Energy

  • February 13, 2018

    Enviros Challenge EPA Permit For Gulf Oil Drillers At 5th Circ.

    The Center for Biological Diversity and other environmental groups asked the Fifth Circuit on Tuesday to review a U.S. Environmental Protection Act permit that allowed offshore oil and gas platforms to dump fracking and drilling waste into Gulf of Mexico waters, saying not enough was known about the dangers of those activities.

  • February 13, 2018

    White & Case Launches Houston Office With Oil, Gas Focus

    International firm White & Case LLP opened a new office in Houston on Monday, with a focus on the oil and gas industry, both in the United States and abroad.

  • February 13, 2018

    Sunoco Pipeline Driller Files $25M Suit Over Equipment Woes

    A drilling company accused a supplier in Pennsylvania federal court on Monday of costing it more than $25 million as a result of faulty equipment it provided for work on a Sunoco Inc. pipeline project and a pair of wells at a U.S. Air Force base.

  • February 13, 2018

    BakerHostetler Nabs Ex-Davis Wright Tremaine Energy Atty

    BakerHostetler has announced it picked up an energy industry veteran from Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, adding a seasoned attorney with years of experience appearing before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

  • February 13, 2018

    BLM Proposes Pulling Back Obama’s Methane Flaring Rule

    The U.S. Bureau of Land Management on Monday proposed to eliminate most of an Obama-era rule aimed at reducing the amount of methane that oil and gas companies release on federal and Native American lands, saying the regulations are too costly for business.

  • February 13, 2018

    FERC Gave Fuel Pipelines Unfair Leverage, DC Circ. Told

    United Airlines Inc. and UPS Fuel Services Inc. on Tuesday urged a D.C. Circuit panel to upend a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission decision they say gave pipelines unfair leverage over would-be fuel shippers seeking carriage of petroleum products.

  • February 12, 2018

    9th Circ. OKs Sanctions For First Solar Wrongful Death Suit

    A California federal judge correctly found that a workers' compensation deal preempted a suit against First Solar Inc. over an employee killed while inspecting its power plant, and his estate's attorneys were properly sanctioned for making arguments they should have known were frivolous, the Ninth Circuit ruled Monday.

  • February 12, 2018

    Gov't Must Seek Tribes' Input On Vital Issues: NCAI Prez

    The federal government must respect tribes’ sovereignty by engaging their leaders on infrastructure, tax, energy, land management, labor and many other issues impacting tribal governments and members, the president of the National Congress of American Indians said Monday.

  • February 12, 2018

    Former Venezuelan Oil Execs Charged In Bribery Scheme

    Prosecutors on Monday unveiled foreign bribery-related charges against five former Venezuelan government officials allegedly connected to a scheme to fraudulently secure energy contracts from the South American nation’s state-owned oil giant, saying one of the officials has been extradited from Spain.

  • February 12, 2018

    Shareholders Must Pay Bond In $573M Pakistan LNG Row

    A British court on Friday ordered the shareholders for a former liquefied natural gas business in Pakistan to post a £400,000 ($553,000) security payment as they try to revive their $573 million contract dispute with Pakistan, which the Mauritius companies accuse of manipulating gas prices in the country so their business would fail and then expropriating their assets after the fact.

  • February 12, 2018

    Kazakhstan Assets Still Frozen In Award Fight, Investors Say

    Two Moldovan oil and gas investors said Sunday that, Kazakhstan’s claims to the contrary notwithstanding, roughly $22.6 billion in the country’s national assets remain frozen, securing their bid to enforce a more than $500 million arbitration award stemming from the country’s seizure of the their petroleum operations.

  • February 12, 2018

    Shell Cuts $10M Deal In La. Toxic Air Emissions Suit

    Shell Chemical LP agreed on Monday to spend approximately $10 million to reduce harmful air pollution from four industrial flares at a plant in Norco, Louisiana, resolving allegations that emissions from the Shell facilities violate the Clean Air Act and state law.

  • February 12, 2018

    Trump Proposes 25 Percent Cut To EPA In 2019 Budget

    President Donald Trump on Monday proposed cutting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s budget by nearly a quarter in fiscal year 2019, a reduction that would slash money for a variety of activities including research and state programs.

  • February 12, 2018

    Clean Energy On Chopping Block In Trump Budget Blueprint

    Clean energy development bears the brunt of U.S. Department of Energy spending cuts proposed by President Donald Trump on Monday, as it did in last year’s budget blueprint, while the Department of the Interior's slimmed-down budget looks to use expanded energy leasing revenues to pay for public infrastructure projects.

  • February 12, 2018

    9th Circ. Backs Arctic Ringed Seals’ ‘Threatened Status’

    The Ninth Circuit on Monday overturned a lower court and said that the federal government did not err when it used climate change predictions as part of its reasoning to classify a ringed seal subspecies as threatened, deciding that the determination was “supported by the record.”

