Department: Legal Perspectives

Trump Effect: How the Administration Could Reshape Pipeline Regulation

May 2017, Vol. 244, No. 5

A Conversation with Babst Calland Energy Attorney Keith Coyle P&GJ: What are you hearing from the pipeline industry in terms of its expectations on anticipated federal regulatory reforms resulting from President Trump’s executive actions? What are the financial and safety stakes at hand? Coyle: The pipeline industry has been largely supportive of the actions taken by the new administration. The temporary regulatory freeze the White House imposed on Inauguration Day deferred several significant regulations that President Obama tried to issue at the end of his administration. President Trump’s approval of the Dakota Access and Keystone...

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Sabine Ruling: What Pipeline Companies Can Do To Protect Their Contracts

November 2016, Vol. 243, No. 11

Houston-based Sabine Oil & Gas Corp. recently announced confirmation of the oil and gas exploration and production company’s plan of reorganization, allowing it to emerge from its Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding with just $350 million of its original $2.8 billion in debt. Facilitating that outcome, to a significant degree, was a May decision by New York Bankruptcy Judge Shelley Chapman that allowed Sabine to reject approximately $100 million in contractual obligations owed to two pipeline companies premised upon her interpretation of contract language creating a “covenant running with the land.. That language is included in...

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Reasonable Rates of Return Benefits Pipelines and Shippers Alike

October 2016, Vol. 243, No. 10

On July 1, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued United Airlines, et al. v. FERC, et al., a decision with major rate implications for oil and gas pipelines subject to the jurisdiction of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The Court’s decision calls into question the ability of MLPs, FERC-regulated pipelines – whether oil or gas – to include an income tax allowance in their cost-based rates. The dust surrounding the decision has yet to settle and is unlikely to do so for months, if not years. Given...

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DOT Site Security Plans: Potential Application to Pipeline as Offerors

September 2016, Vol. 243, No. 9

The Department of Transportation (DOT) requires “offerors” of hazardous materials to develop and adhere to a site-specific security plan that evaluates transportation security risks and appropriate measures to address those risks. For the midstream sector, questions often arise as to whether or not the activities of a pipeline owner or operator trigger DOT’s site security plan requirements. We briefly address the relevant regulations as well as some of the actions that may trigger these planning requirements.   History Under the Hazardous Material Regulations (“HMRs”), 49 C.F.R. Parts 171-180, the DOT’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety...

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Another Bite at the Apple: Renegotiating Rates with Distressed Shippers

July 2016, Vol. 243, No. 7

It is no secret that oil and gas producers are facing exceptionally challenging market conditions that have persisted for almost two years. Prognosticators may have different thoughts as to when oil prices will fully rebound, but it is telling of just how dire the circumstances have become when $40 a barrel is celebrated as a source of optimism. The prolonged period of depressed commodity prices has wreaked havoc in the upstream sector. This havoc, however, is no longer confined to the upstream sector and is starting to bleed into the midstream sector. By way of […]