Energy Bulletin (US)

New EPA Regulation To Cut Emissions From Coal-Fired Plants In US

This regular publication by DLA Piper lawyers focuses on helping clients navigate the ever-changing business, legal and regulatory landscape.

Future Uncertain For Nuclear Energy In California

Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant owner Pacific Gas & Electric has issued a couple of seismic studies in the past year – one last September and then another last month. The latest conclusion from the utility: “New Analyses Show Diablo Canyon Safe From Extreme Natural Events.” But Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer is skeptical of PG&E… Keep reading →

Congressional Panel Approves Legislation On Iran Nuclear Deal

As Default Deadline Nears, Congress Continues Debate Debt Ceiling Plan

Yesterday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee unanimously passed legislation that would allow Congress to review—and potentially block—any final deal reached with Iran over its nuclear program. The Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 (S.615) would also prevent the Obama Administration from immediately suspending sanctions against Iran during an initial 30-day congressional review period.

New Federal Fracking Rules

Fracking In California Under Spotlight As Some Local Municipalities Issue Bans

The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management recently released a final rule to provide new oversight over hydraulic fracturing (commonly referred to as “fracking”) on federal and tribal lands.

The Growing Economy Of Dubai

The Assad regime and Hezbollah back Iran’s view of the announced parameters, but most other Arab officials and commentators are openly skeptical. Most analysts have focused on Israeli and American, rather than Arab, reactions to the Iran nuclear framework agreement announced last week. Yet there were significant and highly divergent reactions across the Arab region… Keep reading →

BP Attempts "Static Kill" To Permanently Plug Damaged Oil Well

Just a few days shy of five years after the Deepwater Horizon explosion that killed 11 people and spilled nearly 5 million barrels of oil in to the Gulf of Mexico, the Obama administration has proposed safety regulations. The activist group Public Citizen called the long wait “an indictment of our regulatory process,” but U.S.… Keep reading →

Riffgat Offshore Wind Farm Nears Completion

Three zeroes stand out in the first annual performance report by the Center for Offshore Safety (COS), the oil and natural gas industry-led initiative to promote continuous offshore safety improvement following the 2010 Macondo incident: Zero fatalities, zero loss-of-well-control incidents and zero oil spills equal to or greater than 10,000 gallons in Gulf of Mexico… Keep reading →

Endangered Blue Whales Spotted Off California Coast

The Obama administration announced Monday it plans to tighten regulations for offshore oil rigs, saying the new measures will help prevent oil-well blowouts and minimize environmental damage.”The proposals announced by the Interior Department would substantially overhaul the technical guidelines for drilling on the U.S. continental shelf, adding dozens of new requirements aimed mostly at stopping… Keep reading →


    Over the weekend, Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and Deputy Secretary of Energy Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall landed in China to lead a presidential trade mission focused on connecting U.S. businesses with opportunities in the green infrastructure and energy efficiency industries. This trade mission will promote “smart cities,” including technologies for green buildings, carbon capture,… Keep reading →

Federal Grand Jury Finds PG&E Guilty Of Obstructing Justice In San Bruno Explosion Investigation

California energy regulators have hit Pacific Gas & Electric with a record $1.6 billion penalty in the 2010 San Bruno pipeline explosion that left eight people dead. But at least one member of the Public Utilities Commission thinks even more dramatic action might be needed to ensure the investor-owned utility operates efficiently and safely. “The… Keep reading →

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