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House Energy & Power Subcommittee Review of Bill to Expedite LNG Export Approval

Last week, the House Energy & Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy and Power reviewed H.R. 6, the Domestic Prosperity and Global Freedom Act, which was introduced by Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO) to expedite liquefied...more

The Role of Brazil as an LNG Hub for South America

Natural gas continues to gain momentum in South America as these countries seek greater flexibility and guarantee of supply in order to increase the energy mix. Even though some of these countries hold significant potential...more

Jordan Cove: DOE Issues Seventh Order to Export LNG to Non-FTA Nations, First from Pacific Coast

On March 24, 2014, the U.S. Department of Energy ("DOE") issued an order authorizing Jordan Cove Energy Project, LP (“Jordan Cove”) to export liquefied natural gas ("LNG") from the Jordan Cove LNG Terminal in Coos Bay,...more

U.S. Department of Energy Grants Long-Term Contract to Cameron LNG

On February 11, 2014, the U.S. Department of Energy issued an order conditionally granting long-term contract authorization to export liquefied natural gas by vessel to non-free trade agreement nations from the Cameron LNG,...more

Increase of Export Customs Duty for Crude Oil

The Government of Kazakhstan has introduced a further increase in the rate of the export customs duty for crude oil. On 11 March 2014, the Government of Kazakhstan adopted Resolution (No. 211) (the “Resolution”)...more

Senators Introduce Competing Proposals Relating to Natural Gas Exports

On March 6, 2014, Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) proposed amendments to Section 3 the Natural Gas Act (NGA) to expand the list of export destinations that are eligible for an expedited permitting process at the Department of...more

Texas Environmental Update - February 28, 2014

We are pleased to provide you with this issue of Bracewell's Texas Environmental Update, offering the latest news about permitting, enforcement, regulatory developments, and other matters of interest to the regulated...more

Shale Oil Production Leads To Fractured Debate On Crude Oil Export Ban

The debate regarding the U.S. ban on crude oil exports, which has been in effect for nearly forty years, is escalating. Due to the increasing domestic supply of crude oil, primarily from shale oil production, a number of...more

Pressure on U.S. Crude Oil Export Restrictions Increases along with Domestic Production

The debate regarding U.S. restrictions on crude oil exports is escalating. Due to an increasing domestic supply of crude oil, primarily from shale oil production, a number of policymakers and members of the oil industry have...more

Russian LNG: Export Liberalization

At the end of 2013 Russia approved long-awaited legislative amendments liberalizing its export regulations for liquefied natural gas ("LNG"). While the amendments are limited in scope, applying only to exporters that meet...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

Energy Industry Helps U.S. Set Exports Record

The U.S. Census Bureau announced in December that U.S. exports in October 2013 were the highest of any month on record. The $192.7 billion of exports eclipsed exports from October 2012 by $10 billion, and the U.S. trade...more

Proposed Revision to the Gas Export Law in Russia

On 6 November 2013, the Russian government submitted to the Duma (the lower chamber of the Russian legislature) a bill aiming to amend the Federal Law 'On the Expert of Gas', broadening the entities who may undertake natural...more

Singapore: Persian Gulf Money, Energy, and Non-Energy Export Risks

In September 2013, the GCC-Singapore Free Trade Agreement came into force, and it has some wondering whether this will mean an influx of oil and gas trade from the Persian Gulf. The agreement is well-timed, as U.S. Secretary...more

DOE Issues Fourth Order Authorizing Export of LNG to Non-FTA Nations from the Lower-48

On Wednesday, September 11, 2013, the U.S. Department of Energy ("DOE") issued an order authorizing Dominion Cove Point LNG, LP ("Cove Point") to export liquefied natural gas ("LNG") from the Cove Point LNG Terminal, in...more

Energy And Environment Update -- August 12, 2013

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

M&A in the United States: What Korean Companies Need to Know about CFIUS Review in 2013

On March 15, 2012, the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA) entered into force. The KORUS FTA, the United States’ most commercially significant free trade agreement since the North American Free Trade Agreement...more

Energy Newsletter - July 2013

In This Issue: - The President's Climate Action Plan - Mixed Messages for the Energy Sector - As Coal Exports Hit Record Highs, Interior Inspector General Questions Lease Valuations - U.S. Supreme Court Agrees...more

Red Notice: A Monthly Update on Global Investigations and Prosecutions - June 2013

Welcome to the June 2013 edition of Red Notice, a publication of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. In this month’s edition, a French energy giant agrees to one of the most expensive Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)...more

President Xi Jinping sees Opportunities for Chinese Companies in Mexico

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto visited China in April with an eye on a more balanced trade relationship, and Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Mexico earlier in June of this year with the same objective in mind;...more

REGULATORY: Environmental: Viewing DOE's Conditional Authorization of Freeport LNG Export Project Through an Environmental Lens

On May 17, 2013, the Department of Energy ("DOE") ended its nearly two-year long hiatus from authorizing projects for the export of liquefied natural gas ("LNG") when it granted a conditional authorization of the Freeport LNG...more

REGULATORY: International Trade: LNG Export Requests Pose Challenge for U.S. Trade Policy by Steve Jones

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 as hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) techniques continue to improve is...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

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

Deepwater Port Act Amended to Allow Oil and Gas Exports from Offshore Facilities

On December 20, 2012, President Obama signed into law the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2012. The bill (HR 2838) included language amending the Deepwater Port Act (DWPA) (33 U.S.C. 1501 et seq.) to allow...more

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