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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

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

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

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

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

Nebraska Court Stalls Keystone XL Pipeline, Declares Governor’s Approval Unconstitutional

On Wednesday, a Nebraska trial court struck down a state law allowing Governor Dave Heineman’s to approve the proposed route for TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone XL Pipeline. The decision comes just weeks after the State...more

Midstream Natural Gas Pipeline & Storage Providers Facing Pressure as Landscape of Gas Supply Changes?

The recent downturn of Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, LP raises eyebrows and questions regarding the impact that the change in natural gas supply is having on midstream providers of transportation and storage services. ...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

FERC Order No. 790: Rulemaking Addressing Construction and Maintenance Activities of Interstate Natural Gas Pipelines

On November 22, 2013, FERC issued a rulemaking order (Order No. 790) clarifying and modifying the Commission's regulations applicable to interstate natural gas pipelines' minor construction and maintenance activities. ...more

Transportation Safety Issues Fueling Pipeline Proposals In North Dakota And Minnesota

Following the derailment and explosion of a train carrying crude oil near Casselton, North Dakota, and a federal Department of Transportation safety alert that Bakken crude may be more prone to ignite at lower temperatures...more

Summary of FERC Meeting Agenda - December 2013

In This Issue: - Administrative Items - Electric Items - Gas Items - Hydro Items - Certificate Items - Excerpt from Hydro Items: H-1: FFP Qualified Hydro 14, LLC, Docket No....more

What is an Exaction?

Construction of the 485-mile-long southern portion of the TransCanada Keystone Pipeline system (known as the Gulf Coast Project) is scheduled to be completed and operational by the end of 2013, but it leaves a legacy of...more

The Keystone Pipeline's Legacy in Texas Condemnation Law

Construction of the 485-mile-long southern portion of the TransCanada Keystone Pipeline system (known as the Gulf Coast Project) is scheduled to be completed and operational by the end of 2013, but it leaves a legacy of...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

House Passes Bill to Expedite Natural Gas Pipeline Permits

On November 21, 2013, the House voted 252-165 in favor of H.R. 1900, also known as the Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act (“Act”), to expedite the process for obtaining a pipeline permit from the Federal Energy...more

Levick Monthly - November 2013: Why Transcanada Is Losing The Pipeline Debate

In This Issue: - COVER STORY: Why Transcanada Is Losing the Pipeline Debate - CRISIS & REPUTATION: BYOD: Employees Mobile Devices Pose a Serious Risk - CORPORATE: Veterans and the Great Information Shortfall -...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

Development of Midstream Assets in Ohio Utica Shale Play

As we have reported before, some commentators have observed that one of the principal reasons for the slow pace of growth in the Ohio Utica shale play has been the lack of midstream assets in the region. Two major companies...more

Rep. McKinley Introduces Legislation to Exempt Certain Natural Gas Facilities from Regulation under the Natural Gas Act

On September 27, 2013, Rep. David McKinley (R-WV) introduced H.R. 3208 (To clarify that certain natural gas facilities are not subject to the Natural Gas Act). The proposed legislation is intended to eliminate barriers to...more

From the Ohio River to the Marcellus and Utica Hydraulic Fracturing Sites – Company to Build Pipeline for Water Transport

As oil and gas companies across the country face increasing pressure to decrease their use of fresh water for fracking operations, new and innovative solutions are sought....more

Fifth Circuit Ruling Relies on Filed Rate Doctrine to Dismiss Claims Against Natural Gas Company

In July 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit issued a ruling in which it relied upon the filed rate doctrine to dismiss a claim against a federally regulated natural gas company. In Medco Energi US, LLC v. Sea...more

DOE Issues Third Authorization to Export LNG to Non-FTA Countries from Lower-48

On August 7, 2013, the U.S. Department of Energy ("DOE") issued an order authorizing Lake Charles Exports, LLC ("Lake Charles") to export liquefied natural gas ("LNG") from the Trunkline LNG terminal, its affiliate's terminal...more

DOE Conditionally Approves Lake Charles Terminal LNG Exports to Non-Free Trade Agreement Nations

On August 7, 2013, the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Fossil Energy (DOE/FE) issued an Order Conditionally Granting Long-Term Multi-Contract Authorization to Export Liquefied Natural Gas by Vessel from the Lake Charles...more

Adams County Denies Permit For NGL Pipeline

On July 29, 2013, the Adams County Commissioners denied a land-use permit for the proposed Front Range Pipeline, which is a 435 mile natural gas-liquids (“NGLs”) pipeline between Colorado and Texas....more

The Shale Play Today - July 2013

In This Issue: - Legislative Update: Pa. Passes Oil & Gas Lease Act: On July 9, 2013, Governor Corbett signed the Oil and Gas Lease Act, Senate Bill No. 259 of 2013 (the"Act"), which amends Pennsylvania's...more

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