EBA Insights
Apr. 23, 2014

Curious about shale oil and gas abroad?
On Thursday, April 24th, join the Young Lawyers Committee, Natural Gas Regulation Committee, and International Energy Law and Transactions Committee for the "Global Perspectives on Shale & Hydraulic Fracturing" panel. The panel will discuss the development and regulation of shale oil & gas in several leading countries and what obstacles they face. Our last panelist will conclude with a global perspective aimed at identifying worldwide trends in development and regulation, as well as potential lessons learned. The event will conclude with a cocktail reception. Register Now.More

EBA Primer Series: An Introduction to FERC Regulation of the Natural Gas Industry
On May 19-20, 2014, EBA will hold its next program in the EBA Primer Series: An Introduction to FERC Regulation of the Natural Gas Industry, at the law firm of Jones Day in Chicago, IL. The goal of this primer is to provide an overview of the federal regulation of the natural gas industry by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Taught by industry practitioners and regulators from FERC, the course begins with a brief overview of the natural gas industry, including the production, gathering, transportation, distribution, and storage of natural gas. The course describes key statutes governing and affecting the interstate transportation of natural gas and discusses key legal milestones. Instructors explain important regulatory concepts, pipeline services, and the scope and limits of FERC jurisdiction. The class covers key sections of the NGA, including imports and exports under Section 3; construction and abandonment under section 7; ratemaking under sections 4 and 5; and enforcement issues.More

Join an EBA Committee — and stay connected!
EBA boosts 21 active subject-matter specific committees. Committee membership is open to EBA members in good standing. Committees conduct business through the year and generally are responsible for developing at least two educational program sessions per year and providing article to the Energy Law Journal and EBA Newsletter. Sign up today using the committee preference form or through your online account. The Committee list and charters are available here.More

More Helping Hands Needed For Service Projects
Saturday, April 26, 2014, 9:00 am to Noon (EDT)
Langdon Park, 2901 20th St NE, Washington, DC
Casey Trees Planting Service Project

The Charitable Foundation of the Energy Bar Association and the EBA Young Lawyers Committee are seeking volunteers to join hands with Casey Trees to add arbor beauty to Langdon Park Community. In the fifth and largest Sustainable DC Initiative planting this season, Casey Trees will be adding 77 trees to this expansive community park - adding to a large Casey Trees planting done last spring! This park, complete with an outdoor pool, skate and dog park is a treasured gathering place for several Ward 5 communities. We need a few more volunteers to put in some sweat-equity! Family, friends and children (16 years or older accompanied by a parent) are welcome to participate. Please sign-up now to beautify and increase tree cover in the Nation’s Capital by contacting Michele Duehring at michele@eba.net.org.More

CFTC upping enforcement effort, warns former chief
David Meister, former enforcement chief at the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, speaks exclusively to Alexander Osipovich about market manipulation, high-frequency trading and the value of Dodd-Frank reporting rules for financial watchdogs.More

US House Republicans seek details from FERC on grid security
Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives are asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to provide documents relating to grid security in response to a Department of Energy Inspector General report finding that FERC failed to properly protect key information about grid vulnerabilities.More

Judge strikes down part of Minnesota's energy law
The Associated Press via The Mankato Free Press
U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson has ruled part of a Minnesota law designed to promote renewable energy as unconstitutional because it aims to control business that takes place outside Minnesota's borders — and she barred state officials from enforcing it.More

Appeals Court upholds Obama EPA rule on toxic air emissions
The Courier-Journal
There is big news in the air quality world. A major piece of the Obama administration's strategy to clean up power plant pollution has survived a critical test by securing a favorable ruling before a federal appeals court.More

The FELJ wishes to thank the ALJ Reception support!
(As of March 31, 2014)
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Alston & Bird LLP
Andrews Kurth LLP
Baker Botts LLP
Ballard Spahr LLP
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP
The Brattle Group
Brickfield, Burchette, Ritts & Stone, P.C.
Brown Rudnick
Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP
Caldwell Boudreaux Lefler PLLC
Covington & Burling LLP
Cullen and Dykman LLP
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Day Pitney LLP
Dentons US LLP
Dickstein Shapiro LLP
Duane Morris LLP
Duncan, Weinberg, Genzer & Pembroke, P.C.
Edwards & Floom LLP
Fulbright & Jaworski LLP
Hogan Lovells US LLP
Hunton & Williams LLP
Husch Blackwell LLP
John & Hengerer
Jones Day
ICF International
K&L Gates LLP
McDermott Will & Emery LLP
McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Morrison & Foerster LLP
Navigant Consulting, Inc.
Nixon Peabody LLP
Paul Hastings LLP
Pierce Atwood LLP
Post & Schell, P.C.
Sidley Austin LLP
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Spiegel & McDiarmid LLP
Squire Sanders (US) LLP
Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Stinson Leonard Street LLP
Stuntz, Davis & Staffier, P.C.
Thompson Coburn LLP
Van Ness Feldman, LLP
Venable LLP
Vinson & Elkins L.L.P.
White & Case LLP
Winstead, P.C. Wright & Talisman, P.C.