San Antonio’s city council on Thursday unanimously approved a $3.4 billion, 30-year water supply project planned to bring up to 16.3 billion gallons a year to the city through a 142-mile pipeline.
Environmental groups challenged a Washington state decision to issue a water pollution permit to a commercial nuclear reactor in a lawsuit filed Wednesday in Washington state court, claiming the state violated federal and state water quality laws by issuing the permit.
K&L Gates LLP on Tuesday settled a malpractice suit over an investment in a natural gas project, making moot a pending appeal before the Texas Supreme Court that sought to block the firm from accessing trade secret reserve data for a drilling project related to the suit.
The first oil and gas drilling project proposed on federal lands in Alaska cleared a major hurdle Wednesday, as the U.S. Department of the Interior unveiled a final environmental review that it says will limit the ConocoPhillips Co. project’s impact on wildlife and native cultures.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's program to increase use of new technology in environmental monitoring has uncovered more pollution than expected and led to tough compliance actions over air, water and waste rules, enforcement chief Cynthia Giles told Law360. This is part one of a two-part series.
The Ninth Circuit on Thursday ruled that the U.S. Department of Transportation properly approved a proposed expressway for trucks leaving the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, affirming a lower court's dismissal of the Natural Resources Defense Council's suit seeking to block the project.
In an effort to bolster its solar capabilities, SunEdison Inc. subsidiary TerraForm Power Inc. has agreed to buy a portfolio of solar energy assets from Swiss asset manager Capital Dynamics for about $250 million, the companies said late Wednesday evening.
A Pennsylvania congressman has asked the state’s Department of Environmental Protection to hand over records about its process for monitoring the handling and disposal of waste from hydraulic fracturing as part of a nationwide investigation by a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee.
Norwegian oil giant Statoil ASA said Thursday it has struck an investment agreement with the other owners of the $6 billion Stampede deepwater oil project in the Gulf of Mexico that will move the venture closer to production.
Environmentalists on Wednesday challenged the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s recent rule for long-term nuclear waste storage, saying that the rule violates the U.S. Environmental Policy Act and federal atomic energy regulations in two petitions for review filed in the D.C. Circuit.
General Motors will start construction on a $63-million expansion of the Lansing Delta Township facility that builds crossovers, the company said Wednesday, the first specifics of $300 million in Michigan investments promised this week by CEO Mary Barra.
BG Group PLC is nearing the finalization of a $4 billion deal to sell 335 miles of gas pipelines, while German utility E.On wants suitors to submit binding bids of up to $2.8 billion for its Spanish unit by Nov. 3.
Environmental advocacy group Riverkeeper Inc. has launched a complaint against the New York Public Service Commission in New York state court, claiming the agency unlawfully hurried through Helios Capital Power LLP's bid to restart a shuttered, 500-megawatt coal-fired plant in New York's Hudson Valley.
Large-scale funding and merger activity for wind power projects dropped significantly in the third quarter from the previous one, but the slump may be temporary, as wind investors announced a huge volume of new deals recently, according to a Mercom Capital Group survey of companies and investors.
Infracapital, the infrastructure investment arm of U.K. asset manager M&G Investments and its parent, Prudential PLC, said Tuesday that it has raised more than £1 billion ($1.6 billion) for its latest fund to invest in core infrastructure assets across Europe.
The European Union agreed Wednesday to spend €647 million ($817.9 million) on energy infrastructure projects, mostly targeted at poorer Baltic and central and southeastern European states that lack resources to install upgrades the union believes will have cross-border benefits.
Private equity-backed American Energy Partners LP has increased its presence in Permian Basin of west Texas, saying Tuesday that it’s spent $726 million in a series of deals over the past three months to acquire thousands of acres of leased land and oil production in the oil-rich region.
Strong interest in a rash of new opportunities across the oil production space driven by the U.S. shale boom and a spate of megadeals helped drive M&A in the oil and gas industry to its strongest quarterly performance in a decade, according to a new report from advisory and accounting firm PwC.
KKR & Co. LP will team up with Anadarko Petroleum Corp. to jointly develop land in southeastern Texas’ Eaglebine Shale, with Anadarko’s stake valued at more than $1.1 billion and KKR putting up $442 million for development in exchange for acreage and a stake in several wells, Anadarko said Tuesday.
Royal Dutch Shell PLC's Shell Midstream Partners on Wednesday raised $920 million in its initial public offering, good for the largest master limited partnership IPO in over a decade, and shares climbed by more than 45 percent by the end of the day.
As conscientious professionals who are required to address problems with notoriously elusive dimensions, lawyers should consider securing second opinions in a much wider array of circumstances than has been the norm, says Judge Wayne Brazil, a neutrual with JAMS and former magistrate judge in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
Companies on either the Noncompliance Blacklist or the Serious Violation Blacklist under China’s new disclosure system will face credit restrictions, government procurement restrictions or bars, and restricted eligibility to bid on projects and purchases of state-owned land. We suggest that companies designate specific employees to be responsible for keeping the required records, say attorneys with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.
Courts remain largely skeptical about allowing litigants to serve and notify evasive parties of legal proceedings through their social media accounts. A recent split ruling by the Oklahoma Supreme Court shows the competing considerations, say Steven Richard and Britt Killian of Nixon Peabody LLP.
Let’s face it: Taking friends or acquaintances to Justin Timberlake concerts or golf at the Ocean Course is not how we as law firm associates are going to develop business. Our primary value comes not from out-of-office networking jaunts but from bearing a laboring oar for our partners. Which is why our best approach to business development is more likely from the inside out, says Jason Idilbi of Moore & Van Allen PLLC.
The “threatened” listing of the Oregon spotted frog will affect water storage and diversion regulations, development activity and agricultural practices in several Oregon and Washington counties. In the implementation of this listing, federal regulators will need to balance the needs of the spotted frog with competing legal requirements that provide for the protection of other federally listed species, says Myles Conway of Marten Law PLLC.
The Nevada federal court's recent ruling in Agincourt Gaming LLC v. Zynga Inc. is an important reminder that a nonparty wanting to challenge a civil subpoena should consider carefully the appropriate jurisdiction in which to file a motion to quash under recently enacted Rule 45, say Steven Luxton and Brad Nes of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.
Three and a half years after the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, the nuclear industry is experiencing somewhat of a revival, however the apparent disconnect between its rhetoric and the mindset of financiers must be overcome to stimulate the successful development of new plants, say George Borovas and Helen Cook of Shearman & Sterling LLP.
In Wheeler v. Enbridge Pipelines, the Texas Supreme Court provided guidance to midstream companies on the proper calculation of damages to real property stemming from the breach of a pipeline right-of-way agreement — a decision that has implications well beyond the oil and gas industry, say attorneys with K&L Gates LLP.
Many legal briefs are written in impenetrable jargon and begin with an introduction telling the court what it already knows, using words that stem from the 18th century, such as “hereinafter.” Instead, we should approach briefs the way novelists approach their writing, says Michael Rubin of McGlinchey Stafford PLLC.
Recent Chinese regulatory measures are but a first step in establishing a regime that will encourage foreign investment in midstream gas infrastructure by private investors. More attention needs to be paid to establishing a platform that offers fair rules of play for private businesses seeking to compete with powerful state-owned monopoly players, say Barbara Jost and Vincent Wang of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP.