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|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...
|Are You Done Yet? Compensation for Impacts of Public Works in Alberta|
Gregory A. Liakopoulos, Daron K. Naffin, Cassia J. Prentice; Bennett Jones LLP;
January 20, 2015, previously published on August 26, 2014During the recent resurfacing of Bow Trail there was a message posted on a pylon sign by an adjacent business owner that read “Bow Trail is not Rome. Please Complete” (see “Road Construction Delays Cause Headaches for Drivers, Businesses” on Global News). The business owners...
|Petition Challenges Short-Term Water Approvals in B.C.|
Wally Braul, Laura M. Gill, Alison J. Gray, Michael P. Theroux; Bennett Jones LLP;
January 13, 2015, previously published on January 16, 2014On November 13, 2013, two environmental organizations filed a petition that challenges the lawfulness of the BC Oil and Gas Commission’s (OGC) practice in granting approvals for the short-term use of water in hydraulic fracturing and other oil and gas operations, and seeks to quash certain...
|Joe Andrew Addresses the Atlantic Council Energy and Economic Summit in Istanbul|
Joseph (Joe) Andrew; Dentons Canada LLP;
January 9, 2015, previously published on November 24, 2014Joe Andrew, Dentons Global Chairman, was a featured speaker at the Atlantic Council's summit in Istanbul, "Doing Business in Turbulent Times: Atlantic Council Energy and Economic Summit."
|DOE Secretary Moniz to Provide Input on LNG Export Bill|
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
November 28, 2014, previously published on November 13, 2014According to The Hill, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Ernest Moniz is expected to provide input on environmental review and other issues contained in legislation sponsored by Senator John Hoeven (R-ND) that is intended to expedite DOE approval of LNG export applications.
|Tri-State Predicts Increased Load Growth|
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
November 28, 2014, previously published on November 4, 2014On Friday Tri-State Generation and Transmission (Tri-State) filed a resource plan update with state regulators, forecasting load growth at a rate that is faster than previously expected. If growth occurs at such rates, Tri-State indicated that it would utilize several options to secure increased...