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President Obama Signs Pipeline Safety Law: Significant Additional Mandates for PHMSA and Potential for More Rulemakings to Come

On June 22, 2016 the President signed into law the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (“PHMSA”) reauthorization bill, the Securing America’s Future Energy: Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines...more

SAFE PIPES Act: 2016 Legislation Affecting PHMSA

President Obama signed the Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety Act or the SAFE PIPES Act into law on June 22, 2016. The Safe Pipes Act reauthorizes the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety...more

Renewable Energy Update - June 2016 #2

Renewable Energy Focus - Apple plans to sell excess rooftop solar energy from headquarters - Renewable Energy World - Jun 10 - Apple Inc. plans to sell excess electricity generated by solar panels on the roof...more

Energy Newsletter - June 2016

Oil and Gas Unitization: Specific Considerations for Cross-Border Unitization - Setting the Scene - There are more than twenty bilateral unitization Treaties and Joint Development Agreements (JDAs) in place today...more

House Passes Pipeline Safety Bill; Senate Expected to Pass Soon - Authority to Issue Emergency Orders, Regulation of Underground...

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety Act of 2016 (PIPES Act of 2016) unanimously on June 8, 2016. The Senate is expected to pass the bill very soon. The...more

Updated Status of Oil-and Gas-Related Bills Proposed in California’s 2015-2016 Legislative Session

June 3, 2016 was the final deadline for oil- and gas-related bills introduced in the 2015-2016 legislative session to move through their house of origin. Below is a summary of those bills, many of which relate to natural gas...more

Development of Competitive Natural Gas Market in Mexico

Mexico has prepared a plan for the development and implementation of an open and competitive marketplace for natural gas (Implementation Plan). The hope is that the Implementation Plan will result in a fully competitive...more

A National Energy Plan: Should We Have One? Do We Have One? If So, Is It Working?

Before ultimately answering the questions posed in the title above on a National Energy Plan, in full disclosure it should be noted that I have been employed by and/or have been an investor in oil, natural gas, coal and...more

The Shale Play Today - Second Quarter 2016

In This Issue: A National Energy Plan: Should We Have One? Do We Have One? If So, Is It Working? Before ultimately answering the questions posed in the title above on a National Energy Plan, in full disclosure it...more

Alberta’s Bill 20: Climate Leadership Implementation Act

The Alberta Government introduced Bill 20, the Climate Leadership Implementation Act, on May 24, 2016. The Bill proposes a carbon levy on fuel consumption and marks the Government’s first step towards executing Alberta’s...more

Oil and Gas: Managing Personnel Reductions and Asset Sales Under Increasing Government Audit and Enforcement Scrutiny

As oil enters the ninth month of sub-$50 per barrel prices – and natural gas languishes below $3 per MMBtu – the oil and gas industry confronts a challenging time of transition. Layoffs have already happened (or are...more

The Tale of the Shale: U.S. Remained the World’s Top Producer of Petroleum and Natural Gas Hydrocarbons in 2015

“U.S. petroleum and natural gas production first surpassed Russia in 2012, and the United States has been the world’s top producer of natural gas since 2011 and the world’s top producer of petroleum hydrocarbons since 2013.”...more

Full Court Press: EPA Issues Final Rulemakings and a Draft Information Collection Request in Its Ongoing Effort to Reduce Methane...

As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan: Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) on May 12, 2016 released a suite of final actions and a proposed action that are focused...more

Confluence of Emissions Regulations Favor Renewable Energy Investment (Part 1)

GOP Presidential Candidate Donald Trump made several sweeping promises while on the campaign trail vowing to reopen shuttered mines and bring coal back to its dominance of a decade ago. These promises, however, are dated as...more

EPA to Reduce Methane Emissions from the Oil and Natural Gas Industry

On May 12, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released final regulations (the Rules) aimed at reducing methane emissions from certain new and modified oil and gas facilities by 40% to 45% from 2012 levels by 2025....more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - May 2016 #3

Environmental and Policy Focus - In sharp reversal, California suspends mandatory water restrictions - New York Times - May 18 - The State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) on Wednesday suspended its...more

FERC Grants Extension of Time for Natural Gas Storage Company to Construct Expansion Facilities Over More Than 250 Comments in...

On May 16, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission granted Arlington Storage Company, LLC (Arlington) a two-year extension of time to construct a previously authorized underground natural gas storage expansion project....more

New Natural Gas-Fired Power Plants Located Near Shale Plays

“Growth in natural gas-fired generation capacity is expected to continue over the next several years, as 18.7 gigawatts (GW) of new capacity comes online between 2016 and 2018. Many of the new natural gas-fired capacity...more

FERC Meeting Agenda Summary - May 2016

Below are brief summaries of the agenda items for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s May 19, 2016 meeting, pursuant to the agenda as issued on May 12, 2016. Agenda items E-2 and E-3 have not been summarized due to...more

EPA Finalizes Regulations Targeting Methane and Volatile Organic Compounds from Oil and Gas Operations

On May 12, 2016, EPA issued three final rules to reduce methane emissions from new, reconstructed, and modified sources in the oil and gas sector by 2025. These rules create significant new obligations to reduce emissions of...more

Three Strikes and the Commonwealth Is Out: The Natural Gas Act Preempts Article 97

Last week, Judge John Agostini ruled that the Natural Gas Act preempts Article 97 of the Massachusetts Constitution, which otherwise would have required a 2/3 vote of the Legislature before Article 97 land could be conveyed...more

EPA Charts Middle Path for Making “Stationary Source” and “Major Source” Determinations: In Clarifying Meaning of Term “Adjacent,”...

A quarter mile is a common distance used for horse racing, drag racing, and track and field sprints. It is now also the farthest distance at which U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will consider two emission sources...more

EPA Doubles Down on Methane Regulation for Oil and Gas Industry

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a packet of measures targeting methane emissions from operations of the oil and gas industry on May 12, 2016. These measures include three final regulations affecting...more

EPA, the Clean Air Act and the Oil and Natural Gas Industry: New Rules for New Sources and New Rules Coming for Existing Sources

The Environmental Protection Agency has released the pre-publication versions of four significant Clean Air Act regulatory actions specifically targeting the oil and natural gas industry... ...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - May 2016 #2

Environmental and Policy Focus - Some emergency drought rules might be eased - Los Angeles Times - May 9 - Governor Jerry Brown and the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) on Monday laid out a revised...more

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