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Storage Tank/Licensing Enforcement: Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and Strong, Arkansas Storage Tank Owner Enter...

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) and Dimum, Inc. dba Jade Foods (“DI”) entered into a January 20th Consent Administrative Order (“CAO”) addressing alleged violations of Arkansas Pollution Control and...more

Pemex Anuncia la Primera Subasta de la Temporada Abierta 2018 para Terminales y Ductos

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Pemex Logística, la subsidiaria de Petróleos Mexicanos que administra la red de terminales y ductos de la empresa del Estado, planea realizar 11 subastas para reservar capacidad de transporte y almacenamiento en 60 terminales...more

First 2018 Open Season Auction Announced for Pemex Terminals and Pipelines

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Pemex Logística, the Petróleos Mexicanos subsidiary that manages the network of terminals and pipelines of the state company, plans to hold 11 auctions to reserve transportation and storage capacity in 60 terminals and 27...more

Ohio State engineers develop shale gas process that curbs emissions

by Bricker & Eckler LLP on

Ohio State University reports that engineers at OSU are developing technologies that have the potential to economically convert fossil fuels, including natural gas, to useful products such as electricity without emitting...more

Yet Another ET Rover Pipeline Accident

by Clark Hill PLC on

The ET Rover Pipeline through Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania suffers yet another environmental accident. I have documented past problems with the construction of the ET Rover pipeline. Last week, yet...more

What Is the Impact of Tax Reform on US Wind Tax Equity Deals?

A Word About Wind has published our article What Is the Impact of Tax Reform on US Wind Tax Equity Deals? in its blog (subscription required) and newsletter. ...more

The State AG Report Weekly Update January 18, 2018

by Cozen O'Connor on

AG Elections- Democrat LaKresha Roberts Declares Candidacy for Delaware AG- Democrat LaKresha Roberts, former Chief Deputy AG in the Delaware AG’s office, announced her bid for Delaware AG in 2018....more

Updated Survey of Texas Law on Horizontal Drilling and Subsurface Trespass

by BakerHostetler on

Recent Texas opinions have clarified the rights and obligations of those constructing long lateral wells through horizontal drilling. BakerHostetler has updated its earlier survey of Texas law on horizontal...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - January 2018 - Issue 3

Northeast Could be Second U.S. Petrochemical Hub - "'While the region with its ample and reliable supply of ethane is primed for the emergence as a second major petrochemical manufacturing hub in the United States, it...more

Stormwater Utility Ordinance: U.S. District Court Addresses Whether Assessment Violates Railroad Revitalization and Regulatory...

A United States District Court (Western District Virginia)in a December 26th Memorandum Opinion (“Opinion”) addressed a challenge to a stormwater utility ordinance assessment. See Norfolk Southern Railway Company v. City of...more

Arkansas Medical Marijuana: Key Employment Law Issues for Petroleum Marketing Operations

My law firm colleague Nate Read and myself authored an article for the Arkansas Oil Marketers Association publication The Canopy titled: Arkansas Medical Marijuana: Key Employment Law Issues for Petroleum Marketing...more

EPA Memo Signals Plant Improvement Opportunities

by Jones Day on

A policy memorandum issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) during December 2017 clarifies how the agency will apply and enforce certain facets of the New Source Review regulations following a pair of...more

EPA Approves Use of Updated ASTM Phase I Standard for Forestland, Rural Property

by McGuireWoods LLP on

ASTM International on Jan. 3, 2017, updated its Phase I environmental site assessment standard for assessing large rural and forestland properties. This Standard Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase I...more

2018 Tax Law to Reduce Pipeline Expansion Recourse Rates

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

FERC staff has asked gas pipelines with pending expansion applications how 2018 tax law changes will impact their proposed project’s cost of service and the project’s proposed incremental rates. FERC has imposed a quick,...more

Gas to Power Innovation Drives Global Opportunities

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Gas to power (G2P) projects provide an effective solution to power shortages around the globe. As the global demand for power continues to rise, outstripping supply in many nations across the world, existing power generation...more

New Report Highlights Progress and Growth Potential of Solar Industry

A new report from Baird Equity Research outlines the inroads made by solar energy the past two years and projects the industry’s continued growth over the long term. In particular, the report cites increased installations,...more

USITC Responds to Trade Representative’s Request to Identify ‘Unforeseen Developments’ That Led to Solar Cell Decision

by Morgan Lewis on

US International Trade Commission’s response to unforeseen developments signals strong administration action on solar cell tariffs....more

Interior Department Excludes Incidental Take Liability Under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Reversing a long-standing federal legal position, the US Interior Department recently stated that the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) does not impose liability for the incidental take of protected birds. The 41-page...more

California Mining Board to Address Environmental Problems Created by Backfill Regulation Affecting Gold and Other Metallic Mineral...

by Stoel Rives LLP on

California’s State Mining and Geology Board had a busy 2017 with ongoing rulemakings to implement SMARA reform enacted in 2016. The Board’s 2018 will be busy and one to closely watch too, in particular, because the Board...more

Net metering rules: reasonable limitations or detrimental restrictions? PUCO hears both sides

by Bricker & Eckler LLP on

An uncommon opportunity for “utilities, environmental groups and other stakeholders” to testify before the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) elicited diverse opinions on the PUCO’s recent changes to net metering...more

President Trump Temporarily Extends Iran Nuclear Deal

by Husch Blackwell LLP on

President Donald Trump has announced that he will approve certain sanctions waivers necessary in order to preserve the Iran nuclear deal (JCPOA). In an official statement, the President indicated that this is the last such...more

Wastewater Enforcement: Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and City of Mitchellville, Arkansas Enter into Consent...

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) and the City of Mitchellville, Arkansas (“City”) entered into a December 5th Consent Administrative Order (“CAO”) alleging violations of the Clean Water Act National...more

LNG Exports/PURPA Modernization: January 19th U.S. House of Representatives Energy Subcommittee Hearing Scheduled

The United States House of Representatives Energy Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee has scheduled a January 19th hearing entitled “Legislation Addressing LNG Exports and PURPA Modernization.”...more

Industrial Landowners May Be Liable for Tenants’ Stormwater Discharges

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In California Sportfishing Protection Alliance v. Shiloh Group, LLC, Case No. 16-CV-06499-DMR, 2017 WL 3136443 (N.D. Cal. Jul. 24, 2017), the United States District Court for the Northern District of California held that the...more

Beautiful Buffalo River Action Committee: January 23rd Meeting

The Beautiful Buffalo River Action Committee has scheduled its 2018 first quarter meeting for January 23rd. Items on the agenda include... ...more

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