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[Webinar] Miners’ and Mine Managers’ Rights - December 14th, 1pm ET

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

MSHA publishes and distributes information each year on miners’ rights in the workplace. The rights widely broadcast by the agency include the right to report hazards in the workplace to MSHA, to not be discriminated against...more

Texas Now Has More Wind Than Coal Capacity. So Far, Trump Has Not Saved Coal.

On November 28, 2017, The Houston Chronicle reported that electric generation capacity from wind now exceeds that of coal in Texas. That’s not even counting Vistra’s recent announcement that it intends to close three...more

Army Corps of Engineers Floats Changes to Further Streamline Oil and Gas Pipeline Permitting

by Nossaman LLP on

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) issues nationwide permits (NWPs) to authorize discharge of dredged or fill materials to waters of the U.S. (WOUS) that require Department of the Army permits under Section 404 of the...more

Energy Insider Interview Series: Timothy C. Dugan, COO - Exploration and Production, CONSOL Energy

1. CONSOL recently approved its plans to split into two separate entities, with one company focusing exclusively on coal and the other on gas. What was the impetus behind this split, how did it become a reality, and what...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - October 2017 #4

EPA to Restrict Scientific Advisers Who Get Agency Grants - "Pruitt did not say how restrictive the policy would be. But it has the potential to greatly reduce the body of expert scientists who could serve on the boards...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - October 2017 #3

Department of Interior Rescinds OSM Enforcement Policies - On October 12, 2017, the Department of the Interior ("DOI") withdrew two prior Office of Surface Mining ("OSM") policies affecting mining operations. DOI rescinded...more

EPA Proposes to Repeal the Clean Power Plan

by White & Case LLP on

The United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (the "EPA's") October 10, 2017, proposed repeal of the Clean Power Plan (the "CPP") will hinder prior federal efforts under the Obama Administration to curb greenhouse gas...more

FERC and Wholesale Market Stakeholders Prepare Responses to Proposed Rule on Grid Resiliency

On September 29, 2017, the Secretary of Energy submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission a notice of proposed rulemaking to support electric grid resiliency. The notice states that changes to wholesale market...more

DOE’s Grid Resiliency Pricing Rule Offers Hope for Nearly Extinct Coal, Nuclear Plants

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The U.S. Department of Energy’s recently-proposed grid resiliency rule offers new hope for nearly-extinct coal plants and endangered nuclear power plants operating in competitive organized wholesale power markets and, if...more

Renewable Energy Update - October 2017

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - California greenhouse gas emissions fall as renewables boom - PV Magazine - Oct 4 California is leading the energy transition in the United States, including achieving the highest portion of...more

Trump Track: DOE Proposes FERC Action to Benefit Coal and Nuclear Power

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

On September 28, 2017, the Department of Energy (“DOE”) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NOPR”) to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) pursuant to §403(a) of the DOE Organization Act. Regulations...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

Department of Energy Proposes Rule Benefiting Coal and Nuclear to FERC

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On September 28, 2017, the US Department of Energy (DOE) submitted a proposed rule to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that, if implemented, could reshape organized wholesale electricity markets. Citing...more

EPA Publishes Guidance for State CCR Permitting Programs

by Williams Mullen on

In April, 2015, EPA published in the Federal Register a final rule regulating the management and disposal of coal combustion residuals (CCR), commonly known as coal ash, from coal-fired power plants. Among other things, the...more

US Energy Secretary Directs FERC to Issue Rules Supporting Nuclear, Coal Generation

by Morgan Lewis on

If the proposed rules are adopted, they could provide significant economic support to coal and nuclear generation in organized markets....more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - September 2017#4

U.S. Crude Exports to Asia May Shake Up Global Oil Pricing: Russell "The great disruptor that is U.S. shale oil is coming to Asia, as refiners in the energy-hungry region look to expand and diversify their sources of...more

DOE Directs FERC to Enact Special Compensation Rule for Coal Power

by Stoel Rives LLP on

By a notice issued yesterday, September 28, Rick Perry, the Secretary of Energy, utilized section 403 of the DOE Act to require FERC to cause organized energy market operators (ISOs/RTOs) to compensate “fuel secure...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - September 2017#3

Trump is Still Pulling Out of Paris Agreement, Despite Chatter of a Reversal, Experts Say - "President Donald Trump is unlikely to reverse his position to pull out of the Paris climate agreement, despite the White House...more

The Drumbeat Continues: Another Court Rejects an FEIR For Not Properly Considering Climate Change

Last week, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed and remanded a District Court decision approving a decision by the Bureau of Land Management to approve new leases on mines that account for 20% of U.S. coal production. ...more

New South Wales Introduces Coal Mine Subsidence Compensation Scheme

by Jones Day on

Australian coal miners and landowners should prepare themselves for their roles in the new claims system. A fairer and quicker claims system is proposed....more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - August 2017#2

This is our second installment of Currents - our weekly energy news e-blast where we deliver the week's top energy news stories and our synopsis of why those stories are important from a legal perspective. - Appeals Court...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - August 2017

Welcome to Spilman Thomas & Battle's weekly energy news e-blast - Currents. The purpose of this communication is to provide a synopsis of the top news stories for the week, but with a twist. We recognize that you may already...more

D.C. Circuit Upholds DOE’s Authorization of LNG Exports from the Freeport LNG Terminal

On Tuesday, August 15, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected Sierra Club’s petition for review of a U.S. Department of Energy (“DOE”) order authorizing long-term exports of liquefied...more

The Trump Administration Delivers Much Needed Relief to the Coal Industry

by Snell & Wilmer on

During the first six months of the new Administration, President Trump has delivered much needed relief to the coal industry. The President and Congress have been particularly effective at rolling back policies proposed at...more

[Webinar] Internal and Third Party Safety Audits: Risks, Rewards and How to Protect the Results - August 24th, 1:00pm ET

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

There are numerous benefits to internal or third-party safety audits. These audits offer operators terrific insight for proactive safety and compliance improvements. But, can these audits be used against an operator…The short...more

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