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LNG as a Fuel

The use of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) as a transportation fuel for ships, barges, and ferries has surged in recent months. This surge is due, in large part, to the boon in the production of natural gas in the U.S.; new low...more

Summary of FERC Meeting Agenda - December 2014

In This Issue: - Administrative Items - Electric Items - Gas Items - Hydro Item - Certificate Items - Excerpt from Electric Items: E-2: PJM Interconnection, L.L.C.; Midcontinent Independent...more

$4.5 million wage settlement for Pa. and WVa. workers in oil and natural gas industry

On Tuesday, December 9, 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced that it has reached agreement with numerous employers in the oil and natural gas industry in Pennsylvania and West Virginia to provide 5,310 workers...more

U.S. Supreme Court Eases CAFA Removals

Congress passed the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA) in 2005, in response to perceived (in fact real) concerns regarding potential abuses of the class action process. Among CAFA’s important provisions was the right to remove...more

Supreme Court Opinion in Dart Cherokee Basin v. Owens

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in Dart Cherokee Basin Operating Co., LLC v. Owens, No. 13-719. Unsurprisingly, the Court held that a notice of removal under the Class Action Fairness Act does not need to...more

A Little-Used Doctrine Saves a Lease

Would this scenario keep you up at night? Your lease does not produce from May through August because a leak in a heater-treater makes it impossible or impractical to produce the well. Problems such as access to the site...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - December 2014

Environmental and Policy Focus: State court may tighten review process for building super-sized homes - SFGate.com - Dec 8: In a case that could redefine the scope of California’s environmental laws, the state Supreme...more

Supreme Court Decides Dart Cherokee Basin Operating Co., LLC v. Owens

On December 15, 2014, the Supreme Court of the United States decided Dart Cherokee Basin Operating Co., LLC v. Owens, No. 13-719, holding that a notice of removal to federal court under 28 U.S.C. § 1446(a) and the Class...more

Court Considers Unreasonably Withholding Consent under CAPL Operating Procedure in Precedent-Setting Decision

In IFP Technologies (Canada) v Encana Midstream and Marketing, 2014 ABQB 470, the Court clarified for the first time the circumstances in which a party that waives its right of first refusal under Article 24 of the 1990 CAPL...more

U.S. Government Provides Guidance Regarding Certain Temporary Aviation-Related Iran Sanctions Relief

As previously advised, on January 20, 2014, Iran and the group of nations known as the P5+1 (United States, U.K., France, Russia, China and Germany) implemented a Joint Plan of Action (JPOA) whereby Iran agreed to accept...more

Natural Gas Pipelines to Bolster Bi-Directional Capacity in Northeast up to 32%, EIA Data Shows

By 2017, natural gas pipelines are projected to convert up to 32% of their pipeline capacity into the Northeast to support the bi-directional flow of natural gas out of the region to the South and West, according to a U.S....more

Department of Labor Targeting Oil and Gas Contractors

On December 9, 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) announced that it had achieved $4.5 million dollars in settlements from private employers as a result of a two year investigation into contractors working in the...more

OFAC Clarifies Treatment of Deferred Payments, Oil and Gas “Production,” and Artic Offshore Projects Under Russia Sanctions Regime...

On December 11, 2014, the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) released new guidance related to existing U.S. sanctions against Russian entities designated on the Sectoral Sanctions...more

Breaking News: America’s Next Energy Hub - Philadelphia Dealt a Major Setback

In 2012, the city of Philadelphia announced plans to privatize the Philadelphia Gas Works ("PGW"). PGW is the nation’s largest municipality-owned natural gas utility with more than 6,000 miles of gas mains and service pipes...more

Mexico: E&P Regulator Issues First Call for Bids under Round One

The Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos (CNH) has issued the first call for bids under Round One and the terms and conditions (T&Cs) governing the tender. CNH seeks to award 14 production-sharing contracts for the exploration...more

US Clarifies Sanctions Provisions and US Senate Passes a Bill to Codify and Expand Sanctions

As noted in previous updates, the United States and European Union continue to impose sanctions against Ukrainian and Russian individuals and entities as a result of the turmoil in Ukraine. On 11 December 2014, the US Senate...more

The Shale Play Today - December 2014

In This Issue: - Breaking News: America's Next Energy Hub - Philadelphia Dealt Major Setback - First Long-Term Comprehensive Field Study of Natural Gas Underway - 1,000 More Miles of Pipeline Planned to...more

EPA Delays 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard

On November 21, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that a final Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for 2014 will not be issued by the end of the year. The compliance deadline for the 2013 RFS will be...more

Supreme Court to Clarify the Liability of Canadian Corporations for Acts of their Foreign Affiliates

The Supreme Court of Canada today heard argument in a case that will clarify whether a judgment obtained in a foreign country against a foreign corporate entity can be enforced in Canada against a Canadian affiliate of that...more

Drone on Drones: FAA Issues Commercial Drone Permits to Additional Companies

In the face of increasing public and congressional pressure to speed up access to domestic skies for commercial drone use, the FAA granted four companies permission to use drones for aerial surveillance, construction site...more

OFAC Publishes Guidance Relating to Provision of Temporary Sanctions Relief (Iran)

On December 9, 2014, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), published in the Federal Register (Vol. 79, No. 236, pp. 73141–73143) previously issued guidance relating to the provision of...more

Salem power plant wins market deferral

Federal regulators have granted a request by the developer of a power plant in Salem, Massachusetts, to defer its commitment to provide power to the New England market. The process reflects challenges inherent to developing...more

Amendments to EU Sanctions against Russia

The EU adopted amendments to the current EU sanctions against Russia on 4 December 2014. These amendments are implemented via Council Regulation (EU) No 833/2014 (as amended) (“Regulation 833/2014”). They are intended to both...more

New Senate Bill Significantly Expands U.S. Sanctions Against Russia

The bill, if passed, would impose severe sanctions on “foreign persons” that make significant investments in Russian crude oil projects....more

Energy Newsletter - December 2014

In This Issue: - Plans to build the first coal gasification plant in Britain - Letters of credit, on-demand bonds, and the "fraud exception" - Argentina amends its hydrocarbons law to boost exploration...more

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