• July 18, 2014

    Pa. Ordered To Release Info On Drilling, Radiation

    Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection must provide an environmental group with data and information underpinning a forthcoming study on the connection between oil and gas extraction and radioactivity, following a recent ruling from the state’s Office of Open Records.

  • July 18, 2014

    EDF Inks $2.8B Supply Deal For Cheniere LNG Project

    Cheniere Energy Inc. has agreed to sell liquefied natural gas totaling $2.8 billion over 20 years to French utility giant Electricite de France SA once construction of its liquefaction plant near Corpus Christi, Texas, is complete.

  • July 18, 2014

    Texas Court Shoots Down AEP’s Branding For Retail Unit

    A Texas appellate court on Thursday upheld a decision by the Texas Public Utilities Commission finding an American Electric Power Company Inc. unit violated a prohibition on joint advertising and promotion with its transmission affiliate by sharing a common name and logo.

  • July 18, 2014

    Energy Future Says It Might Toss Ch. 11 Creditor Deal

    Bankrupt power giant Energy Future Holdings Corp. told a Delaware bankruptcy judge Friday that it is considering tossing its prearranged restructuring plan in the wake of several new proposals, including one just this week from NextEra Energy Inc. and a group of junior noteholders.

  • July 18, 2014

    DOI Plans Auction Of NJ Offshore Wind Leases

    The federal government plans to auction leases for nearly 344,000 acres off the coast of New Jersey for commercial wind energy development, the U.S. Department of the Interior said Thursday.

  • July 18, 2014

    Dealmakers Q&A: Locke Lord’s Bill Swanstrom

    The “deal club” is a small club, and being a jerk will come back to haunt you — and more importantly, will haunt your client, says Bill Swanstrom, co-chairman of Locke Lord LLP’s energy practice.

  • July 18, 2014

    Corbett Pauses $95M Plans For Gas Drilling on Pa. Land

    Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett's administration agreed Friday to pause efforts to lease state park and forest land for natural gas drilling to raise $95 million for the state budget, reaching a settlement with the Pennsylvania Environmental Defense Foundation.

  • July 18, 2014

    Big Deals, Strong Economy To Keep M&A Cooking

    A surge of interest in deal-making over the past six months pushed mergers and acquisitions activity to prerecession levels for the first time, helping to solidify a turnaround that experts predict will keep M&A rolling in the back half of the year and beyond.

  • July 17, 2014

    Feds Sue Entergy To Get Affirmative Action Docs

    The U.S. government on Thursday hit Entergy Corp. with a suit in Louisiana federal court alleging the New Orleans-based utilities giant is refusing to comply with federal contractor requirements that it submit proof of affirmative action programs by withholding documents at eleven Entergy facilities.

  • July 17, 2014

    New Russia Sanctions Signal Beginning Of US Clampdown

    While Wednesday's expansion of sanctions against Russia imposes modest blocks to U.S. capital markets for only a handful of Russian companies, experts say that the White House has opened the door for far more punitive measures targeting the country's energy and banking sectors.

  • July 17, 2014

    Deals Rumor Mill: Siemens, Shire, Murphy Oil

    Siemens is preparing an offer for U.S.-based compressor and turbine maker Dresser-Rand, which has a market value of about $4.6 billion, while Shire could announce as soon as Friday morning that it has accepted a $53 billion merger proposal from AbbVie.

  • July 17, 2014

    Squire Patton Boggs Adds Former Pemex Atty In Houston

    Squire Patton Boggs LLP has bolstered its international and energy transactional practices in Houston with the addition of an attorney who spent more than a decade working for Mexico's state-owned oil company Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex, the firm announced Wednesday.

  • July 17, 2014

    DOC Sets Dumping Rates On Steel From Germany, 2 Others

    The U.S. Department of Commerce on Thursday imposed dumping margins on imports of grain-oriented steel used in electrical power transformers from Germany, Japan and Poland after determining the shipments are being sold at unfairly low prices.

  • July 17, 2014

    Claims Pared From PPL Coal Ash Class Action

    A Kentucky federal judge on Tuesday trimmed a proposed class action alleging dust from a PPL Corp. coal-fired power plant contaminated nearby homes and caused health problems, tossing most claims brought under the Clean Air Act and another federal law but keeping alive state-law nuisance and trespass claims.

  • July 17, 2014

    Former Alstom Exec Cops To Indonesian Bribery Scheme

    A former top executive at Alstom SA’s U.S. power subsidiary has pled guilty to conspiring to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in connection with an alleged bribery scheme linked to a $188 million contract in Indonesia, prosecutors said on Thursday.

  • July 17, 2014

    9th Circ. Nixes Challenge To Nev.'s EPA-Approved Air Plan

    A Nevada plan for controlling regional haze survived a Ninth Circuit panel’s review Thursday, with the court ruling that environmentalists lacked standing to challenge part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s approval and that another EPA decision was not arbitrary. 

  • July 17, 2014

    NJ Agency Mulls Marketing Regs For 3rd-Party Energy Cos.

