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|PHMSA Announces Proposed Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Rules|
Paul F. Forshay, Allison E. Speaker, Michael A. Stosser; Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP;
March 22, 2016, previously published on March 22, 2016The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has issued a proposal to implement regulations that would add new safety measures designed to raise existing safety standards applicable to pipelines currently regulated by PHMSA. The Administration also proposes to make those...
|Supreme Court Grants Stay of Obama Clean Power Plan|
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
February 11, 2016, previously published on February 10, 2016The Supreme Court has granted a stay request from more than two dozen states, plus utilities and coal companies, to put on hold the implementation of President Obama’s Clean Power Plan. The Court’s decision halts implementation but does not address the merits of the pending legal...
|House Republicans Ready to Compromise on Energy|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
January 20, 2016, previously published on January 8, 2016House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) made news this week when he said that House Republicans would be willing to remove some of the more partisan and controversial measures in his energy legislation package to make it more bipartisan and increase its chances of actually becoming law.
|Africa Energy Frontiers Equatorial Guinea|
NJ Ayuk, Eric Rubén Huertas Morales; Centurion LLP;
December 10, 2015, previously published by Centurion Law Group on December 7, 2015Equatorial Guinea is the third largest oil producer in Sub-Saharan Africa and is promoting a range of industrial projects to gain value from its hydrocarbon resources.
|EPA Issues Clean Power Plan to Control Power Plant Carbon Emissions|
Casey F. Bradford, Daniel L. Corbett, Jennifer M. Hayes, Jane K. Murphy, Charles T. Wehland; Jones Day;
August 17, 2015, previously published on August 2015At a White House ceremony on August 3, 2015, President Obama and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") issued the Clean Power Plan ("CPP"), the administration's regulatory plan to reduce carbon dioxide ("CO2") emissions from existing fossil fuel power plants...
|Ohio Supreme Court: Municipalities Cannot Obstruct Oil and Gas Development That the State Has Permitted|
Matthew R. Duncan, Michael J. Matasich; Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLC;
April 10, 2015, previously published on February 19, 2015The Ohio Supreme Court has issued an important decision in State ex rel. Morrison v. Beck Energy Corp., Slip Opinion No. 2015-Ohio-485 reaffirming the preeminent role of the State of Ohio in regulating oil and gas drilling over local municipalities.
|Ohio Supreme Court’s Preemption Analysis Limits Municipalities’ Power to Regulate Oil and Gas Drilling|
Genevieve A. Pecharka, John R. Seeds; Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, P.C.;
April 10, 2015, previously published on March 9, 2015In an effort to end growing uncertainty surrounding municipalities’ authority to pass ordinances limiting oil and gas drilling, the Ohio Supreme Court recently upheld existing case law and affirmed that state statutes preempt conflicting local ordinances. In State ex rel. Morrison v. Beck...
|U.S. Government Resets Cuban Policy and Eases Sanctions Against Cuba|
Jeffrey P. Bialos, B. Scott Burton, Mark D. Herlach, John S. Pruitt, Beverly J. Rudy; Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP;
February 6, 2015, previously published on December 18, 2014Yesterday, President Obama announced that the United States and Cuba will begin talks to resume full diplomatic relations and partially lift travel and economic sanctions and restrictions, some of which have existed for more than 50 years. The announcement came after 18 months of secret discussions...
|Congress Authorizes New Ukraine-Related Sanctions Against Russia|
Cheryl I. Aaron, Jeffrey P. Bialos, Mark D. Herlach, John S. Pruitt, Beverly J. Rudy; Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP;
February 6, 2015, previously published on December 23, 2014On December 18th, President Obama signed into law the “Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014,” authorizing stricter sanctions against Russia, and also increasing military and non-military assistance for Ukraine. Although the new law grants the President broad authority to take action...
|More Regulatory Stability and Incentives for Biogas and Biomass Projects|
Joshua L. Belcher, Susan G. Lafferty, Ram C. Sunkara; Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP;
February 6, 2015, previously published on December 23, 2014Last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a host of new incentives to encourage the use of fuels derived from biomass—including biogas that replaces traditional natural gas in the form of compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied natural gas (LNG). EPA is planning...