Energy Enforcement Update

This enforcement update covers:

  • FERC and Department of Energy nominees clear Senate committee;
  • District court dismisses oil price manipulation complaints against multiple energy companies;
  • Barclays and FERC file Second Amended Joint Status Report and Court schedules settlement conference;
  • Fifth Circuit affirms dismissal of TOTAL’s declaratory judgment action against FERC;
  • Supreme Court limits SEC disgorgement to 5-year statute of limitations;
  • Kraft Foods moves to compel documents from CFTC; and
  • Fifth Circuit vacates judgment involving overly broad privilege standard and related protective order.

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President Trump Announces Withdrawal From Paris Agreement

President Donald Trump followed through on one of his signature campaign promises and announced Thursday that the United States will withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change.

The Paris Agreement is an international accord intended to reduce worldwide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and mitigate the effects of climate change. Nearly 200 countries signed the Agreement, which took effect in November 2016. The Agreement is not a binding treaty. Instead, the signatories agreed to set voluntary, individualized carbon emission targets. The U.S. target was to reduce GHG emissions by 26–28% below 2005 levels by 2025.

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Sidley Shale and Hydraulic Fracturing Report

Vol. 6, No. 22

Topics discussed in this week’s Report include:

  • States urged PHMSA to establish vapor pressure limits for shipping oil by rail.
  • Arkansas: Eighth Circuit reversed district court, reviving challenge to contamination from waste water disposal well.
  • New York pursued new limits on methane emissions.
  • Canada announced plans to regulate methane emissions from the oil and gas industry.

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Sidley Shale and Hydraulic Fracturing Report

Vol. 6, No. 21

Topics discussed in this week’s Report include:

  • District of Columbia Circuit granted the EPA’s request to hold in abeyance litigation over final rule governing methane emissions from new and modified oil and gas sources.
  • Property owners sued FERC and Nexus Gas Transmission to stop Ohio natural gas pipeline.
  • Colorado: Agency appealed intermediate court ruling that state Oil and Gas Conservation Act requires oil and gas development to proceed in a manner protective of the environment.
  • New York: New York State unveiled plan to reduce methane emissions.

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