Energy

  • August 13, 2014

    JinkoSolar Signs $810M Deal To Expand Solar Power in China

    The holding company for Chinese renewable energy provider JinkoSolar Power Co. Ltd. said Wednesday it has agreed to develop a 500-megawatt solar power plant for 5 billion yuan ($810 million) through a deal with the Economic Development Zone of Lishui City.

  • August 13, 2014

    BakerHostetler Adds Ex-Norton Rose Energy Expert In Denver

    BakerHostetler has bolstered its energy practice with the addition of a former Norton Rose Fulbright partner to its Denver office.

  • August 13, 2014

    EU Targets Bulgarian Energy Co. For Antitrust Violations

    Europe’s antitrust watchdog announced on Tuesday that contracts Bulgarian Energy Holding EAD enters into with electricity traders might represent a breach of the EU’s antitrust rules because of territorial restrictions on resale that could create an anti-competitive landscape in the EU's wholesale electricity market.

  • August 12, 2014

    Landowners Win Class Cert. In Suit Over Exxon Pipeline Break

    An Arkansas federal judge on Tuesday agreed to certify a class of landowners in a class action against Exxon Mobil Corp. over the 2012 rupture of its Pegasus pipeline that spilled more than 19,000 barrels, ruling that the plaintiffs have shown that common issues predominate over individual questions.

  • August 12, 2014

    Oxfam Plans To Sue SEC Over Oil Payment Disclosure Rule

    Oxfam America is planning to sue the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in an effort to speed up a controversial rule requiring oil, gas and mining companies to disclose payments to foreign governments, the group said Tuesday.

  • August 12, 2014

    T&K Lands Team Of Andrews Kurth Energy Pros

    Thompson & Knight LLP has nabbed the former managing partner of Andrews Kurth LLP's Austin, Texas, office and a team of three government regulatory attorneys who specialize in matters affecting the energy industry, the firm said Tuesday.

  • August 12, 2014

    Treasury Eyes MLPs In Tax Base Erosion Probe

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury is looking into the effects of master limited partnerships on the erosion of the U.S. tax base, an agency spokesperson acknowledged this week, as the corporate arrangement makes headlines following Kinder Morgan Inc.’s $70 billion abandonment of the MLP setup.

  • August 12, 2014

    IRS Tax Credit Guidance Should Break Wind Project Logjam

    The Internal Revenue Service's most recent attempt to clarify eligibility for the federal production tax credit for renewable energy projects should be enough to reassure skittish investors and break a gridlock of wind projects that have been stalled by uncertainty on whether they’d qualify for the credit, experts say.

  • August 12, 2014

    Industry Presses DC Circ. For Hazardous Waste Rehearings

    Energy and chemical industry groups on Monday petitioned the D.C. Circuit to reconsider recent decisions striking down a pair of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rules for burning hazardous waste, arguing the agency deserved technical deference and that the challengers never suffered a concrete injury.

  • August 12, 2014

    Mayer Brown Snags Ex-Baker Botts Energy Transactions Atty

    A former Baker Botts LLP attorney has left the firm to join Mayer Brown LLP as a partner in Houston, hoping to restore the worldwide reach that his oil and gas transactions practice once enjoyed at Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP.

  • August 12, 2014

    9th Circ. Finds EPA Wrongly Held Power Plant To Old Standard

    The Ninth Circuit said Tuesday that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency did not have authority to approve a permit for a California natural gas power plant using air quality standards in effect when the application was submitted rather than stricter regulations adopted while it was pending.

  • August 12, 2014

    $1B Pa.-NJ Gas Pipeline Proposed To Tap Into Marcellus

    Energy consortium PennEast Pipeline said Tuesday it plans to build a 100-mile pipeline cutting through Pennsylvania and New Jersey, a $1 billion project aimed at supplying enough energy to serve the equivalent of 4.7 million homes with natural gas tapped from Marcellus Shale.

  • August 12, 2014

    Texas Floats Fracking Rules To Address Earthquake Concerns

    Texas regulators on Tuesday proposed new oil and gas permit requirements for hydraulic fracturing injection wells in order to address concerns that the activity could be causing earthquakes in some parts of the state.

  • August 13, 2014

    CORRECTED: Agency-Funded Overseas Projects Ruled Exempt From ESA

    A California federal judge on Tuesday trimmed a suit challenging U.S. funding for two Australian liquefied natural gas projects on environmental grounds, ruling the Endangered Species Act does not apply to agency-funded projects overseas, but gave the plaintiffs a chance to amend their complaint. (Correction: An earlier story mistakenly indicated the entire complaint had been dismissed. The error has been corrected.)

  • August 12, 2014

    Riverstone-Led Group Sinks $617M Into Canadian Oil Firm

    Energy-focused private equity firm Riverstone Holdings LLC and other investors are committing CA$675 million ($617 million) to back the creation of a new oil and gas company, Calgary-based Canadian Non-Operated Resources LP, formed to tap assets in western Canada, Riverstone said Tuesday.

  • August 12, 2014

    GE, Aussie Power Co. Settle Suit Over $64M Turbines

    GE International Inc. has settled a lawsuit it filed in Florida federal court against Forge Group Power Pty Ltd. and an Australian bank over four turbines worth $64 million it leased to the Australian power company, which GE accused of forfeiting to the bank after going bankrupt.

