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Commenters Weigh in on Proposed Regulations for Determining MLP Qualifying Income

IRS’ proposed MLP regulations generate flurry of specific industry-related comments and spur public hearing. “I’m mad as Hell, and, frankly, I’m not going to take it anymore.” — Paraphrase of concerned citizen and...more

PHMSA Announces Proposed Pipeline Safety Regulations

On October 1, 2015, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) announced proposed regulations to revise and update its pipeline safety standards and reporting...more

Pipeline Proposal Would Expand Reporting and Testing, Cost $22.4M Annually

This year has been marked by a series of high-profile pipeline incidents in Montana, West Virginia and California, among others. In response to these incidents, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration...more

Hydraulic Fracturing: State Regulatory Roundup Vol. 45

Fracking Insider Readers: We are pleased to bring you Volume 45 of our State Regulatory Roundup, including updates in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Texas. As we explained in earlier volumes, we designed the Roundup to provide...more

BP has settled its Clean Water Act penalty claims, but important questions remain to be decided

The United States and BP lodged their proposed settlement of the remaining claims by the US in connection with the Deepwater Horizon explosion and spill with the US District Court today. Comments to the Justice Department are...more

FERC Shares Best Practices for Stakeholder Outreach in Gas Project Permitting

The dramatic increase in domestic energy production over the past several years has resulted in the involvement of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in a wide range of interactions with the public and other...more

DEC Explains New Enforcement Initiative to the New York Oil and Gas Industry

On September 30, 2015, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) held a public information session regarding DEC enforcement of regulations relating to Petroleum Bulk Storage (PBS), petroleum spills...more

North Dakota Saltwater Disposal Enforcement Actions Highlight Key Legal and Social License Risks

Spills or improper disposal of oilfield produced water—which can be more than 10 times saltier than seawater and may also contain heavy metals and other chemicals—can turn even staunchly pro-oil and gas residents against...more

Obama Administration Releases Infrastructure Permitting Guidance

On September 22, 2015, the White House, through the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), issued guidance to the heads of certain federal departments and agencies (the Agencies)...more

Pennsylvania as an Energy Leader: The Path Forward

One question was central to the discussions that took place at Shale Insight 2015 – with its abundant shale gas reserves, how do we make Pennsylvania a true energy leader on the national and international stage? At the...more

FERC Meeting Agenda Summary - September 2015

In this issue: • Electric Items • Miscellaneous • Gas Items • Hydro Items • Certificates Below are brief summaries of the agenda items for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s September 17, 2015...more

Pipeline Operators Take Heed – Threatened Enviro Lawsuit May Lead to Greater Regulatory Requirements

On July 28, 2015, the National Wildlife Federation (“NWF”) filed an intent to sue notice against the Department of Transportation (“DOT”), arguing the DOT has not properly approved pipeline projects for more than 20 years. ...more

Also In the News - Data, Privacy, & Security Practice Report - August 2015

King & Spalding Client Alert On Unprecedented Hacking And Trading Scheme — On August 11, 2015, prosecutors in the District of New Jersey and the Eastern District of New York unsealed indictments against several individuals...more

Compressor Station Negligent Nuisance Verdict Reversed

Therapist: “We’re here today in group to bring closure to the traumatic events of Crosstex North Texas Pipeline L.P. v. Gardiner. Each side claims mistreatment by his adversary and by one component or another of the civil...more

Commonwealth Court Expands the Scope of Good Samaritan Amendment to the Workers’ Compensation Act

In 2003, the Pennsylvania General Assembly amended Section 601 of the Workers’ Compensation Act to expand the definition of the word “employee” to include employees who, while in the course and scope of their employment,...more

Cross-border infrastructure and presidential permits

A recent report casts doubt on whether proposed federal legislation would actually accelerate decisions on the siting of cross-border energy infrastructure. Cross-border pipelines and electric transmission lines play an...more

From Playa Lakes To Prairie Potholes: Four Things Energy Companies Need to Know About the WOTUS Rule

Have one or several playa lakes on or near a well pad in the Permian Basin? An access road nearby an ephemeral tributary of the Green River in the Uintah Basin? A pipeline that traverses lands dotted with prairie potholes in...more

Initial Decision Finds that BP Manipulated 2008 Natural Gas Market in Texas

On August 13, 2015, a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC” or “Commission”) Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) issued an initial decision in which she found that BP America Inc. et al. (“BP”) manipulated the natural...more

BP Case May Again Test Limits of FERC’s “In Connection With” Enforcement Jurisdiction

A Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Administrative Law Judge last week issued an Initial Decision finding that BP America (BP) and certain related BP entities violated FERC’s Anti-Manipulation Rule. Following a...more

Major Pipeline Safety Rulemakings Coming in 2015

Authorization of the federal pipeline safety programs will expire on September 30th of this year. With this looming deadline, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is scrambling to finish the 42...more

Australian Infrastructure – The Challenges to 2031

Released in May 2015 by Infrastructure Australia, the Australian Infrastructure Audit examines our asset base and sets out the needs and challenges facing the Australian infrastructure sector and its participants over the...more

House and Senate Introduce Bipartisan Energy Packages Addressing FERC’s Role

On July 22, 2015, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power unanimously passed a diverse energy bill designed to expedite Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) natural gas pipeline reviews,...more

FERC Approves Settlement for Pipeline Failure to Publicly Post Auction Notices

On July 30, 2015, two weeks after the Office of Enforcement (OE) of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a staff notice of alleged violations (“Notice”) to Columbia Gas Transmission LLC (“Columbia Gas”) for...more

Update: FERC Five-Year Review of Oil Pipeline Rate Indexation

On June 30, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a Notice of Inquiry (NOI) that proposed an adjustment to the annual indexation formula for oil pipeline rates. The NOI sought comments on a proposed...more

Mexico's Energy Industry: Midstream Regulations

Midstream Regulations - On July 27, 2015, the Comision Reguladora de Energia (“CRE”) issued its proposed regulations for the pipeline transportation and storage of petroleum, LNG and petrochemicals (“Midstream...more

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