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Biofuel Mandates Escape Current EPA Scrutiny

by Sullivan & Worcester on

The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is a regulatory program administered by EPA that requires petroleum-based transportation fuel sold in the U.S. to contain a minimum volume of various categories of biofuels. The program’s...more

Gas Company Receives First Declination of 2017 Under FCPA Pilot Program

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) on June 16, 2017, announced its first declination of 2017 and the closing of its investigation of Linde North America Inc. and Linde Gas North America LLC (collectively, Linde) concerning...more

FERC Conditional Approval of Natural Gas Pipeline Consistent with Clean Water Act Sequencing Requirements

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

In the midst of the U.S. energy boom, the expansion and modernization of the nation’s energy infrastructure has been a priority. The ramp up in shale natural gas production has spurred investments in pipeline projects,...more

Mexico’s Energy Industry: Mexico Tender Round 2.1: Shallow Water Oil Sells Big

On June 19, 2017, the Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos (CNH) completed the Presentation and Opening of Bid Proposals for the First Tender of the Ronda Dos (“Round 2.1”), which was first announced on July 20, 2016. Round 2.1...more

Update: Oil & Gas Related Bills Introduced in the 2017-2018 Legislative Session

by Stoel Rives LLP on

Stoel Rives’ Oil & Gas Team has been monitoring bills introduced by California legislators since the beginning of the 2017-2018 Legislative Session. June 2, 2017 was the deadline by which the Legislature was required to pass...more

Environmental Case Law Update – 1st Six Months of 2017

On March 21, 2017, the United States Supreme Court decided the case of National Labor Relations Board v. SW General, Inc. This case concerns the operation and application of the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998 (FVRA). ...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick’s indefinite leave of absence just got a whole lot more definite with news late yesterday that, bowing to pressure from shareholders, Kalanick has resigned from his post altogether....more

Plain Language Prevails in Ohio: Oil and Gas Lease Remains Valid despite Failure to Pay Minimum Royalty Amount

by Blank Rome LLP on

Action Item: Oil and gas companies with leases in Ohio should review their lease language whenever challenged by a lessor as to lease validity. That language likely will determine the success of any claim. Ohio oil and gas...more

Some Will Always Have Paris: Withdrawal from the Climate Change Accord May Not Reduce the Heat on the Health Care Industry

President Trump’s decision earlier this month to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement—an international, nonbinding agreement to take steps to limit global temperature rise—followed a series of moves at the...more

Valuation Of “Different” Property In Condemnation — Does a Developed Market Exist?

When real property interests are acquired by the power of eminent domain, the owner is entitled to receive “just compensation” in the form of fair market value for the property taken....more

D.C. District Court Determines that Dakota Access Environmental Assessment was Inadequate

On June 14, 2017, the District Court for the District of Columbia issued a decision in Standing Rock Sioux Tribe v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Court found that the Army Corps of Engineers (“the Corps”) had not...more

North Sea Decommissioning - The Challenges Ahead

Where are we now? It all sounds simple enough. The dual objectives of the UK government today in relation to petroleum production from the North Sea are to maximise the economic recovery from domestic reserves and, once...more

Oil And Gas Update For Week Ending 6/16/2017 – PAPUC Issues Annual Report On Natural Gas Impact Fees.

by Cozen O'Connor on

Oil and natural gas spot prices continued their downward trend since our last report with the Henry Hub dipping below $3 for the second straight week, spot prices in Appalachia dipping below $2, and oil prices hovering around...more

New Russia Sanctions Legislation

by King & Spalding on

The U.S. Senate passed this week a measure to codify, strengthen and expand sanctions against the Russian Federation in response to its activities in Ukraine, cyber-attacks, interference in the U.S. Presidential election, and...more

US considers Arctic offshore oil exploration

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U.S. regulators are evaluating an application by a company seeking to explore for oil in the Arctic. On June 12, the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management or BOEM announced that it had deemed Eni US Operating Co.'s...more

Rover pipeline HDD spill investigation

by PretiFlaherty on

Federal energy regulators overseeing the development of a new interstate natural gas pipeline have announced the opening of an investigation, following the inadvertent release of about 2 million gallons of drilling fluid from...more

New York: Energy Update From The Big Apple

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Working from New York makes a person think about energy…the amount of energy it takes to fuel the sparkling Big Apple, the energy that radiates from the charming, lovely old architecture, and the energy from all the folks...more

California Holds Fast to GHG Reduction in the Face of the Trump Administration

The inauguration of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States on January 20, 2017, brought with it levels of angst and concern not felt for some time within the environmental community. While some welcome the...more

Beware Environmental Regulations Lurking in Local Codes – Such as the Wellhead Protection Program

by Tonkon Torp LLP on

Most companies know that the environmental impacts of their operations are regulated by the federal government (primarily the US Environmental Protection Agency) and various state governments (in Oregon, primarily the Oregon...more

EPA Delivers on Promise to Delay Risk Management Plant Requirements for Chemical Plants and Refineries

On June 12, 2017, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt announced another extension to the effective date of the Obama-era rule amending federal Risk Management Program (RMP) requirements for...more

Robinson Rejected: Zoning Ordinance Permitting Oil and Gas Development in Residential-Agricultural Districts Is Constitutional

by Blank Rome LLP on

Action Item: Oil and gas companies and attorneys should have this case at the ready when NGOs and interest groups continue their attempts to invalidate local zoning ordinances allowing for oil and gas development by relying...more

Patents or Trade Secrets? Yes, Please.

by Hogan Lovells on

Most energy companies implement Intellectual Property (“IP”) strategies to protect and exploit company IP (offense) and navigate third-party rights (defense). Traditionally, these policies emphasize patents. But today’s...more

U.S. Fifth Circuit Greenlights Contribution Action for Purely Economic Damages Under Oil Pollution Act (OPA)

by Liskow & Lewis on

In Settoon Towing, L.L.C. v. Marquette Transportation Company, L.L.C., No. 16-30459 (5th Cir. Jun. 9, 2017), the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals held for the first time that a Responsible Party under the Oil...more

Louisiana Second Circuit Finds Holder of Mortgage Encumbering a Mineral Lease Solidarily Liable with Mineral Lessees for Damages...

by Liskow & Lewis on

In Gloria’s Ranch, L.L.C. v. Tauren Exploration, Inc., the Louisiana Second Circuit upheld a trial court’s ruling that the holder of a security interest in mineral leases was solidarily liable for damages under the Louisiana...more

Oil And Gas Update For Week Ending 6/9/2017 – WV Supremes Endorse Net-Back Method For Calculating Royalties And Post-Production...

by Cozen O'Connor on

Sliding oil and natural gas spot prices didn’t affect a steady rig count that climbed several more units since our last report. In Appalachia, the West Virginia Supreme Court signaled a departure from the controversial...more

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