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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LNG Tolling Agreements (Export) – Key Considerations

LNG projects are structured in a variety of ways. There is no standard structure; however, the tolling model has been used in several recent LNG export projects. In terms of the tolling model, considerations highlighted in...more

DOE Issues Order on Freeport Expansion Application to Export LNG to Non-FTA Countries

On November 15, 2013, the U.S. Department of Energy ("DOE") issued an order (available here) authorizing Freeport LNG Expansion, LP; FLNG Liquefaction, LLC; FLNG Liquefaction 2, LLC; and FLNG Liquefaction 3, LLC;...more

Legislative Update Report No. 2013-22 -- Nov 22, 2013

In This Issue: Federal Government; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland; Northwest Territories; Nova Scotia; Nunavut; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Québec/Quebec; Saskatchewan; and Yukon....more

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Clarifies its Position on Modification or Revocation of DOE Liquefied Natural Gas Export...

Last month, Deputy Assistant Secretary Paula Grant of the DOE clarified DOE’s current views with respect to the grounds under which it could revoke a liquefied natural gas (LNG) export authorization. In a letter1 dated...more

The export shale revolution

This week, the U.S. Department of Energy approved its first-ever liquefied natural gas export license for the exportation in the Marcellus Shale. In the northeastern part of the United States in and around New York and...more

Two Steps Forward Towards U.S. Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Exportation: Are We Moving Far Enough and Fast Enough?

On August 7, 2013, the Energy Department conditionally approved the application of Lake Charles Exports, LLC to export liquefied natural gas (“LNG”) to countries that do not have a Free Trade Agreement with the United States...more

Energy Insight: Southern Exposure! That Giant—And Welcome—Expanding Market: North America's Southern Base

For natural gas producers in the Bakken Formation looking for a market to soak up shale gas, the United States and Canada already are relatively awash....more

DOE Issues Second LNG Export License for Non-FTA Countries

On May 17, 2013, the U.S. Department of Energy (“DOE”) issued an order authorizing the Freeport LNG Terminal (“Freeport”) in Quintana Island, Texas to export liquefied natural gas (“LNG”) to nations with which the United...more

DOE Approves Freeport LNG Export Project

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has conditionally approved a plan by Freeport LNG Expansion, L.P., to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) from its terminal in Freeport, Texas, to non-free trade agreement (FTA) countries....more

Trade & Manufacturing Alert - May 2013

In This Issue: - Commerce Declares No "Free Pass" To Commit Fraud In Trade Cases - ITC Investigates Economic Impact Of Proposed Modifications To NAFTA Rules Of Origin - Global Manufacturers, Encouraged By...more

TRANSACTIONAL: Transactions: U.S. LNG Exports: The DOE’s Studies and the Status of Pending Non-FTA Export Applications

Cheniere’s proposed LNG export project in Cameron Parish, Louisiana is currently the only proposed U.S. project that has received an authorization from the Department of Energy (“DOE”) to export LNG to countries with which...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

DOE Accepting Comments On Liquid Natural Gas Export Study

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 is resulting in lower prices for consumers and increasing the...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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