The Center for Biological Diversity on Thursday sued the U.S. Department of State in D.C. federal court, claiming the agency is illegally withholding information on the route of the Keystone XL pipeline and information about private contractors hired to work on environmental reviews for the controversial project.
A bipartisan group of senators unveiled federal legislation Wednesday to jump-start debate on boosting infrastructure investment, proposing a bill that establishes a new financing authority to help state and local governments leverage private funds for their transportation, water and energy infrastructure projects.
The U.S. trustee on Wednesday filed an objection to Maxus Energy Corp.'s Chapter 11 liquidation plan, saying it would give too much legal immunity to the liquidating trustee.
Sabine Pass Liquefaction LLC on Wednesday got behind the Department of Energy’s decision allowing Cheniere Energy Inc.'s Sabine Pass liquefied natural gas project to export the maximum amount of LNG it can produce, telling the D.C. Circuit that the agency reasonably concluded the project wouldn't significantly impact the environment despite what environmentalists say.
A Pennsylvania appeals court favored EQT Production in a Thursday ruling over a proposed natural gas well in Allegheny County, saying that a trial court appropriately reversed a municipality's decision to deny approval for the project.
The top Democrat on the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works on Wednesday again requested information from Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt regarding the Clean Power Plan after receiving what he deemed was an inadequate response.
The state of Illinois told a federal judge Wednesday its plan to subsidize struggling nuclear power plants is well within the state's authority under the Federal Power Act, saying the plan's challengers wrongly envision an electricity regulatory landscape devoid of any considerations that aren't economic.
A Montana electric cooperative on Wednesday sued members of the Crow Tribe court system and a tribe member to whom it had disconnected electrical services seeking protection from a lawsuit filed by the member in Crow Tribal Court, arguing the tribal court lacks jurisdiction.
Noble Energy Inc. on Thursday said that it would sell its stake in a Marcellus Shale midstream joint venture to private equity firm Quantum Energy Partners for $765 million, as the company looks to complete its exit from the Appalachian region and focus on operations in Texas and Colorado.
A pair of gas trusts appealed to the D.C. Circuit to overturn a Tax Court ruling that they are not entitled to tax credits for landfill gas sales, arguing in a brief filed Tuesday that the court had applied the wrong standard in determining they had not substantiated their claimed activities.
Higher project development costs and power prices are among the biggest concerns for U.S. solar industry stakeholders as bankrupt panel maker Suniva urges President Donald Trump to slap tariffs on all foreign-made solar cells. Here are four things to know about Suniva's case before the U.S. International Trade Commission and the impacts on the solar industry as a whole if the company successfully convinces Trump to impose tariffs.
New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced new efforts to reduce methane emissions, saying that additional monitoring and new policy development will help stem significant greenhouse gas emissions and push the state toward its climate change goals.
A former Federal Communications Commission commissioner who was most recently an executive at Frontier Communications Corp. has returned to Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP as special counsel in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office, where she will advocate on behalf of media, communications, energy and tech clients before regulators.
The Senate Homeland Security Committee on Wednesday sent five regulatory reform bills to the full body for a vote, all of which are designed to make it harder for executive agencies to promulgate rules.
Two Republican governors, from Vermont and Massachusetts, urged the U.S. Department of Energy on Wednesday to reconfirm the United States’ commitment to the Paris Agreement, saying their states have made progress in cutting carbon pollution but that they need national support to meet international commitments and maintain “global economic leadership.”
The First Circuit on Tuesday said that two Puerto Rico municipalities can’t ban how a coal-fired power plant owner disposes of its coal ash at three landfills within their borders since a Puerto Rican agency has already approved such activities, saying commonwealth law trumps local rules.
A Florida judge shot down two energy companies’ dueling petitions for quick wins Wednesday in an $89 million licensing suit concerning an energy catalyzer patent, deferring to a jury to evaluate the remaining factual inconsistencies in their competing accounts.
Environmental activists sent a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Wednesday asking it to halt construction on Energy Transfer Partners LP’s $4.2 billion Rover Pipeline, arguing that a construction accident in Ohio showed the company was unsafe.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Republican U.S. Sen. James Lankford on Tuesday reintroduced legislation requiring greater transparency of settlements companies and individuals enter into with federal agencies, including a disclosure of tax deductible amounts or other credits that affect the actual dollar figure.
The state of Connecticut on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, alleging that it didn’t timely act on the state’s petition asking the agency to stop pollution from a Pennsylvania coal-fired power plant from blowing in the state’s direction.
Congress and President Trump now have an opportunity to address energy-related management problems affecting Native Americans while respecting tribal decisions, strengthening sovereignty and improving the well-being of Native Americans nationwide, says Paul Moorehead of Powers Pyles Sutter and Verville PC.
If Time Magazine is correct in that being a lawyer is one of the five worst high-paying jobs, it may be time for the legal profession to pull one from the playbook of musicians and professional athletes and seek to enter a state of “flow,” says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.
Suffering from law firm ranking fatigue? Bewildered by the methodologies? If so, you're in good company. Alan Morrison, associate dean for public interest and public service law at George Washington University Law School, wonders just how far law firm ranking efforts may go.
New York and Illinois have approved programs providing nuclear power plants with monetary credits for generating electricity without emitting carbon dioxide. Opponents have sued in federal court to nullify the programs. Although the lawsuits are narrowly targeted, an unfortunate consequence could be rulings that also annul renewable portfolio standards and renewable energy credits, says Gordon Coffee of Winston & Strawn LLP.
In recent years, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission's power to influence policy and punish violators, even when there is no wrongful intent, has grown significantly. Nowhere have these trends been more evident than in the developing law of manipulation, says Dan Waldman, former general counsel of the CFTC now with Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP.
While Sierra Club v. Virginia Electric and Power may be only one of several cases dealing with Clean Water Act liability, the court in this matter is on the leading edge of cases considering whether to grant citizen groups’ preferred relief of forcing a utility to close by removal instead of closing and capping in place, says Steven Burns of Balch & Bingham LLP.
Most people have never had an opportunity to personally take part in a legal case that directly challenges laws or policies they don’t agree with. Now that crowdfunding is available for legal cases, people can engage directly with legal change in the community and be a check on the powerful, says Julia Salasky, CEO of CrowdJustice.
The Delaware Supreme Court, in its recent opinion in Brinckerhoff v. Enbridge Energy, reaffirmed the well-established general approach of the Delaware courts to master limited partnership cases, including that “safe harbors,” if followed, will immunize conflicted transactions from judicial review, say attorneys with Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP.
Perhaps lost in the presidential post-election tumult was a report issued in late 2016 by an international body evaluating U.S. compliance with anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing standards. Considering repeated criticisms of the legal profession, the American Bar Association should seriously consider a new model legal ethics rule, says Kevin Shepherd of Venable LLP.
Commercial-scale solar power has consistently lagged behind utility-scale and residential solar, due to a lack of standardization and high transaction costs. Unlike the residential solar market, commercial-scale projects generally do not use standardized power purchase agreements or other project documents. Attorneys from McDermott Will & Emery LLP suggest six standard contract terms that developers should use to streamline power p... (continued)