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First Circuit Decision Finds No Private Right of Action Under PURPA Against a Utility

On November 13, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit held in Allco Renewable Energy Ltd. v. Mass. Elec. Co. that a Qualifying Facility (QF) does not have a private right of action against a utility company...more

Third party debt orders and letters of credit

by Allen & Overy LLP on

The Supreme Court decided that the legal ‘location’ (situs) of a debt due under a letter of credit is the place of residence of the debtor, not where the debt is due to be paid. The decision opens the door for third party...more

U.S. Fifth Circuit Affirms $20 Million Judgment Against Barge Owner as Responsible Party Under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990

by Liskow & Lewis on

In July of 2008, nearly 300,000 gallons of oil spilled into the Mississippi River in New Orleans when a tugboat towing an oil-filled barge veered across the river into the path of an ocean-going tanker. American Commercial...more

Meaning of “In Connection With” and “Pursuant To” Under Oil Pollution Act A Question of First Impression in Fifth Circuit

On November 7, in U.S. v. American Commercial Lines, LLC, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed the District Court’s ruling that American Commercial Lines (ACL), the owner of a tug boat whose contracted...more

Courts Stay Pipeline Construction

In the past week, the D.C. Circuit and Second Circuit have stayed pipeline construction on the Atlantic Sunrise and Valley Lateral Projects, respectively, following challenges to FERC orders allowing the projects to proceed. ...more

Supreme Court of Canada Grants Leave to Challenge Unconstitutionality of Alberta’s Oil and Gas Licensing Regime

On November 9, 2017, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) granted the leave application (Leave Application) filed by the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) and the Orphan Well Association (OWA) in Orphan Well Association, et al v....more

D.C. Circuit's Atlantic Sunrise stay creates uncertainty for pipeline developers

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Earlier this week, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued an administrative stay of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) approval of Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company,...more

Mississippi Federal Court Denies Preliminary Injunction for Failure to Show Threat of Irreparable Harm

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In a case demonstrating limits to injunctive relief, in the environmental context a Mississippi federal court denied a request for a temporary restraining order because the plaintiff did not show he would suffer irreparable...more

Security for Costs Decision Allows Significant Recognition and Enforcement Appeal to Proceed

by Bennett Jones LLP on

On October 31, 2017, the Ontario Court of Appeal released the latest decision in a nearly 25-year legal saga being pursued on behalf of approximately 30,000 indigenous Ecuadorian villagers affected by environmental pollution...more

U.S. Supreme Court Considering Case with Major Implications for Western Water Rights

by Snell & Wilmer on

Several months ago, an earlier post in this blog described a decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that recognized a federal reserved water right to groundwater [see Ninth Circuit Holds that Federal Reserved Water...more

Tax Credits/Solar Energy: Arizona Appellate Decision Describing Purchasers' Breach of Contract Action

An October 16th Arizona Court of Appeals decision describes a breach of contract action in a lower court involving the purchase of a residential solar energy system. See Lakosky v. The Solar Store, LLC, 2017 WL 4614724....more

Oil, Gas and the Electronic Transactions Act

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

In the spirit of Halloween, Le Norman Operating v. Chalker Energy Partners III is about a scary statute: The Texas Uniform Electronic Transactions Act, the UETA....more

FERC Investigations: Uncertainty Continues as Two Federal Courts Differ on When FERC Must Bring Enforcement Actions in Federal...

by Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP on

Matt Connolly, a senior associate in Nutter’s Litigation Department, analyzed how the decision in FERC v. Barclays is yet another example of uncertainty in Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) enforcement actions...more

Jurisdiction and parent company liability – Court of Appeal keeps door ajar for extra-territorial human rights related claims

by Hogan Lovells on

The Court of Appeal has handed down its judgment in a landmark case on jurisdiction and parent company liability (Lungowe and Ors. v Vedanta Resources Plc and Konkola Copper Mines Plc [2017] EWCA Civ 1528). The judgment...more

Court Declines to Vacate Environmental Assessment of Dakota Access Pipeline, Permitting Oil to Flow during Remand

On October 11, 2017, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia declined to vacate the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (“Corps”) Environmental Assessment (“EA”) of the Dakota Access Pipeline while the agency...more

Court Upholds Commercial Certainty in Alberta Power Purchase Arrangements

The Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench (Court) has released an important decision regarding the Alberta power industry, which brings certainty to the effective dates of termination of power purchase arrangements (PPAs) in...more

Ninth Circuit: US Must Pay Share of CERCLA Cleanup Costs at Former Military Plant

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The decision could make it easier to recover from the government for CERCLA response costs at former defense production facilities and shift leverage in settlement discussions....more

Wyoming Supreme Court Gives Guidance On Royalty Payment Act

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Yesterday, the Wyoming Supreme Court issued its opinion in Lon V. Smith Foundation v. Devon Energy Corp., et al., 2017 WY 121 (Wyo. Oct. 10, 2017), which provided guidance on the application of the Wyoming Royalty Payment Act...more

Does an Anti-Duplication Provision Bar a Resource Conservation and Recovery Act Action Against a City System Supplying Water?:...

A United States District Court (Eastern District of California) in a September 1st Order addressed a motion to dismiss a Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (“RCRA”) action brought by a non-profit organization against a...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - October 2017

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Environmental and Policy Focus - Court blocks Dept. of Interior’s move to delay Obama-era methane leak rule - The Hill - Oct 4 - On Wednesday a federal court set aside an effort by the Department of the Interior...more

North Carolina’s Court of Appeals Affirms that Power Purchase Agreements are Impermissible in the State

by Holland & Knight LLP on

A recent North Carolina Court of Appeals decision, State of North Carolina ex. rel. Utilities Commission, et. al. v. N.C. Waste Awareness and Reduction Network (NC WARN), affirming an order of the North Carolina Utilities...more

Plaintiffs and Defendants Jointly Choose First Cases for Trial in Plaquemines Parish Coastal Zone Management Act Litigation

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The first five Plaquemines Parish Coastal Zone Management Act (“CZMA”) cases to be set for trial have been chosen. The Plaintiffs selected Parish of Plaquemines v. Rozel Operating Company, et al., Parish of Plaquemines v....more

Clean Air Act: Maryland Attorney General Federal District Lawsuit Alleging U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Failure to Act on...

Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh (“AG”) filed a Complaint in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland alleging a violation of the Clean Air Act by the United States Environmental Protection Agency...more

Schwabe Defends Tribal Sovereignty

The trial team of Brien Flanagan, Aukjen Ingraham and Sarah Lawson successfully stood up to outside parties attempting to interfere in the Navajo Nation’s economic activity. Federal Judge Steven Logan granted the Navajo...more

Clean Water Act Jurisdiction/Groundwater: National Association of Clean Water Agencies Amicus Brief

The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (“NACWA”) joined a number of organizations in filing an Amicus Brief on September 8th with the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in the case styled Upstate...more

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