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Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP: ‘Such a Fact Pattern Does Not a $5 Million Penalty Make’
Posted on 27 May 2015 by Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

By Doron Ezickson , Thomas Millar and Katherine Vorhis Or so says one dissenting FERC Commissioner in the recent Maxim Power enforcement proceeding. 1 On May 1, 2015, FERC issued an order assessing civil penalties (the “Order”) of $5 million... Read More

Duane Morris LLP: Congressional Approval of Mexico's Energy Reform Legislation
Posted on 22 Aug 2014 by Duane Morris LLP

On August 6, 2014, the Mexican Congress finally approved secondary legislation (the "Legislation") providing for the implementation of the historic constitutional energy reforms in Mexico that were approved on December 20, 2013, and which were... Read More

Babst Calland: Environmental Groups Plan Suit Over Absence of Regulation of Oil and Gas Waste
Posted on 21 Oct 2015 by Babst Calland

By Naeha Dixit On August 26, 2015, seven environmental groups sent the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) a Notice of Intent to Sue the agency in an attempt to force the agency to develop tailored rules for oil and gas wastes under the Resource... Read More

Babst Calland: ODNR Releases 2012 Ohio Oil And Gas Summary
Posted on 3 Dec 2013 by Babst Calland

By Michael T. Altvater The Ohio Department of Natural Resources released its annual oil and gas summary for 2012. The summary provides a comprehensive review of oil and gas permitting, drilling and production activity across the entire state of Ohio... Read More

Babst Calland: Ohio Judge Rules in Favor of Permitting Surveys in NEXUS Pipeline Case
Posted on 9 Oct 2015 by Babst Calland

By Michael T. Altvater The Medina County Court of Common Pleas issued a decision allowing surveys to be completed on tracts of land along the proposed NEXUS pipeline route. In Nexus Gas Transmission, LLC v. Houston , the Court ruled that the plain... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: FMLA Misstep Proves Costly to Energy Employer
Posted on 15 Jan 2014 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Lindsay M. Bouffard An oil and gas support services company recently paid more than $43,000 in back wages and agreed to reinstate a terminated employee after a Department of Labor (DOL) investigation revealed the company terminated an employee... Read More

McNees, Wallace & Nurick LLC: Pennsylvanians Penalized As Companies Are Forced To Waste Money Under Guise Of Energy Efficiency
Posted on 25 Sep 2015 by McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC

By Pamela C. Polacek Anyone who has paid an electric bill knows the importance of energy efficiency. Turn off the lights when you leave the room, install energy-saving light bulbs, keep the thermostat at a reasonable temperature: Every day, energy... Read More

DLA Piper Climate Change Alert: EPA Announces Carbon Regulations For Existing Power Plants
Posted on 12 Jun 2014 by DLA Piper

By Deborah E. Jennings , Andrew B. Schatz and Catherine B. Campbell The Environmental Protection Agency has announced long-awaited regulations to reduce carbon-dioxide (CO 2 ) emissions from existing power plants pursuant to the Clean Air Act. EPA's... Read More

Babst Calland: West Virginia Cracker Plant Could Have Multibillion Dollar Impact on State Economy
Posted on 3 Mar 2014 by Babst Calland

By W. Brian Nickerson As reported in the Pittsburgh Business Times , the proposed ethane cracker plant near Parkersburg, West Virginia, could potentially have a multi-billion dollar positive effect on the state’s economy. Emeritus Professor of... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: The Impacts of the 2014 Elections on Colorado’s Energy Industry
Posted on 18 Nov 2014 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Lori A. Dawkins, Member, and Devin C. Daines, Associate The results and impacts of Colorado’s recent elections were widely regarded as positive by those in the energy industry. By narrowly winning a second term, Governor John Hickenlooper... Read More

Babst Calland: Ohio Oil And Gas Commission Affirms Orders Suspending Operation Of An Injection Well Due To Low-Level Seismic Events
Posted on 14 Aug 2015 by Babst Calland

By David E. Northrop The Ohio Oil and Gas Commission rendered a decision on August 12, 2015, affirming two orders of the Chief of the Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management that suspended operation of an injection well operated by American Water... Read More

Troutman Sanders LLP: FERC Denies Request for Refund on Polar Vortex Costs
Posted on 5 Nov 2015 by Troutman Sanders

On October 15, 2015, FERC denied Champion Energy Marketing LLC’s (“CEM”) request for a $3.1 million refund of balancing operating reserve (“BOR”) costs assessed by PJM Interconnection, LLC and PJM Settlement, Inc. (collectively... Read More

Cadwalader Client & Friends Memo: Clear Rift Highlighted by Commissioners’ Lack of Action on New England’s Most Recent Forward Capacity Auction Results
Posted on 1 Oct 2014 by Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

On September 16, 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s four Commissioners issued statements explaining a 2-2 deadlock between Chairman LaFleur and Commissioner Moeller on the one hand and Commissioner Clark and new Commissioner Bay on... Read More