Industry News

April 13, 2017
The Illinois Attorney General has recently issued subpoenas to various alternative retail electric suppliers (“ARESs” or “RESs”) pursuant to its authority under the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act...
April 4, 2017
On March 17, 2017, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (“AG”) filed a petition with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit seeking review of an Interim Final Rule...
April 4, 2017
On February 28, 2017, the President signed an executive order (the “Order”) instructing the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works (“Assistant Secretary”)...
April 4, 2017
In February 2017, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (“FERC” or “Commission”) Office of Energy Projects (“OEP”) issued an updated Guidance Manual for Environmental Report Preparation (“Guidance Manual”).
March 31, 2017
On February 8, 2017, the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Transportation (“DOT”), Hon. Calvin L. Scovel III, issued a hearing statement in connection with his address of the...
March 31, 2017
On January 24, 2017, the President took several executive actions that may impact the oil and gas pipeline industry by directing appropriate agencies to review and grant permits necessary to...
March 31, 2017
On January 23, 2017, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (“PHMSA”) published a Final Rule entitled “Pipeline Safety: Operator Qualification, Cost Recovery, Accident and Incident Notification, and Other Pipeline...
March 31, 2017
On January 23, 2017, the U.S. Department of Transportation (“DOT”) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) proposing certain amendments to its Procedures for Transportation Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing...
March 30, 2017
On January 17, 2017, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) issued an Instruction (“Instruction”) updating its National Emphasis Program (“NEP”) for inspecting facilities with certain amounts of highly hazardous...
March 30, 2017
On January 13, 2017, the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) published its Final Rule amending its Risk Management Program (“RMP”) regulations under Section 112(r)(7) of the Clean Air Act (“Final Rule”).
March 30, 2017
On December 19, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) issued a final rule (the “Final Rule”) amending its recordkeeping regulations (29 CFR Part 1904) to clarify that an...
March 30, 2017
On December 13, 2016, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (“PHMSA”) issued an Advisory Bulletin providing supplemental guidance to pipeline operators on identifying High Consequence Areas (“HCAs”) along pipeline...
March 29, 2017
On January 13, 2017, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (“PHMSA”) released an advance copy of its final rule that makes critical safety improvements for onshore transportation of hazardous...
March 29, 2017
On January 9, 2017, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) published its Final Rule amending its existing standards for occupational exposure to beryllium and beryllium compounds.
March 29, 2017
On January 6, 2017, the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) published a Proposed Rule that seeks to add natural gas processing (“NGP”) facilities to the list of industry sectors subject to...
March 29, 2017
On January 23, 2017, the President appointed Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur as Acting Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC” or the “Commission”).
February 20, 2017
On January 18, 2017, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) published its final rule that adjusts for inflation the civil monetary penalties assessed or enforced in OSHA’s regulations.
January 26, 2017
On December 19, 2016, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (“PHMSA”) published its Interim Final Rule in which it created, for the first time, federal pipeline safety regulations for...
January 11, 2017
On October 18, 2016, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (“OSHA”) released its Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs (“Recommended Practices”), as an update to OSHA’s Safety and Health...
January 11, 2017
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) has released a Small Entity Compliance Guide for the Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard for Construction.
January 11, 2017
On October 18, 2016, the Interagency Task Force on Natural Gas Storage Safety issued its final report (“Report”) which analyzed California’s Aliso Canyon natural gas leak and includes recommendations in...
January 5, 2017
On November 2, 2016, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (“PHMSA”) issued a notice of agency action and request for comment (“Notice”) regarding its intent to assess user fees...
January 5, 2017
On October 31, 2016, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (“Corps” or “Agency”) issued a Regulatory Guidance Letter (“Letter”) to address geographic jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act (“CWA”) and...
January 5, 2017
On November 17, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) issued a Final Rule that implements provisions of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (“FAST”) Act that pertain to the designation,...
January 5, 2017
On August 1, 2016, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (“IEEE”) announced the publication of their 2017 National Electrical Safety Code® (the “NESC”®). Published for the first time...
January 5, 2017
On October 20, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) issued final Control Techniques Guidelines (the “Guidelines”) aimed at reducing smog-forming volatile organic compound (“VOC”) emissions ...
December 20, 2016
On November 16, 2016, the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”) issued its Methane and Waste Prevention Final Rule (“Final Rule”). The Final Rule establishes...
December 20, 2016
On November 29, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) announced the first ten chemicals that it will evaluate for potential risks to human health and the environment under the...
December 20, 2016
On November 18, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) issued its Final Rule establishing safety standards for walking-working surfaces and personal protective equipment (“PPE”).