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Myanmar – Oil and Gas Update

Myanmar possess largely untapped reserves of natural resources, in particular oil and gas both onshore and offshore.  With recent liberalisations and changes to the Foreign Investment climate, Myanmar has become a key part of most oil and gas firms forward strategy.  In this briefing we comment on recent developments in the oil and gas sector. More…

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ENVIRONMENTAL & ENERGY LAW

The Chair of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), Allison MacFarlane, found no basis for disqualifying herself from sitting as a tribunal panellist for the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) licence application hearing for the construction of a geologic repository for the storage of high level nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain in Nevada. Nye County, which is in Nevada, filed a Motion for Recusal which Chair MacFarlane denied on September 9,  2013. More…

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WASTE GENERATORS NEED SYSTEMS TO VERIFY THEIR WASTE IS DISPOSED OF LAWFULLY

A recent High Court decision in the United Kingdom offers a cautionary tale to those producing waste and relying on outside contractors to dispose of that waste without internal systems for verifying that the waste is being disposed of lawfully. In Mountpace Ltd. v. The London Borough of Haringey [2012] EWHC 698, Mountpace contracted for a renovation of a London property. Part of the work included the removal and disposal of waste created in the course of renovation. Mountpace’s contractor transferred the waste to an independent waste contractor which dealt with its disposal. The
independent waste contractor illegally dumped the waste in contravention of the 1990 Environmental Protection Act. The contractor was convicted of knowingly causing controlled waste to be deposited on land without an environmental permit . Mountpace was subsequently charged with reaches of the duty of care relating to transferring waste only to an authorized person or to a person for authorized transport purposes. Mountpace argued at trial that it had reasonably relied upon the same contractor with whom it had successfully dealt previously without problem. Mountpace submitted that there was no need in the circumstances to spell anything out and that it had no reason to foresee that the contractor would use an unauthorized dumper, or “fly tipper”, as they are known in the U.K. The company defendant suggested further that it was an implied term of the contract that the contractor would dispose of the waste lawfully and that nothing which Mountpace would have done by way of spelling out in the contract or some other document more precisely by way of instruction could have, or would have, prevented this particular unauthorized dumping. The evidence disclosed that there was no clear audit trail or internal procedures to deal with contractors which took lawful waste management into account . There were no checks and balances operated by Mountpace to ensure that its contractors complied with their statutory obligations. More…

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McDonald Hopkins Energy Forum: Job Creation! How the shale boom is fueling employment

The shale boom is fueling business opportunities in the natural gas supply chain as oil and gas companies continue to aggressively transition from exploration to development.

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McDonald Hopkins Energy Forum focuses on job creation: Featuring Stephen Moore of The Wall Street Journal

Cleveland, Ohio (September 3, 2013) – McDonald Hopkins law firm will focus on job creation in the shale gas industry at its sixth Energy Forum on September 11, 2013. Featuring keynote speaker and panelist Stephen Moore of The Wall Street Journal, the Energy Forum will be webcast live from the firm’s Cleveland office.

The shale boom is fueling business opportunities in the natural gas supply chain as oil and gas companies continue to aggressively transition from exploration to development. Thus, job creation is being stimulated in many sectors – from manufacturing, construction and transportation, to natural gas, chemicals and professional services.

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William Anaya authors article on hydraulic fracturing for Illinois new

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William Anaya

Chicago Partner William J. Anaya authored an article for The Southern Illinoisan, a newspaper that reaches an audience in Southern Illinois, titled, “Fracking in Illinois: What’s an owner to do?” His article, published on August 22, discusses how hydraulic fracturing affects residential, commercial,  industrial and agricultural land owners in various ways.

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Energy Alert: Mega brands invest in solar energy

We have seen significant growth in the implementation of solar energy. In just the last three months, major companies with large footprints have announced new solar projects. Walmart indicated in March that it would install solar power arrays on the top of a dozen stores in Ohio. According to reports, these solar arrays represent a tenth of all the solar currently installed in the state of Ohio. In May, Verizon announced its expansions of solar initiatives saying it would invest $100 million on solar and fuel cell projects at 19 of its facilities in seven states. In June, Walgreens announced it would build more than 200 new solar installations at its drugstores throughout six states, bringing the total solar installations at its stores to 350. Mega brands like Apple, IKEA and Toyota have also announced solar expansion in recent months.

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Energy Alert: Mega brands invest in solar energy

We have seen significant growth in the implementation of solar energy. In just the last three months, major companies with large footprints have announced new solar projects. Walmart indicated in March that it would install solar power arrays on the top of a dozen stores in Ohio. According to reports, these solar arrays represent a tenth of all the solar currently installed in the state of Ohio. In May, Verizon announced its expansions of solar initiatives saying it would invest $100 million on solar and fuel cell projects at 19 of its facilities in seven states. In June, Walgreens announced it would build more than 200 new solar installations at its drugstores throughout six states, bringing the total solar installations at its stores to 350. Mega brands like Apple, IKEA and Toyota have also announced solar expansion in recent months.

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Illinois Governor Signs “Fracking” Law

Article by: Arnstein & Lehr Attorneys William J. Anaya and Matthew E. Cohn, Environmental Practice Group


Article: Summary of the New Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Law

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After considerable debate involving dueling interests, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed the Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act into law in Illinois — providing Illinois with a remarkably new regulatory program designed to support the interests of the oil and gas industry and to provide for responsible stewardship of the environment.

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William J. Anaya discusses new Illinois fracking law in Chicago Tribune article

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William Anaya

Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Partner William J. Anaya offered his thoughts on the latest regulation on fracking that was passed in the Illinois State Senate on Friday. Illinois’ new fracking law is the product of a collaboration involving industry, labor, and environmental groups. This law in Illinois is remarkably different and more complicated than the law in other states.

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