Project Finance

  • May 27, 2016

    Enviros Appeal To 9th Circ. In Aussie LNG Loan Suit

    Environmentalists on Thursday said they’ll ask the Ninth Circuit to overturn a California federal judge’s decision not to block the U.S. Export-Import Bank from completing two loans worth $4.8 billion to two Australian liquefied natural gas projects in the Great Barrier Reef.

  • May 27, 2016

    5 Tips For Energy Cos. Looking To Tap Into Mexico

    While landmark reforms opening up Mexico's energy sector have largely been implemented, energy companies looking to dive into the country's market must be mindful of still uncharted territory, from continually developing regulations to more complicated land use policies. Here, attorneys offer five pieces of advice for energy firms looking to make their mark in Mexico.

  • May 27, 2016

    Sens. Say DOI Must Weigh Coal Leasing's Climate Risks

    A group of 14 Senate Democrats on Friday urged the Department of the Interior to consider the environmental impacts of coal as it revises the federal coal leasing program, saying the effects of climate change in relation to the program have been largely ignored in the past.

  • May 27, 2016

    DOE Yanks $40M Funding For Dominion Offshore Wind Project

    A proposed $380 million wind project off the coast of Virginia being developed by a Dominion Resources Inc. unit on Friday lost $40 million in potential funding from the U.S. Department of Energy, a move that puts the project's future in question, the company said.

  • May 27, 2016

    Feds Give Thumbs-Up To Pacific Offshore Fracking

    U.S. offshore regulators on Friday revived permitting hydraulic fracturing and other drilling activities in the Pacific Ocean after concluding those activities won't significantly impact the environment, a move blasted by environmentalists who vowed to take the government to court.

  • May 27, 2016

    Sierra Club Asks Okla. High Court To Sink Coal Plant Revamp

    The Sierra Club on Thursday asked the Oklahoma Supreme Court to reverse a state regulator’s decision allowing Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. to retrofit a coal power plant with $500 million in pollution controls, saying the plan is unfair to ratepayers.

  • May 26, 2016

    Calif. Comes Up $600M Short From Cap-And-Trade Auction

    Sales of California cap-and-trade allowances dropped to a dramatic low during its May auction, leaving the state $600 million shy of projected auction revenues, a quarter of which was destined for its high-speed rail project.

  • May 26, 2016

    FWS Blasts ETP's Bird Conservation Plan For $4.2B Pipeline

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Thursday slammed a migratory bird conservation plan submitted by Energy Transfer Partners LP for a proposed $4.2 billion natural gas pipeline, saying it doesn't adequately protect avian species.

  • May 26, 2016

    Senators Push House To Quickly Pass FAA Reauthorization

    A pair of senators have urged the U.S. House of Representatives to follow the Senate’s lead and pass a Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill, warning in a letter this week against letting the agency’s funding expire at a time of aviation security risks ranging from drones to terrorism.

  • May 26, 2016

    PennEast Is Avoiding FERC Obligations, Enviros Say

    An environmental law group on Thursday asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to hold off on drafting an environmental impact statement on a controversial PennEast Pipeline Co. LLC project until the company submits proof that it took sufficient steps to gauge the environmental impact of the proposed pipeline.

  • May 26, 2016

    Whistleblower Says Calif. Town Hid Deficit To Attract NFL

    A former accountant for the city of Inglewood says the city used illegal and fraudulent accounting practices to hide a deficit and "create a facade of financial responsibility and well-being" in order to attract an NFL team, alleging in a California federal court lawsuit that she was unlawfully terminated after refusing to go along with such practices.

  • May 26, 2016

    BLM Can't Regulate Our Land, Ute Tribe Tells 10th Circ.

    The Bureau of Land Management doesn’t have authority to develop rules that govern tribal lands, the Ute Indian tribe told the Tenth Circuit on Wednesday, as it asked the appellate court to affirm a lower court’s order blocking a rule that would regulate hydraulic fracturing on the tribe’s land.

  • May 26, 2016

    Enviros Want In On EPA Mercury Rule Cost Analysis Fight

    Environmental groups on Wednesday urged the D.C. Circuit to let them help the EPA fight back against Murray Energy Corp.’s challenge to the agency’s court-ordered cost analysis for its controversial mercury and air toxics rule.

  • May 25, 2016

    House Battles Over LGBT Protections In Energy, Water Bill

    The U.S. House added possibly conflicting language addressing executive orders prohibiting LGBT discrimination among federal contractors to a $37.4 billion energy and water project authorization bill Wednesday, after voting down a measure explicitly preserving the orders in the Veterans Affairs authorization bill last week.

  • May 25, 2016

    Abengoa Affiliate OK'd To Sell Stake In Texas Water Pipeline

    A U.S. affiliate of Spanish alternative energy company Abengoa SA received approval from Delaware bankruptcy court Wednesday to sell its membership stake in a project partnership to build a pipeline supplying San Antonio with a significant portion of its water.

  • May 25, 2016

    NY Board OKs $485M For Buffalo-Area Solar Plant

    The New York State Public Authorities Control Board on Wednesday approved $485.5 million in additional funding for a solar panel production plant in Buffalo.

