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How Oil & Gas Technology Investments Help Executives Secure Project Payback

Webinar: Oct. 3, 2017, 9 a.m. CDT
The fall in oil prices has driven energy executives to focus on reducing production costs, according to Schneider Electric. However, are the benefits accrued from this price-influenced cost cutting only temporary or can they be made permanent and sustainable?

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FERC is Back and Faces a Full Plate of Electricity Issues

FERC is Back and Faces a Full Plate of Electricity Issues

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With two new commissioners confirmed by the Senate and sworn in, FERC’s seven-month period without a quorum is over and it can get back to business, reports Covington & Burling on its Inside Energy & Environment blog.

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Could State Subsidies for Renewable Energy Face Legal Challenges?

Could State Subsidies for Renewable Energy Face Legal Challenges?

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The latest developments in federal courts indicate that state subsidies for renewable energy, including renewable-energy portfolio standards and mandated procurement programs, are safe from challenges, at least for now, according to an O’Melveny & Myers article.

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BLM Proposes Rescission of 2015 Hydraulic Fracturing Rule

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The Bureau of Land Management has announced its recommendation that the hydraulic fracturing rule from 2015 entitled, “Oil and Gas; Hydraulic Fracturing on Federal and Indian Lands,” be rescinded, reports Fox Rothschild.

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Quick Legal Appeal in the Works for Illinois Zero-Emissions Credit Ruling

Quick Legal Appeal in the Works for Illinois Zero-Emissions Credit Ruling

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Nuclear generators in other states also are seeking legislative and administrative support to help plants compete against cheaper gas and renewables, reports Platts.

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Electrification of the Auto Industry Steps on the Gas

Electrification of the Auto Industry Steps on the Gas

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Several recent developments show momentum continuing to build toward the replacement of fossil fuels with electricity to power the cars of the future, reports Foley & Lardner.

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Tillerson in Focus as Exxon Investigation Intensifies

Tillerson in Focus as Exxon Investigation Intensifies

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Schneiderman’s office considers the nation’s chief diplomat a central figure in a case that pits the ambitious Democrat against a Texas energy giant and has divided attorneys general nationwide, reports JWN.

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What Does Your Reservation Clause Mean?

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Two Locke Lord lawyers authored a discussion about a court decision that emphasizes the importance of properly phrasing a reservation clause, as to avoid inadvertently granting an interest in a mineral estate.

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Energy Department Seeks Input on Regulatory Reform

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This is part of a government-wide initiative to overhaul the federal government’s regulatory regime, set in motion with an executive order signed by President Trump, reports K&L Gates.

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EIA: Global Oil Oversupply Could Return in 2018

EIA: Global Oil Oversupply Could Return in 2018

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The U.S. Energy Information Administration lowered its crude-oil price forecast and raised its production outlook for 2018 in its latest Short-Term Energy Outlook, reports Oil & Gas Journal.

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8th Circuit Makes It Easier For Plaintiffs to Take Fracking Contamination Claims to Trial

8th Circuit Makes It Easier For Plaintiffs to Take Fracking Contamination Claims to Trial

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A podcast on Kane Russell Coleman & Logan’s Energy Law Today discusses the Eighth Circuit’s recent ruling that makes it easier for plaintiffs to take fracing contamination claims to trial.

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Suit for Bad Frac Job Requires a Certificate of Merit

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Gray Reed & McGraw’s Energy & the Law Blog discusses a case that asked whether a court must dismiss an engineering defect lawsuit filed without a certificate of merit with prejudice or may dismiss without prejudice.

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Webcast: BP Statistical Review of World Energy 2017

Webcast: BP Statistical Review of World Energy 2017

Event, June 13
BP Global will present a webcast discussing data generated by the BP Statistical Review of World Energy, on Tuesday, June 13, 9:30-11 a.m. Eastern time.

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A New Start for U.S. Offshore Oil, Gas Drilling?

A New Start for U.S. Offshore Oil, Gas Drilling?

Podcast
A podcast from the Center on Global Energy Policy discusses the latest executive order on offshore oil and gas drilling and what political and legal challenges the order will face.

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Blank Rome Names New Corporate Litigation Partner in Houston

Blank Rome Names New Corporate Litigation Partner in Houston

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Blank Rome LLP announces that Elizabeth E. Klingensmith has joined the firm as a partner in the Corporate Litigation group and member of the Energy industry team.

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Lanier Law Firm Adds Experienced Oil & Gas Attorney Todd Grimmett

Lanier Law Firm Adds Experienced Oil & Gas Attorney Todd Grimmett

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Veteran energy company in-house counsel Todd L. Grimmett has joined The Lanier Law Firm as a member of the commercial litigation team.

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The Nation’s First Legislative Fracking Ban Is on the Books

The Nation’s First Legislative Fracking Ban Is on the Books

Podcast
In an episode of Kane Russell Coleman Logan’s energy law podcast, director Tom Ciarlone discusses the nation’s first legislative fracking ban.

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EPA Announces Methane Rule Reconsideration, Adding to List of Obama-Era Rules Under Review

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Authors Whit Swift and Brittany Pemberton write that the Methane Rule applies to oil and gas facilities for which construction, modification, or reconstruction started after September 18, 2015.

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Webcast: Looking to Oil ETFs Ahead of May 25 OPEC Meeting

Webcast: Looking to Oil ETFs Ahead of May 25 OPEC Meeting

On-Demand
The ETF Trends webinar discusses various factors that could affect the crude oil prices, including OPEC and policy changes, and looked to investment opportunities to potentially capitalize on the energy market.

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Can Reworking a Saltwater Disposal Well Maintain a Lease?

Can Reworking a Saltwater Disposal Well Maintain a Lease?

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Charles Sartain of Gray Reed & McGraw asks the question: Should the sufficiency of reworking operations under the cessation-of-production clause of an oil and gas lease be limited to the producing well?

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