Winston & Strawn LLP has expanded its global energy practice with the addition of a pair of oil and gas transactional partners to its Houston office who hail from Baker Botts LLP and Norton Rose Fulbright, the firm said Thursday.
President Barack Obama on Thursday continued his second-term push to tackle climate change, ordering federal agencies to increase the portion of their electricity derived from renewable energy nearly three-fold over the next six years.
A New Jersey Senate panel on Thursday advanced legislation that calls for a harder look at generation capacity and infrastructure as part of the state's overarching energy plan.
Louisiana's state levee board association on Wednesday overwhelmingly opposed a lawsuit seeking billions of dollars from nearly 100 energy companies to cover coastal damage linked to oil and gas drilling activities, urging a regional flooding authority to drop the legal action.
While law firms have made great strides, studies show that we all still have implicit biases that affect perceptions and decision making. As a senior woman I have the opportunity to help combat that — and the obligation to do so, says Carla Christofferson, managing partner of O'Melveny & Myers LLP's Los Angeles office and a member of the firm's policy committee.
The global energy infrastructure arm of private equity firm American Capital Ltd. said Thursday that it would invest up to $130 million in a private equity-backed Nigerian company that is building a 450-megawatt open-cycle gas turbine power station in the African nation.
An attorney for oil drilling equipment holding company Gulfco Holding Corp. told a Delaware bankruptcy judge Wednesday that the company filed for Chapter 11 protection in a bid to negate a lender takeover of its nondebtor operating affiliate Gulf Coast Machine & Supply Co.
An oil and gas industry group is challenging newly passed hydraulic fracturing restrictions in two Colorado cities, lodging complaints in state court Tuesday arguing that the measures banning the practice for at least five years are superseded by state energy regulations.
The U.S. Department of Energy's information technology chief suggested Wednesday that an overhaul of the government contracting process may be necessary, saying the system is unable to keep up with technological change and may disadvantage startups and other small tech businesses.
Latham & Watkins LLP's Sean Wheeler has counseled clients from upstream petroleum companies to energy asset operators in roughly $35 billion in transactions over the past year, which includes the nearly $7 billion buyout of energy exploration firm Plains Exploration & Production Co., landing him on Law360’s list of Energy MVPs.
The D.C. Circuit overturned Tuesday a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission decision to allow the transfer of certain energy transmission facilities from one regional transmission organization to another, calling the decision arbitrary and capricious.
The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday shut down a bid by Malaysia’s national oil company to revive its trademark infringement suit against Internet domain registrar GoDaddy Inc., finding that the Internet domain registrar can’t contribute to so-called cybersquatting simply by performing its regular services.
Dozens of House Democrats urged the U.S. Department of the Interior on Tuesday to halt oil and gas leasing in the Arctic Ocean until it overhauls the rules governing the activity and takes into account the impacts it has on climate change.
The chairman of the House Science Committee on Tuesday accused the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of putting politics above science with its proposed greenhouse gas emissions standard for power plants, pointing to a Science Advisory Board review questioning the data behind the rule.
The Second Circuit on Wednesday denied efforts by Consolidated Edison Co. to blame the destruction of a power substation on the contractors who designed 7 World Trade Center, saying the collapse could not be blamed on negligence alone given the unprecedented havoc of the 9/11 attacks.
Democrats on a key state legislative committee slammed Gov. Tom Corbett’s nominee for secretary of Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection on Wednesday as an unqualified administration ally who lacked a thorough understanding of the risks posed by the Marcellus Shale industry and the science behind climate change.
The Sixth Circuit on Tuesday rebuffed an industry plea to prevent the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration from enforcing its revised rule cracking down on safety issues in the nation's most dangerous mines, saying mine operators haven't shown they'll be irreparably harmed by the rule.
The U.K. government said Tuesday that it will invest £40 billion ($65 billion) in the renewables sector by 2020 to replace 10 percent of its total power generation and reshuffle its subsidies to favor more offshore projects.
Emerson Electric Co. will buy SPX Corp.'s full 44.5 percent share of the companies' joint venture, EGS Electrical Group LLC, for $571 million, the industrial manufacturers said Wednesday.
The liquidating trustee for bankrupt Getty Petroleum Marketing Inc. launched a slew of adversary complaints Tuesday against Greenberg Traurig LLP and other creditors seeking to recover more than $7.7 million in debt the fuel company paid out in the months leading up to its insolvency.
The expansion of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s jurisdiction “inside the fence” of midstream natural gas processing facilities will change the regulatory landscape significantly. Extended to facilities that meet OSHA requirements, they will require companies to retool their plants in order to comply — potentially resulting in operational stoppages and economic losses, say Rachel Clingman and Jacob Dweck of Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP.
When researching an expert, look for whether the expert’s opinion and methodology in the case is consistent with the expert’s approach outside of litigation. Inconsistency in an expert’s opinion not only is great fodder for cross-examination, but might also point to a more serious methodological problem that can form the basis for a Daubert challenge, says Matthew Whitley of Beck Redden LLP.
From dog sniffs and DNA to the Voting Rights Act and DOMA, the U.S. Supreme Court had its hands full in the last term. And 2013 brings an equally lively docket, with decisions expected on campaign spending, recess appointments and affirmative action, to name a few. There will also be more cases on Fourth and Fifth Amendment issues, and no fewer than eight cases involving the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, says Jason Steed of Bell Nunnally & Martin LLP.
The African Union has identified infrastructure development in sectors such as energy, transportation, water and telecommunications as a crucial priority. These development plans may translate to almost $70 billion in capital expenditures by 2020 — which means new opportunities for international private sector investment and public-private partnerships, says Vincent Napoleon of Nixon Peabody LLP.
For the energy sector non-accountant, Section I of the 2005 Commission of Petroleum Accountant Societies' accounting procedure is important because it contains the general provisions that may affect the parties’ relationship. With a better understanding of these procedures, oil and gas well co-owners can resolve issues before they arise, rather than address them after the fact — or be forced to accept the consequences, says Brian Tully of Pierce & O'Neill LLP.
Although the recently signed Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy does not impose legally enforceable obligations and lacks a specific schedule for implementation, the pact still sets out an unprecedented number of aspirational measures. But despite such ambitious goals, the plan may face significant hurdles, say attorneys with Latham & Watkins LLP.
In a surprising turn of events, North Dakota landowners are suing oil companies for flaring natural gas into the atmosphere. We can only hope that the suits will incentivize infrastructure development — and not stifle American oil production from the Bakken, say Michael Krancer and Margaret Anne Hill of Blank Rome LLP.
The Japanese yen, Indian rupee and the Indonesian rupiah have depreciated 30 percent on average in the last 24 months. Growth rates for India and Indonesia that were around 9 percent and 7 percent, respectively, two years ago have dropped off significantly, with India now at half that rate. And two of the once mighty BRIC economies are now included as part of the "Fragile Five," say attorneys with Jones Day.
The two cases of United States v. Midwest Generation LLC and United States v. EME Homer City Generation LLP — as well as Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA, in which the U.S. Supreme Court recently granted certiorari — may limit the scope of the Clean Air Act's Prevention of Significant Deterioration Program and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's enforcement power, says Charles Haake of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.
If the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality receives permitting authority for greenhouse gas emissions as planned, affected Texas businesses will likely spend less time and money securing their GHG permits, and the ancillary issues that must be reviewed as part of the federal permitting process will not loom as large at the state level, say Anthony Cavender and Amanda Halter of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.