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EQT/Rice Merger Marks Turning Point For Regional Downstream Opportunities In The Appalachian Basin

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

EQT’s announcement last week of its acquisition of Rice Energy marks the end of one phase and the beginning of another in the epic U.S. shale revolution. Marcellus 1.0, as I like to refer to it, was mainly about rapidly...more

What Is All The Hype About More Ethane Crackers Coming To The Marcellus Shale Play?

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

It is widely rumored that the Marcellus Shale Play can support a total of 3 ethane crackers. The math goes like this: By 2026-2030, an additional 267,000 barrels per day (b/d) of ethane could be available for use as a...more

Oil And Gas Update For Week Ending 6/16/2017 – PAPUC Issues Annual Report On Natural Gas Impact Fees.

by Cozen O'Connor on

Oil and natural gas spot prices continued their downward trend since our last report with the Henry Hub dipping below $3 for the second straight week, spot prices in Appalachia dipping below $2, and oil prices hovering around...more

Robinson Rejected: Zoning Ordinance Permitting Oil and Gas Development in Residential-Agricultural Districts Is Constitutional

by Blank Rome LLP on

Action Item: Oil and gas companies and attorneys should have this case at the ready when NGOs and interest groups continue their attempts to invalidate local zoning ordinances allowing for oil and gas development by relying...more

Oil And Gas Update For Week Ending 6/9/2017 – WV Supremes Endorse Net-Back Method For Calculating Royalties And Post-Production...

by Cozen O'Connor on

Sliding oil and natural gas spot prices didn’t affect a steady rig count that climbed several more units since our last report. In Appalachia, the West Virginia Supreme Court signaled a departure from the controversial...more

Is Global Oil Oversupply On The Horizon?

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The folks ‘in the know’ are predicting at least a “modest” oversupply in global oil markets next year… On June 6, 2017, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (“EIA”) released its Short-Term Energy Outlook....more

EIB Energy Highlights: FERC Nominees to Restore Quorum, Clean Power Plan Rescission, Infrastructure Bills & More

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

Our goal is to serve as a leading-edge resource for companies navigating the rapidly evolving landscapes of the domestic and global energy markets. Moore & Van Allen’s EIB Energy Highlights is a complement to our Energy...more

Oil And Gas Update For Week Ending 5/26/2017 – PA Production Up, Drilling Down; TX Surface Owner’s Ability To Authorize Horizontal...

by Cozen O'Connor on

Natural gas spot prices dropped since our last report despite rising oil prices and more rigs nationally and regionally. In Pennsylvania, the PADEP issued its annual report for oil and gas operations indicating an increase...more

Spanish Natural Gas Organized Wholesale Market: Completion of Regulatory Framework

by Hogan Lovells on

The regulatory framework governing the Spanish natural gas organized wholesale market was approved in 2015 and completed in 2016. The start of operations occurred on 16 December 2015, when the market operator created an...more

Africa's LNG Opportunity

by Hogan Lovells on

In November 2016, the U.S. government’s inter-agency Power Africa development initiative issued its third handbook entitled “Understanding Natural Gas and LNG Options” for the purpose of promoting a better understanding of...more

Energy Alert: LNG exports - A rare case of policy continuity from Obama to Trump

by Hogan Lovells on

Whether health care, climate change, taxes, or general international trade, it is hard to identify an area of policy in the United States that is not experiencing dramatic changes in the transition from President Obama to...more

Russia LNG Export: Recent Developments

by King & Spalding on

The Russian Federal Tariff Service (the FTS) regulates the price at which Gazprom and its affiliates can sell natural gas to the wholesale market and to their affiliated refineries. The FTS also regulates the price of natural...more

Oil And Gas Update For Week Ending 4/28/2017 – CPP Litigation On Hold, “Fraction Of” Royalty Interests In North Dakota, And A...

by Cozen O'Connor on

After a few weeks off, we are back at the well. Natural gas and oil prices are down since our last report and the rig count in the Marcellus/Utica regions remains flat despite the increase in rig activity nationwide....more

Energy-Related Hearings This Week

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on federal payments to local governments provided through the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act and the Payment in Lieu of Taxes program and the...more

LNG-to-power: Key Bankability Considerations for FSRU-to-IPP Project Structures

by King & Spalding on

Introduction/Synopsis - The growth of “LNG-to-power,” by which we mean the use of regasified LNG as a feedstock fuel for power generation, is largely attributable to a combination of economic, political and technical...more

ET Rover Suffers Two Spills in Ohio

by Clark Hill PLC on

During the course of constructing its new pipeline, ET Rover suffered two spills releasing 2 million gallons of drilling fluid into wetlands in Ohio. The landscape of America is crisscrossed by millions of linear feet of...more

How the President’s Executive Order Will Affect U.S. Oil, Natural Gas and Coal Industries

by Perkins Coie on

President Donald Trump’s recently signed Executive Order on Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth (the Order) includes significant revisions to the regulatory landscape both (1) directly in the case of oil and...more

Oil and Gas Update for 4/2017 – MD Bans Hydraulic Fracturing, OH DMA Cases Keep Trickling In, and Spot Prices Pull a Hat Trick in...

by Cozen O'Connor on

All three benchmarks for natural gas spot prices in Appalachia hit $3/MMBtu or more since our last report (and did so for the first time in a long time), trending alongside a spike in oil prices following the Syrian airstrike...more

A Summary of Professor Jim Rossi’s Lecture on the “Federalism Battles in Energy Transportation”

by Liskow & Lewis on

At the Fourth Annual Liskow & Lewis Energy Law Lecture, Professor Jim Rossi of Vanderbilt Law delivered a presentation entitled “Federalism Battles in Energy Transportation.” To illustrate these conflicts in energy...more

DC Circuit Case May Test Continuing Validity of FERC Delegations of Authority to Agency Staff Once Its Quorum Disappeared

by Stinson Leonard Street on

On February 7 and March 7, 2017, we wrote about how the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is operating without a legal quorum of three members and how the lack of a quorum might affect the validity of FERC staff...more

Mexico's CENAGAS Awards 29 Percent of Import Capacity for NG Pipeline from South Texas

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Mexico's 2013 Energy Constitutional Reform opened oil and gas sectors to private direct investment and operation. Under that reform, the National Center for Natural Gas Control (CENAGAS) was created as a state-run natural gas...more

Using Joint Venture Analysis to Limit Antitrust Risks of Energy Sector Collaborations

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

In an antitrust case where two competitors admittedly engaged in concerted action to block a third competitor’s access to a natural gas gathering system, a federal appeals court recently upheld summary judgment for the...more

Energy Infrastructure Projects Still Face Challenges after Trump Administration Executive Orders

The Trump administration promises to streamline the regulatory process, dismantle burdensome regulations, and promote domestic job growth. On January 24, 2017, President Trump issued an executive order and four presidential...more

Indonesia power sector: New regulation on utilisation of natural gas for power generation

by Allen & Overy LLP on

The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources of the Republic of Indonesia (MEMR) recently issued MEMR Regulation No. 11 of 2017 on the Utilisation of Natural Gas for Power Generation (Regulation 11/2017). Key...more

2016 California Energy and Climate Legislative Update

by Morgan Lewis on

California took legislative action in 2016 aimed at addressing climate change, advancing renewable energy, and maintaining the state’s emphasis on safety in the energy sector. In 2016, the California legislature took...more

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