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DOE Proposes to Lengthen LNG Export Terms

The Department of Energy (“DOE”) is proposing to extend to December 31, 2050 the standard twenty-year term for authorizations to export natural gas and liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the U.S. lower-48 states.  According to DOE, the longer term would better match the operational life of LNG export facilities, provide more security in their financing, … Continue Reading

FERC Reviewing Gas Pipeline Policy

Under the Natural Gas Act (NGA), FERC certificates the construction and operation of pipelines to transport natural gas in interstate commerce if they are “required by the present or future public convenience and necessity.”  For almost two decades, FERC has used a 1999 policy statement’s guidelines to evaluate whether new pipelines meet that statutory standard.  … Continue Reading

EU Court of Justice Clarifies that the Exploratory Drilling of Petroleum and Natural Gas May Be Subject to an Environmental Impact Assessment

Recently, the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) held that EU Member States are not obliged to require an environmental impact assessment for all exploratory drillings.  However, the Court’s decision can also be interpreted as requiring Member States to demand such impact assessment if the drillings can be classified as “deep drillings” and, … Continue Reading

‘Trigger Happy’: Considering the Requirements of Your Price Review Clause

Given the fall in oil prices, many participants in the oil sector have been forced to re-evaluate their investments.[1]  A drop in oil prices not only impacts the oil industry; it can also have a significant effect on gas and LNG prices around the world.  Many long-term gas and LNG sales agreements continue to peg … Continue Reading

CFTC Reopens Comment Period for Position Limits

In a notice published in the Federal Register earlier this week, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) again reopened the period to comment on its proposed position limits and aggregation rules, in light of questions posed at an Agricultural Advisory Committee meeting in December.  The CFTC’s proposed rules, which we summarized here when they were … Continue Reading

California Finalizes New Fracking Regulations

On December 30, 2014, the California Office of Administrative Law approved permanent regulations issued by that state’s Department of Conservation, Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (“Division”) governing fracking.  The regulations follow the Division’s final interim regulations (effective January 1, 2014), which we discussed here, and further implement California’s fracking statute (SB 4), which … Continue Reading

EU Sanctions Against Russia and Their Impact on the Energy Sector

Last week, the EU decided to maintain in force its sanctions against Russia, including the sanctions targeting Russia’s energy sector. The sanctions were adopted on July 31, 2014—by Council Regulation 833/2014 (the Regulation)—and extended on September 12, 2014.  As described in more detail in our recent client alert, the Regulation imposes a licensing requirement for … Continue Reading

FERC Acts to Improve Coordination Between the Natural Gas and Electricity Industries

The increasing reliance on natural gas to fuel electricity generators has sparked a need for more coordination between the operators of gas pipelines and electricity grids. Up to now, markets and operations in the two sectors have proceeded independently, but some differences between them have become problematic. Differences are especially problematic in New England, where … Continue Reading
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