  • August 12, 2014

    NiSource Unit Lays Out $1.75B In Gas Pipeline Projects

    NiSource Inc. unit Columbia Pipeline Group said Tuesday that it would plow $1.75 billion into projects allowing it to transport more natural gas produced in the Marcellus and Utica shales, including a new, 160-mile pipeline that will be part of its massive interstate pipeline system.

  • August 12, 2014

    Nat. Gas Producer Calls Fracking Waste Ban Unconstitutional

    Natural gas producer Pennsylvania General Energy Co. LLC has sued a western Pennsylvania municipality in federal court, alleging that a local ordinance banning the disposal of fracking wastewater violates the U.S. Constitution.

  • August 11, 2014

    Sanchez Brass Push Chancery To Nix Suit Over $100M Deal

    Directors of Sanchez Energy Corp. tried Monday to convince the Delaware Chancery Court to throw out derivative claims from a shareholder alleging the company's controlling family enriched itself and hurt stockholders when it paid $100 million for oil and gas rights for the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale.

  • August 11, 2014

    7th Circ. Forces Arbitration Between NextEra Nuke Plant, Union

    An electrical workers’ union won its bid for arbitration in a dispute over the firing of a NextEra Energy nuclear power plant employee who says he was let go unfairly when the Seventh Circuit on Monday reversed a district court’s ruling.

Expert Analysis

  • Northeastern States Push To Keep Fracking Waste Out

    Caroline Toole

    Across a patchwork of regulation among northeastern states, the disposal of waste generated from hydraulic fracturing — including potential radiation issues — will no doubt continue to be a focus of regulators, industry and waste-disposal companies as fracking operations grow across the U.S., says Caroline Toole of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP.

  • OPINION: Advance Conflict Waivers Send Wrong Message

    Eric L. Lane

    If there is anything that would convince big law firms to ditch the advance conflict waiver, it is the financial bottom line. And I can assure you firms are losing new client opportunities because of these waivers, says Eric Lane of Green Patent Law.

  • 2 New Developments Will Ease The Way For UK Fracking

    Paul Brennan

    The U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change estimates that the two initiatives in combination will see fracking activity pick up quite quickly and reach a plateau level of six shale gas well centers per year from 2023 onward, says Paul Brennan of Squire Patton Boggs LLP.

  • Is Electricity A Good Or Service? The Debate Charges On

    Neil Steinkamp

    While the world continues to sort out the tricky question of how to classify electricity, bankruptcy courts should focus instead on interpreting Section 503(b)(9) in light of the key principles underlying the Bankruptcy Code, say members of Arizona State University and Stout Risius Ross Inc.

  • DC Circ. Misses Opportunity To Clarify NEPA Guideposts

    James F. Bowe Jr.

    The D.C. Circuit's recent opinion in Delaware Riverkeeper Network v. FERC does not offer any meaningful guidance regarding how the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission should address the segmentation and cumulative impact issues on remand, say attorneys at King & Spalding LLP.

  • Noble Corp. Settlement Leaves FCPA Questions Unanswered

    Tom Best

    Given the uncertainties surrounding the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s claims when it brought them against former Noble Corp. CEO Mark Jackson and former Nigeria country manager James Ruehlen in February 2012, it is unclear why the SEC invested significant resources in this matter only to ultimately agree to relatively lenient settlements on the eve of trial, say attorneys with Steptoe & Johnson LLP.

  • We're Still Waiting On Whether The CAA Is Preemptable

    Carl J. Pernicone

    A ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court definitively answering whether the Clean Air Act preempts state torts after its holding in American Electric Power Co. Inc. v. Connecticut is all but certain. As for how the court may ultimately rule, CTS Corp v. Waldburger may be an important indicator of what any future analysis may look like, says Carl Pernicone of Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP.

  • Pricing Provisions And The Gazprom-Naftogaz Dispute

    Jeremy Wilson

    As demonstrated by the contract at the center of the arbitration between Naftogaz and Gazprom, there are many ways of drafting price formulae and price review provisions, and the drafting choices made by parties can have an impact on the magnitude and complexity of future pricing disputes, say Jeremy Wilson and William Lowery of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • NY High Court Cases May Impact Fracking Nationwide

    Emily L. Pincow

    The New York Court of Appeals' recent decisions in Wallach v. Town of Dryden and Cooperstown Holstein Corp. v. Town of Middlefield may have great consequences for energy companies throughout the state. Though not binding outside New York, the rulings may also serve as a model for other states and towns, depending on the statutory language of leases, says Emily Pincow of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP.

  • Legal Forms And IP Rights: Yours, Mine, Ours Or Theirs?

    Linda Kaufman Gollub

    The practice of law has changed dramatically due to the mobility of employees, the consolidation and disintegration of firms, and the easy transfer of data with computerization and the Internet. While the need to create a contract to protect a client’s rights and interests is still paramount, the lawyer’s rights in the created document itself are becoming less protected, say Linda Kaufman Gollub of Kaufman Gollub LLC and Robert Pay... (continued)