  • May 25, 2016

    Biz Group Shut Out From State's DOE Plutonium Waste Suit

    A federal judge on Wednesday refused to let a regional economic development alliance intervene in South Carolina’s lawsuit against the Department of Energy over a failure to complete a controversial, multibillion-dollar nuclear weapons waste disposal facility, saying the group's interests were adequately represented by the state.

  • May 25, 2016

    House Transpo Funding Bill Clears Murky Trucking Regs

    The House's $58.2 billion transportation and funding package that appropriators advanced Tuesday could provide needed operational flexibility to commercial truckers, experts say, by clarifying regulations over drivers' working conditions, like how long they spend driving and when they take breaks.

  • May 25, 2016

    3 States Ask 10th Circ. Not To Unblock BLM Fracking Rule

    Wyoming, Colorado and Utah on Wednesday asked the Tenth Circuit not to disturb a lower court’s stay of the Bureau of Land Management’s rule regulating hydraulic fracturing on federal and Indian lands, saying the agency has no authority to regulate the industry.

  • May 25, 2016

    Alberta Proposes Carbon Tax As Part Of Climate Push

    An environmental law introduced this week in Alberta would reinvest money from a new carbon tax in green technology and return some of that cash to residents.

Expert Analysis

  • Start-Of-Construction Update Should Benefit Clean Energy

    Jeffrey G. Davis

    The latest “start of construction” guidance makes it easier for renewable energy developers to satisfy the IRS’ requirements for the production tax credit, and will likely result in more projects being constructed with the associated increase in environmental and economic benefits, say attorneys with Mayer Brown LLP.

  • To Un-Jam Transportation Infrastructure Tenn. Tries P3s

    Zachary D. Jones

    Following the lead of at least 33 other states, Tennessee's new mass transit focused public-private partnership law should offer a solution to Nashville's growing traffic problem without dipping too deep into public coffers, say Zachary Jones and Cassidy Rosenthal at Stites & Harbison PLLC.

  • 5 Tips For Negotiating And Drafting Joint E-Discovery Plans

    Anthony J. Rospert

    Courts often require parties to develop a joint e-discovery plan. But even when they are not court-imposed, parties should consider using joint e-discovery plans to promote transparency and streamline the discovery process, say Anthony Rospert and Jake Evans of Thompson Hine LLP.

  • Oil And Gas Opportunities And Political Obstacles Ahead

    Jack R. Luellen

    The dramatic growth in domestic oil and natural gas production has reignited calls for the U.S. to achieve “energy independence." But at the same time, the resurgence of industry activity has been met with increased governmental oversight and tensions. Tremendous opportunities have been created, but the road to each is lined with significant challenges for industry, regulators and communities, says Jack Luellen at Fox Rothschild LLP.

  • Not So Fast, Ohio: FERC Weighs In On Wholesale Energy

    Joseph H. Fagan

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission recently affirmed its role in ensuring reasonable rates for wholesale sales of electric energy in Ohio. But state utilities seek to further their objectives without invoking FERC jurisdictional issues, and if other states aim to advance their public policy initiatives using similar methods, it could impose higher costs on captive retail customers, say Joseph Fagan and David Doot at Day Pitney LLP.

  • Panama Papers: Reminders About Law Firm Cybersecurity

    Sean Doherty

    Nowhere is the attractiveness of law firms as cybercrime targets more evident than the recent Mossack Fonseca hack, believed to be the most significant data theft event in history. Firms represent a treasure trove of information and historically have had dreadful cybersecurity practices. There has been some progress, but firms can also commit to better defending their information by taking a simple, three-step approach, says Sean D... (continued)

  • New Far-Reaching Air Regulations For US Oil And Gas Wells

    Scott Janoe

    The Obama administration recently announced two sweeping final rules to regulate air emissions from oil and gas exploration, production and transportation facilities and has begun a rulemaking process aimed at controlling methane emissions from existing oil and gas facilities, both of which will will place a significant burden on in-house staff, say attorneys at Baker Botts LLP.

  • OPINION: Sotomayor's Solution To Pro Bono Is Incomplete

    David A. Lash

    In calling for mandatory pro bono service, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is effectively using her bully pulpit to advance the cause of access to justice for the poor. Her courageous leadership is a clarion call to action that must be heeded. But bold as it may be, the pronouncement is incomplete, says David Lash, managing counsel for pro bono at O’Melveny & Myers LLP and a member of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel.

  • Creating Barclay Damon: Lessons From A Law Firm Merger

    John P. Langan

    Joining two firms with long histories meant not only combining cultures, philosophies and deeply rooted ways of doing business, but also combining two IT systems, two accounting systems, and two ways of handling many other administrative functions. It didn't help that the firms had different fiscal year ends, says John Langan, managing partner of Barclay Damon LLP.

  • Federal Gov't Should Stop Meddling In Stadium Financing

    Robert J. Eidnier

    While professional sports facility financings have suffered much negative publicity in recent years, the fundamental question of whether these facilities are more or less worthy of local government subsidies relative to other private activities seeking similar subsidies is a question that is and should remain the decision of the local government, says Robert Eidnier of Squire Patton Boggs LLP.