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EPA Given Additional Time to Ponder Next Steps on Clean Power Plan as Court Grants Another Stay

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

Over the last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit stayed two high-profile litigations concerning the regulation of carbon dioxide emissions from new and existing coal-fired power plants. By...more

US LNG exports increasing, proposed

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The developer of a proposed Louisiana liquefied natural gas (LNG) export project has asked U.S. regulators for approval to begin a "pre-filing review" of its project. Part of a boom of interest in LNG exports, the Fourchon...more

Louisiana Second Circuit: Oil and Gas Lender Held Liable for Certain Mineral Lease Obligations

by Baker Donelson on

A recent opinion from the Louisiana Court of Appeal, Second Circuit regarding Gloria’s Ranch, L.L.C. v. Tauren Exploration, Inc., has left a number of oil and gas lenders bellyaching. In this case, the Second Circuit found...more

Russia Sanctions - EU Expands Sanctions Following Alleged Diversion of Siemens Turbines

On August 4, 2017, the Council of the European Union (the “Council”) made six new designations to the list of persons subject to restrictive measures in respect of actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity,...more

Missouri PSC rejection of Grain Belt Express line exemplifies the regulatory uncertainty in getting a proposed project to market

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Since the presidential election last year, there has been lots of discussion about the need to make regulatory reviews of infrastructure projects more modern and efficient. President Trump has called for federal regulatory...more

Window on Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Vol. 1, Issue 22

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House Rules Committee Posts Text of Spending Bills, Striking DACA Provision: House Rules Committee posts text for eight appropriations bills, striking language in the fi­nancial services spending bill allowing participants in...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - August 2017 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - California attorney general sues EPA over records on administrator - Washington Post - Aug 11 - California’s Attorney General Xavier Becerra sued the U.S. Environmental Protection...more

NMFS issues final Atlantic sturgeon rule

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U.S. fisheries regulators have issued a final rule designating nearly 4,000 river miles in Atlantic watersheds as critical habitat for endangered and threatened Atlantic sturgeon. The rule increases regulatory complexity and...more

Projects and Energy Weekly Snippets

by Hogan Lovells on

Weekly projects and energy updates in South Africa Electrification scheme in focus, says Eskom With 90% of South Africa now having access to electricity, the utility will now put special focus on the three provinces that are...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

A nearly $5 billion deal between French energy company Total and the oil and gas arm of Danish shipping giant Maersk is making waves this morning. Total will also assume a few tankers-full of Maersk Oil’s debt....more

GAO Recommends that PHMSA Evaluate its Model for Pipeline Safety Inspections

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

Pipeline safety and infrastructure issues have gained attention in recent years due to tight oil resources production, changes in regulations, and several high-profile incidents. On Thursday, August 3, the U.S. Government...more

In 2017 Legislative Sessions, New England States Continue to Lead in Clean Energy and Climate Change Measures

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In their 2017 legislative sessions, New England states continued to show support for clean energy projects and policies, as well as efforts to reduce greenhouse gases, and continue to look to each other in determining what...more

Renewable Energy Update - August 2017 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - Solar trade case weighs whether protection will save or sink industry - Washington Post - Aug 15 - Two solar manufacturers are begging the federal government for help, arguing that...more

Report links US nuclear industry to national security

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The U.S. nuclear energy enterprise is a key national security enabler, according to a report released this week by a new non-profit. The Energy Futures Initiative's report describes the domestic nuclear energy industry as...more

Biofuel Industry Testifies At EPA Hearing On RFS Program

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On August 1, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held a public hearing to hear from all segments of the fuel industry on the proposed rule to set the 2018 renewable volume obligations (RVO) under the...more

Sandia National Laboratories Studying Algae To Clean Polluted Water And Produce Biofuel

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

Sandia National Laboratories (Sandia) is investigating whether algae can be used to transform the Salton Sea, one of California’s largest and most polluted lakes, into a productive and profitable resource. The Salton Sea...more

Publication of BAT Conclusions for LCP in Europe

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On 17 August 2017 the BAT Conclusions for Large Combustion Plants (LCP) were published in the Official Journal of Laws of the European Union. The BAT Conclusions for LCP mainly cover the energy and heating sectors....more

DOC Postpones Biodiesel AD/CVD Investigation Preliminary Determinations

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On August 15, 2017, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s (DOC) International Trade Administration (ITA) announced in the Federal Register that the preliminary determination in the antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD)...more

EIA Publishes February Biodiesel Production Report

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On July 31, 2017, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released its monthly biodiesel production report for May 2017. According to the report, U.S. biodiesel production increased by nine million gallons between...more

ITC Holds Section 201 Hearing on Solar Imports

On August 15, 2017, the US International Trade Commission (ITC) held a hearing to consider whether solar panels are being imported in such increased quantities that they are the “substantial cause” of serious injury or the...more

Transmission Developers in Missouri Will Have to Get County Assents Before the PSC Can Grant Approval

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Wednesday, August 16, the Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC) denied Grain Belt Express Clean Line's (GBX) application for a certificate of convenience and necessity (CCN) for a 4,000 MW high-voltage direct current...more

Louisville’s “One-Touch” Make-Ready Ordinance Upheld

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

In the first decision to consider the legality of a “one touch” make-ready ordinance, a federal district court in Kentucky upheld a City of Louisville law authorizing new attachers to utility poles to rearrange the pole...more

Sustainable Development Update - August 2017 #3

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Sustainable Development Focus - U.S. cities increasingly focused on resilience, but funding challenges persist - Urban Land - Aug 14 - The increased emphasis being placed by cities on embedding resilience into...more

Cross Border Transactions - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC—Moratorium on Provisional Concessions for Certain Renewables

Despite the high interest in the country’s energy sector by local and international developers of renewable projects and the government’s commitments and ongoing efforts to diversify the country’s energy matrix, particularly...more

Corporate Sustainability Efforts on Upswing

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Despite the new administration’s efforts to rollback Obama Era environmental regulations, most businesses in the U.S. are maintaining their commitments to sustainability. According to Lucid’s 2017 Sustainability Outlook...more

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