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Name And Shame No More?

The last few years has seen the rise of so-called “name and shame” laws. The aims of many these laws may be laudable, but yesterday’s decision by the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit calls their...more

Safety Alerts and Other Recommendations in the Wake of Rail Accidents Involving Bakken Formation Crude Oil

Recent accidents involving rail cars transporting crude oil from the Bakken shale region have resulted in the heightened interest of rail industry regulators and other federal agencies, including the Pipeline and Hazardous...more

Energy And Environment Update -- January 14, 2014

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Environmental Protection Agency; Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; International Trade Commission; International; States; Sustainability; and...more

Two Steps Forward Towards U.S. Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Exportation: Are We Moving Far Enough and Fast Enough?

On August 7, 2013, the Energy Department conditionally approved the application of Lake Charles Exports, LLC to export liquefied natural gas (“LNG”) to countries that do not have a Free Trade Agreement with the United States...more

"Ontario Speech From The Throne", Focus On Public Policy, February 2013

On Tuesday, February 19th, 2013, the Honourable David Onley, Ontario's Lieutenant Governor, delivered the Wynne government’s Speech from the Throne in the Ontario legislature. Entitled The Way Forward, this speech officially...more

U.S. Energy Regulation, Development & Finance

The U.S. energy and infrastructure sectors have undergone dramatic change since 2006, the year of Pillsbury’s first contribution to the Getting the Deal Through publications. Natural gas production and reserves have increased...more

Renewable Energy Update -- January 15, 2013

In This Issue: Renewable Energy Focus - Thermal Energy Storage Market to Reach $3.6 Billion Worldwide by 2020; Ocotillo Wind Project Now Delivering Power Via Sunrise Powerlink Transmission Line; Navy signs off on solar...more

TRANSACTIONAL: Corporate/London: Maritime Boundaries: UNCLOS and disputes over the right to explore and develop offshore reserves...

Despite the 1982 United Nations Convention of the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) providing nations with a 200 mile offshore area (an “Exclusive Economic Zone) for exploiting maritime reserves, international waters remain...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

New Reporting Requirements Under the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act of 2012

On August 10, 2012, the United States delivered its latest economic blow to Iran by enacting the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act of 2012. U.S. companies have long been forbidden from engaging in most...more

Energy And Environment Update -- January 13, 2013

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Agriculture; Department of Commerce; Department of Energy; Environmental Protection Agency; Government Accountability Office;...more

DOE Accepting Comments On Liquid Natural Gas Export Study

The boom in U.S. natural gas production from shale deposits has important implications for U.S. trade policy. The rapidly increasing supply of natural gas is resulting in lower prices for consumers and increasing the...more

Energy and Environment Update -- January 6, 2013

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Department of Energy; Department of Interior; Department of Transportation; Environmental Protection Agency; Federal Trade Commission; Nuclear Regulatory Commission;...more

Iran - Sanctions Update: Council Regulation 1263/2012

This alert is an update on the position set out in our client alert of 22 October 2012 (the "October Alert"), which can be found here. ( Please see below for link.)...more

Abu Dhabi Oil & Gas Update: Security Passes for ADNOC Facilities

Companies that manufacture and sell products to Abu Dhabi’s state companies involved in power, water and petroleum may require their employees to access such facilities in order to provide installation, after-sales and...more

CFTC Issues No-Action Letters Relating to Swaps

Commodity Futures Trading Commission Staff have released several no-action letters relating to various requirements associated with swap trading, including swap dealer (SD) reporting requirements, SD chief compliance officer...more

Canadian Government Approves CNOOC’s Acquisition of Nexen

Monumental US$15.1 billion acquisition results in the largest foreign acquisition by a Chinese company to date. On December 7, the Canadian government approved the acquisition of Calgary, Alberta–based petroleum company...more

Energy And Environment Update -- December 23, 2012

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

REGULATORY: UK Competition Law: Playing the Energy Game; Regulating Market Outcomes by Suzanne Rab, Derek Holt*

With the nip of winter in the air, the announcement of price increases by Britain’s largest natural gas and electricity firms raises the perennial debate about the competitiveness of energy markets. In a surprising...more

REGULATORY: Mining and Natural Resources; Oil and Gas Regulatory: Deep Seabed Mining Emerges from the Depths By Jeff Perry

As onshore deposits yield lower-grade ores, the comparatively rich grades that have been prospected in subsea deposits beckon miners with appetites for high risks and rewards. Unlike most terrestrial regions, other than a few...more

COP18 - Doha 2012: Day 12 & 13 of the Conference

Introduction - The plenary sessions of the AWG-LCA and AWG-DP finally closed in the late afternoon of Friday 7 December 2012, leaving many issues to be put to the COP for resolution. With the COP meeting only opening for...more

Focus on Foreign Investment: Canada Gives Green Light to CNOOC and Petronas Deals, But Red Light to Future SOE Takeovers in Oil...

On Friday, December 7th, the Canadian Government approved two controversial takeovers of Canadian companies under the Investment Canada Act, Canada’s foreign investment review legislation: the acquisition of oil and gas...more

Trade & Manufacturing Alert - December 2012

In This Issue: - 01 U.S.-China Trade Concerns Highlighted In Report To Congress - 02 Congressional Committee Finds Huawei And ZTE To Be Threats To National Security - 03 Administration Announces Manufacturing...more

So What's The Big Idea?

The discovery and development of economically efficient means to extract shale oil and gas, “fracking,” is undermining efforts to reduce the use of hydrocarbons because alternative energy production, especially through solar...more

Energy Newsletter - December 2012

In This Issue: - DISPUTE RESOLUTION: - Tort Litigation: Reforming NEPA Review of Energy Projects - TRANSACTIONAL: - Transactions: Allocation of Ship-Shore Liability: Use of Port Liability Agreements to...more

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