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EBA NEWS

  • EBA Primer Series: An Introduction to Federal Oil Pipeline Regulation
  • Overview of Air Regulations and Actions Affecting O&G Development
  • Western Chapter Annual Meeting — Save the Date
  • Last time to give us your opinion!


  • INDUSTRY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Republicans vow EPA fight as Obama touts China climate deal
  • Obama administration might back natural gas export bill
  • FERC significantly expands Southwest Power Pool
  • Philadelphia the new energy hotspot


  • EBA PROGRAMS

  • DOE 101: What DOE is doing and why it matters with General Counsel Steve Croley
  • An Evening with Steven Mufson
  • Reception to honor Commissioner Norman C. Bay
  • Monthly Happy Hour — All are welcome!


  • FELJ NEWS

  • Newest Issue of Energy Law Journal




  • EBA NEWS


    EBA Primer Series: An Introduction to Federal Oil Pipeline Regulation
    EBA
    EBA will hold its fourth program in the EBA Primer Series…An Introduction to Federal Oil Pipeline Regulation in Houston, TX on January 26-27, 2015. The goal of this primer is to provide an overview of the federal economic regulation of oil and refined products pipelines. Taught by industry practitioners and regulators from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the course begins with a brief overview of the oil and refined products pipeline industry and then describes key statutes and regulations governing and affecting the transportation of oil and other liquid petroleum products. Instructors explain important legal and regulatory concepts and requirements, pipeline services, the scope and limits of FERC and state jurisdiction and key issues affecting the industry. For more information and to register visit: http://www.eba-net.org/eba-primer-series-introduction-oil-pipeline

    For more information about the EBA Primer Series visit: http://eba-net.org/node/273

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    Overview of Air Regulations and Actions Affecting O&G Development
    EBA
    Join the Rocky Mountain Chapter for a brown bag teleseminar addressing an Overview of Air Regulations and Actions Affecting O&G Development in the Rocky Mountain Region on December 8th, at 2pm (ET) at Axilon Law Group, PLLC, 115 N. Broadway, Ste. 310, Billings, MT. The program includes an overview of federal and state air regulations and actions affecting O&G development in the Rocky Mountain Region. Discussion will include air quality attainment issues, regulations affecting flaring, and environmental enforcement activities. Teleconference participation is offered.
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    Western Chapter Annual Meeting — Save the Date
    EBA
    The Fourteenth Annual Western Chapter Meeting will be held at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Hotel, in San Francisco, CA on March 5-6, 2015. Hotel reservations are already available at a special $279 rate. For hotel booking and program information, visit: http://www.eba-net.org/fourteenth-annual-western-chapter-meeting
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    Last time to give us your opinion!
    EBA
    If you haven’t completed the Mid-Year Meeting evaluations, please do so before close of business today, November 19th! You will find the evaluation link in your email box. You will also find the link to the updated Mid-Year Meeting handouts in that email.

    Lastly, don’t forget to submit your CLE attendance form, to ensure you get your hours of credit. The form can be found at: CLE Attendance Form

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    INDUSTRY HIGHLIGHTS


    Republicans vow EPA fight as Obama touts China climate deal
    Reuters
    Republican congressional leaders recently wasted no time in criticizing what they called President Barack Obama's "one-sided" climate deal with China, using the announcement to declare war on the administration's plan to use executive actions to combat carbon emissions. In brokering a high-profile pact with China, the Obama administration knew it would pre-empt one of the most often-cited arguments Republicans have used to argue against mandatory domestic carbon cuts: China will continue to pollute unabated.
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    Obama administration might back natural gas export bill
    The Hill
    A senator seeking to speed the approval process for liquefied natural gas exports said the Obama administration has reached out to him to work on a bill together. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., said Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz reached out to him Nov. 12 about his bill. The legislation would require that the Energy Department decide whether LNG export applications are in the "national interest" within 45 days of the application’s filing with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
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    FERC significantly expands Southwest Power Pool
    Utility Dive
    FERC has accepted a proposal to significantly grow the Southwest Power Pool, expanding the geographic footprint of the regional power market to include a significant portion of the Upper Great Plains. FERC's decision expands the geographic footprint of SPP to include a portion of the Upper Great Plains that spans the Eastern and Western Interconnections of the U.S. electric grid.
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    Oil, natural gas surge makes Philadelphia the new energy hotspot
    CNBC
    The city best known for "Rocky," cheese steaks and sharp-elbowed sports fans is developing a new reputation as a nexus of oil and gas transportation, which bodes well for its economy. With little fanfare, Philadelphia is undergoing a revolution powered by the U.S. energy renaissance. Renewed investment and activity in the region's sprawling railway network and aging infrastructure is turning the City of Brotherly Love into a potential energy hub that some believe can rival Houston.
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    EBA PROGRAMS


