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Currents - Energy Industry Insights - January 2018 - Issue 2

Ohio Supreme Court Joins Texas and Oklahoma in Holding the State Does Not Recognize a Separate Implied Covenant to Explore Further - "We conclude that Ohio does not recognize an 'implied covenant to explore further'...more

FERC Terminates DOE’s Proposed Grid Resiliency Rulemaking Effort and Opens Its Own Investigation

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In an order issued Monday, January 8, 2018, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission unanimously terminated the rulemaking proceeding it previously initiated in response to a directive issued last fall by U.S. Department of...more

Highly Anticipated En Banc Fifth Circuit Opinion Reframes Maritime Contract Analysis

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In a highly anticipated ruling, the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals issued its en banc decision in In re: Larry Doiron, Inc., No. 16-30217 (5th Cir. Jan. 8, 2018). The case called upon the court to determine...more

Hydraulic Fracturing Services: New York Appellate Court Addresses Request to Dismiss Common-Law Indemnification Claim

The Supreme Court of the State of New York (Appellate Division)(“Court”) in a December 22, 2017, Memorandum and Order (“Order”) addressed whether a lower court erred in failing to dismiss a third-party claimant’s...more

Solar Test Case Heads to North Carolina Supreme Court

The North Carolina Waste Awareness and Reduction Network (NC WARN), a Durham, North Carolina based activist group, has filed an appeal of a North Carolina Court of Appeals decision upholding the North Carolina Utilities...more

Petroleum Marketing Industry: E-Z Mart Stores, Inc. (Texarkana, Texas) to be Acquired by GPM Investments, LLC

Texarkana, Texas based E-Z Mart Stores, Inc. (“E-Z Mart”) has announced it is being acquired by GPM Investments, LLC (“GPM”). The privately-owned company is a major petroleum marketer operating almost 300 convenience...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - December 2017 #3

Trump Delivers a Mixed Message on His National Security Approach - "In another shift from his predecessor, Mr. Trump's strategy does not recognize the changing climate as a threat to national security. The document instead...more

Whiskey Aging Emissions: Supreme Court of Kentucky Addresses Whether Clean Air Act Preempts Common Law Claims

The Supreme Court of Kentucky addressed whether common law claims filed related to air emissions were preempted by the Clean Air Act. See Brown-Forman Corporation and Heaven Hill Distilleries, Inc. v. Miller, 2017. The...more

Battery Development in the Auto Industry Leads to Electrification of Ships and Planes

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

With the release of the new Tesla semi-truck in November, the public’s attention was captured with the idea of emission-free movement of freight. In the United States, over 70% of freight is carried at some point by truck,...more

Bonn Climate Talks Discuss Litigation Trend Linking Climate Change and Human Rights

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Climate change has been in the news recently in the wake of the Bonn Climate Talks, which took place between November 6 and 17, 2017. One key take away from the Talks: energy companies must seriously consider potential...more

Hardrock Mining Rule: An Industry Win, Environmental Groups Gear Up for Litigation

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The Environmental Protection Agency announced, in a 121-page prepublication decision on December 1, 2017, that it will not issue final regulations under Section 108(b) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation...more

Wastewater Disposal for Craft Brewers

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Last month, a local brewery was informed by the Water & Sewer Commission in its town that its wastewater contained more pollutants than was originally anticipated. Then last week, news broke that the brewery and the...more

Hydraulic Fracturing Services: New York Appellate Court Addresses Whether Field Invoice Terms Limit Damage Claims

The Supreme Court of the State of New York (Appellate Division) (“Court”) in a November 9th Memorandum and Order (“Order”) addressed whether field invoices provided to a customer for the performance of hydraulic fracturing...more

Prompt Reporting is Key to the Upset Defense

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Companies discharging industrial process wastewater often face challenging circumstances at their wastewater treatment facilities. Unexpected equipment malfunctions or system failures can lead to discharges that exceed...more

Renewable Energy in the Asia-Pacific Fourth Edition

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DLA Piper is proud to release the 4th edition of Renewable Energy in the Asia-Pacific. This publication is an ambitious task, seeking to capture the key renewable energy market highlights across the vast Asia-Pacific region,...more

An Asian LNG Spot Price – Have We Reached the Tipping Point?

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For several years, many government agencies, LNG industry players and commodity trading organisations have been pushing for the development of an Asian LNG market price that is independent of oil prices and reflective of the...more

PA PUC Approves PA-American Water’s Fair Market Value Acquisition of McKeesport Wastewater System

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In one of the first acquisitions to be decided pursuant to a 2016 amendment to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Code (Code) that allows a public utility to rate base fair market value instead of depreciated original cost, the...more

Green finance: Legal frameworks and international practice

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Green finance has been defined as “financing of investments that provide environmental benefits in the broader context of environmentally sustainable development”. As the number of “green finance” transactions is increasing...more

Factories Shut Down Across China in Unprecedented Environmental Crackdown

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In recent months, teams of inspectors from China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection and the Communist Party’s anti-corruption commission have conducted a slew of surprise inspections of various industrial facilities...more

Hydraulic Fracture Related Damage Claim: Federal Court Addresses Application of Consent and Release Agreement

A United States District Court (Western District Oklahoma) addressed in an October 10th Order issues associated with a producing vertical well’s claim for damages related to another company’s subsequent installation of a...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - October 2017

An Obscure Statute Is Helping Trump Save U.S. Coal, Nuclear - "Rick Perry is using an authority granted to him as U.S. energy secretary to call on the independent Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to change its rules...more

U.S. Poultry & Egg Association: Tyson Foods Scranton, Arkansas Facility Wins Clean Water Award (Full Treatment Category)

The U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (“Association”) announced in a September 21st news release that Tyson Foods River Valley Animal Foods (“Tyson”) in Scranton, Arkansas was a recipient of the 2017 Clean Water Award....more

ITC Decision Could Cloud Outlook for Solar Project Developers

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A recent decision by the U.S. International Trade Commission ("ITC") could have long-term consequences for the U.S. solar industry. On September 22, 2017, the ITC found, by a vote of 4-0, that rising imports have caused...more

Is an Entity Supplying and Operating Solar Panels for an Unrelated Facility a Public Utility? North Carolina Appellate Court...

The Court of Appeals of North Carolina (“Court”) addressed in a September 19th opinion whether an entity supplying and operating a system of solar panels to a North Carolina facility is a “public utility” under North Carolina...more

Greenhouse gas emissions trading schemes: A global perspective - UK

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EU's trading scheme framework dominates, but Brexit brings uncertainty - As early as 2002, the UK began preparing for international emissions trading. It initiated a pilot emissions trading scheme (UK ETS) in anticipation...more

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