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State Net Capitol Journal: Renewable Energy Offsets Collapse Of Coal
Posted on 25 Jun 2015 by State Net

The U.S. coal industry has endured a precipitous decline in recent years. A Duke University study indicated that the industry shed 49,530 jobs between 2008 and 2012. U.S. renewable energy, meanwhile, has surged. The Duke study found that wind and solar... Read More

DLA Piper Energy Bulletin
Posted on 30 Jun 2015 by DLA Piper

This regular publication by DLA Piper lawyers focuses on helping clients navigate the ever-changing business, legal and regulatory landscape. • Railroad industry leader sees jump ahead in volume of crude-by-rail. Are oil companies... Read More

Cadwalader: Initial Decision Finds that BP Manipulated 2008 Natural Gas Market in Texas
Posted on 18 Aug 2015 by Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

Introduction On August 13, 2015, a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“ FERC ” or “ Commission ”) Administrative Law Judge (“ ALJ ”) issued an initial decision in which she found that BP America Inc. et al. (“... Read More

DLA Piper: Avoiding Multimillion-Dollar Liability For De Facto Partnership Breach Under Texas Law: One Useful Tip
Posted on 19 Mar 2014 by DLA Piper

By Ileana Blanco After a lengthy trial, a Dallas jury has found that a de facto partnership existed between Energy Transfers Partners, L.P. (ETP) and Enterprise Products Partners, L.P. “to market and pursue a pipeline project to transport crude... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: OSHA: Coming to a Drilling Site Near You
Posted on 24 Feb 2014 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Lindsay M. Bouffard and David E. Dick In an effort to reduce fatalities in the oil and gas industry, OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) created an Oil and Gas Regional Emphasis Program . This program, implemented in 2012, applies... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal: Politics Kills Clean Energy In Texas
Posted on 25 Jun 2015 by State Net

A Texas rebate program for electric vehicles is ending on June 26 – only about a year after it began. Not because state leaders think green rebates are a waste of money or threaten the free market. In fact, a House committee unanimously passed a... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Mineral Lessees Have Surface Rights Across Non-Producing Pooled Tracts
Posted on 2 Jul 2014 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Christina A. Denmark, Of Counsel, and Russell L. Schetroma, Member On June 20, 2014, the Texas Supreme Court held that a mineral lessee has the right to use a road to cross the surface of non-producing pooled tracts. This decision is critical for... Read More