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|North Dakota Supreme Court — Ownership of Minerals Under Land Deeded to Railroads by Private Landowners|
Lynne J. Boomgaarden, John R. Lee, John W. Morrison; Crowley Fleck PLLP;
July 30, 2015, previously published on July 17, 2015In a recently decided case—EOG Resources, Inc. v. Soo Line R.R. Co., 2015 ND 187—a divided North Dakota Supreme Court held that a series of deeds from fee owners to a railroad, all titled “Warranty Deed—Right of Way,” unambiguously conveyed fee interests to the...
|Competition Concerns Identified in UK Energy Market Investigation|
Alan Davis, Matt Evans; Jones Day;
July 28, 2015, previously published on July 2015The UK Competition and Markets Authority ("CMA") published a report on 7 July 2015 setting out its provisional findings in a market investigation of the energy sector, in particular for gas and electricity at both wholesale and retail levels in the UK. Market investigations involve...
|FERC’s Reaction to CEQ’s Greenhouse Gas Guidance: For Now, Business as Usual|
Gus Howard, Howard L. Nelson; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
July 14, 2015, previously published on July 10, 2015On June 23, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued an Order Denying Rehearing of its earlier April 6, 2015 order, authorizing Sabine Pass Liquefaction, LLC to construct and operate natural gas liquefaction export facilities. The order is noteworthy for the Commission’s response...
|Alberta Announces Revisions to GHG Legislation; Convenes Panel to Advise on Comprehensive Climate Change Strategy|
Thomas W. McInerney, Duncan M. McPherson; Bennett Jones LLP;
July 6, 2015, previously published on June 25, 2015Today the Alberta government announced important changes to current climate change legislation, the Specified Gas Emitters Regulation (SGER). The government has stated that it would renew the SGER, which was set to expire on June 30th, with the following changes.
|Mexico's Federal Electricity Commission Announces New Projects for US$10 Billion|
José Estandía, Antonio Franck, Thomas E. Heather, Jeffrey A. Schlegel, Alberto de la Parra Z.; Jones Day;
June 30, 2015, previously published on June 25, 2015On June 23, 2015, Mexico's Federal Electricity Commission ("CFE") announced public tenders in Mexico and the United States for more than 150 billion pesos or almost US$10 billion of new projects that will be called by the end of the year for completion by 2018. The most important of these...
|Canadian SPACS Ride the Lightning - Summer 2015|
William J. E. Jones, Jonathan Poirier, Manoj Pundit, Jason M. Saltzman; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
June 26, 2015, previously published on June 24, 2015The Canadian capital markets are abuzz with optimism around the development and proliferation of the SPAC program in 2015. On June 22, 2015, the TSX hosted an information session on the SPAC program with panels on the Canadian experience to date contrasted with the US SPAC experience. The programme...
|Performance Enhancement: FERC Approves Significant Restructuring of PJM’s Capacity Market|
Francesca Ciliberti-Ayres, Gregory K. Lawrence; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
June 26, 2015, previously published on June 25, 2015On June 9, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) conditionally approved significant reforms to PJM’s capacity market, implementing the Capacity Performance Resource product, with PJM’s compliance filing due within 30 days.1 FERC found such reforms were necessary to...
|Supreme Court of Texas Issues Three Important Oil and Gas Decisions|
Kyle R. Kreshover, Omar Samji, Jeffrey A. Schlegel, David S. Stringer; Jones Day;
June 24, 2015, previously published on June 2015This month, the Texas Supreme Court decided three cases implicating oil and gas contract interpretation issues with important consequences to the industry. The Court held in all three cases that the plain meaning of a contract will prevail over an interpretation based on the industry's common views...
|Ohio Supreme Court Ruling a Win for Mineral Holders|
R. Jeffrey Pollock; McDonald Hopkins LLC;
June 24, 2015, previously published on June 18, 2015The Supreme Court of Ohio rendered its first decision today regarding Ohio’s Dormant Mineral Act in the case of Dodd v. Croskey, with significant implications for landowners and owners to mineral rights involving Utica Shale.
|FDA Announces Final Determination that Partially Hydrogenated Oils are Not GRAS|
Melvin S. Drozen, Alissa D. Jijon, Evangelia C. Pelonis, Laura Venker; Keller and Heckman LLP;
June 24, 2015, previously published on Jun 16, 2015On June 16, 2015, FDA announced its final determination that there is no longer a consensus among qualified experts that partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) are “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS) for any use in human food. In effect, PHOs will now be regulated as food additives,...