The Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe has asked a California federal court for access to documents on the federal government’s inspection of Blue Lake Power LLC's California biomass-fired electricity plant, which the tribe said last week has released excess emissions.
India has largely prevailed in a $1 billion investor-state claim brought against it by energy giant Reliance Industries Ltd. following a gas price and royalty dispute in oil fields off the Mumbai coast, according to Indian media reports.
The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes asked the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday for permission to intervene in an appeal by the Flathead Joint Board of Control that disputes the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs' control of a Montana irrigation project, claiming the government is in talks to turn the project over to the board despite that entity's loss in a lower court.
It may be possible to build a high-speed, zero-emission, hydrogen-powered passenger ferry in the San Francisco Bay under current regulations, according to a federal report released Monday.
Continental Resources Inc. maintained during oral arguments Tuesday that the government cannot remain silent on a statutory deadline then use it to say Continental waited too long to dispute a $1.7 million royalty charge for gas produced from federal leases in Wyoming.
Energy outfit EQT Corp. said Tuesday that it has reached three related deals for a total price of $683 million that will increase its holdings in the Marcellus Shale by 59,600 acres, with guidance from Baker Botts LLP on all three deals.
The D.C. Circuit on Tuesday said it was unable to set aside the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's approval of a New England electricity capacity auction, saying the commission's deadlock that allowed the auction results to go through wasn't a final agency action subject to judicial review.
The Tenth Circuit on Tuesday rejected a renewed bid by Albuquerque, New Mexico, businesses to block the start of construction on a $120 million bus rapid-transit project, saying the businesses haven’t justified why work should be halted amid the ongoing court fight over the project’s environmental review.
Two coal industry groups on Monday told the D.C. Circuit they support an effort to sink the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s rules for carbon emissions from new coal power plants, arguing some technology embraced by the EPA is too expensive.
The St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday unveiled plans for a $220 million expansion of its Ballpark Village development adjacent to the baseball team’s home venue, Busch Stadium, highlighted by a 29-story luxury apartment building.
The U.S. Department of Energy failed to analyze the impacts of increased natural gas drilling when it allowed Dominion Resources Inc. to export liquefied natural gas from its Cove Point project to countries that don't have free trade agreements with the U.S., the Sierra Club told the D.C. Circuit on Monday.
The Sierra Club and other environmental groups pushed the D.C. Circuit on Monday to hasten the pace of their appeal accusing the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission of wrongfully ignoring the effects of climate change when approving the $3.5 billion Southeast Market Pipeline, while also asking the court to stop further construction on the project.
Vicinay Cadenas has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review whether the Fifth Circuit applied the wrong laws when it revived a suit brought by a Petrobras unit and its insurers accusing Vicinay of making a faulty marine chain for an oil and gas well system that broke and allegedly caused $400 million in damages.
Ameren Services Co. has turned to the U.S. Supreme Court in an effort to reinstate rights of first refusal in a Midwest energy transmission organization that gave incumbent transmission owners the first crack at building new projects, cautioning against a “chilling effect” on new investments if a Seventh Circuit decision rejecting the practice is allowed to stand.
An AES Corp. utility unit on Friday urged the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to force Midcontinent Independent System Operator to grant the company's energy storage system full access to the electricity grid and its electricity markets, claiming the regional grid operator discriminates against the use of grid-scale battery storage systems.
The Federal Communications Commission shouldn’t let Frontier Communications Corp. use subsidies for rolling out rural broadband in areas that Comcast already services, the company said Friday, pressing the FCC to ensure it's using current census block data.
Petróleo Brasileiro SA said on Monday it has decided to settle four class actions in which some of its largest investors outside of the Brazilian government, including Pacific Investment Management Co., sought to recover losses they blame on an ongoing corruption scandal.
The National Marine Fisheries Service reasonably relied on climate-change projections to find that an Arctic seal population would be endangered by the end of the century, a Ninth Circuit panel ruled Monday, reversing a district court judge who found the conclusion too speculative.
Opponents of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's methane regulations for new and modified oil and gas infrastructure asked the D.C. Circuit on Friday to put their challenge of the rules' implementation on hold so they can focus on arguments that the EPA lacked the legal authority to issue them.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's reliance on hindsight to determine that a $786 million Trans-Alaska Pipeline System upgrade project was imprudent and should never have been done goes against commission precedent and could chill future decision-making on pipeline projects, the pipeline's owners told the D.C. Circuit Friday.
I was given immediate responsibility for responding to the Iran-Contra crisis. My problem as a lawyer was what to do about all the requests for files, documents and other information that were coming in from investigators. Ultimately, it came down to this: What do I believe about my client? says Peter Wallison, who served as White House counsel for President Ronald Reagan.
A close look at the D.C. Circuit's recent en banc hearing regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan reveals the court's recognition of the importance of the case, as well as its interest in understanding the nuance of key issues, as it deliberates on whether to allow the sweeping restructuring of the nation's power industry to move forward, say Michael Weller and Richard Alonso of Bracewell LLP.
The experience of preparing for the 1981 air traffic controller strike brought home to me the responsibility a lawyer owes to his or her client — be it an average citizen, a corporation or a president, says Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP partner Fred Fielding, who served as White House counsel for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush.
Results from a recent International Association of Defense Counsel survey reveal a significant disconnect between inside and outside lawyers when it comes to perceptions of their own effectiveness versus the perceptions of their counterparts on the other side of the fence, say Andrew Chamberlin, a partner at Ellis & Winters LLP, and Orlyn Lockard, associate general counsel at Siemens Corp.
My experience with the Nixon pardon, the Nixon tapes, the construction of the White House swimming pool, and other matters well out of the ordinary for a president’s lawyer taught me that in the practice of law one should learn to expect and cope with the unexpected, says William Casselman, who served as White House counsel for President Gerald Ford.
Not all aspects of the partnership process are within an attorney’s power. However, there are some factors that an associate can control on the path to partnership, the most important of which are the relationships cultivated along the way, says Rebecca Glatzer of Major Lindsey & Africa.
Production sharing agreement wells and allocation wells present workable alternatives to pooling the tracts needed to drill a horizontal well, but are not without risk, and will often create additional issues that should be considered in planning for the future development of an oil or gas operator’s underlying leasehold position, say Andrew Zeve, Austin Lee and Jonathan Seliger of Bracewell LLP.
I went to the law books, where I discovered the crime of “obstruction of justice,” and realized I was right in the middle of a criminal conspiracy. I didn't fully understand my conduct during Watergate until — decades later — I learned about the psychology of cover-up at work, says John Dean, who served as White House counsel for President Richard Nixon.
Somewhat surprisingly, very few of the dozens of "trial pros" who have been interviewed by Law360 have revealed the secret to effective trial preparation that is vital to their success. But ultimately, the “secret” to effective trial preparation is not actually a secret, says Jamin Soderstrom of Soderstrom Law PC.
Over the past 24 months, the low oil price environment has led to increased interest in the hydrocarbon sector from private equity investors. Attorneys at White & Case LLP examine factors that have incentivized PE houses to contemplate entry into the upstream oil and gas market, as well as the challenges to such PE investment.