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DOE Approves Liquefied Natural Gas Exports to Non-Free Trade Agreement Countries from Oregon Project

On March 24, 2014, the Department of Energy granted a conditional order authorizing the export of domestically produced liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the Jordan Cove Energy Project, L.P. in Coos Bay, Oregon, to countries...more

Ralls Continues to Fight Presidential Divestiture Order Stemming from CFIUS Investigation

Ralls Corp., a privately-held company owned by executives of the China-based heavy machinery manufacturing conglomerate Sany Group, recently filed an appeal in its ongoing effort to avoid President Obama’s order requiring the...more

REsource - Winter 2013/2014

In This Issue: Bringing Non-U.S. Capital Into (and Back Out of) U.S. Real Estate; A Wider Play of Shale: A Hydraulic Fracturing Primer; California Clears Way for Pollution Clean-Up with AB 440; and Which Way is the...more

Texas Environmental Update - December 20, 2013

Mexican Federal Congress Approves Important Constitutional Energy Reform Bill - Energy Legal Blog, December 13, 2013 - As we previously reported, on August 12, 2013, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto...more

Hydraulic Fracturing Digest

Hydraulic fracturing remained one of the most controversial environmental issues of 2013. Hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, is the process of injecting water, chemicals and “proppants,” oftentimes sand, under...more

What is an Exaction?

Construction of the 485-mile-long southern portion of the TransCanada Keystone Pipeline system (known as the Gulf Coast Project) is scheduled to be completed and operational by the end of 2013, but it leaves a legacy of...more

Overview of Amendments to the Tax Code of the Russian Federation, and Federal Laws “On the Customs Tariff” and “On the Continental...

On September 30, 2013 President Putin signed new Federal Law No. 268-FZ (Amending Law) introducing amendments into Parts I and II of the Tax Code of the Russian Federation, as well as the Law of the Russian Federation “On the...more

Future of Hydraulic Fracturing in Europe Remains Uncertain after France’s High Court Upholds Law Banning Fracturing Activity

Following two years of litigation, France’s Constitutional Council—the highest court in France — upheld the country’s ban on hydraulic fracturing, ruling that the 2011 law “conforms to the constitution” and is not...more

TRANSACTIONAL: Corporate / London: UK Looks to US for LNG Imports: US Regulatory Approvals Required

UK energy providers have signed deals to buy LNG from the Sabine Pass and nearby Golden Pass LNG export facilities in the US. The supply of LNG from these export facilities to regasification terminals in the UK is conditional...more

United Kingdom: Minerals Matter - Summer 2013

Summer is finally here and with it comes the latest edition of Minerals Matters. In this edition we have covered a wider range of topics than ever before reflecting the breadth of expertise held within the DLA Piper Mining...more

Energy And Environment Update -- August 12, 2013

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Commerce; Department of Energy; Department of Interior; Environmental Protection Agency; Nuclear Regulatory Commission; International;...more

OSC Staff Notice 43 705, Review Of Technical Reports By Ontario Mining Issuers

On June 27, 2013, the OSC issued Staff Notice 43-705 addressing OSC concerns with respect to disclosure in technical reports....more

The Tar Sands Debate Comes To Delaware

Across the country, environmental organizations have made the transport and processing of crude oil from the tar sands of Alberta, Canada a focal point in their efforts to reduce carbon emissions, citing higher carbon...more

ICMM Releases Position Statement on Indigenous Peoples Establishing Commitment to FPIC

The International Council of Mining & Metals (“ICMM”) recently released a position statement on indigenous peoples and mining that explicitly requires its 22 member companies to work to obtain the free, prior, and informed...more

It's Time to Talk About the Future of Water

Although more than 70 percent of the Earth is covered by water, only about 2.5 percent is freshwater. Because freshwater is used for crop irrigation and consumption, it remains one of the most sought-after resources on the...more

U.S. Coast Guard and Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement Sign Agreement on Offshore Oversight

On May 9, 2013, the U.S. Coast Guard and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) announced that they had entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) concerning offshore safety and environmental regulations....more

TRANSACTIONAL: Project Development / Finance: First Energy Concession under innovative model to reach financial close in the...

Jabal Omar Development Company (JODC) recently embarked on its first PPP initiative in the Holy City of Makkah, a district energy project (Project) to service the company’s USD5.5bn mixed-use development at Makkah...more

Guinea Publishes Its Mining Contracts

The Republic of Guinea is home to substantial reserves of mineral resources, notably in bauxite and iron ore, and is widely considered in the mining and metals sector as a key jurisdiction to watch for significant growth in...more

Energy Newsletter - January 2013

In This Issue: - TRANSACTIONAL: Corporate/London; Maritime - Maritime Boundaries: UNCLOS and disputes over the right to explore and develop offshore reserves and the effect on the oil and gas industry -...more

DISPUTE RESOLUTION: Tort Litigation: Reforming NEPA Review of Energy Projects

The President’s re-election once again focused attention on the question of whether the Administration will grant the Presidential permit necessary for the U.S.-Canada border crossing of the Keystone XL pipeline. While...more

Shale Gas: The Next Big Thing?

Heat, electricity and transportation all have something in common: they can be powered by natural gas. Across the globe, historically, natural gas has been extracted from natural gas fields through the drilling of wells....more

MLR Issues Notice Encouraging Growth in China Shale Gas Development

Notice shows further commitment to rapid industry growth and provides general guidelines for developing shale gas resources in the country. The Ministry of Land and Resources (?????)(MLR) of the People's Republic of...more

President Obama Orders Chinese-Owned Corporation To Divest From Wind Farm In Oregon by Shannon Doyle

On September 28, 2012, President Obama blocked Ralls Corporation from acquiring ownership of four wind farm companies in Oregon near a U.S. naval weapons systems training facility due to national security concerns. Ralls is a...more

Exxon, Shell Win Colombia Blocks, But Shy Away From Shale

Originally published in Law 360 on October 23, 2012. Units of Exxon Mobil Corp., Royal Dutch Shell PLC and Anadarko Petroleum Corp. picked up leases in Colombia's latest oil auction on Wednesday, growing their footprints...more

CFIUS Update: President Blocks Ralls Transaction

As addressed in our September 27 blog, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) was sued in U.S. District Court by Ralls Corp relating to the acquisition by Ralls of four Oregon companies whose assets...more

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