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Maine commission rejects LNG contract proposals

by PretiFlaherty on

Maine utility regulators have decided not to order utilities to enter into contracts for liquefied natural gas storage capacity, after finding that none of the proposed contracts satisfied statutory requirements. In 2013,...more

Ukrainian Parliament adopts Electricity Market Law

by Dentons on

On 13 April 2017, after a very long gestation period, the Ukrainian Parliament adopted the long-awaited Draft Law No. 4493 of 21 April 2016 “On the Electricity Market” (the Electricity Market Law). The law, in its second...more

Spanish Natural Gas Organized Wholesale Market: Completion of Regulatory Framework

by Hogan Lovells on

The regulatory framework governing the Spanish natural gas organized wholesale market was approved in 2015 and completed in 2016. The start of operations occurred on 16 December 2015, when the market operator created an...more

Africa's LNG Opportunity

by Hogan Lovells on

In November 2016, the U.S. government’s inter-agency Power Africa development initiative issued its third handbook entitled “Understanding Natural Gas and LNG Options” for the purpose of promoting a better understanding of...more

Natural Gas Infrastructure Opponents Appeal Loss in Their Campaign to Invalidate Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Processes

Despite a series of lopsided losses, natural gas infrastructure opponents continue to probe the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and its infrastructure approval processes for systemic weaknesses. At the end of...more

Energy Alert: LNG exports - A rare case of policy continuity from Obama to Trump

by Hogan Lovells on

Whether health care, climate change, taxes, or general international trade, it is hard to identify an area of policy in the United States that is not experiencing dramatic changes in the transition from President Obama to...more

Russia LNG Export: Recent Developments

by King & Spalding on

The Russian Federal Tariff Service (the FTS) regulates the price at which Gazprom and its affiliates can sell natural gas to the wholesale market and to their affiliated refineries. The FTS also regulates the price of natural...more

Oil And Gas Update For Week Ending 4/28/2017 – CPP Litigation On Hold, “Fraction Of” Royalty Interests In North Dakota, And A...

by Cozen O'Connor on

After a few weeks off, we are back at the well. Natural gas and oil prices are down since our last report and the rig count in the Marcellus/Utica regions remains flat despite the increase in rig activity nationwide....more

Texas Supreme Court Confirms That Commerce Clause Does Not Prohibit Levying Of Property Taxes On Stored Natural Gas

Will the U.S. Constitution’s Commerce Clause always insulate interstate commerce from the imposition of state and local taxes? Not always, as the Texas Supreme Court recently confirmed, when it agreed with the Court of...more

Energy-Related Hearings This Week

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on federal payments to local governments provided through the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act and the Payment in Lieu of Taxes program and the...more

Valuing Underground Natural Gas Storage in Eminent Domain Proceedings

by Nossaman LLP on

In California eminent domain proceedings, a property owner is entitled to the “fair market value” of the property being acquired. Typically, fair market value is determined by analyzing comparable sales or by utilizing an...more

LNG-to-power: Key Bankability Considerations for FSRU-to-IPP Project Structures

by King & Spalding on

Introduction/Synopsis - The growth of “LNG-to-power,” by which we mean the use of regasified LNG as a feedstock fuel for power generation, is largely attributable to a combination of economic, political and technical...more

ET Rover Suffers Two Spills in Ohio

by Clark Hill PLC on

During the course of constructing its new pipeline, ET Rover suffered two spills releasing 2 million gallons of drilling fluid into wetlands in Ohio. The landscape of America is crisscrossed by millions of linear feet of...more

"Southern District Decision Highlights Challenges for Private Litigants Pursuing Manipulation Claims Under the CEA"

The U.S. District Court in the Southern District of New York recently dismissed a class action lawsuit alleging that Total, S.A., Total Gas & Power North America, Inc., and Total Gas & Power Limited (collectively, “Total”)...more

Hydrocarbons Win One and Lose One in Battles With Crawfish

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

In re: Louisiana Crawfish Producers arises out of the collision between two of Louisiana’s favored enterprises: crawfish and hydrocarbons....more

Nigerian Natural Gas Drilling Rig Explosion Class Action Blown Away

by Carlton Fields on

The Northern District of California recently denied a motion for class certification in a case against Chevron Corporation connected to a 2012 explosion at a Nigerian natural gas drilling rig and the environmental impacts of...more

How the President’s Executive Order Will Affect U.S. Oil, Natural Gas and Coal Industries

by Perkins Coie on

President Donald Trump’s recently signed Executive Order on Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth (the Order) includes significant revisions to the regulatory landscape both (1) directly in the case of oil and...more

A Closer Look at President Trump's Executive Order on Energy Independence

by Holland & Knight LLP on

President Donald Trump's Executive Order (EO) entitled "Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth" is a broad directive accomplishing a number of the Trump Administration's energy-related priorities....more

Oil and Gas Update for 4/2017 – MD Bans Hydraulic Fracturing, OH DMA Cases Keep Trickling In, and Spot Prices Pull a Hat Trick in...

by Cozen O'Connor on

All three benchmarks for natural gas spot prices in Appalachia hit $3/MMBtu or more since our last report (and did so for the first time in a long time), trending alongside a spike in oil prices following the Syrian airstrike...more

A Summary of Professor Jim Rossi’s Lecture on the “Federalism Battles in Energy Transportation”

by Liskow & Lewis on

At the Fourth Annual Liskow & Lewis Energy Law Lecture, Professor Jim Rossi of Vanderbilt Law delivered a presentation entitled “Federalism Battles in Energy Transportation.” To illustrate these conflicts in energy...more

Jordan Cove LNG Project Scores Legal Victory

The Jordan Cove LNG project in Coos Bay, Oregon, prevailed in a legal challenge to a key permit. The permit, issued by the Oregon Department of State Lands, allows dredge and fill work for a deep water ship channel. In Coos...more

Executive Order Seeks Sweeping Reversal of Climate Change Policies to Favor U.S. Energy Production

by Perkins Coie on

President Donald Trump recently signed Executive Order 13783, an omnibus executive order aimed at reducing burdens on further development of domestic energy resources, with “particular attention” to oil, natural gas, coal and...more

Setting an Asian LNG Market Price – the Search for a Local Solution

by Reed Smith on

This short note is to introduce two detailed papers that discuss the justification for the development of an Asian LNG reference price that is not benchmarked against the current ‘Japanese Crude Cocktail’ and suggests an...more

California Approves New Regulation to Reduce Methane Emissions from Oil and Gas Facilities

by Reed Smith on

The California Air Resources Board has approved a new stringent regulation to curb methane emissions from oil and gas operations in California. The unprecedented regulation focuses on monitoring, detecting, and repairing...more

FTC Approves Final Consent Order Allowing Enbridge and Spectra Merger

by Reed Smith on

The Federal Trade Commission has approved the merger between Enbridge and Spectra, following the parties’ acceptance of certain terms designed to preserve competition between natural gas pipelines in the Gulf of Mexico. The...more

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