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Court: FERC’s Regulatory Structure Not Biased in Favor of Pipeline Applicants

Court: FERC’s Regulatory Structure Not Biased in Favor of Pipeline Applicants

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The district court concluded that if plaintiffs “are unhappy” with Congress’s chosen appropriations to FERC, plaintiffs’ “recourse lies with their legislative representatives,” according to Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP’s Gavel2Gavel blog.

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The U.S. Tax Reform and the Energy Sector

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Reforms in the U.S. tax code proposed being considered in Congress could have significant implications for the energy industry in the U.S., and worldwide, according to an article published on the website of Hogan Lovells.

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EPA to the Oil and Gas Industry on its Request for Information: Never Mind

EPA to the Oil and Gas Industry on its Request for Information: Never Mind

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The EPA has announced that it will no longer demand detailed information regarding methane releases from gas production facilities and related equipment, reports Akin Gump in its AG Deal Diary.

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Study Says Local Benefits From ‘Fracking’ Outweigh the Costs

Study Says Local Benefits From ‘Fracking’ Outweigh the Costs

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The study explored revenue generated in communities where drilling takes place, local income and employment, benefits to local governments, decreases in the quality of life, and increases in housing prices.

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Disaster Response for the Gulf Oil Spill Webinar

Disaster Response for the Gulf Oil Spill Webinar

Event, March 16, 1 p.m. EST
Textron Systems will present a webinar demonstrating how remote sensing and geospatial mapping products can be employed to quickly respond to an evolving oil spill.

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Chesapeake Energy and McClendon Estate Reach Settlement

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The deal calls for Chesapeake to pay $3.25 million in legal fees and drop claims for $445 million related to data McClendon took from the company when he was fired in April 2013, reports The Oklahoman.

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Charles ‘Skip’ Watson Joins Texas Oil-and-Gas Law Boutique

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Midland, Texas-based energy law boutique Davis, Gerald & Cremer has added Texas appellate specialist Charles “Skip” Watson to its Austin office.

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Addressing Environmental Claims and Obligations in Chapter 11

Event, Feb. 8, 1 p.m. EST
Practical Law and IWIRC NY offer a complimentary webinar addressing environmental claims and obligations in Chapter 11 with leading bankruptcy attorneys and advisors.

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Pipeline Opponents Face High Legal Hurdles Challenging Trump

Pipeline Opponents Face High Legal Hurdles Challenging Trump

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Reuters is reporting that opponents of two controversial oil pipelines face an uphill battle if they fight construction of the lines.

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Texas Supreme Court Rules Pipeline Can Take Land by Eminent Domain

Texas Supreme Court Rules Pipeline Can Take Land by Eminent Domain

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Typically, the power of eminent domain is granted to governmental entities rather than private institutions. Under Texas law, however, a common carrier has the right and power of eminent domain, according to Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.

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Trial Lawyer Jay Old Joins Texas-based Hicks Thomas LLP

Trial Lawyer Jay Old Joins Texas-based Hicks Thomas LLP

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Veteran trial lawyer Jay Old has joined commercial litigation firm Hicks Thomas LLP where he will continue to represent construction, insurance, petrochemical and health care companies as part of his client portfolio.

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Are We Dialing Down Nuclear Power at Precisely the Wrong Time?

Are We Dialing Down Nuclear Power at Precisely the Wrong Time?

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Nuclear plants are disappearing at a faster rate than the EPA forecasted due to a variety of economic, regulatory and political factors, according to an article published by FTI Consulting Inc.

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Gardere Represents Matrix Petroleum in Breach of Contract Suit

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Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP successfully represented Matrix Petroleum Holdings LLC in a breach of contract suit against Talisman Energy USA Inc. A Texas appeals court decided against lifting an injunction that barred Talisman from proposing to drill mutually owned oil and gas wells on an Eagle Ford shale ranch.

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Tax Implications for Investors in the Era of Price Fluctuations

Tax Implications for Investors in the Era of Price Fluctuations

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Michael A. Silva and Vince Slusher write that investors who own shares in companies and partnerships that are suffering from the hard times in the oil patch will face an ever-bigger headache thanks to the tax consequences of the price drop.

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Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against Lawyer Over Chesapeake Legal Fees

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A state district judge in Fort Worth shut down the litigation against Dan McDonald in which attorney Jim Ward was seeking up to a third of the millions in legal fees stemming from the Chesapeake case.

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Fracking Fluid Dynamics: New Trade Secrets Movements

Fracking Fluid Dynamics: New Trade Secrets Movements

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As oil prices remain volatile, trade secret and intellectual property protection continues to be a key component of ensuring profitability, according to Orrick’s Trade Secrets Watch.

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Skadden Publishes 2016 Edition of Energy Law Handbook

Skadden Publishes 2016 Edition of Energy Law Handbook

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The updates cover such topics as compliance programs, audits and investigations, criminal and civil penalties, FERC market manipulation enforcement, CFTC regulation, antitrust enforcement, reliability, affiliate rules, natural gas, false statements, and more.

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‘Chapter 22’ Looms Over Some U.S. Oil and Gas Bankruptcy Survivors

‘Chapter 22’ Looms Over Some U.S. Oil and Gas Bankruptcy Survivors

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Reuters tells the story of “Chapter 22” companies, oil and gas industry firms that return to bankruptcy court after their first Chapter 11 overhaul failed to fix their problems.

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Energy Outlook: Platts U.S. Election Webinar

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S&P Global Platts has posted an on-demand webinar taking a look at the potential impact the recent presidential election could have on petroleum, natural gas, power and metals.

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Two New Cases: Fractional Royalty, Fraction of Royalty, or Mineral Interest?

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Two new opinions, one from the San Antonio Court of Appeals and one from the El Paso Court of Appeals, again tackle the task of construing mineral and royalty conveyances and reservations, reports John McFarland in his Oil and Gas Lawyer Blog.

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