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Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration Reauthorized

The newly enacted legislation further bolsters PHMSA’s growing oversight of storage and pipeline transport facilities. On June 22, US President Barack Obama signed the Protecting Our Infrastructure of Pipelines and...more

Like San Bruno, Aliso Canyon Prompts Enhanced Pipeline Safety Act with Few Meaningful Deadlines

On June 22, President Obama signed into law a new pipeline safety bill — the “Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety Act of 2016,” known as the PIPES Act of 2016. The law reauthorizes and funds the...more

The AER Makes Waves with its Response to the Redwater Decision

HIGHLIGHTS The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) issued Bulletin 2016-16 which has put in place interim measures in response to the Court of Queen’s Bench decision in Redwater Energy Corporation (Re) (Redwater) - ...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - June 2016 #4

Environmental and Policy Focus - PG&E to close Diablo Canyon, California's last nuclear power plant - Los Angeles Times - Jun 21 - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E) announced on Tuesday that it plans to close...more

Canada NEB starts Energy East pipeline review

Canada's National Energy Board has ruled that the applicationsare complete for the Energy East Pipeline Project and a related gas project. This determination starts the NEB's review process, under which the Board must issue...more

President Obama Signs Pipeline Safety Law: Significant Additional Mandates for PHMSA and Potential for More Rulemakings to Come

On June 22, 2016 the President signed into law the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (“PHMSA”) reauthorization bill, the Securing America’s Future Energy: Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines...more

Focus on Oman: Diplomacy and Dividends

The crucial role of Oman, a sultanate located at the southeastern tip of the Arabian Peninsula, is becoming apparent as the dust settles on the recent Iranian nuclear deal. Oman is adept at balancing relationships in a...more

SAFE PIPES Act: 2016 Legislation Affecting PHMSA

President Obama signed the Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety Act or the SAFE PIPES Act into law on June 22, 2016. The Safe Pipes Act reauthorizes the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety...more

FERC Meeting Agenda Summary - June 2016

Below are brief summaries of the agenda items for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s June 16, 2016 meeting, pursuant to the agenda as issued on June 9, 2016. Agenda items E-11 and E-18 have not been summarized due to...more

Distressed Download

Lessons from Sabine - In March, Bankruptcy Judge Shelley Chapman held that Sabine Oil & Gas Corp. satisfied the standards for rejection of several gathering and handling agreements between Sabine and its midstream...more

House Passes Pipeline Safety Bill; Senate Expected to Pass Soon - Authority to Issue Emergency Orders, Regulation of Underground...

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety Act of 2016 (PIPES Act of 2016) unanimously on June 8, 2016. The Senate is expected to pass the bill very soon. The...more

Updated Status of Oil-and Gas-Related Bills Proposed in California’s 2015-2016 Legislative Session

June 3, 2016 was the final deadline for oil- and gas-related bills introduced in the 2015-2016 legislative session to move through their house of origin. Below is a summary of those bills, many of which relate to natural gas...more

Development of Competitive Natural Gas Market in Mexico

Mexico has prepared a plan for the development and implementation of an open and competitive marketplace for natural gas (Implementation Plan). The hope is that the Implementation Plan will result in a fully competitive...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - May 2016 #4

Environmental and Policy Focus - Proceeds from cap-and-trade auction fall far short of targets - Los Angeles Times - May 25 - The latest auction in California’s cap-and-trade market for greenhouse gases fell...more

Banking & Financial Services E-Note - May 2016

The Southern District of New York has issued an opinion that permitted a debtor to reject certain gathering and condensation agreements as executory contracts. Because the midstream service sector finances the construction of...more

Alta Ski Area conduit micro-hydro project

Alta Ski Area has proposed developing a micro-hydropower project along an existing pipeline, and hopes to benefit from a streamlined regulatory process. Federal regulators have made a preliminary determination that the...more

Trouble Down the Pipeline? What Sabine Oil & Gas Corp. May Mean For The Midstream Service Sector

Recently, the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York issued an opinion in In re Sabine Oil & Gas Corp. that permitted the debtor, Sabine Oil & Gas Corporation ("Sabine") to reject certain gathering and...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - May 2016 #3

Environmental and Policy Focus - In sharp reversal, California suspends mandatory water restrictions - New York Times - May 18 - The State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) on Wednesday suspended its...more

Delaware Chancery Court Dismisses Challenge to MLP Drop Down Transaction

The Delaware Chancery Court recently dismissed a challenge to a transaction in which a master limited partnership (the "MLP") repurchased an interest in a crude oil pipeline in 2015 previously sold to its general partner (the...more

Iowa landowners file lawsuits to suspend eminent domain hearings

On Friday, May 20, Bill Hanigan of the Davis Brown Law firm filed separate lawsuits on behalf of Verdell and Marian Johnson, and Marvin and Bonnie Zoch, against Dakota Access Pipeline Company. Both couples are Cherokee County...more

FERC Summer 2016 energy market and reliability report

Federal energy regulatory staff have presented their 2016 Summer Seasonal Assessment to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The "Summer 2016 Energy Market and Reliability Assessment" presents an summer outlook by...more

R&I Update: Hot Topics in Oil and Gas Restructurings, Volume 3: Yes, Gathering Agreements Can Be Rejected as Executory Contracts...

Reuters recently reported that “the rout in crude prices is snowballing into one of the biggest avalanches in the history of corporate America, with 59 oil and gas companies now bankrupt[.]” In March, we described how surging...more

The Great Debate, Part II: Canadian Government Appoints More People to Examine Proposed Trans Mountain Expansion Project

In January 2016, I wrote an article about the commencement of the new federal government’s promised review of its environmental assessment process. Given that the existing process has been an issue that has seriously divided...more

Three Strikes and the Commonwealth Is Out: The Natural Gas Act Preempts Article 97

Last week, Judge John Agostini ruled that the Natural Gas Act preempts Article 97 of the Massachusetts Constitution, which otherwise would have required a 2/3 vote of the Legislature before Article 97 land could be conveyed...more

Significant Developments in Canadian Energy – For the month of April 2016

Conventional - April 21, 2016 – The Alberta government announced the technical formulas that will be used to calculate royalties and payout cost allowances on oil, natural gas, propane and butane starting in 2017....more

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