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US Senate Passes Bipartisan Energy Bill

The first broad energy bill passed in nearly a decade was passed by the Senate on April 20, 2016 with an 85-12 vote margin. The Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016, S. 2012, responds to major changes to the energy...more

Current Developments Affecting Hydraulic Fracturing Operations (April 2016)

The new year brought with it several noteworthy developments in the fracking world. These include: a new lawsuit in connection with the Keystone Pipeline; legal action against the Department of Interior (“DOI”) Federal Bureau...more

Supreme Court Affirms Invalidation of Maryland's Program to Incentivize New Power Generation

The U.S. Supreme Court, in a narrowly crafted opinion by Justice Ginsburg, has unanimously invalidated Maryland's program to promote construction of new natural gas capacity by guaranteeing new generating capacity. The...more

Quebec’s Energy Policy: Ambitious Energy Goals for 2030

After extensive public consultations, the Government of Quebec announced Quebec’s energy policy for 2016–2030 (Policy) on April 7, 2016. By focusing on energy efficiency, innovation and renewable energy, the Policy aims to...more

CFTC Proposes Dodd-Frank Relief to Certain Energy Industry Contracts

The proposal furthers an ongoing effort to minimize Dodd-Frank burdens on commercial end users. On April 4, the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued an order proposing guidance about the Dodd-Frank...more

FERC Meeting Agenda Summary - March 2016

Below are brief summaries of the agenda items for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s March 17, 2016 meeting, pursuant to the agenda as issued on March 10, 2016. Agenda items E-5, E-13, E-14, E-16 and C-2 have not been...more

Recent Bankruptcy Cases May Have a Significant Impact on the Midstream Oil and Natural Gas Pipeline Industry

Two recent bankruptcy cases could affect billions of dollars of oil and gas pipeline infrastructure investments. On March 8, 2016, Judge Chapman of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York...more

Timing Is (Almost) Everything: FERC Implements D.C. Circuit Guidance on NEPA Review of Multiple Pipeline Construction Projects

In the wake of two recent D.C. Circuit decisions, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has begun to implement its new policy concerning the review of natural gas pipeline construction proposals under the National...more

Energy Sector Alert Series: Hot Topics in California

Important energy issues continue to arise at the intersection of law and policy in California. Here are eight hot topics that require the attention of entities with interests in California's energy sector....more

Hedging with Distributed Renewable Generation Sources in Times of Fossil Fuel Price Volatility

Until very recently, mainstream power purchasers have not viewed renewable energy as a reliable hedge against other energy sources, mostly because the costs associated with constructing or purchasing the output of renewable...more

The Oil and Natural Gas Industry: The Impacts and Uncertainty Continue

By now we’ve all seen the headlines: “Oil crashes below $27 a barrel,” “Oil prices likely to remain low 3-5 years” and “U.S. oil bankruptcies spike 379%.” At first, these headlines seemed a little “distant” to me. It seemed...more

Bankruptcy Court Finds That Contract Covenants Do Not Run with the Land - Midstream Companies face increased risk with financially...

In a decision entered yesterday afternoon, Judge Shelley Chapman of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York authorized Sabine Oil & Gas Corporation to reject certain midstream contracts under Section...more

Shake-Ups Planned for Pipeline Safety Regulation

The federal agency responsible for regulating the safety of natural gas and hazardous liquids pipelines has been in the spotlight recently as both chambers of Congress focused on reauthorizing the Department of...more

NREL Releases Tax Credit Impact Study

Last week, the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) released the results of a study exploring the potential impact of recently extended federal tax credits on the deployment of renewable generation...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - February 2016 #4

Environmental and Policy Focus - State Water Project deliveries to cities and farms increased SFGate - Feb 24 With a bit more snow in the Sierra than in years past, California officials on Wednesday boosted the...more

"Key Takeaways - Energy M&A Webinar Series: Utility M&A Update"

On January 28, 2016, Skadden hosted a webinar titled “Utility M&A Update,” the first installment of a three-part Energy M&A Webinar Series focused on transactional trends in the energy industry. The program, which drew 140...more

Significant developments in Canadian energy – For the month of January 2016

Conventional - January 6, 2016 – Perisson Petroleum Corporation, which currently operates only in Colombia, announced that it has entered into a long-term relationship with a new strategic investor group that wants to...more

Energy & Environment Update - February 2016 #3

ENERGY AND CLIMATE DEBATE - Congress returns this week following the President’s Day holiday, and the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on February 13 has set the stage for a contentious nomination battle in...more

Interior's Proposed Rule on Flaring Would Restrict Oil and Gas Development on Tribal Lands

The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), on Jan. 22, 2016, proposed a rule developed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) that would limit the flaring, leaking and venting of natural gas on public and tribal lands....more

Regional Perspectives on the Paris Agreement on Climate Change

On 12 December 2015, nearly 200 countries at the 21st annual meeting (COP21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (Convention or UNFCCC) reached an agreement that many have described as a historic...more

Department of the Interior Releases Proposed Rule to Reduce Waste of Natural Gas

Advances in oil and gas production technology, such as horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, have dramatically increased the production of oil and gas in the United States by unlocking shale gas and other resources...more

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

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

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