Smitherman Joins Vinson & Elkin’s Energy Regulatory Practice

Barry Smitherman is the only person in Texas history to have served on both the Texas Railroad Commission and the Public Utility Commission of Texas. 

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 09:25

Report: Kinetic Energy, Not Contents, Likely Cause Train Derailment Fires

Kinetic energy created by a derailment factors more heavily in the size of a fire than whatever the train is hauling, according to a report, the American Petroleum Institute said. 

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 12:27

Expect Canadian LNG Export Projects To Linger: Shell

Canada could become one of the world's top LNG exporters, but projects have not been constructed, as roughly 110 million tonnes of government-approved export capacity await FIDs, Reuters said.

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 17:01

Port Arthur LNG Files For FERC Pre-File Review

The Sempra Energy subsidiary requested the pre-filing review for its proposed Port Arthur LNG facility in Port Arthur, Texas. It could handle about 10 million tonnes per year.

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 15:52

Senate Democrats Urge Oil Train Safety Standards

Democratic lawmakers wrote in cosponsored legislation that “these outdated cars pose an alarming risk,” Reuters said. Sen. Maria Cantwell introduced the legislation concerning regulation of train-transported Bakken crude oil.

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 14:24

FERC Will Consider Rio Grande Valley LNG Project

NextDecade LLC owns Rio Grande LNG. The project includes the 129-mile proposed Rio Bravo Pipeline and the Rio Grande LNG facility with six, 4.5-tonnes per year-capacity liquefaction trains, Reuters said.

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 08:30

US Interior Secretary Unveils Energy Reform Agenda

The agenda aims for safe and responsible energy development and good government while encouraging innovation. Regulations concerning hydraulic fracturing, BOPs and methane emissions are forthcoming.

Velda Addison
Mon, 03/23/2015 - 08:56

More Pipeline Safety Violation Allegations Arise At TransCanada

Canada’s National Energy Board investigates 12 new allegations of natural gas pipeline safety code violations at TransCanada Corp., Reuters said. Allegations concern repairs, welding and personnel reporting of issues.

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 17:01

No Commodity Trading Exemption For Banks: Fed Reserve Exec

Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs’ privilege to trade crude oil cargoes should be overturned, a Federal Reserve official said. The Federal Reserve will announce results of its banks and commodities review, Reuters said.

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 15:07

At Vail Conference, Bid To Lift Export Ban Is Emphasized

‘The argument is pro-consumer, pro-economy, pro-national security, and it’s a bipartisan issue,” says Encana Corp. president and CEO Doug Suttles.

Susan Klann
Thu, 03/19/2015 - 10:30

US Lawmakers Ask DOE About Emergency Oil Reserves

Reduced crude exports mean a likely reduction for the country's Strategic Oil Reserve. The Department of Energy will release its plans to “make over” the 727 million-barrel stockpile, Reuters said. 

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 09:01

EPA Regs Will Damage Industry, Oil, Gas Groups Warn

Energy trade associations say the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s recent proposal for stricter air quality standards is premature and current standards have not been fully implemented.

Caryn Livingston
Thu, 03/19/2015 - 08:35