    New Jersey's Board of Public Utilities on Thursday accepted public recommendations for its forthcoming advertising and marketing standards for third-party energy suppliers, fielding demands for greater transparency from the suppliers, some of whom were recently sued by the state over their allegedly fraudulent billing practices.

  • July 17, 2014

    Pa. PUC Can't Review Local Fracking Laws, Court Says

    A Pennsylvania appeals court on Thursday nixed additional chunks of the state’s controversial oil and gas law, saying that Keystone State utility regulators couldn’t review local drilling ordinances now that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has struck down statewide zoning rules at the heart of the law.

  • July 17, 2014

    FERC Backs Grid Security Rules, On 2 Conditions

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is backing security standards submitted by the North American Electric Reliability Corp. to protect the U.S. grid from attacks, as long as it makes two modifications, the agency announced Thursday.

  • July 17, 2014

    Adema's Solar Contract Suit Belongs In Germany, Wacker Says

    German chemical supplier Wacker Chemical Corp. urged a California federal judge on Thursday to toss solar-panel-maker Adema Technologies Inc.'s suit claiming Wacker violated a supply contract by refusing to cut Adema's price after flooding the market with cheap polysilicon, arguing the agreement restricts such litigation to Germany.

Expert Analysis

  • EPA Moves Toward National List Of Fracking Chemicals

    Peggy Otum

    Toxic Substances Control Act reporting requirements from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency would inevitably extend more federal control over hydraulic fracturing and might establish a credible basis to achieve uniformity in reporting standards, say attorneys at Arnold & Porter LLP.

  • SEC Has Little To Criticize About Mine Safety Disclosures

    Kelly G. Howard

    Unlike the turmoil and resistance that have surrounded the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's disclosure requirements regarding the use of “conflict minerals,” implementation and compliance with Section 1503's mine safety disclosure rules have gone fairly smoothly. But Section 1503 does not represent the entirety of mine safety and health disclosures that a publicly traded mine operator might be required to provide under the... (continued)

  • A Blurry Vision Of A Clean Power Future

    James W. Rubin

    If the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Program is finalized largely as proposed, it could create major opportunities for clean energy providers and investment in clean energy. However, the proposal will generate legal and political opposition, and how it might eventually impact the power sector may ultimately depend as much on the D.C. Circuit as it does on who is in the White House, say attorneys with Dentons.

  • Top O&G Leasing Issues: Pooling And Pugh Clauses

    Gregory C. Cox

    Before a landowner grants an oil and gas lease to a lessee, it should carefully consider pooling and Pugh clauses to maximize economic benefit. While typically not offered by the lessee, a lessor should consider adding a Pugh clause to protect itself from the situation where the leasehold acreage is held under a lease during the secondary term by production from only a small portion of the total acreage, say attorneys at Greenberg Traurig LLP.

  • Smartphone Forensics: Tips From The E-Discovery Trenches

    Jeffrey Hartman

    Seeking discovery of electronically stored information on mobile devices does not come naturally to most attorneys, since they are simply not accustomed to asking for it, but this data can make or break your case, says Jeffrey Hartman, co-founder of 4Discovery.

  • UK-Based LLP Partners Now Enjoy More Protections

    Sharon Tan

    The crux of the debate in Bates van Winklehof v. Clyde & Co LLP was whether a partner could be considered a “worker” under U.K. law. The U.K. Supreme Court's holding will have potentially wide-reaching implications for LLPs with U.K.-based partners, say Katie Clark and Sharon Tan of McDermott Will & Emery LLP.

  • Ralls' Lessons To Investors On CFIUS Deal Reviews

    Richard J. Burke

    Although a degree of transparency in the merger review process of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States may emerge from the D.C. Circuit's Ralls Corp. case, a district court decision and the statutory regime reflect the deference accorded to the president and the CFIUS. Ralls’ experience also shows that the onus is on foreign investors to carefully consider the risks of not seeking CFIUS review prior to deal clos... (continued)

  • 'Commencement Of Operations' And Keeping O&G Leases Alive

    Amy M. Mowry

    In a majority of states, actual drilling is unnecessary for a "commencement of operations" under oil and gas leases. Courts have held that the requirement to commence drilling operations within a designated period of time could be satisfied by something less than drilling the wellbore itself, says Amy Mowry of Holland & Hart LLP.

  • Heller Ruling May Be Knockout Punch Against Jewel Claims

    Robert L. Eisenbach III

    It’s not an overstatement to say that a California district judge’s decision last week in the Heller Ehrman LLP bankruptcy case essentially dismantles the applicability of Jewel v. Boxer to insolvent or bankrupt law firms. If upheld after any appeal and followed by other courts, the decision could mark the end of California “unfinished business” claims against law firms in the noncontingency, hourly fee context, says Robert Eisenba... (continued)

  • With More Time, EPA Looks For Ways To Combat Acid Rain

    James E. Smith

    In Center for Biological Diversity v. EPA, the D.C. Circuit refused to find the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in violation of the Clean Air Act, despite the agency's admitted failure to revise the secondary standards for nitrogen and sulfur oxides. The ruling has delayed it, but it seems that the EPA will, eventually, issue a new, multipollutant, aquatic acidification index-based secondary standard for nitrogen and sulfur ox... (continued)