Energy Law

252 ABA Journal Energy Law articles.

Former mining CEO is sentenced to prison in safety case

A former mining executive has been sentenced to a year in prison for a misdemeanor conspiracy to violate federal mine safety regulations.

U.S. District Judge Irene Berger, the daughter of…

Drought sheds light on the California’s water law deficiencies
It's a classic case of ignoring a problem until forced to face it.

In the midst of a four-year drought, when the state had its lowest rainfall…
Orrick adds 7 more partners in Houston

A month after announcing that it was opening a Houston office with partners from other law firms, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has added to its attorney roster there.

Five…

Utility is criminally charged in methane gas leak that displaced thousands from homes

A California utility is facing criminal charges over a massive methane gas leak outside Los Angeles that has forced thousands from their homes since October.

The four misdemeanor counts filed…

California air quality agency sues over gas leak which has displaced thousands

Corrected: California’s Air Quality Management District has sued a gas utility in the state over a Los Angeles-area gas leak that’s been active since October, the Los Angeles Daily…

Federal rule promoting reduced energy use is upheld by SCOTUS; environmentalists applaud decision

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission had the authority to require compensation for large electricity users that reduce consumption during periods of peak demand, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in…

Orrick to open Houston office with 20 lateral partners from a half-dozen firms

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe is opening a new office in Houston with 20 lateral partners hired from approximately a half-dozen other law firms.

Exactly which attorneys and which firms, Orrick…

Frost Brown Todd is opening its first Pennsylvania office

Frost Brown Todd has announced that the 475-attorney law firm is opening its first office in Pennsylvania, with 10 lawyers who previously worked for Burleson.

Burleson, an energy-focused law firm…

Following layoffs, 60-attorney law firm says it will close its doors by end of 2015

Hard hit by the downturn in the oil and gas industry, a 60-attorney Houston-based law firm is closing its doors at the end of the year.

Founded nearly a decade…

Expecting M&A uptick, Baker Botts adds 25 Houston lawyers, wants 25 more in 2016

A slump in the energy market hasn’t kept Baker Botts from expanding the attorney roster in its Houston headquarters.

After adding 25 lawyers in 2015, the firm is looking to…

Supreme Court considers whether regulations encouraging energy savings intruded on state power

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday considered whether the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission had the power to require compensation for large electricity users that reduce consumption during peak demand.

Arguing…

Oil industry dismisses its lawsuit against Texas town over fracking ban

The Texas Oil & Gas Association and the city of Denton, Texas, have resolved a lawsuit over the city’s ban on hydraulic fracturing, also known as “fracking.” According to a…

Lawyers ‘lean to the left,’ study says; which schools, firms and practice areas are most liberal?

Many conservative commentators have aired claims that trial lawyers appear more liberal than the rest of the population, and they overwhelmingly contribute to Democratic candidates.

Is it true? And is…

Local fracking bans are banned under a new Texas law

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed legislation Monday to prevent local communities from banning fracking, a process used to extract gas from shale.

Abbott said the measure protects private property rights…

Steptoe lays off 32, including 14 attorneys, following energy-price drop

Following a precipitous drop in oil and gas prices, Steptoe & Johnson has laid off energy lawyers and staff in its Colorado, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and West Virginia offices.

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