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

  • Don’t Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth: Be Grateful for Energy Sector Rebound My grandma always says, “don’t look a gift horse in the mouth.” The saying comes to mind as I read today’s headlines about many aspects of the energy sector rebounding and growing. The saying basically means, “don’t be ungrateful when you receive a gift.” When you are given a horse as a gift, don’t inspect his teeth to see if he is old or of poor quality. It reminds me of a good story.  I was in an old cowboy bar in Wyoming and... More
  • All Hat and No Cowboy? EIA’s Annual Energy Outlook 2017 Today, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (“EIA”) released its Annual Energy Outlook 2017. The full report can be found here. What is the Annual Energy Outlook? It is a long-term energy projection of domestic energy markets through 2050. It is “modeled projections of what may happen given certain assumptions and methodologies.” Many uncertainties surround energy projections – here is a link to my previous blog entitled “Is Predicting the Future of Energy Like Driving Down a Dirt Road at Night with No Lights... More
  • Great Way to Start the New Year: Energy Commodity Prices Gaining the Lead My first post of this beautifully snowy 2017 brings good news from Today in Energy published this morning by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (“EIA”) – “energy commodity prices rose more than other commodity sectors in 2016.” Like the crisp cold air of a snowy winter’s morning, energy commodity prices seeing large percentage increases is a great way to start the new year. “The spot energy index in the S&P Goldman Sachs Commodity Index (“GSCI”) rose 48% since the start of 2016”... More
  • Balancing Interests in the Wyoming Range Most people know that my home state holds my heart; what many may not know is that my soul can be found in the Wyoming Range. My family’s cabin is nestled in a “bowl” off-the-beaten-path in the Wyoming Range and I have spent time there every summer for my entire life. It has views of the Wind River Range, the Tetons and the Gros Ventre Mountains. When I was young, I spent weeks of my summer vacation there – playing and hiking in... More
  • Patience Required: Gigi’s Potica and OPEC Production Cuts As we have previously discussed, OPEC has announced that it will reduce production outputs and oil prices are reflecting the deal. Oil prices are on rise – as I write this, Bloomberg Energy is reporting that WTI Crude Oil is up 2.11% to $50.82 per barrel and Brent Crude Oil is up 1.66% to $53.88 per barrel. Everyone is speaking in hushed tones, worried about jinxing their high hopes that the oil and gas industry may be bouncing back and... More
  • Show Me the Money: EPA to Require Hardrock Mining Companies to Make Financial Assurances RE Cleanup On December 1, 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) announced plans to require mining companies to prove up their financial wherewithal to be able to pay for environmental cleanup and potential pollution issues. Specifically, the EPA has “proposed financial responsibility requirements for the hardrock mining and mineral processing industry.” What is the proposal? The rule is called “Financial Responsibility Requirements Under CERCLA Section 108(b) for Classes of Facilities in the Hard Rock Mining Industry.” The full information can be found on the EPA’s... More
  • All I Want for Christmas is You…Snow and Stable, Strong Oil Prices I am definitely already dreaming of a white Christmas in Wyoming. As December is upon us tomorrow, I have started listening to holiday music and making my Christmas wish list for Santa – as I read the news this morning, it looks like one of the items on my list is coming to fruition. Oil prices are up, way up, this morning. The markets are posting large percentage increases – I hope this is truly reflective of a rebalancing in the markets. As... More
  • Gold King Mine Wastewater Release: Colorado on the Hook?   Could Colorado be liable for costs the State of New Mexico incurred in responding to the Gold King Mine wastewater release? It could be…it remains to be seen. The case is State of New Mexico v. State of Colorado, case number 220147-ORG, in the Supreme Court of the United States. An outline of the seven (7) issues pending in the case can be found here. What are the basics of the case? In general, the case asks whether Colorado is responsible, at least in... More
  • Let’s Talk About Norway – and Natural Gas In today’s global energy economy, do you know what we do not talk about enough? Norway. That’s right…Norway. It turns out I am not the only one who thinks this – the U.S. Energy Information Administration (“EIA”) featured a Today in Energy on Norway this week. Many people in the U.S. do not realize what a hitter Norway is for Europe in the energy industry. Takeaway: Norway is a heavy hitter. Side Note: Norway is not a member of OPEC. In fact, last year Norway... More
  • H20 A-Okay: New Report Confirms Hydraulic Fracturing Not Responsible for Pavillion Water Issues   Today, the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (“DEQ”) released its final report on the water quality issues within the Pavillion Gas Field Cistern Area entitled, “Pavillion, Wyoming Area Domestic Water Wells Final Report and Palatability Study” (“Final Report”). A full copy of the Final Report can be found here. Refresher: By way of background and to remind you of what we are talking about, Pavillion, Wyoming, is a tiny town located in Fremont County that came into the headlines in about 2009... More