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Regulation of Natural Gas Gathering Lines In the Face of Unprecedented Demands on US Pipeline Infrastructure

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Existing gathering line regulation reflects collaboration between pipeline operators and regulators, a model useful for new regulatory efforts as well. Background - America’s natural gas pipeline network transports...more

New Law Imposes Expansive New Sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea While Limiting the President’s Ability to Ease Russia...

On August 2, 2017, President Trump signed into law the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act of 2017 (Pub. Law. No. 115-44, H.R. 3364) (the “Act”), which significantly expands economic sanctions against...more

Making a constitutional case out of constructing pipelines

by Dentons on

In recent years, one of the most significant challenges faced by major pipeline projects has been the constitutional question of whether governments have satisfied their duty to consult Aboriginal groups as required by...more

Client alert: New law may significantly impact international trade

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

The President signed into law the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (“CAATSA”) on August 2, 2017, which could have a significant impact on international trade. CAATSA targets three countries with new...more

New Law Marks Significant Increase in US Sanctions on Russia, Stays the Course on Iran, North Korea

On August 2, 2017, President Donald Trump signed into law the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (the Act), which significantly expands U.S. sanctions against Russia while enacting modest new sanctions on...more

Projects and Energy Weekly Snippets

by Hogan Lovells on

Weekly projects and energy updates in South Africa - Legal and policy certainty required if gas economy is to be realised - Speaking at the Africa Liquefied Petroleum Gas Summit, held in Johannesburg last month, he...more

Will DTE Natural Gas Plant Require Eminent Domain for New Pipe Lines?

by Clark Hill PLC on

DTE has announced plans to convert coal plants into a new natural gas plant, potentially requiring eminent domain. This Free Press article describes a new natural gas plant plan for St. Clair County. DTE intends for this...more

It All Starts With Ethane

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Opportunities Abound in Downstream Infrastructure Logistics - The Marcellus and Utica Shale Plays are abundantly rich in “wet gas”; some 30-40% of natural gas produced in these fields is estimated to be recoverable into...more

Energy Quarterly Report Natural Gas Pipeline Delays–Q2

by Benesch on

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

In the Chaos of (Trade) War, Where Does Your Company Find Peace?

On July 27, 2017, the U.S. Congress sent to President Trump’s desk a bill that imposes new financial sanctions against Russia, Iran, and North Korea. It appears nearly certain that the president will sign that bill, now...more

Can Sincerely Held Religious Belief Prevent Eminent Domain?

by Clark Hill PLC on

Catholic nuns who oppose Pennsylvania natural gas pipe line on religious grounds are pursuing legal proceedings to avoid eminent domain. The nuns, who are part of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ leadership team, “have...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

Dallas Court of Appeals Reverses Partnership Verdict: Preliminary Agreements Precluded Partnership

by Bracewell LLP on

On Tuesday, July 18, 2017, the Dallas Court of Appeals reversed a $535 million judgment against Enterprise Products Partners, L.P. (Enterprise), finding that unfulfilled conditions precedent in Enterprise’s written agreements...more

Pipeline Partnership Verdict Reversed

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Enterprise Products Partners, L.P. et al v. Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. et al reversed one of the largest jury verdicts in Texas history. You will like this decision if... ...more

Dallas Court Reverses Enterprise v. ETP Verdict, Reaffirming Efficacy of Conditions Precedent

by King & Spalding on

On July 18, 2017, the Dallas Court of Appeals (the “Court”) reversed the more than $535 million jury verdict against Enterprise Products Partners L.P. (“Enterprise”), leaving Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. (“ETP”)...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

Dallas Court of Appeals Reverses Landmark Judgment on Common Law Partnership and Joint Venture Claims

by Jackson Walker on

On July 18, 2017, the Dallas Court of Appeals issued its long-awaited decision in Enterprise Products Partners, L.P. v. Energy Transfer Partners, L.P., reversing the Dallas County District Court’s judgment that awarded ETP...more

Business Litigation Alert - "Enterprise Products v. ETP: No Legal Obligation really means No Legal Obligation"

by Porter Hedges LLP on

A Texas Court of Appeals ruled this week that when companies agree in writing that they have no legal obligations to proceed with a project, they mean it. That may appear to be a simple concept but a jury came to a different...more

Oil Regulation 2017 - United States

Describe, in general terms, the key commercial aspects of the oil sector in your country. The US oil industry is divided into three sectors: upstream (exploration and production), midstream (processing, storage and...more

Update on Canada's environmental and regulatory review process

by Dentons on

On June 29, 2017, the Government of Canada released its environmental and regulatory reviews discussion paper (Discussion Paper). The Discussion Paper follows from reports prepared by expert panels tasked with reviewing...more

The D.C. Circuit shows the way through the red tape in pipeline permitting dispute

by Hogan Lovells on

On June 23, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit held that Millennium Pipeline Company LLC lacked standing to bring a claim against the New York State Department of Environmental...more

Pipeline Investment Program Underway

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Abundance of Natural Gas From Marcellus Leads to Government Pipeline Investment Program to Connect the “Last Mile”… Pennsylvania has embarked upon a economic grant program to make low-cost natural gas energy available to...more

Natural Gas Pipeline and Underground Storage: Recent Developments in Pipeline Safety

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

This Client Alert notes two recent updates in the area of natural gas pipeline and underground natural gas storage safety. Latham & Watkins will continue to provide updates as additional events unfold in this area of rapid...more

Federal and State Regulation of the Safety of Pipelines and Underground Natural Gas Storage Facilities

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

This White Paper provides general background on the regulation of natural gas pipelines with special emphasis on underground storage, as context for recent and ongoing developments in this area by the Pipeline and Hazardous...more

Section 232 and Oil Country Tubular Goods

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

By now, you’ve heard the Trump Administration is conducting a “Section 232 Investigation” into the effect of imported steel and aluminum products on national security. Here’s a primer on the topic....more

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