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Energy Newsletter - December 2017

by King & Spalding on

Environmental Citizen Suits—A Growing Trend Under the Trump Administration - In his first year in office, President Trump has begun to deliver on his campaign promise of rolling back environmental regulations—from the...more

EIA: Appalachia natural gas production soars over past five years

by Bricker & Eckler LLP on

A federal agency reports that shale gas production in Appalachia, including from the Marcellus and Utica shale plays, has jumped more than 14 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) since 2012, according to Kallanish Energy....more

Mineral Conveyance Thwarted by a Spendthrift Provision

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

In Bradley v. Shaffer, Darrell, a beneficiary of a mineral trust established by his grandparents, purported to convey to Bradley his mineral interests that were subject to the trust and any interest held in trust that he...more

House and Senate Tax Bills Target Renewable Energy Projects

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The U.S. Senate passed its version of a bill to overhaul the U.S. tax code on Dec. 2, 2017, and is now working with the House of Representatives to reconcile its bill with the House's version, passed in November. The goal of...more

Covenant Not to Compete/Landfill Gas Services: Federal Court Addresses Request for Preliminary Injunction

Like many service industries, conflicts sometimes arise between competitors in the environmental service industry segments. A federal district court, Western District, North Carolina (“Court”) addressed in a September 29th...more

Court rules in favor of Eclipse in oil and gas lease case

by Bricker & Eckler LLP on

On November 30, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit issued an opinion in Eclipse Resources - Ohio, LLC v. Madzia, affirming the lower court’s grant of summary judgment to Eclipse Resources in all respects. ...more

Energy Hearings This Week

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on the “Interior Department’s and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s permitting processes for energy and resource infrastructure projects and opportunities to improve...more

Renewable Energy Update - December 2017

by Allen Matkins on

PG&E goes for 165MW of energy storage towards 2024 mandate - Energy Storage News - Dec 6 Investor-owned utility Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) has furthered its commitment towards the state’s mandated target for energy...more

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

by King & Spalding on

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

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - December 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Lawsuit challenges President’s authority to shrink Bears Ears National Monument - The Salt Lake Tribune - Dec 7 A coalition of American Indian tribes, recreation interests including the outdoor clothing manufacturer...more

Senate and House Tax Bills Provide Support For Oil And Gas Industry

by Snell & Wilmer on

The tax reform bills that passed the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives may provide a windfall of potential tax benefits and breaks for some oil and gas infrastructure developers and operators. In addition to...more

Energy Insider Interview Series: Nissa Darbonne – Author of The American Shales, Editor-at-Large for Hart Energy’s Oil and Gas...

1. A few years ago, you wrote The American Shales, which is a history of the American shale plays. What was your motivation for writing the book? Thanks for asking about that. In particular, with Oil and Gas Investor...more

Second Circuit to Expedite Review of Whether NYSDEC Waived Jurisdiction Over Water Quality Certification, After Denying Stay of...

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

On December 7, the Second Circuit rejected the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) request for a stay of construction of the Millennium Pipeline Co. LLC’s Valley Lateral natural gas pipeline...more

American Indian Law and Policy: 10 Things You Need to Know - December 2017

Congress returned from the Thanksgiving holiday with an intense workload that must be completed by the end of the year. Tax reform remains a focus, and the Republican-controlled Congress is still committed to getting a final...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - December 2017

WV DEP Waives Clean Water Act Authority Over Atlantic Coast Pipeline - "The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection waived the state's authority under the federal Clean Water Act to determine if another major...more

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

by Perkins Coie on

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

Energy Hot Topics at DLA Piper Africa Week (27 November - 1 December)

by DLA Piper on

The energy sector is a key driver of growth and development for the entire African continent. Energy infrastructure and investment is necessary in order to improve quality of life for people across the continent and to...more

AER Revises Eligibility Requirements for Acquiring and Holding Energy Licences and Approvals

On December 6, 2017, the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) released a new edition of Directive 067 (New Directive), dealing with the eligibility requirements for acquiring and holding energy licences and approvals in Alberta....more

Is the Fate Of The Venting And Flaring Rule Up In The Air? Only Time Will Tell…

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”) announced today that it has temporarily postponed certain requirements contained in its 2016 final Waste Prevention Rule (also known as the Venting and Flaring Rule) for 1 year, until...more

The Latest: FTC Challenges Non-HSR Reportable Retail Fuel Station Transaction— Requires Three Localized Divestitures in Alabama

by McDermott Will & Emery on

WHAT HAPPENED - • Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. (ACT) is a Canadian corporation and is engaged in the retail sale of gasoline and diesel fuel in the United States. Circle K Stores, Inc. (Circle K) is a wholly owned...more

FERC Puts Cloud Over Certain Oil Pipeline Marketing Affiliate Transactions

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

In an unexpected shake up in the oil pipeline industry, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC” or “Commission”) recently declined to approve an oil pipeline’s proposal to have its marketing affiliate obtain its...more

West Virginia listed in top 10 for oil and gas investment climate

by Bricker & Eckler LLP on

The Fraser Institute's new survey of petroleum industry executives and managers lists West Virginia as one of the 10 most attractive jurisdictions for oil and natural gas investment worldwide. ...more

Pa. DEP Sets Early 2018 for Final Methane General Permits for Oil and Gas Drillers

As part of Governor Wolf’s strategy to reduce methane emissions from oil and gas sites, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection published draft final permit revisions for the new GP-5A, GP-5 and Exemption 38....more

Pennsylvania DEP Issues New Permits Aimed to Further Regulate Methane Emissions from the Natural Gas Industry

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

On November 30, 2017, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection issued in final form a new and a revised general permit meant to address methane emissions from the natural gas industry. The permits which were...more

New regulation on environmental impact assessment (Ukrainian)

by Dentons on

On 23 May 2017 the Parliament adopted the Law of Ukraine “On Environment Impact Assessment” (the Law). ...more

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