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Top Five Issues for the LNG Industry in 2017

As low oil prices dragged on for another year, LNG sellers and developers continued to face hurdles in 2016. Unfortunately but not surprisingly, we witnessed more projects cancelled or put on hold, including LNG Canada and...more

Oil & Gas Related Bills Introduced in the 2017-2018 Legislative Session

February 17, 2017 marked the deadline by which legislators had to introduce bills for the first half of the 2017-2018 Legislative Session. The Stoel Rives’ Oil & Gas Team has been and will continue to monitor bills...more

Mexico Energy Regulatory Commission Waives Mandatory Open Season for NG Ducts

Under Mexico's Hydrocarbons Law, permit holders for natural gas (NG) ducts are required to have a mandatory open season for expansions, extensions or the development of new systems. This provision keeps competition in NG...more

Consumers Energy to Reconstruct Line 2800 Pipeline, a 24" Natural Gas Pipeline

Consumers will replace and partially reroute its pipeline in Saginaw, Genesee, and Oakland Counties. Consumers Energy is joining the pipeline party. In the last year, I have represented property owners in pipeline...more

Economic Conditions, Not Environmental Regulation, to Shutter Arizona Coal Plant 25 Years Sooner Than Expected

In a demonstration that not all regulations solve the problems they were intended to, and a testament to the power of market conditions, owners of the controversial Navajo Generating Station (NGS) power plant near Lake Powell...more

Riding Currents into New Markets: What Power Generation Developers and Contractors Should Watch Out For

The CPV St. Charles Energy Center, a new 725 MW combined-cycle gas power plant in Maryland, went online earlier this month. The U.S. Supreme Court analyzed federal preemption with respect to state regulation of power...more

Energy Insider Interview Series: David McCurdy, CEO, American Gas Association

Ed Hild: Let’s talk a little bit about the new Presidential administration and what impact it might have on the gas industry. Throughout the campaign, President Trump spent a lot of time talking about relaxing regulations on...more

Eighth Circuit Pollution-Exclusion Opinion a Cautionary Tale for Natural Gas Industry

The interpretation and application of a pollution exclusion in a commercial general liability (“CGL”) policy is often a fact-specific and jurisdiction-specific exercise. That said, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth...more

News from the Vermont State House - An analysis from DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team - February 2017

The Agency of Transportation has submitted a proposal to the House Transportation Committee that would allow the agency to seek damages from a utility that fails to move or adjust a utility line that is in a state or local...more

EIB Energy Highlights: Dakota Access & Keystone XL Pipelines Revived, FERC on Energy Storage & Pipeline Rates & More

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

8th Circuit: A Spill or Release of Natural Gas Condensate Can Be Subject to an Insurance Policy’s Pollution Exclusion

On January 31, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit held that, under the terms of a commercial general liability insurance policy, natural gas condensate, a valuable commercial product, once released, is a...more

"FERC Could See Substantial Changes Under President Trump"

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is a somewhat obscure and highly technical agency that was not discussed specifically during President Donald Trump’s campaign. Its regulatory footprint is, however,...more

Potential Changes to the Oil and Gas Lease Protection Package: Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Producers Need to Prepare for New...

The Pennsylvania legislature is actively considering new legislation that, if passed in its current form, would affect how both producers and non-operating joint venture partners report royalty information, and that would...more

U.S. and Mexico Sign Bilateral Agreement to Promote Stability of Interconnected Power Grid

On January 7, 2017, the United States Department of Energy (DOE), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and Mexico's Ministry of Energy (SENER), the Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) and the National Center for...more

Commonwealth Court Rejects DEP’s Interpretation of The Clean Streams Law

On January 11, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania decided the case of EQT Production Company v. Department of Environmental Protection of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and granted EQT Production Company’s (EQT)...more

First Steps: A Look at Trump Administration Executive Actions Regarding Energy Projects

On January 24, the Trump Administration issued one Executive Order and Three Presidential Memoranda that affect energy projects in the United States, including in particular two pipeline projects blocked by the Obama...more

Treasury and IRS Release Final Regulations on Qualifying Income, but Halted by Trump Moratorium

January 25, 2017 On January 19, 2017, the Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued final regulations (Final Regulations) regarding qualifying income under Internal Revenue Code (Code) section...more

Projects and Energy Weekly Snippets

Weekly projects and energy updates in South Africa - Brown secures an Eskom cut-off reprieve - Indebted municipalities have been handed a reprieve from scheduled power outages after Public Enterprises Minister...more

Hubs on the horizon: how and when will an Asian LNG hub price signal hit long-term LNG contracts?

Long-term LNG contracts with price review clauses continue to dominate the Asian LNG market. The pricing in those contracts remains predominantly oil-based. The evident reason for that is the absence of a reliable price...more

Summary of FERC Meeting Agenda for January 19, 2017

Below are brief summaries of the agenda items for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s January 19, 2017 meeting, pursuant to the agenda as issued on January 12, 2017. Agenda items E-3, E-4, E-5, E-6, C-1, and C-2 have...more

Energy Newsletter - January 2017

LNG in Europe 2016/2017: An Overview of LNG Import Terminals in Europe - The increase in the supply of LNG to Europe in 2015 and the first half of 2016 was led by the UK and Italy, with other significant increases in...more

Railroads May Benefit if Trump Keeps Promise to Energize Coal Industry

Most U.S. railroad industry stock rose in the immediate aftermath of Donald Trump's election as president. Optimism surrounding railroad stock may be driven in part by the prospect of a resurgence of the coal industry, since...more

Maine DEP Plans to Tighten Opacity Standards in Response to EPA SIP Call

You think maintaining compliance with opacity standards is a challenge now – just wait. As anyone who has started a campfire knows, opacity (the density of the smoke) tends to be high when starting and ending fuel burning,...more

Significant Developments in Canadian Energy – For the Month of December 2016

Conventional - December 15, 2016 – Athabasca Oil Corporation entered into agreements with Statoil ASA and its wholly owned subsidiary Statoil Canada Ltd. to acquire their Canadian thermal oil assets for consideration...more

Massachusetts Proposes New Greenhouse Gas Rules for Electric Generation, Natural Gas, and Transportation Sectors

On December 16, 2016, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (“MassDEP”) released draft rules that would impose new greenhouse gas (“GHG”) requirements on the electric energy sector, gas distribution...more

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