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FERC Approval of Transboundary Natural Gas Pipeline into Mexico

FERC recently granted a Presidential Permit and National Gas Act Section 3 authorization for Houston Pipe Line Company LP to build a transboundary pipeline to export and/or import natural gas from Texas into Mexico. The...more

Renewable Energy Update

Renewable Energy Focus - California’s plan to replace San Onofre nuclear energy: green success or natural gas giveaway?: Green Tech Solar News - Mar 14 -- The California Public Utilities Commission’s long-range plan to...more

The Shale Play Today - April 2014

In This Issue: - Will New LNG Export Activity Affect U.S. Natural Gas Prices? - Cracker Plant Planned for Wood County, W.Va. Moves Forward - Marcellus and Eagle Ford Led 2013's Production Gains - Spilman...more

FERC Issues a NOPR Reforming Gas Day and Two Orders to Improve Natural Gas – Electric Generation Industry Coordination

On March 20, 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) and two separate, but related, Orders to improve the coordination of scheduling natural gas pipeline capacity to...more

Ukraine and US Energy Export Restrictions: Will Geopolitics Bring Reform?

The situation in Ukraine has intensified political and media scrutiny of the United States’ restrictions on the export of crude oil and liquefied natural gas (LNG). With supplies of Russian energy to Ukraine and Europe at...more

Polish Shale Gas Law Update – Tax-Free Opportunities!

After years of anticipation and delay, the Polish government has finally taken significant steps forward in opening up the shale gas industry in Poland. Either fortuitously or intentionally, this comes just in time. The E.U....more

FERC Proposes Reforms to Improve Gas-Electric Coordination

Through a trilogy of orders, FERC seeks to reform the coordination and scheduling of natural gas pipeline capacity with electricity markets. Electric generators’ increased reliance on natural gas in recent years...more

Illinois Voters Defeat Local Ban on Hydraulic Fracturing after Controversial Campaign

On Tuesday, Voters in Johnson County, Illinois rejected a local referendum designed to pressure county commissioners into enacting a ban on hydraulic fracturing. Specifically, the referendum—technically a non-binding...more

Seller’s Invocation of Force Majeure Under NAESB Contract Rejected by NJ Appellate Division

In a case of first impression that interpreted the force majeure provisions of an industry contract form promulgated by the North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB), Cozen O’Connor prevailed on behalf of plaintiff when,...more

Industry Task Force Makes Proposals To Increase Natural Gas Capture In North Dakota

In late-January, the North Dakota Petroleum Council’s task force on natural gas flaring released its much-anticipated recommendations to the North Dakota Industrial Commission, the administrative body that regulates oil and...more

Two State Senators Try Enacting a Fracking Moratorium in California: What Are the Chances When the Last Effort Recently Failed?

The California Assemblymembers who sought a moratorium on all well stimulation activities early last year (vis-à-vis failed bills AB 1301, AB 1323, and AB 649) are seeking yet another moratorium, this time by amending SB 4,...more

Nebraska Court Stalls Keystone XL Pipeline, Declares Governor’s Approval Unconstitutional

On Wednesday, a Nebraska trial court struck down a state law allowing Governor Dave Heineman’s to approve the proposed route for TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone XL Pipeline. The decision comes just weeks after the State...more

Reaping What You Sow – City Of Dallas Sued By Trinity East Energy

Suppose I own a large tract of land in the region of the Barnett Shale, the exclusive right to allow (or prevent) drilling on the aforesaid land, and a desparate need for funds. You have $19 million and the desire to exploit...more

ONRR Plans Aggressive Enforcement of "Marketable Condition" Rule

New ONRR initiative sets presumptive costs of making gas marketable and will require lessees to affirmatively demonstrate costs that differ from ONRR assumptions. The Department of Interior, Office of Natural...more

Energy And Environment Update -- February 10, 2014

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Agriculture; Department of Interior; Environmental Protection Agency; International; States; Sustainability; and Miscellaneous....more

CFTC Forward vs. Trade Option: LDCs Still Struggle as Trade Option Reporting Deadline Looms

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Dodd-Frank Act”) added provisions to the Commodity Exchange Act (“CEA”) regarding the regulatory oversight of swaps transactions that have imposed unintended and...more

Tanzania's Natural Gas Policy

The publication of Tanzania's first Natural Gas Policy (NGP) is seen as a significant moment in Tanzania's ascendance in the global energy industry. The ascendance has been propelled by major gas field discoveries in the last...more

Support for #KeystoneXL Continues to Grow

Ken Salazar, President Obama's former Secretary of the Interior, today added his support with conditions to the construction of the proposed, $7 billion Keystone XL Pipeline. He called the pipeline a "win-win" but suggested...more

Energy Newsletter - February 2014

In This Issue: - Prospects for Development of an Asian LNG Trading Hub: Given the scale of LNG imports into Asia and in light of the efforts of different Asian countries in developing their own LNG trading...more

White House Proposes Sustainable Shale Gas Growth Zones; Praises Role of Natural Gas in U.S. Energy Policy

A fact-sheet released by the White House following Tuesday’s State of the Union Address announced the Obama Administration’s intent to work with Congress, State and local governments to create Sustainable Shale Gas Growth...more

Energy and the 2014 State of the Union

Last night, President Obama delivered his 2014 State of the Union address. As in his previous four annual addresses, energy and environmental issues featured prominently in this year's remarks. Here's a closer look at some...more

Previewing energy issues in Obama's 2014 State of the Union

President Obama will deliver his 2014 State of the Union address on January 28, at 9 PM (Eastern). His audience -- Congress, as well as millions of people in the United States and elsewhere -- will listen closely for...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - January 17, 2014

Environmental and Policy Focus: Judge recommends approval of California natural gas plant -- UT San Diego - Jan 7 - An administrative law judge has urged the California Public Utilities Commission to authorize...more

Ohio Ways and Means Committee Receives Testimony on Horizontal Drilling Tax Proposal

On January 8 and 15, 2014 the Ohio House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee received testimony on House Bill 375 (“HB 375” or the “Bill”). The Bill, previously reported on this blog, would introduce a new tax on...more

Technology Will Silence The Critics Of Drilling

Technology and innovation will resolve the issues, real and imagined, that confront hydraulic fracturing. I arrive at that opinion because of history...more

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