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Environmental and Energy Policy Round-Up: Status of Regulations and Key Decisions under the New Administration

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

There has been much discussion lately regarding the new Administration’s efforts to review and possibly “roll-back” several environmental and energy-related regulations issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the...more

Dutch Prosecutors Record Shell CEO and Ensnare Shell in Nigeria Bribery Scandal

by Michael Volkov on

A CEO never expects to be wiretapped. Let’s face it – a wiretap in the C-Suite is rare. Justice Department prosecutors have always looked for an opportunity. CEOs have loose lips and can suffer significant damage from...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - April 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - D.C. Circuit grants EPA’s request to delay 2015 smog rule case - Washington Post - Apr 11 - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Tuesday granted a...more

TransCanada Receives Presidential Permit to Construct Keystone XL Pipeline

by King & Spalding on

On March 24, the Trump Administration granted a Presidential permit to TransCanada, which gives the company authority to “construct, connect, operate, and maintain pipeline facilities” for the Keystone XL Pipeline. The...more

Mexico Energy Regulatory Commission Issues Provisions for Distributed Generation

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Under Mexico's Energy Reform of 2013, the private sector may participate and invest in a number of energy-related activities. One of the most attractive activities is power generation, especially considering that distributed...more

Projects and Energy Weekly Snippets

by Hogan Lovells on

Moz plant illustrates rapid commissioning potential of gas engines - Electricity generation using gas as a fuel has great potential to meet the growing needs of many African countries, especially with a peaking-plant...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

Sabine: The Next Episode

by Bryan Cave on

On June 16, 2016, The Bankruptcy Cave gave you our previous summary of the controversial Sabine decision. When Bankruptcy Judge Chapman determined there was no reason to expedite review of her decisions in the case, we...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

Amendments to the Aboveground Storage Tank Act to Become Law

House Bill 2811, amending the Aboveground Storage Tank ("AST") Act, previously passed the West Virginia House and Senate and then was signed by Governor Justice on April 4, 2017. Thus, the amendments to the AST Act included...more

Investing in China Key Challenges and Mitigation Strategy

In early 2005, a subsidiary of listed Hong Kong and China Gas Company Limited (0003.HK) bought a controlling stake in a Chinese joint venture company. Initial payments were made, but then the audited financial statements...more

EIA: Crude production in Gulf of Mexico Continues to Increase

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Our humble little blog is so focused on the onshore shale plays, we sometimes need to be reminded that offshore crude oil production is increasing as well. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, “U.S....more

Territorial Restrictions in Gas Supply Contracts in Japan – Antitrust Implications and Experience from the European Union

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

Japan, the world’s biggest buyer of liquefied natural gas (“LNG”), is currently investigating the potential anticompetitive effects of territorial restrictions in LNG supply contracts. Historically, LNG suppliers have used...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

Southern District Of Texas Dismisses Class Action Against Plains All American Pipeline, Dismissing Exchange And Securities Act...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On March 29, 2017, Chief District Judge Lee Rosenthal of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division dismissed a putative class action against Plains All American Pipeline, a major...more

Rejecting Midstream Agreements in Bankruptcy – the Journey Continues

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

One of the hottest issues from 2016 was whether an E&P debtor can reject, under section 365 of the Bankruptcy Code, an above-market midstream contract. Given the potential for a “no-win” situation, in all but one case where...more

Significant Developments in Canadian Energy – For the Month of March 2017

by Dentons on

Oil Sands / Unconventional - March 29, 2017 – Cenovus Energy Inc. (“Cenovus”) agreed to acquire ConocoPhillips’s 50% interest in the FCCL Partnership, which is the companies’ jointly owned oilsands venture operated by...more

Mexico Ministry of Energy Releases Management Terms for Independent Power Producers

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Under Mexico's Energy Reform of 2013, the power market opened for private investment sector-wide. However, the Federal Electricity Commission, or Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE), is still in charge for supplying basic...more

Mexico Hydrocarbons Commission Calls Tender for Second PEMEX Farmout

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Eight More Onshore and Offshore Farmouts Set for 2017 and 2018 Mexico's 2013 Energy Constitutional Reform opened exploration and production (E&P) of the oil and gas sectors to private investment and contracting....more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely - April 2017

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring. This week’s post includes: an effort by Twitter to enjoin U.S. Government demands for...more

Leave It to the States: Oklahoma Federal Court Dismisses Fracking Suit In Favor Of Administrative Regulation

by Liskow & Lewis on

On April 4, 2017, a federal district court dismissed a citizen-enforcement action under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act that could have profound impact on fracking suits against the oil and gas industry. In...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

District Court Invokes Burford Abstention and Primary Jurisdiction Doctrines to Dismiss RCRA Citizen Suit

The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma has dismissed the Sierra Club’s Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) citizen suit, filed against several oil and gas producers seeking declaratory and...more

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