Tag Archives: energy law

Balancing The Rights Of Landowners, Wind Power Developers And Mineral Rights Owners

It is the dream of many landowners in the United States to one day have both oil wells and wind turbines on their land. For this happen, however, landowners must play an active role in keeping oil and wind companies from trying to overreach each other in concurrent development of the land.

In their excellent article published by the University of Denver Sturm College of Law titled, “Jousting at Windmills: When Wind Power Development Collides with Oil, Gas, and Mineral Development,” authors K.K. DuVivier and Roderick E. Wetsel suggest that landowners will have to act as referees in an energy “Super Bowl” if they are to be successful in having concurrent wind and oil development on a single piece of property.

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Temporary Moratorium on Uranium Exploration and Development in Québec

On March 28, 2013, Québec Environment Minister Yves-François Blanchet announced that no authorization certificates for uranium exploration or mining projects in Québec will be issued until theBureau d’audiences publiques sur l’environnement (“BAPE”) has completed an independent study on the uranium sector and issued a report. However, limited exploration work which does not require a permit can still go ahead. BAPE is expected to hold public hearings on the uranium sector in Québec in Fall 2013. These public hearings will focus on the environmental and social impacts of exploration and mining of uranium in Québec.

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Energy Forum 2013: which topics are the most interesting?

This year business daily Verslo Žinios and law firm TARK GRUNTE SUTKIENE will again organise Energy Forum of the Baltic region.

Seeking to make the content of the forum valuable to you, we would like to receive your opinion on the topics that would be most interesting to you. Therefore, we kindly ask you to fill in the survey below. Two randomly selected persons who filled the survey will be given invitations to the forum planned to be held in November 2013 in Vilnius.

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TARK GRUNTE SUTKIENE supports Energy efficiency conference

Date: April 25, 2013
Location: European Union’s house, Riga, Latvia

TARK GRUNTE SUTKIENE supported conference “Energy efficiency 2013-2020 – political and financial challenges”. Our partner and senior associate Linda Štrause also took part in the event.

Click here to see the programme of the conference.

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Among Environmentalists, Hydrofracking Is Not A "Yes Or No" Issue

On April 10, 2013, I participated in “Justice Speaks,” an event sponsored by the Justice Action Center at New York Law School on hydraulic fracturing.

Joining me on the podium was Daniel Raichel, a Project Attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council (“NRDC”), and the lead attorney with the newly formed Community Fracking Defense Project. Pursuant to this initiative, NRDC provides legal assistance to towns and local governments in potential shale drilling zones upstate that seek to prohibit hydrofracking in their communities.

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Oil and Gas Alert: Illinois enters the fracking fray — Natural gas development is imminent

Drilling companies have begun approaching Illinois landowners in recent months about leasing their property for gas drilling. Like Pennsylvania and Ohio, Southeastern Illinois sits atop a shale formation—the New Albany—with large untapped gas reserves. Many drilling companies are purchasing leases now with the hope of using horizontal hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) to extract natural gas at some point in the future. 

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V. Bernatonis presented the perspectives of Baltic energy market in CEE Energy Conference 2013 in Warsaw

The 9th CEE Energy Conference held on 18-19th March 2013 in Warsaw united leading energy market experts from Austria, Belarus, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Ukraine and the Baltics.

Through case study presentations from leading experts and interactive panel discussions with industry stakeholders, the 9th CEE Energy Conference provided an in-depth analysis of the market, its future trends, regulation and legislation, bankability of energy projects, financing options and other issues. This event united senior level representatives from state and private utility companies, international investors and financiers, consultants and advisors, leading law firms and other industry experts.

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Absence of an Independent Regulator in the Upstream Segment 

While the downstream and midstream segments are regulated by the Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (“PNGRB”), the upstream segment is directly regulated by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas (“MOPNG”) with the technical support of the Directorate General of Hydrocarbons (“DGH”), under the administrative control of the MOPNG. Neither the MOPNG nor the DGH is an independent regulator.

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Hydrofracking And The Debate Over Municipal Infrastructure

On February 11, 2013, the IADC conducted a lively, interactive panel discussing the risks and benefits of shale oil and gas extraction at the IADC Mid-Winter Meeting. The panel represented the spectrum of political, regulatory and scientific views on the issue and debated perceived potential risks to human health and the environment.

In addition to me,  the panel consisted of Blaine D. Edwards, Assistant General Counsel at Superior Energy Services, Inc.; Raymond G. Mullady, Jr., a partner at Blank Rome LLP in Washington, D.C.; and Niall A. Paul and Nathan D. Atkinson, partners at Spilman Thomas & Battle PLLC. Eric Lasker at  Hollingsworth LLP in Washington, D.C. assisted in the preparation and coordination of the event.

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Leading energy lawyer David Austin discusses impact of BC’s LNG expansion

David Austin was recently interviewed by CBC News and other media on the impact of BC’s liquid natural gas (LNG) expansion plans. He suggests that production in BC would need to triple to fulfill the objectives outlined in Premier Christy Clark’s proposal, as would development in related infrastructure to deliver the finished product. David is a recipient of the Clean Energy Association of BC’s Lifetime Achievement Award and a frequent commentator on energy and infrastructure-related matters.

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