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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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ScottMadden Releases Latest Edition of Energy Industry Update

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On its website, ScottMadden says this issue focuses on strategic drivers that are propelling the industry like nuclear challenges, changing energy supply and demand patterns, and federal-state policy friction

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More Lifesaving Valves to Stop Gas Leaks Will Be Required in 2017

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“These simple and inexpensive devices can save dozens of lives and millions of dollars in property damage each year,” says Dallas attorney Tom Carse.

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Talisman Energy Facing Texas Federal Lawsuit Over Unpaid Oil, Gas Royalties

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Attorneys representing oil and gas royalty owners with interests in the Texas Eagle Ford Shale have filed a federal lawsuit against Talisman Energy USA Inc. based on claims that the company manipulated oil and gas production volumes by as much as 20 to 30 percent and consistently shorted royalty payments, according to a news release posted by Androvett Legal Media and Marketing.

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U.S. Clean Power Plan Remains on Firm Legal Ground Says AWEA

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While the oral arguments about the merits of the Clean Power Plan are heard by the US Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) remains confident the plan will be upheld by the courts, reports Renewable Energy Magazine.

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ExxonMobil Accounting Practices Probed By New York Attorney General

ExxonMobil Accounting Practices Probed By New York Attorney General

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New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is investigating why Exxon Mobil Corp. hasn’t written down the value of its assets, two years into a pronounced crash in oil prices, reports The Wall Street Journal.

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Oil Producers Can Avoid Earthquake Potential over Disposal Wells

Oil Producers Can Avoid Earthquake Potential over Disposal Wells

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Contracting out the disposal of oil and gas well wastewater may not totally free producers from a potential lawsuit given the recent widespread publicity about earthquakes, says Leonard Dougal, an environmental lawyer with Jackson Walker LLP in Austin.

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Computational Pipeline Monitoring for Gas Pipelines – What Works, What Doesn’t

Computational Pipeline Monitoring for Gas Pipelines – What Works, What Doesn’t

Event, Oct. 6, 2016, 1 p.m. CDT
Oil & Gas Journal will present a webinar sponsored by Schneider Electric on computational pipeline monitoring (CPM) techniques and their use in detecting commodity releases on liquid pipelines.

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