Anticipating PHMSA’s Crude by Rail Rule

by: Sara Peters

Recent high-profile derailments of crude-carrying trains has prompted the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration to address safety concerns by ...

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by: Carol Wood and Kathryn Marietta

Attracting more than 130 attendees from all over the country, King & Spalding’s first Energy Forum for 2017 held at the Houstonian Hotel in Houston tackled one of the most important issues facing the industry: Decommissioning and abandonment of oil and gas assets in upstream operations.Read more

by: Faris Al-Louzi and Leroy Levy

Much of the PPP debate in Saudi Arabia has focused on the importance of shifting the public sector expenditure burden to the private sector. Wherever this has been the sole focus of a PPP programme, the responsible government has struggled to achieve value for money. If public expenditure is the only concern, it is certainly possible to pass the responsibility to the private sector, but at what long term cost? The UK government’s PFI programme of the 1990s placed insufficient emphasis on value for money. This ultimately resulted in the termination of the programme. In other jurisdictions, ill-conceived projects resulted in the public sector desperately seeking to restructure deals in an attempt to secure value for money.Read more

by: King & Spalding

LNG imports into Europe’s 25 large-scale LNG import terminals increased significantly in 2015 and 2016, following a prolonged period of low rates of utilisation of Europe’s regasification capacity between 2009 and 2014. King & Spalding has prepared a report that looks at the European LNG market in 2016, and the role that Europe may play in the global LNG market in 2017 and beyond. The report gives a description of all of Europe’s 25 large-scale LNG import terminals, and looks at how those terminals are evolving to provide new services to create new demand opportunities in the region.Read more

by: Lynn Kerr McKay and Rachel Tennis

On December 1, 2016, EPA signed a proposed rule setting forth financial responsibility requirements for the hardrock mining industry under Section 108(b) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (“CERCLA”). The energy industry, among others, will also find this proposed rule of interest because, on the same day, EPA announced its intention to move forward with the regulatory process for three other classes of facilities: chemical manufacturing, petroleum and coal products manufacturing, and electric power generation, transmission, and distribution. Read more

by: S. Shawn Stephens

A Texas court of appeals held that an energy company did not waive the attorney/client privilege through the offensive use doctrine when it filed a lawsuit against the purchasers of properties for their failures to provide the company with . . . Read more

by: James Vines, Lynn Kerr McKay, Rachel Tennis and Stephen McCullers

Under a D.C. Circuit court order, EPA must propose new financial assurance requirements for the hard-rock mining industry—and identify industries next up for regulation—by December 1, 2016. There are a number of key issues that industry should consider when reviewing EPA’s forthcoming proposal.Read more

by: Benjamin Pollock and Jeremiah Anderson

Disputes often arise during the course of a construction project. The proper handling of these “in project” disputes is critical to advancing the project towards completion, preserving rights, and resolving these disputes.Read more

by: Bruce Richardson, David Tewksbury, Kelsey Desloover and Neil Levy

Two federal district courts hold that entities targeted by FERC enforcement actions who seek de novo review under the Federal Power Act are entitled to procedural due process rights of an ordinary civil action governed by the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.Read more

by: Alexandra Rotar, Christine Savage, Jennifer Josefson, Jeffrey Telep and Maya Melnikas

U.S. led sanctions continue to pose an issue for companies looking to invest in Russia. This article explores the extension of sanctions and their potential impacts. Read more

by: Ilan Kotas and William Charnley

Parties routinely agree for the application of English law in energy related contracts. English common law remains unchanged after the UK Brexit vote and a reliable option for parties to resolve disputes.Read more