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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

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

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

Morocco – Gas to Power Project

by White & Case LLP on

In order to meet the growing demand for electricity and address certain issues arising from the significant expansion of renewable energy, the Kingdom of Morocco has decided to diversify its generation mix by increasing the...more

Oil and Gas Industry Update: District Court Upholds Rejection of Sabine Gas Gathering Agreements

by Jones Day on

In a highly anticipated decision—HPIP Gonzales Holdings, LLC v. Sabine Oil & Gas Corp. (In re Sabine Oil & Gas Corp.), 2017 BL 83510 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 9, 2017)—Judge Jed S. Rakoff of the U.S. District Court for the Southern...more

Oil And Gas Update For Week Ending 5/26/2017 – PA Production Up, Drilling Down; TX Surface Owner’s Ability To Authorize Horizontal...

by Cozen O'Connor on

Natural gas spot prices dropped since our last report despite rising oil prices and more rigs nationally and regionally. In Pennsylvania, the PADEP issued its annual report for oil and gas operations indicating an increase...more

PHMSA Increases Penalty Limits for Pipeline Safety Violations

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

The Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) revised its regulations to increase the maximum civil penalties for violations of Federal pipeline safety laws, as well as any...more

Natural Gas Infrastructure Opponents Appeal Loss in Their Campaign to Invalidate Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Processes

Despite a series of lopsided losses, natural gas infrastructure opponents continue to probe the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and its infrastructure approval processes for systemic weaknesses. At the end of...more

Public Summary of Foley Hoag LLP Report, Good Practice for Managing the Social Impacts of Oil Pipelines in the United States

by Foley Hoag LLP on

Due to their linear nature, pipeline projects affect a large number of stakeholders, which increases the likelihood of broad opposition and protests. Tribal opposition to projects in the United States sometimes reflects...more

Mexico Introduces Industrial Safety and Environmental Protection Provisions for Hydrocarbon Pipelines

by Jones Day on

On March 31, 2017, the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources published general administrative provisions in the Official Gazette of the Federation. These administrative provisions establish the guidelines for...more

Energy-Related Hearings This Week

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on federal payments to local governments provided through the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act and the Payment in Lieu of Taxes program and the...more

Hearings This Week

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing on “A Review of the Technical, Scientific, and Legal Basis of the WOTUS (Waters of the United States) Rule.”...more

ET Rover Suffers Two Spills in Ohio

by Clark Hill PLC on

During the course of constructing its new pipeline, ET Rover suffered two spills releasing 2 million gallons of drilling fluid into wetlands in Ohio. The landscape of America is crisscrossed by millions of linear feet of...more

TransCanada Receives Presidential Permit to Construct Keystone XL Pipeline

by King & Spalding on

On March 24, the Trump Administration granted a Presidential permit to TransCanada, which gives the company authority to “construct, connect, operate, and maintain pipeline facilities” for the Keystone XL Pipeline. The...more

Rejecting Midstream Agreements in Bankruptcy – the Journey Continues

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

One of the hottest issues from 2016 was whether an E&P debtor can reject, under section 365 of the Bankruptcy Code, an above-market midstream contract. Given the potential for a “no-win” situation, in all but one case where...more

Significant Developments in Canadian Energy – For the Month of March 2017

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Oil Sands / Unconventional - March 29, 2017 – Cenovus Energy Inc. (“Cenovus”) agreed to acquire ConocoPhillips’s 50% interest in the FCCL Partnership, which is the companies’ jointly owned oilsands venture operated by...more

A Summary of Professor Jim Rossi’s Lecture on the “Federalism Battles in Energy Transportation”

by Liskow & Lewis on

At the Fourth Annual Liskow & Lewis Energy Law Lecture, Professor Jim Rossi of Vanderbilt Law delivered a presentation entitled “Federalism Battles in Energy Transportation.” To illustrate these conflicts in energy...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - March 2017 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - U.S., in reversal, issues permit for Keystone oil pipeline - New York Times - Mar 24 - The Trump administration announced on Friday that it would issue a permit for...more

Court Dismisses Complaint That FERC’s Regulatory Structure Is Biased In Favor Of Pipeline Applicants

On March 22, in the case of Delaware Riverkeeper Network, et al., v. FERC, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed the plaintiffs’ complaint that the statutory requirement that the Federal Regulatory...more

Significant Developments in Canadian Energy – For the Month of February 2017

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February 13, 2017 – Alberta celebrated the 70th anniversary of the discovery of oil at Leduc #1, which is considered by many to be the start of the modern oil and gas industry in the province. The Government of Alberta marked...more

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe’s Motion for a Preliminary Injunction Denied

On March 7, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued a ruling denying a motion for a preliminary injunction filed by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe challenging an easement granted on February 8 by the U.S....more

Using Joint Venture Analysis to Limit Antitrust Risks of Energy Sector Collaborations

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

In an antitrust case where two competitors admittedly engaged in concerted action to block a third competitor’s access to a natural gas gathering system, a federal appeals court recently upheld summary judgment for the...more

Energy Infrastructure Projects Still Face Challenges after Trump Administration Executive Orders

The Trump administration promises to streamline the regulatory process, dismantle burdensome regulations, and promote domestic job growth. On January 24, 2017, President Trump issued an executive order and four presidential...more

Fifth Circuit: Some Degree of Propinquity Is Required To Maintain Claims

In Board of Commissioners of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority – East, et al., v. Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, L.L.C., et al., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit issued a unanimous ruling...more

Coming Down the Pipeline: Mitigating the Payment Risk in Oil and Gas Construction Through Lien Claims

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Since 2015, the oil and gas market has experienced significant distress. Recent reports have tracked at least 114 North American oil and gas producers and 16 midstream companies that have filed for bankruptcy since the...more

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