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Fracking, Drinking Water and Regulation

Jessica Ernst has launched a multi million dollar lawsuit against Encana Corporation , the Alberta Energy Resources Conservation Board, and the Alberta government for contamination of her property and drinking water due to Encana's fracking program. Encana fractures rock to extract coal bed methane...

Troutman Sanders LLP: New York Moves To Allow, While New Jersey May Ban, Shale Fracking

On Friday, July 1, 2011, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation ("DEC") released its draft supplemental generic environmental impact statement ("SGEIS"), a proposal that would grant access to more than 80% of the shale formations within the state of New York. Notably...

Troutman Sanders LLP: FERC Announces Public Review of Regulations

On July 11, 2011, FERC Chairman Jon Wellinghoff announced that the Commission will engage in a public effort to "reassess and streamline" their federal regulations. The Commission is acting to implement President Barack Obama's July 11th executive order that asks FERC and other independent...

Troutman Sanders LLP: Chesapeake Energy Announces New, $1 Billion Gas Plan

On Monday, July 11, 2011, Chesapeake Energy Corporation ("Chesapeake") announced its plan to spend over $1 billion over the next 10 years in order to help spur the development and demand for domestic supplies of natural gas and oil. Chesapeake stated that it hopes that its plan will help create...

Troutman Sanders LLP: EPA Issues Strict New Cross-State Air Pollution Rule for Power Plants

On July 7, 2011, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") issued new rules requiring power plants in 27 eastern, mid-western, and southern states to cut emissions of nitrogen oxide by 54% and sulfur dioxide by 73% from 2005 levels by the time the rules take full effect in 2014. The...

Troutman Sanders LLP: FERC Approves Merger of Northeast Utilities and NSTAR

On July 6, 2011, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC" or the "Commission") approved the proposed merger of NSTAR and Northeast Utilities (the "Merger"). The newly formed utility will operate under the name Northeast Utilities.Previously, the two companies announced...

Troutman Sanders LLP: FERC Finds Insufficient Consensus to Issue Rulemaking on Smart Grid

On July 19, 2011, FERC issued an order on Smart Grid Interoperability Standards, and found insufficient consensus to institute a rulemaking proceeding to adopt the five families of standards identified by the National Institute of Standards and Technology ("NIST") as ready for review by the...

Environmental Groups Sue Over Natural Gas Drilling Regulations

NEW YORK - (AP) Environmental groups filed a lawsuit Thursday in New York City to force federal officials to conduct an environmental review before issuing final regulations on natural gas drilling in the Delaware River Basin because of concerns over the method used to remove the gas. The lawsuit asks...

Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law: New Report Published on Carbon Offshoring: The Legal and Regulatory Framework for U.S. Coal Exports

By Daniel Firger, Associate Director, Center for Climate Change, Columbia Law School Coal is the most polluting fossil fuel, releasing far higher levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) and conventional air pollutants-including sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, and mercury-per unit of energy than either oil...

Michael Niebruegge, Leading Practitioner in Energy Finance, Joins Cadwalader

HOUSTON - Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, a leading counselor to global financial institutions and corporations, has announced that it has added one of the foremost attorneys in energy finance, Michael Niebruegge, to the partnership. Niebruegge will bring his expertise in financing oil and...

Range Resources Appalachia Wins Dismissal of 'Dear Property Owner' Contract Case (Download Opinion and Docket FREE)

Yesterday, a federal district court in West Virginia dismissed a suit against Range Resources - Appalachia, LLC, without prejudice. The suit had alleged that, in the fall of 2008, representatives from Range approached the plaintiff landowners to discuss leasing their gas reserves and that Range entered...

Energy Secretary's Advisors Recommend Major Changes to Improve Regulation of Shale Gas Fracking

By Dianne Saxe, Ontario Environmental Lawyer Advisors to US Energy Secretary, Stephen Chu, have recommended major changes to improve regulation and environmental performance of shale gas fracturing (fracking) in the US. Public consultation is continuing, and the final report will be released in November...