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The Continued Growth of Drones in the Energy Sector

by Blank Rome LLP on

The energy industry continues to see a marked growth in the use of drones as they provide cost efficient and time-saving services. For example, drones are being utilized as a tool to accurately inspect oil and gas pipelines,...more

Fewer Diesel Options Available for 2018 Light Duty Vehicles

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Consumer options for light duty diesel vehicles are expected to be slimmer next year. The U.S. Department of Energy and EPA released its preliminary 2018 Fuel Economy Guide, which lists just 11 light duty diesel vehicles,...more

Aviation and Petrochemical Industries Subject to Hacking by Iran

Hackers working on behalf of the Iranian government have been targeting the aviation and petrochemical industries in the United States, Saudi Arabia, and South Korean since 2013, according to a report released by FireEye...more

DHS Approves Waiver of the Jones Act for Puerto Rico

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke on Sept. 28, 2017, approved a waiver of the Jones Act in response to the severe impact Hurricanes Irma and Maria have had on Puerto Rico. The U.S. Department of Homeland...more

DHS: Final Decision Has Not Been Made on Jones Act Waiver for Puerto Rico

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Sept. 27, 2017, said that it has not formally denied a Jones Act waiver for Puerto Rico requested on Sept. 25 by Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D-N.Y.) and seven other members of the...more

Tesla Bringing Supercharger Stations to Boston and Chicago

On September 11th, Tesla announced the opening of Supercharger stations in downtown Boston and Chicago, representing the first step in the company’s effort to expand its Supercharger network into urban areas. The company...more

Sustainable Development Update - September 2017 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Cal State Long Beach adds solar panels on campus - Long Beach Post - Sep 15 - To advance toward a goal of carbon neutrality on campus by 2030, Cal State Long Beach (CSULB) recently...more

One Wrong Turn

by Bennett Jones LLP on

The road to the first class action against the Province of British Columbia - On May 3, 2017, the Honourable Justice Masuhara, of the British Columbia Supreme Court, certified the province’s first environmental class...more

China Joins the Club of Nations Planning Fossil Fuel Car Bans

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

As this blog has reported over the last few months, several countries have announced their intention to ban the sale of internal combustion-powered cars in the coming years. But the latest to take this step — China — might be...more

EPA Seeks Public Comment on Re-Opened Midterm Review of MY 2022-2025 Greenhouse Gas Standards and MY 2021 Standards

by King & Spalding on

On August 21, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) published a joint notice in the Federal Register requesting public comment on EPA’s...more

DHS Extends Jones Act Waiver to Sept. 22 and Broadens Geographic Area Covered - Customs and Border Protection Issues Q&A...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke has issued an extension of the original Sept. 8 Jones Act waiver to Sept. 22. The extended waiver, dated Sept. 11, 2017, but only recently posted by the U.S. Department of...more

Jones Act Waiver Extended in the Wake of Irma and Harvey

In the wake of fuel shortages arising from Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, Tuesday evening the US Customs and Border Protection (Customs) extended and expanded its September 8 waiver of the coastwise trade provisions of the Jones...more

If China Can Cap-and-Trade Auto Fuel, Why Can’t We?

Bloomberg reported earlier this week that: China will soon unveil a mandatory cap-and-trade credit program for electric cars, starting the countdown for carmakers to be in compliance with stricter rules on emissions and...more

Transportation/Hazardous Materials: August 15th U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration Clarifying Security...

The United States Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (“PHMSA”) addressed in an August 15th letter the Hazardous Materials Regulations (“HMR”) security plan requirements. PHMSA was responding to two...more

Harvey/Regional Declaration of Emergency under 49 CFR § 390.23 : Limited Applicability to Arkansas Carriers

An August 31st Arkansas Oil Marketers Association (“AOMA”) publication conveyed a communication from the Chief of the Arkansas Highway Police (“AHP”) which included an August 25th Regional Declaration of Emergency under 49...more

Infrastructure Insights: Issue #7

Deadline Looms for FAA Reauthorization - Both the Senate and the House pushed taking action on their conflicting Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bills until after lawmakers returned from Labor Day, leaving...more

With Electric Cars on the Horizon, the Internal Combustion Engine Fights Back

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Turbulence in global fuel economy standards are putting new pressures on the automotive industry to shift its thinking on gasoline and electrification. In late July, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)...more

EPA Seeks Public Comment on Re-Opened Midterm Review of MY 2022-2025 Greenhouse Gas Standards and MY 2021 Standards

by King & Spalding on

On August 21, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) published a joint notice in the Federal Register requesting public comment on EPA’s...more

Executive Order Reinforces Measures to Reform Infrastructure Project Review

by WilmerHale on

On August 15, President Trump signed an Executive Order calling for streamlined federal review of major infrastructure projects. The Order applies to federal approvals for infrastructure projects in the following sectors...more

Infrastructure Acceleration Effort Takes First Step in Right Direction – President Signs Executive Order to Streamline...

As has been widely discussed over the past decade, the U.S. transportation and energy infrastructures—from highways and bridges to airports, rail and ports to power generation and distribution—have seen a significant...more

Blockchain Technology Could Extend To Oil and Gas Transportation

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

The oil and gas industry has seen huge advances in the extraction of resources, thanks to cutting edge technologies like fracking. But it hasn’t exactly been a leader when it comes to digital adoption....more

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

Pipeline Safety Updates: Drue Pearce Tapped for PHMSA; PHMSA and DOT Accept Comments on Pipeline Regulations

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

This Client Alert notes updates in PHMSA’s leadership and recent engagement of stakeholders in the regulation of natural gas pipelines. Trump Administration Appoints New PHMSA Deputy Administrator - Drue Pearce has...more

Sustainable Development Update - August 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Salesforce taps SF’s clean energy program to power its offices - San Francisco Chronicle - Aug 7 - CleanPowerSF, the green energy program run by San Francisco’s Public Utilities...more

Renewable Energy Update - August 2017

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - CAISO approves changes to enhance demand response in wholesale markets - Utility Dive - Jul 28 - The California ISO (CAISO) has approved a measure aiming to enhance the ability of demand...more

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