  • February 12, 2018

    Tenants 2 Years Late To Claim $21M DuPont Superfund Deal

    An Indiana federal judge on Friday told a group of frustrated Hoosier State residents they are two years too late to intervene in a $21 million cleanup deal with Atlantic Richfield Co. and DuPont despite sympathizing with them over the slow pace of the Superfund cleanup.

  • February 12, 2018

    Feds, Dakota Access Fight Tribe To Keep Pipeline Permits

    The federal government and Dakota Access LLC further urged a D.C. federal court Friday to deny the Yankton Sioux Tribe’s bid to pull permits for the company’s controversial pipeline, with the government saying it had completely complied with the National Environmental Policy Act.

  • February 12, 2018

    NJ Enviros, Ex-State Sen. Can't Stop $225M Exxon Deal

    A New Jersey appeals court on Monday refused to second-guess the state’s controversial $225 million settlement with Exxon Mobil Corp. over contamination from its refineries and gas stations, ruling in a published decision that the judge who heard the case in its entirety had been in the best position to approve the deal.

  • February 12, 2018

    Del. Court OKs Potential Exit For Oxbow Carbon Investors

    A Delaware Chancery Court ruling opened the door Monday to a possible receiver-supervised sale of William I. Koch’s $2.6 billion Oxbow Carbon LLC, after finding that the company took unfair advantage of gaps in the company’s membership agreement to block investor cashout efforts.

  • February 12, 2018

    Enviro Watchdog Says DOI Temp Officials Are Illegal

    An environmental group on Monday accused the U.S. Department of the Interior of illegally installing temporary leaders of its Bureau of Land Management, Fish and Wildlife Service and National Parks Service, potentially invalidating actions taken by those agencies or making them more vulnerable to legal challenges.

Expert Analysis

  • Lessons From President Trump's Failed Judicial Nominations

    Arun Rao

    On Tuesday, the Trump administration announced 12 new judicial nominations. We will soon discover whether these candidates learned from the mistakes of the three nominees forced to withdraw in December after bipartisan concerns arose over their qualifications, says Arun Rao, executive VP of Investigative Group International.

  • The Government’s Big Stick For Fighting Small Biz Fraud

    Amy Laderberg O'Sullivan

    Last year saw the first application of the Small Business Act's presumption-of-loss rule in a civil False Claims Act case — U.S. v. Washington Closure Hanford. The ruling will likely embolden the government to aggressively pursue cases involving set-aside fraud, say attorneys with Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • High Court Considers Upending Patent Damages

    Rayiner Hashem

    The U.S. Supreme Court recently granted certiorari in WesternGeco v. Ion, a case that could have significant ramifications for U.S. patent holders who compete in foreign markets, say attorneys with MoloLamken LLP.

  • When Attorneys Get Ensnared In FCPA Misconduct

    Louis Ramos

    The prosecutions of veteran lawyers at two multinational corporations — Keppel and PetroTiger — offer a sobering truth: Those responsible for protecting their companies from corruption-related risks can be held criminally accountable for their lapses in judgment. Recently unsealed court documents shed light on potential pitfalls for both legal and compliance professionals, say Louis Ramos and Benjamin Klein of DLA Piper.

  • How To Control Data As Technology Complicates E-Discovery

    Peter Ostrega

    While technology is making certain aspects of e-discovery faster and easier, it is also creating new challenges as quickly as we can provide solutions. The good news is that there are concrete steps businesses can take to address those challenges, says Peter Ostrega of Consilio LLC.

  • How The Climate Changed For Renewables In 2017

    Brook Detterman

    2017 ended, as it began, with much uncertainty for renewable energy, as the Trump administration continued to move against the Clean Power Plan. But key renewable energy objectives advanced at the state level, and tax reform left the production tax credit for wind energy and the investment tax credit for solar developers intact, says Brook Detterman of Beveridge & Diamond PC.

  • Will Tax Reform Affect Utility Rates?

    Bradley Seltzer

    While some have trumpeted massive refunds awaiting utility customers following the federal corporate tax rate reduction from 35 percent to 21 percent, there are statutory, judicial and regulatory considerations and guiding principles that limit the extent to which such savings can and should be shared with utility ratepayers, say Bradley Seltzer and Amish Shah of Eversheds Sutherland LLP.

  • Key SEC Disclosure Topics For Oil And Gas Companies

    Bill Nelson

    Comment letters sent last year to oil and natural gas exploration and production companies by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission indicated several major areas of concern regarding such companies’ disclosures. Most of the SEC’s top concerns remain relevant this year, say attorneys with Haynes and Boone LLP.

  • Oil States Patent Dispute Will Affect Bankruptcy Courts

    Benjamin Feder

    A patent dispute before the U.S. Supreme Court this term, Oil States v. Greene’s, concerns the limits of Congress’ ability to create courts under Article I and therefore raises separation-of-power issues similar to those in Stern v. Marshall, where the Supreme Court limited the authority of the bankruptcy courts, says Benjamin Feder of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.

  • How Delaware Courts Approach Effort Commitments

    Henry Alderfer

    Recent cases from Delaware have provided insight into how courts analyze and interpret contractual commitments to use various levels of effort under Delaware law, says Henry Alderfer of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP.