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State Department Releases Keystone XL Pipeline Environmental Impact Statement

STATE DEPT. RELEASES KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT: On January 31, 2014, the State Department released its Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement regarding the Keystone XL Pipeline Project.  The SEIS raises no significant environmental concerns related to the project.  The next stage in the permitting process is consideration of whether the project is in the … Continue reading »

Senate Energy Committee Hearing January 30th to Discuss Lifting Ban on U.S. Crude Oil Exports

SENATE HEARING TO DISCUSS LIFTING BAN ON U.S. CRUDE OIL EXPORTS: At 9:30 a.m. on January 30, 2014, the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources will hold a hearing to discuss the export of U.S. crude oil, which has been prohibited (with minor exceptions) by a policy implemented in the 1970s. Whether to lift the ban … Continue reading »

Restructuring the Regulation of Cross-Border Energy Infrastructure: The Impact of H.R. 3301, the North American Energy Infrastructure Act

            Last week, the House Energy & Commerce Committee held a hearing to explore the potential impacts of H.R. 3301, the North American Energy Infrastructure Act, which seeks to restructure the current regulatory framework that governs oil and natural gas pipelines, and electric transmission facilities that cross the borders of the United States into Mexico … Continue reading »

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The Criminal Side of Fracking: Individuals and Companies Face State and Federal Criminal Charges related to Handling and Disposal of Waste from Hydraulic Fracturing

            On Monday, October 28, 2013, the Clean Water Action national environmental organization (“CWA”) filed a federal civil lawsuit against Waste Treatment Corporation for the alleged illegal disposal of hundreds of thousands of gallons of natural gas drilling waste water into the Allegheny River in Pennsylvania.  Claiming that the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (“PADEP”) … Continue reading »

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The Dodd-Frank Burden the Energy Industry Must Bear: Will the SEC Lighten the Load Following a Federal Court’s Vacatur of Its Rule Requiring Oil & Natural Gas Companies to Publicly Disclose Payments to the U.S. & Foreign Governments?

            The Dodd-Frank Act has significantly affected the energy industry, with the ultimate implications of the Act’s reforms remaining to be seen.  Recent discussion has surrounded Section 1504’s requirement that companies disclose the type and total amount of payments made to foreign (and the U.S.) governments in connection with projects for the commercial development of […]

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Global Investigations Into Oil Benchmark Price Manipulation

            In the last several weeks, the European Union’s investigation into potential manipulation of oil benchmark pricing has illuminated the global impact of activity in the energy markets and related policy development.  The EU investigation, headed by the European Commissioner for Competition, is looking into whether there has been coordinated and collusive manipulation of benchmark […]

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