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Brian Heslin

Brian Heslin represents energy companies in regulatory proceedings at the state and federal level. In addition, he provides advice on busines and strategic planning, upstream natural gas supply and capacity negotiation, compliance and other related services.
Brian Heslin has written 97 posts for Energy Interdependency Blog

Legal Challenge to EPA’s Proposed Clean Power Plan Rejected as Premature, Final Rule Sent to OMB for Review

The proposed Clean Power Plan introduced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in June 2014 has been met with considerable opposition, including a court battle that pitted energy companies and more than twenty States against each other in an effort to prevent the agency from implementing a final rule mandating the reduction of CO2 … Continue reading

FERC Rule on Coordination of Natural Gas and Electric Scheduling Finalized as Industry Interdependency Grows

The electric industry is becoming increasingly reliant upon natural gas as a fuel source in the midst of our nation’s abundant natural gas resources and aggressive regulatory efforts to reduce the environmental impact of power plants.  The U.S. Energy Information Administration recently reported that the use of natural gas as a fuel for electric power … Continue reading

Recent Crude Oil Train Derailments Intensify the Spotlight on Rail Safety and the Value of Oil Pipelines

Few of us can erase from our memories the imagery of fires blazing at the scenes of crude oil train derailments in West Virginia in early February and in Illinois earlier this month. The fact that these trains carrying Bakken crude oil from North Dakota derailed in the midst of the intense standoff between Congress and the … Continue reading

Exploring the Impact of Lower Oil Prices on the U.S. – Exports, Economics, Energy Security & Diplomacy

Rapidly changing global energy dynamics, particularly the dramatic decline in crude oil prices, have left many struggling to predict what the fall out will be – on energy prices, American energy companies and workers, and nations heavily dependent upon oil exports.  Despite falling oil prices, U.S. crude oil production is currently on the rise.  The … Continue reading

Congress Requests Stakeholder Input on the Direction of U.S. Energy Policy

The U.S. House Energy & Commerce Committee has extended an invitation for interested stakeholders to provide feedback to the Committee on a particular set of questions aimed at analyzing and guiding the direction of future energy policy in the U.S.  The Committee initiated the comment request recognizing that the circumstances that drove the development of … Continue reading

FERC Technical Conferences Examining EPA Clean Power Plan Are Underway

At the close of 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) announced that it would hold a series of technical conferences to examine issues surrounding compliance with the Clean Power Plan proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) last June.  FERC was urged by members of Congress to hold the conferences in order to do … Continue reading

The Keystone Pipeline Cleared Hurdles in Congress, But Was Tripped Up by Presidential Veto

This new year has been marked with a flurry of activity surrounding the approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline project.  Following the changing of the guard in a new Republican-led Congress, Alaskan Senator Lisa Murkowski led the Congressional charge for legislative approval of the pipeline project as Chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources … Continue reading

In the Midst of Volatile Oil Prices, U.S. Crude Oil Production Still Expected to Rise in 2015

The rapid decline in crude oil prices has exerted global pressure on the energy industry and nations heavily dependent upon oil.  Russia is a glaring example, with the precarious state of its currency largely tied to the precipitous drop in oil prices this year.  In the midst of such volatility, the outlook for the U.S. … Continue reading

Prompted by Congress, FERC Will Hold Technical Conferences to Examine EPA’s Clean Power Plan

We recently discussed the November letter request sent by Congressional energy committee leaders to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) questioning the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) collaboration, or lack thereof, with FERC in developing the Clean Power Plan.  The letter also requested that FERC hold technical conferences to explore relevant stakeholder positions regarding the Clean … Continue reading

Natural Gas Pipelines to Bolster Bi-Directional Capacity in Northeast up to 32%, EIA Data Shows

By 2017, natural gas pipelines are projected to convert up to 32% of their pipeline capacity into the Northeast to support the bi-directional flow of natural gas out of the region to the South and West, according to a U.S. Energy Information Administration (“EIA”) December 2, 2014 report.  It is well known that the increased … Continue reading

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