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Massachusetts Legislature Passes Compromise Energy Bill

Last Sunday, the Massachusetts Legislature passed a compromise energy bill to significantly increase electricity produced by renewable energy sources. The state’s utilities will be required to purchase power from on and...more

PIPES Act Puts More Priorities in PHMSA’s Regulatory Pipeline

On June 22, 2016, the Protecting Our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety Act of 2016 (PIPES Act) was signed into law. The new law reauthorizes the Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials...more

Significant developments in Canadian energy – for the month of June 2016

June 22, 2016 – In response to the Redwater decision (discussed below) and pending the outcome of an appeal, the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) implemented interim changes to its regulatory measures “to minimize risks to...more

D.C. Circuit Upholds FERC’s NEPA Analysis in Sabine Pass and Freeport LNG Projects

On June 28, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected two related challenges to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s environmental review of the Sabine Pass LNG and Freeport LNG...more

President Obama Signs PIPES Act of 2016, Reauthorizing PHMSA and Introducing New Mandates for Oil and Gas Pipeline Programs

On June 22, 2016, President Obama signed a bill reauthorizing the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s (PHMSA) oil and gas pipeline programs through 2019. Obama’s final stamp on the Protecting our...more

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration Reauthorized

The newly enacted legislation further bolsters PHMSA’s growing oversight of storage and pipeline transport facilities. On June 22, US President Barack Obama signed the Protecting Our Infrastructure of Pipelines and...more

Like San Bruno, Aliso Canyon Prompts Enhanced Pipeline Safety Act with Few Meaningful Deadlines

On June 22, President Obama signed into law a new pipeline safety bill — the “Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety Act of 2016,” known as the PIPES Act of 2016. The law reauthorizes and funds the...more

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

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

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 Summer 2016 energy market and reliability report

Federal energy regulatory staff have presented their 2016 Summer Seasonal Assessment to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The "Summer 2016 Energy Market and Reliability Assessment" presents an summer outlook by...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

Significant Developments in Canadian Energy – For the month of April 2016

Conventional - April 21, 2016 – The Alberta government announced the technical formulas that will be used to calculate royalties and payout cost allowances on oil, natural gas, propane and butane starting in 2017....more

Effect of Energy Policy Bills on Natural Gas Exports

Legislative Update. On April 20, the U.S. Senate passed broad legislation that covers many different aspects of the energy and environmental sectors, including changes to streamline the approval process for the export of...more

Significant New Safety Requirements Proposed For Natural Gas Pipelines

On March 17, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued a major proposal to revise the safety standards for onshore natural gas pipelines. The proposed rule...more

PHMSA Announces Proposed Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Rules

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has issued a proposal to implement regulations that would add new safety measures designed to raise existing safety standards applicable to pipelines...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. State Leaders Aim to Help to Save Maine’s Paper Industry - With this week’s announcements of...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

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

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