological advances, have dramatically increased renewable energy sources during the past decade. Variable renewable energy sources such as solar and wind...more

December 2016: Energy Litigation Update

Update on Clean Power Plan. In August 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) finalized a new set of standards, now known as the Clean Power Plan (the “Plan”), aimed at reducing carbon emissions from fossil-fuel...more

EPA Eases Path to Superfund Listing: Vapor Intrusion Component Added to the Hazardous Ranking System

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: With the EPA adding the consideration of vapor intrusion in its Superfund site investigations, hundreds of sites that previously would not rank high enough to qualify for listing on the National Priorities...more

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