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NYDEC Waived Right to Act on a CWA 401 Water Qualification

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) decision in the matter of Millennium Pipeline Company, LLC was issued on September 15, 2017. FERC determined that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation...more

Energy Insider Interview Series: Questions for Independent Petroleum Association of America President and CEO Barry Russell

1. IPAA has long advocated for smart and responsible oil and gas development and remained at the forefront of the discussions shaping policy and regulations affecting the industry. What’s your take on the first six months of...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - September 2017#2

- U.S. High Court Asked to Review WV Justice's Role in Gas Royalties Case - "The U.S. Supreme Court is being asked to review West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Beth Walker's participation in a high-stakes natural gas...more

Oil And Gas Update For Week Ending 9/8/2017 – Pipeline Projects Dodge Several Roadblocks; DRBC Plans Ban Of Hydraulic Fracturing...

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It’s been a relatively quiet week since our last report. Natural gas spot prices in Appalachia took a nose dive amidst only modest increases in the Henry Hub and the rig count. In Appalachia, a federal judge denied a bid to...more

Oil And Gas Update For Week Ending 9/1/2017 – Hurricane Harvey Drives Oil, Nat Gas Prices Up And Down; PADEP Releases 2015 Methane...

by Cozen O'Connor on

After a brief hiatus we are back at the well. Since our last report in early August, Hurricane Harvey ravaged southeastern Texas, affecting oil, natural gas, and gasoline prices all over the country. In Appalachia, the PADEP...more

DC Circuit Rules that FERC Must Consider Global Warming in Approving New Natural Gas Pipelines

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The United States has one of the most extensive natural gas pipeline networks in the world. This vast network enables the ongoing switch away from coal-fired generation and toward a renewables and natural gas-based electric...more

FERC Failed to Adequately Consider Environmental Impacts of Downstream GHG Emissions Under NEPA Says D.C. Circuit

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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia last week vacated and remanded a 2016 Order by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that had authorized construction and operation of the Southeast Market Pipelines...more

DOE Grid Report Pins Coal Decline Primarily on Economics of Natural Gas

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On August 23, 2017, the Department of Energy (DOE) publicly released a long-anticipated study of the U.S. electrical grid titled “Staff Report to the Secretary on Electricity Markets and Grid Reliability.” The report followed...more

D.C. Circuit: FERC Must Consider Potential Pipeline Downstream GHG Effects

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On August 22, the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, in a 2-1 decision, vacated and remanded orders of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) authorizing the construction and operation of three...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - August 2017

Welcome to Spilman Thomas & Battle's weekly energy news e-blast - Currents. The purpose of this communication is to provide a synopsis of the top news stories for the week, but with a twist. We recognize that you may already...more

DC Circuit Holds FERC Must Analyze Downstream Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Approving Interstate Gas Pipelines

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Last week, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued an opinion in Sierra Club v. FERC, No. 16-1329 (D.C. Cir. Aug. 22, 2017), concluding that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission...more

D.C. Circuit Denies Sierra Club’s Petition Challenging DOE’s Orders Authorizing Exports for the Freeport LNG Terminal

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On August 15, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (“D.C. Circuit”) denied Sierra Club’s petition challenging the United States Department of Energy’s (“DOE”) decision to authorize the...more

Rethinking Greenhouse Gas Emissions: D.C. Circuit Orders Further Environmental Review of Natural Gas Pipeline Certificate

by Hogan Lovells on

On August 22, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued a ruling that may change the way that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) examines the impacts of greenhouse gas...more

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Issues Guidelines for Reporting on Cultural Resources Investigations for Natural Gas...

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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Office of Energy Projects, recently issued its Guidelines for Reporting on Cultural Resources Investigations for Natural Gas Projects (Guidelines)....more

D.C. Circuit Rules That FERC Should Have Quantified Indirect Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Approving Natural Gas Pipeline

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

In a 2-1 decision, the D.C. Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals has ruled that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) did not satisfy the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (“NEPA”) when it...more

D.C. Circuit Vacates and Remands FERC Approval of Southeast Market Pipelines Project

On Tuesday, August 22, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit vacated and remanded an order by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) authorizing the construction and operation of the...more

Does NEPA Require Assessment of Downstream GHG Emissions Resulting From Gas Pipelines?

Last week, a divided panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that FERC violated NEPA in failing to assess downstream greenhouse gas emissions resulting from construction of the Sabal Trail pipeline, part of the...more

DC Circuit Again Shuts Down Sierra Club’s Challenges to LNG Export Licenses

On August 15, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit decided the case of Sierra Club v. U.S. Department of Energy. The Sierra Club challenged the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) grant of a license to export...more

US LNG exports increasing, proposed

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The developer of a proposed Louisiana liquefied natural gas (LNG) export project has asked U.S. regulators for approval to begin a "pre-filing review" of its project. Part of a boom of interest in LNG exports, the Fourchon...more

D.C. Circuit Upholds DOE’s Authorization of LNG Exports from the Freeport LNG Terminal

On Tuesday, August 15, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected Sierra Club’s petition for review of a U.S. Department of Energy (“DOE”) order authorizing long-term exports of liquefied...more

Renewable Energy Update - August 2017 #2

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Renewable Energy Focus - With a quorum, FERC now grapples with distributed energy trends outpacing market rules - Greentech Media - Aug 4 - Last Thursday evening, the U.S. Senate confirmed Robert Powelson,...more

Energy Quarterly Report Natural Gas Pipeline Delays–Q2

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FERC Quorum - FERC has been stalled since February when Chairman Norman Bay resigned with two existing vacancies on the 40-year-old panel. On top of that, on April 20 another commissioner, Colette Honorable, announced...more

Federal Bill Proposes Streamlined Pipeline Permitting, Vesting Authority in FERC

by Stoel Rives LLP on

On July 19, 2017, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation that grants the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) increased autonomy over pipeline approvals. The bill, Promoting Interagency...more

Oil And Gas Update For Week Ending 7/21/2017 – PA Supremes On The Environmental Rights Amendment, Third Circuit On “Buyers For...

by Cozen O'Connor on

After a few weeks off we’re back at the well. The national rig count dipped two units last week for the first time in a long time while oil and natural gas prices increased slightly. Since our last report, the Pennsylvania...more

House Passes Energy Legislation

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a series of energy bills, including several aimed at advancing the nation’s pipeline infrastructure. Meanwhile, efforts to revive more comprehensive energy legislation –...more

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