    DOE 101: What DOE is doing and why it matters with General Counsel
    Steve Croley

    EBA
    On November 20, 2014 the EBA Demand Side Resources and Smart Grid Committee is planning a discussion with Steve Croley, the General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Energy. Mr. Croley is going to discuss DOE's current initiatives and why they are important to industry, to consumers, and to the country. To register visit: http://www.eba-net.org/doe-101-what-doe-doing-and-why-it-matters-general-counsel-steve-croley
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    An Evening with Steven Mufson
    EBA
    EBA Book Club Presents: An Evening with Steven Mufson, Author of Keystone XL: Down the Line. Washington Post energy correspondent Steven Mufson will join the EBA Book Club (and friends) on the evening of November 20, 2014 to discuss his book Keystone XL: Down the Line, his experience as an energy correspondent, and emerging energy issues. A light networking reception will precede the discussion. All are welcome — even if you have not read the 3Q, 2014. If you would like to read the book, there is still time! It is a short eBook available for download at major online book stores.

    For more information and to RSVP to this FREE event, visit: http://www.eba-net.org/eba-book-club-presents-evening-steven-mufson

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    Reception to honor Commissioner Norman C. Bay
    EBA
    On December 3, 2014, the EBA will hold a reception in honor of Commissioner Norman C. Bay, who was recently sworn in to his first term at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. For five years prior to his confirmation, Commissioner Bay served as the Director of FERC’s Office of Enforcement. Commissioner Bay has also previously served as a Professor of Law at the University of New Mexico School of Law and as the U.S. Attorney in the District of New Mexico. This is a great opportunity to "mix and mingle" in an informal setting with the Commissioner and fellow EBA members. We hope to see you there!
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    Monthly Happy Hour — All are welcome!
    EBA
    The Young Lawyers Committee welcomes new and seasoned practitioners alike to its December happy hour and invites EBA members to bring a friend! The next YLC happy hour will be held at PJ Clarke's, 1600 K Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20006, on Thursday, December 4, 2014 from 6:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. We will be co-hosting with WCEE this month, so come out and make some new connections. We look forward to seeing you there!

    If you can't make it this month, beginning in the New Year, the YLC will return to its regular schedule of monthly happy hours held on the third Thursday of the month. We hope to see you in both 2014 and 2015.

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    FELJ NEWS


    Newest Issue of Energy Law Journal
    FELJ
    The most recent issue of the Energy Law Journal has been published and the individual articles are available online. Volume 35, No. 2 (2014) includes the following articles: Breaking Rules and Changing the Game: Will Shale Gas Rock the World?, Getting Distributed Generation Right: A Response to "Does Disruptive Competition Mean a Death Spiral for Electric Utilities?", The FERC Enforcement Process, The Myth of Liberalization: The 2013 Changes in the Russian LNG Export Regime, Subsidies, Climate Change, Electric Markets and the FERC, Information and Competition in Electric Power Markets: Is Transparency the Holy Grail?, and Keeping the Lights On: Examining and Re-Imagining NLRA Preemption in a Time of Electric Necessity.

    The full issue can be accessed at: http://www.felj.org/energy-law-journal/current-issue/volume-35-no2-2014

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    UPCOMING EBA EVENTS

    NOVEMBER
    November 20 — DOE 101: What DOE is doing and why it matters with General Counsel Steve Croley
    November 20 — An Evening with Steven Mufson

    DECEMBER
    December 3 — Reception to honor Commissioner Norman C. Bay
    December 4 — Monthly Happy Hour
    December 8 — Overview of Air Regulations and Actions Affecting O&G Development

    JANUARY
    January 26-27 — EBA Primer: Introduction to Oil Pipeline

    MARCH
    March 5-6 — Western Chapter Annual Meeting

    A full calendar of events can be found here.
     



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