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House Subcommittee To Review EPA Emissions Plan

HOUSE SUBCOMMITTEE TO REVIEW EPA EMISSIONS PLAN:  The House Energy & Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy and Power announced that it will hold a hearing to review the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants during the week of June 16, 2014.  Additional information regarding the hearing will be … Continue reading

House Energy & Power Subcommittee Review of Bill to Expedite LNG Export Approval

Last week, the House Energy & Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy and Power reviewed H.R. 6, the Domestic Prosperity and Global Freedom Act, which was introduced by Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO) to expedite liquefied natural gas (“LNG”) exports to U.S. allies in the wake of Russia’s recent aggression.  The legislation is designed to grant immediate … Continue reading

NC Joint Legislative Commission on Energy Policy Explores LNG and In-state Oil & Natural Gas Exploration

NC JOINT LEGISLATIVE COMMISSION ON ENERGY POLICY EXPLORES LNG AND IN-STATE OIL & GAS EXPLORATION: Among the issues addressed during the February 4, 2014 meeting of the North Carolina Joint Legislative Commission on Energy Policy were (1) the current state of liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports and facilities and (2) the progress of the NC Mining … Continue reading

Senate Energy Committee Hearing January 30th to Discuss Lifting Ban on U.S. Crude Oil Exports

SENATE HEARING TO DISCUSS LIFTING BAN ON U.S. CRUDE OIL EXPORTS: At 9:30 a.m. on January 30, 2014, the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources will hold a hearing to discuss the export of U.S. crude oil, which has been prohibited (with minor exceptions) by a policy implemented in the 1970s. Whether to lift the ban … Continue reading

Restructuring the Regulation of Cross-Border Energy Infrastructure: The Impact of H.R. 3301, the North American Energy Infrastructure Act

            Last week, the House Energy & Commerce Committee held a hearing to explore the potential impacts of H.R. 3301, the North American Energy Infrastructure Act, which seeks to restructure the current regulatory framework that governs oil and natural gas pipelines, and electric transmission facilities that cross the borders of the United States into Mexico … Continue reading

The Dodd-Frank Burden the Energy Industry Must Bear: Will the SEC Lighten the Load Following a Federal Court’s Vacatur of Its Rule Requiring Oil & Natural Gas Companies to Publicly Disclose Payments to the U.S. & Foreign Governments?

            The Dodd-Frank Act has significantly affected the energy industry, with the ultimate implications of the Act’s reforms remaining to be seen.  Recent discussion has surrounded Section 1504’s requirement that companies disclose the type and total amount of payments made to foreign (and the U.S.) governments in connection with projects for the commercial development of … Continue reading

Legislative Update: Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Act and Energy Consumers Relief Act of 2013 Among Three Energy Bills To Be Voted On By Full U.S. House Energy & Commerce Committee

            On July 9-10, 2013, the U.S. House of Representatives Energy & Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy and Power held hearings, a markup, and a vote regarding several pieces of energy legislation, including H.R. 1900, the Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Act, and H.R. 1582, the Energy Consumers Relief Act of 2013, and H.R. 83, which … Continue reading

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