Energy companies that operate critical infrastructure face regulatory challenges on a daily basis as they strive to provide effective and efficient service safely. Congress may make some of these regulatory challenges less burdensome by lifting restrictions on the use of drones to monitor their assets.
On March 11, 2016, FERC denied the application for Jordan Cove’s proposed LNG export terminal and associated facilities on Coos Bay, Oregon, as well as the related Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline, a proposed 232-mile long, a 36-inch diameter interstate pipeline with capacity of approximately 1.02 Bcf per day to connect the Terminal to a liquid point.
On January, 29, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a report on electrical grid recovery and restoration planning (Report). The Report was a collective effort authored by staff at FERC and the North American Electric Reliability Corp. (NERC), as well as representatives from the eight regional entities to which NERC has delegated certain compliance and enforcement authority.
On January 21, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a final rule adopting seven revised critical infrastructure protection (CIP) Reliability Standards addressing cybersecurity of the electric grid, as initially proposed in July 2015. The revised standards were developed by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), the FERC-certified Electric Reliability Organization, in response to FERC Order No. 791.
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission recently issued a proposed civil penalty of $28,000 to a watch seller for apparent violations of requirements related to importing and distributing watches containing radioactive material. The watches contain a small amount of tritium encapsulated in glass vials, which enables the markers on the watch face and hands to glow and be seen in low light.
G2 LNG, LLC (G2 LNG) has requested that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) initiate its NEPA pre-filing review process for G2 LNG’s proposed Calcasieu River LNG project in Cameron Parish, La. The planned facility would export up to 14 million metric tonnes of liquefied natural gas (LNG) annually. G2 LNG will site, construct, own, and
G2 LNG, LLC (G2) has awarded a contract for Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Front End Engineering Design (FEED) engineering and FERC report pre-filing services to KBR Inc. for G2’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal on the Calcasieu Ship Channel in Louisiana.
The U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are redoubling their efforts to target the upstream oil and gas industry.
Whether you’re a large multinational corporation or a growing business new to the nuclear industry, figuring out how to license a new and innovative reactor technology can be a complex and time-consuming task: a task made even harder when you’re considering building a reactor prototype before applying to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for
The Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit reversed Citgo Petroleum Corporation’s criminal conviction in the Southern District of Texas and held that the Migratory Bird Treaty Act’s (MBTA) ban on bird “takings” only prohibits intentional acts that directly kill migratory birds. In addition to the operation of oil and gas facilities, the Fifth Circuit
In a first-of-its-kind ruling and a significant victory for state wildlife agencies, landowners, ranchers, farmers, and the oil and gas industry in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Colorado, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, in Permian Basin Petroleum Association (PBPA) et al. v. Department of the Interior (DOI), et al.,
On August 3, 2015, the White House and the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) released the final Clean Power Plan, which establishes national carbon emissions standards for existing power plants pursuant to section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act. The Plan is estimated to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030,
Delfin LNG LLC (Delfin) has submitted an application to the Maritime Administration (MARAD) and the United States Coast Guard (USCG) to construct, own, and operate the Delfin LNG Project (Port Delfin) under the Deepwater Port Act (DWPA). The proposed Project would be located approximately 50 miles off the coast of Cameron Parish, Louisiana in the
The Fish and Wildlife Service is evaluating the development of an incidental take permitting program under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA). The MBTA is a statute of very broad reach, prohibiting the killing of some 1,027 species of birds in the United States. The proposed program would affect planned energy and infrastructure projects that could
President Barack Obama’s January 2015 visit to India began with the announcement of an agreement with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to facilitate cooperation between the two countries on civilian nuclear technology. Read More: Obama’s Visit to India Raises Hopes for More Significant Nuclear Cooperation With India but Leaves Lingering Uncertainty for Suppliers
President Barack Obama’s January 2015 visit to India began with the announcement of an agreement with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to facilitate cooperation between the two countries on civilian nuclear technology.
On 23 February 2015 the Department of Energy (DOE) published a Final Rule in the Federal Register (80 Fed. Reg. 9359) (Final Rule) to amend the Part 810 Regulations (10 C.F.R. Part 810), which govern the export and re-export of unclassified nuclear technology and assistance. This Final Rule is the first comprehensive updating of the
On 23 February 2015 the Department of Energy (DOE) published a Final Rule in the Federal Register (80 Fed. Reg. 9359) (Final Rule) to amend the Part 810 Regulations (10 C.F.R. Part 810), which govern the export and re-export of unclassified nuclear technology and assistance. Read more: Department of Energy Issues Final Rule Amending its
The Environmental Protection Agency published a proposal on 25 November 2014 to revise the Clean Air Act’s National Ambient Air Quality Standards for ozone.
Breyer Group Plc and others v Department of Energy and Climate Change In a recent decision, the High Court (Coulson J) found that a number of businesses were entitled to damages caused by a ministerial proposal to curtail government incentives in the solar energy sector. The High Court considered that the proposal, although not
On September 4, 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission or FERC) issued two orders declining to exercise jurisdiction over the siting and construction of two proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects designed to liquefy domestic and imported natural gas and send it by truck, rail, or vessel to ultimate end-users of the LNG, while clarifying that it retains jurisdiction over certain sales of LNG in interstate commerce.
On August 5, 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) Office of Enforcement issued a notice of alleged violation (NAV) in the Powhatan Energy Fund case. FERC alleges that Powhatan trader Alan Chen manipulated the PJM power market with uneconomic trading activity designed solely to collect payments for surplus losses in violation of FERC Rule
On 19 May 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a long-awaited final rule establishing requirements governing the location, design, construction, and capacity of cooling water intake structures (CWIS) at existing power generating and manufacturing facilities. Pursuant to section 316(b) of the Clean Water Act (CWA), the EPA is required to establish the “best
The Department of Defense (DoD) recently adopted a final rule amending the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS), clarifying rules of origin for photovoltaic devices to be utilized under covered DoD contracts. Read More: DoD Adopts Final Rule Clarifying Photovoltaic Device Rules of Origin