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Study Suggests EPA Underestimated Natural Gas Methane Emissions, But Not for Fracking, and EPA Releases Study Examining Fracking...

In several recent studies on methane emissions relating to the natural gas industry, scientists concluded that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) underestimated the quantity of methane the industry releases to the...more

Energy & Environment Update

In This Issue: - Energy and Climate Debate - Congress - Administration - Department of Energy - Department of Interior - Environmental Protection Agency - Government Accountability Office -...more

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

An RTO for Gas?

On April 1, 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) held a technical conference on “Winter 2013-2014 Operations and Market Performance in Regional Transmission Organizations and Independent System Operators.”...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

Will New LNG Export Activity Affect U.S. Natural Gas Prices?

Last week, the U.S. Department of Energy announced that it conditionally approved the first West Coast LNG terminal, the Jordan Cove Energy Project in Coos Bay, Oregon, for the export of up to 800 million cubic feet of gas...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

Energy And Environment Update

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

White House: Natural Gas, Landfills, and Mining Need to Reduce Methane Emissions

Continuing its 2014 “pen and phone” strategy emphasizing Executive Branch action, on March 28, 2014, the White House issued its Climate Action Plan Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions. The plan outlines regulatory actions...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

DOE Approves Liquefied Natural Gas Exports to Non-Free Trade Agreement Countries from Oregon Project

On March 24, 2014, the Department of Energy granted a conditional order authorizing the export of domestically produced liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the Jordan Cove Energy Project, L.P. in Coos Bay, Oregon, to countries...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

Wisconsin Court Holds Gas Line Explosion Not Covered Under CPL Policy

In its recent decision in Acuity v. Chartis Specialty Ins. Co., 2014 Wisc. App. LEXIS 201 (Wisc. App. Mar. 12, 2014), the Court of Appeals for Wisconsin, District Two, had occasion to consider whether damages resulting from a...more

Massachusetts Permit for New Natural Gas Plant Incorporates Global Climate Conditions Including Sunset Date

The Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board (Siting Board) approved a certificate for a 630-megawatt natural gas-fired power plant in Salem last month. The certificate is unique in that it incorporates the terms of a...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

Third Party Tolling Agreements

With North America being the region of current focus as a result of the many LNG export projects that have access to North America grid gas, third party LNG tolling is front and center. The relationship between the owner of...more

Supreme Court Upholds Arbitration Award in Favor of British Natural Gas Investor in Argentina

On March 5, 2014, the United States Supreme Court upheld a $185 million arbitration award obtained by the United Kingdom's BG Group PLC against the Republic of Argentina, pursuant to a bilateral investment treaty. The Court...more

Fourth Circuit Holds that Contingent Business Interruption Endorsement Does Not Extend to Indirect Suppliers

On February 20, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit held that a contingent business interruption endorsement did not extend coverage to claims arising out of a business interruption caused by an...more

Energy Newsletter - March 2014

In This Issue: - REGULATORY: Oil & Gas Regulatory, Government Relations: Congress Probes Crude Rail Safety Developments; Voluntary Industry-Regulator Agreement Addresses Safety Concerns - Environmental: A "Diesel...more

Los Angeles City Council Clears Way for Fracking Ban

A vote taken by the Los Angeles City Council last week could set the stage for a city-wide ban on hydraulic fracturing. During its session on Friday, February 28, the ten-member council unanimously approved a motion to draft...more

Continuing Uncertainty About the Exercise of Eminent Domain in Pennsylvania

The proliferation of unconventional natural gas production in the last few years has been an economic and energy boom to Pennsylvania and other key stakeholders, like local municipalities, exploration and production firms,...more

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