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

  • 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
  • Its Official: The Paris Agreement Goes into Effect Today Today, November 4, 2016, The Paris Agreement will enter into force. The Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe will reportedly be floodlit green to celebrate this landmark occasion. The New York Times article entitled, “The Paris Agreement on Climate Change is Official. Now What?” hits the nail on the head. Now that The Paris Agreement has gone into effect as of today, the question on everyone’s mind is “what is next?” As the International Energy Agency (“IEA”) reports, “[t]he question now turns... More
  • A Bird in the Hand is Better than Two in the Bush: Pheasant Hunting Season and Oil Prices   The first weekend of November signals one thing to me – pheasant hunting. When I was a young girl, I remember my grandfather gearing up to go pheasant hunting. He generally wears Pendleton shirts with his Levis in the fall and winter time, and I remember him layering up to face the Wyoming wind. He loves to hunt pheasant. Honestly, he just loves to be outside in Wyoming; the fun of hunting is a bonus. My grandma told me not to mention... More
  • Wyoming’s Future Looks Bright There are very few things that I will get up at 5:00 a.m. to do – catch a flight, catch a fish – that’s about it. This morning, however, I left Denver at about 5:30 a.m. to arrive in Laramie in time to be a guest lecturer for the University of Wyoming’s Agricultural Law class, taught by Justina Floy, Staff Attorney for the Second Judicial District Court. I previously discussed my last adventure as a guest lecturer in the post, “The Future... More
  • Perception Can Be Misleading: Survey Shows Americans Significantly Overestimate Role of Renewables A new national survey and report by Makovsky, entitled How Americans Make Energy Decisions – And the Sources and Channels They Trust the Most, has been recently released. The full study can be accessed here. As discussed in the Oil & Gas 360 article, New Survey Shows that Americans Significantly Overestimate Renewable Energy’s Role in Powering the Nation, the results reflect a big difference between perception and reality. As someone who consistently overestimates things (IE: “my car is parked 5 miles from... More