A New York federal judge refused Friday to revise orders dismissing Vitol SA, Idemitsu Kosan Co. Ltd. and other energy companies from Puerto Rico’s suit seeking compensation for alleged groundwater contamination, finding a Puerto Rican law passed in response to the rulings violates the separation of powers.
Halliburton Co. on Tuesday agreed to pay nearly $1.1 billion to settle most private plaintiffs' claims against the company stemming from its role in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster that sent millions of barrels of oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico.
The Nebraska Supreme Court has set a Sept. 5 hearing to consider the state’s challenge to a decision striking down a law that authorizes the governor to approve the route for the Keystone XL pipeline — a case the Obama administration has said will have a huge impact on whether the controversial project can move forward.
Gamesa Wind US urged the Seventh Circuit on Thursday to hit a wind turbine maintenance company with sanctions for attempting to appeal a dismissal of antitrust counterclaims that it had argued were too weak for federal jurisdiction, claiming it was well-deserving of attorneys’ fees for the “frivolous” appeal.
New York-based private equity firm ACO Investment Group will partner with Myanmar to develop an approximately $480 million solar energy project in the Southeast Asian nation, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman announced Thursday as part of the U.S.’ ongoing efforts to attract investment and trade with Myanmar.
Three energy groups on Thursday urged the D.C. Circuit to reject an U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulation calling carbon dioxide emissions “solid waste” when transported in pipelines and stored in geological formation, arguing the rule contradicts Congress' intent.
A Texas appeals court ruled Friday that Plantation Pipe Line Co. didn’t forfeit excess coverage purchased from Highlands Insurance Co. by settling coverage claims stemming from a 1975 oil leak against its lower-level insurers for less than the full limits of those policies, reversing a lower court decision.
A $477 million sports arena planned for downtown Sacramento, California, was wrongfully pushed through an expedited approval process with the help of an unconstitutional law, environmental activists who seek to block the project argued in a brief filed Friday in California appeals court.
In Law360's latest rundown of the World Trade Organization's Dispute Settlement Body proceedings, members adopt reports faulting China's rare earth elements export barriers, Canada takes steps to settle a dispute over its green energy subsidies, and Antigua seeks peace in a years-long online gambling fight.
Utility-scale solar project developer HelioSage Energy announced Friday that it has sold for an undisclosed amount a portfolio of 12 finished and nearly finished solar facilities in eastern North Carolina that are expected to generate 100 million kilowatt-hours annually.
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection released data on Thursday showing that nearly 250 private water supplies across the state have been contaminated as a result of natural gas drilling since 2007.
The federal government on Wednesday told a Colorado federal judge it will analyze the cost of greenhouse gas emissions related to an Arch Coal Inc. lease exploration plan, ignoring environmentalists’ demand that such analyses be incorporated more broadly.
The Bureau of Land Management is reopening the door for oil leasing in California with a new comprehensive strategy for the federal oil and gas program in the state based on an independent science review of fracking and related technologies, the agency announced Thursday.
The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission on Thursday approved the second phase of Enbridge Inc.'s planned expansion of the U.S. portion of its Alberta Clipper oil sands pipeline, part of a cross-border effort by the company to boost the pipeline's capacity.
Whirlpool Corp. and several appliance retailers including The Home Depot Inc. moved Wednesday to dismiss state law claims alleging deceptive marketing of Energy Star washing machines from a class action pending in New Jersey, arguing that those legal claims are preempted by federal regulation.
House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas, on Wednesday argued that a series of maps recently made public by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reveal that the agency is attempting to covertly put private property under its jurisdiction through a new bid to update the Clean Water Act.
Royal Dutch Shell PLC has submitted revised plans to the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to potentially resume drilling for oil in Arctic waters off Alaska in 2015, according to media reports on Thursday.
The Ninth Circuit recently rejected environmental groups’ novel argument that diesel emissions at California rail yards should be regulated as solid waste under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, the latest indication that courts are more strictly interpreting pollution laws, even where there are enforcement gaps.
A Cape Cod town and other local businesses urged the First Circuit on Monday to revive their suit alleging Massachusetts officials illegally pressured a utility company to buy power from the $2.6 billion Cape Wind offshore wind farm, saying their suit wasn’t barred by the Eleventh Amendment.
Two ranch owners and a cadre of agricultural groups filed suit Wednesday against the U.S. Department of the Interior in Oklahoma federal court, claiming the federal government violated the Endangered Species Act by prematurely classifying a type of wild chicken as “threatened” as part of a settlement agreement.
A recent notice from the Internal Revenue Service on production and investment tax credits provides welcome clarity that can only encourage tax equity investors who have been on the sidelines due to prior uncertainty over renewable energy projects, say attorneys at Reed Smith LLP.
Compton’s hydraulic fracturing ban may implicate the Takings Clause of the U.S. and California Constitutions since fracking is meant to access energy resources that cannot otherwise be extracted from the underlying property — the ban could constitute a taking of private property without just compensation, say Jeffrey Dintzer and Nathaniel Johnson of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.
The departure of attorneys from large firms is a trend that has increased as a result of the Great Recession and its aftermath, and boutique firm partners who previously worked at large firms understand the potential large-firm pitfalls, say attorneys with Levine Kellogg Lehman Schneider & Grossman LLP.
While final hydraulic fracturing regulations in Illinois can reasonably expect approval by mid-October, the rules may be challenged on the basis that the Illinois Department of Natural Resources did not properly consider all public comments and revise them accordingly, say Lawrence Falbe and Sanford Stein of Quarles & Brady LLP.
A recently issued memo from a director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on short-term trichloroethylene exposure levels in Region 9 should be reconsidered — if there is a legitimate weight of scientific evidence supporting them, then they should be applied to all Superfund sites, say attorneys of Barg Coffin Lewis and Trapp LLP.
Given that the Obama administration has focused almost entirely on carbon dioxide up until now, stakeholders should be prepared for the president to move quickly and aggressively to reduce methane emissions from the natural gas sector in the coming months, say attorneys at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.
The impact of a threatened expansion of the late disclaimer standard prior to the New York Court of Appeals' ruling in KeySpan Gas East Corp. v. Munich Reinsurance American Inc. would have been heavy for the insurance industry in that it would have created a significant burden on claims handlers, say William Murray and Joseph Geoghegan of Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani LLP.
Initial observations after the California Supreme Court's ruling in Tuolumne Jobs & Small Business Alliance v. Superior Court suggest that voter-sponsored initiative petitions under the Elections Code are not widely employed as an end-run around the California Environmental Quality Act, say attorneys at Stoel Rives LLP.
Developers in the renewable energy industry that are able to move quickly now have a clearer path forward for a number of projects that appeared quite risky prior to the recent release of additional guidance on production tax credits from the Internal Revenue Service, says John Crossley of Husch Blackwell LLP.
The Ninth Circuit's ruling in Sierra Club v. EPA may have broad implications for the timing of Clean Air Act preconstruction permitting, which may be compounded by a recent D.C. Circuit opinion that could ultimately require the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to apply this precedent on a national scale, say Richard Alonso and Sandra Snyder of Bracewell & Giuliani LLP.