Keystone XL Pipeline

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Current Developments in Eminent Domain and Oil and Gas Pipeline Construction (Under Construction - March 2014)

On February 19, 2014, a Nebraska state district court judge invalidated a portion of a Nebraska law that had, until the decision, permitted an alternate, streamlined method of obtaining eminent domain authority for the...more

The Keystone XL Pipeline: More Debate and Delay?

The debate and delay surrounding the Keystone XL pipeline project proposed to be built by TransCanada Corp. continue. When the State Department released its Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (“FSEIS”)...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

Keystone XL Pipeline Project Halted in Nebraska

On Wednesday, a Nebraska District Court dealt the Keystone XL pipeline project a heavy blow. The court invalidated a law that allowed the state's governor to approve the pipeline's passage through Nebraska. The court ruled...more

For Success Against A Pipeline, Go To The Right Court

The first step in successfully challenging the Keystone Pipeline: Choose a court that has jurisdiction. Mr. Bishop learned that lesson the hard way in Bishop v. TransCanada Keystone Pipeline....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

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - February 7, 2014

Environmental and Policy Focus - Steinberg bill aims to ease California drought: The Sacramento Bee - Feb 3 -- California’s Senate leader is drafting legislation that would expedite help for communities facing what may...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

State Department Paves Way for Keystone XL Pipeline Approval

On Friday, State Department officials released the final environmental impact statement for TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline, concluding that the project would not substantially increase carbon emissions, and clearing the...more

What is an Exaction?

Construction of the 485-mile-long southern portion of the TransCanada Keystone Pipeline system (known as the Gulf Coast Project) is scheduled to be completed and operational by the end of 2013, but it leaves a legacy of...more

The Keystone Pipeline's Legacy in Texas Condemnation Law

Construction of the 485-mile-long southern portion of the TransCanada Keystone Pipeline system (known as the Gulf Coast Project) is scheduled to be completed and operational by the end of 2013, but it leaves a legacy of...more

Energy And Environment Update -- November 13, 2013

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

A Tale of Two Pipelines: This Week in the News

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…for two pipeline projects in the West. TransCanada was successful in the Tenth Circuit on Thursday in its continuing efforts to defend against a preliminary...more

ML Strategies Weekly Energy and Environment Update – Week of September 9, 2013

The House and Senate chambers, quiet for over a month, resumed regular business today. ML Strategies has produced a post-Labor Day outlook. Congress has several issues to address now that it is back in session including the...more

ML Strategies Weekly Energy and Environment Update – Week of August 26, 2013

Although Congress is in recess for the month, absence from Washington has not precluded them from working throughout August. In addition to several letters being sent to administration and international officials, members...more

ML Strategies Weekly Energy and Environment Update – Week of August 19, 2013

Despite the August recess, members of Congress have been working steadily on energy and environmental issues the past few weeks. Last week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) held his sixth annual National Clean...more

Energy And Environment Update -- August 19, 2013

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Defense; Department Of Energy; Department Of Interior; Department Of Justice; Department of State; Environmental Protection Agency;...more

Energy And Environment Update -- July 1, 2013

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

President Obama Unveils Climate Action Plan to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Adapt to the Impacts of Climate Change

The Obama administration released its Climate Action Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for the impacts of climate change on June 25, 2013. In a speech at Georgetown University unveiling the plan, President...more

The Tar Sands Debate Comes To Delaware

Across the country, environmental organizations have made the transport and processing of crude oil from the tar sands of Alberta, Canada a focal point in their efforts to reduce carbon emissions, citing higher carbon...more

President To Unveil Energy Policy

Politico and other sources report that President Obama promised a crowd of supporters in northern California recently that he would unveil his climate change strategy sometime soon. ...more

Energy And Environment Update -- June 17, 2013

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Agriculture; Department of Energy; Department of Homeland Security; Department of State; Federal Energy Regulatory Commission;...more

Keystone XL Can Take Land Before Appeals Are Exhausted

Two recent cases from the same Texas court reflect the ongoing uncertainty over the threat to private property rights posed by the Keystone XL and other pipelines....more

Natural Gas, Keystone XL, and Administrative Nominations – ML Strategies Weekly Energy and Environmental Update

Though Congress is out for Memorial Day recess this week, we anticipate that a significant amount of work will be accomplished in the weeks to follow. Last week, the Senate Energy and Natural Resourses Committee held its...more

Energy And Environment Update -- May 28, 2013

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department Of Energy; Department Of Interior; Department Of State; Department Of Treasury; Environmental Protection Agency; Nuclear Regulatory...more

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