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Energy & Environment Update - January 2016 #3

Energy and Climate Debate - The winter weather postponed much congressional and Administrative action on energy, environment, and other issues this week, but the Senate has now officially begun floor debate on the first...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - January 2016 #4

Environmental and Policy Focus - States ask Supreme Court to block Obama carbon emissions plan - Reuters - Jan 26 - A group of states led by West Virginia and Texas asked the U.S. Supreme Court to stay...more

BLM Proposes “Commonsense” Rule to Limit Methane Emissions from Oil & Gas Operations

On Friday, January 22, 2016 the federal Department of the Interior’s (“DOI”) Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”) issued a proposed rule on reducing waste and methane emissions in oil and gas operations. The rule would limit...more

Who Pays to Fix the Aliso Canyon Methane Leak?

As nearly everyone has heard by now, on Octobe??r 23, 2015, a leak at a Southern California Gas Company (“SoCalGas”) natural gas storage well was discovered by crews at the Aliso Canyon storage field in Los Angeles. In a Jan...more

New Pennsylvania Methane Rules may be More Stringent than Federal Standards

Gov. Tom Wolf recently announced the creation of a multi-pronged plan to target and reduce methane emissions from unconventional natural gas wells, pipelines, and other sources in the Pennsylvania oil and gas sector. These...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - January 2016 #3

Environmental and Policy Focus - SoCal Gas Co. expects to cap Porter Ranch gas leak ahead of schedule - CBS Los Angeles - Jan 19 An ongoing natural gas leak that has affected residents in the Porter Ranch-area...more

Stricter Underground Gas Storage Regs are in the Works

On January 15, 2016, the Department of Conservation gave notice of an interim rulemaking package to regulate underground natural gas storage facilities. The proposed rulemaking comes in response to the continuing gas leak at...more

Pennsylvania Methane Control Strategy May Go Beyond Federal Requirements

Governor Tom Wolf’s framework of actions to reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas sector in Pennsylvania could, if implemented, exceed limitations on methane emissions from natural gas well sites, compressor stations,...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - January 2016 #2

Environmental and Policy Focus - State lawmaker seeks to close old SoCal Gas wells in Aliso Canyon - Los Angeles Business - Jan 12 State Senator Fran Pavley is calling for Southern California Gas Co. to close older...more

UPDATE: Pa. Commonwealth Court Affirms Trial Court Decision Permitting Use of Eminent Domain by Pa. Gas Utility to Supply Private...

A three-judge panel of the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court, in a pair of memorandum opinions, recently affirmed a trial court decision authorizing a natural gas public utility to use its eminent domain power to condemn an...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - January 2016

Environmental and Policy Focus - Gov. Brown declares state of emergency over natural gas leak - San Diego Union Tribune - Jan 6 - California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency Wednesday over a...more

Energy and Environmental Forecast for 2016

When Robert Klee took over as Connecticut’s Commissioner of Energy and Environmental protection in 2014, he viewed his role as that of an implementer. As he indicated when he took over two years ago, it was his job to take...more

T&H Case Study: Creating a Timeline of Fossil Fuel Disasters in America

As mentioned in a previous case study, much of the work we do in support of environmental law and toxic tort cases involves compiling comprehensive site histories. We work with our clients to come up with cost-efficient...more

U.S. Repeals Longstanding Ban on Export of Crude Oil

Effective immediately and subject to limited restrictions, U.S. producers may begin exporting crude oil to overseas customers. On December 18, 2015, the President signed into law the massive Consolidated Appropriations...more

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Details the Evidentiary Support a Gas Storage Company Must Provide to Justify Market-Based...

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued an order on October 15, 2015 in which it addressed the first fully-litigated proceeding where a natural gas storage provider sought authorization to charge market-based rates....more

Infrared Video Shows Natural Gas Plume in Porter Ranch

PaylessImages © 123RF.com A new infrared video released on YouTube by the Environmental Defense Fund shows a steady plume of natural gas emanating from a damaged injection well in Porter Ranch.  The damaged well taps into a...more

PIPELINE SERIES PART III – The Benefits of a Collaborative Approach

Undoubtedly, any efforts to introduce a new transmission pipeline review process will take time and effort, but a potential Federal-State Partnership Process will have benefits for almost all of the parties involved in what...more

ISO-NE Winter Reliability Program 2015 by the numbers

The operator of New England's electric grid is running a special Winter Reliability Program to address fuel security and power system reliability concerns, relating largely to natural gas pipeline constraints. A December...more

FERC Meeting Agenda Summary - December 2015

Below are brief summaries of the agenda items for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s December 17, 2015 meeting, pursuant to the agenda as issued on December 10, 2015. Agenda item E-2 has not been summarized due to...more

Pipeline Series Part II – A New Approach: The Federal-State Partnership Process

Before any new review processes are established, all parties must work to fill gaps in existing facility siting processes. States that currently have no established process for the siting review and approval of intrastate...more

First Nations Must Show Specific Impact on Rights to be Entitled to Pursue a Regulatory Appeal

The Alberta Court of Appeal, in O’Chiese First Nation v Alberta Energy Regulator, dismissed two applications by the O’Chiese First Nation seeking permission to appeal decisions by the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) approving...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - December 2015 #2

Environmental and Policy Focus - U.S. Supreme Court to determine whether landowners can challenge federal Water Act jurisdiction through pre-enforcement review - Reuters - - Dec 11 The U.S. Supreme Court on...more

Skadden Energy Law Handbook - Third Edition (Dec. 2015)

Skadden’s Energy Regulatory and Litigation Group is pleased to provide the third edition of the Skadden Energy Law Handbook. This edition includes updates on recent developments, as well as a summary of those developments....more

PIPELINE SERIES: Ideas for a New Federal-State Partnership Process for Siting & Approving Interstate Pipelines with Intrastate...

The Keystone XL pipeline was dealt a death blow when President Obama rejected it in early November. While it was a setback for that project’s developers, it hardly represents a halt to the development of all transmission...more

Q&A with Attorney Benji Borowski on the “Strategic Energy Plan” for New England's Energy Consumers

Attorney Benji Borowski is a member of PretiFlaherty’s Energy & Telecommunications, Cleantech, Renewable EnergyLaw, and Climate Strategy groups. He is also one of the authors of the Strategic Energy Plan recently released by...more

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