Blog – Energy Law Today

Powered by the attorneys in the firm’s Energy & Natural Resources group, Fox’s Energy Law Today blog covers the legal developments in energy and natural resources that will impact parties operating in these sectors.

Recent Blog Posts

  • Status Update: The Paris Agreement Those of you who know me know that Wyoming is my first love and Paris is my second – but that is not why Paris is on my mind today.  Instead, it is on my mind because of a big breakfast meeting that going on this morning involving The Paris Agreement (aka The Paris Climate Accord or The Paris Accord)… The New York Times reported that senior climate and energy ministers from a dozen or so nations are meeting for breakfast... More
  • A Point of Clarification: Barrels of Oil are not being “Lost” to Hurricane Harvey   This morning, I read a confusing article that made it sound like barrels of oil were somehow lost or permanently gone due to Hurricane Harvey. There are many misconceptions in the energy sector, so here is my attempt to nip this one in the bud. The following article is what we are going to talk about: Forbes: “Here’s How Many Barrels of Oil Have Been Lost to Hurricane Harvey” The title of this article makes a person think that oil production being impacted... More
  • Fox Sponsors Beaver County Chamber of Commerce Program “Doing Business in the Era of Shell” A sold-out audience attended the Beaver County Chamber of Commerce program “Doing Business in the Era of Shell” yesterday at the Club at Shadow Lakes in Aliquippa, PA. The program featured 3 speakers with real-life local experience with large-scale petrochemical projects. Two speakers hailed from Southwest Louisiana where many multibillion-dollar petrochemical construction projects are currently underway, ushering in an enormous economic boom for local businesses, government tax coffers and school districts. The Pittsburgh office of Fox Rothschild was pleased to sponsor the... More
  • Anadarko Region: Turns Out You Can Teach an Old Dog New Tricks   Those in the oil and gas industry know the producing regions well; we know right off of the top of our heads exactly where the Bakken, Niobrara, Permian, Marcellus, Utica and the Eagle Ford are when someone says those names. Visions of maps dance in our heads. That is why when someone mentioned the Anadarko region the other day, different things popped into my head and I got a little nervous… These were my thoughts: It this that old producing region – it... More
  • NAFTA and Natural Gas Natural Gas Exports To Mexico will loom large in NAFTA negotiations The North American Free Trade Agreement (“NAFTA”) entered into force some 23 years ago and in simple terms, the Treaty created a free trade zone between Canada, the United States and Mexico. At the time, NAFTA was viewed as a pathway to integrate Mexico into the highly developed economies of the U.S. and Canada. By doing so, however, it guaranteed there would be winners and losers as Mexico’s less-developed economy... More
  • It All Starts With Ethane Opportunities Abound in Downstream Infrastructure Logistics The Marcellus and Utica Shale Plays are abundantly rich in “wet gas”; some 30-40% of natural gas produced in these fields is estimated to be recoverable into natural gas liquids with ethane being the most prevalent. Ethane is a natural feedstock for ethylene, the primary petrochemical building block from which we derive products such as polyethylene. The latter is produced and eventually converted into a myriad of everyday consumer products from plastics to vinyl to rubber. But... More
  • Supply is Key: Palisade Peach Pies and Oil Markets We are in the heart of an early peach season in Colorado. In fact, according to the Denver Post article entitled, “Palisade Peaches Ripen Early Because of Colorado’s Heat Wave,” peach season began a little early this year. Peaches are everywhere right now and my kitchen is stocked up! You see, many things in life come down to one simple concept: supply. When life gives you peaches, make peach pie. Several folks have asked me why I haven’t been adding to the... More
  • BLM Proposes Rescission of 2015 Hydraulic Fracturing Rule Today, the Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”) announced its recommendation that the hydraulic fracturing rule from 2015 entitled, “Oil and Gas; Hydraulic Fracturing on Federal and Indian Lands,” be rescinded – the Federal Register Notice issued by Katharine S. MacGregor, Acting Assistant Secretary of Land and Minerals Management, can be found here. By way of a little background and reminder, the BLM had issued regulations that attempted to regulate oil and gas development on federal and tribal lands by focusing on three... More
  • Industrial Internet Of Things and the Shell Cracker What does the Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) have to do with the Shell Cracker? A lot… We have heard a great deal about the $6 billion construction of the Shell ethane cracker underway in Beaver County. The construction phase of course brings to mind the erection of a huge physical plant complex: Source: Shell Oil Some 6,000 workers from a myriad of construction trades will bring the cracker to life. Once online, this highly complex facility will first “crack,” or break apart, ethane’s... More
  • 2 Infosys Innovation Hubs Announced / 2 To Be Selected The Indian IT global outsourcing firm Infosys (NYSE: INFY), recently announced that it plans to hire 10,000 American workers over the next two years. Copyright: theerapong28 / 123RF Stock Photo Infosys and other India-based information technology consulting companies have come under fire lately for their use of the H-1B visa program. These foreign consulting firms have been the leading sponsors of H-1B visa holders for some years now and have been criticized for allegedly displacing American IT workers. To counter this backlash, Infosys will... More