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Margaret Peloso Selected as ABA Top 40 Young Lawyer 07-17-2017

Vinson & Elkins counsel Margaret Peloso has been selected as a 2017 American Bar Association “On the Rise – Top 40 Young Lawyer.” The award is given by the ABA Young Lawyers Division to 40 members who exemplify a broad range of high achievement, innovation, vision, leadership and legal and community service.

Responding Effectively to Environmental Shareholder Activism 07-11-2017

Energy Series Logo - Mini Thumbnail - 50px WideJoin us for a discussion of environmental shareholder activism and strategies you should be implementing now for effective engagement in 2018.

How Will Brexit Impact the Energy Policy? 06-26-2017

First published on Lexis®PSL Environment, June 26, 2017

Environment analysis: Alex Msimang, partner, Jessica Biddle, senior associate, and Margaret Peloso, counsel, at Vinson & Elkins, say the UK can be seen to have taken the lead in shaping EU energy policy in many respects and so the ramifications of the UK’s exit from the EU on the energy sector are expected to be widely felt--such as in relation to the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS).

National Law Journal Names Kevin Gaynor An "Energy and Environmental Trailblazer" 06-02-2017

The National Law Journal (NLJ) has selected Vinson & Elkins partner Kevin Gaynor to its list of 2017 “Energy and Environmental Trailblazers.” As one of 50 legal professionals nationwide to be honored, Gaynor is recognized for his contributions and achievements in the environmental field.

New Pressure for Energy Over Environment? 05-03-2017

First published by The National Law Journal , May 3, 2017

A well-worn stereotype portrays American corporations and particularly the energy industry as ambivalent at best about the environment.

Essentials of Enforcement Defense 11-17-2016

Energy Series Logo - Mini Thumbnail - 50px WideThe energy sector continues to be in the regulators’ crosshairs with new rules targeting greenhouse gas emissions and continued enforcement attention.

Oil and Gas Beware, Regulations Are in the Air: EPA Takes the Next Step in Expanding Air Regulations by Issuing Final Control Techniques Guidelines (CTG) for Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Emissions 11-10-2016

V&E Environmental Law Update E-communication, November 10, 2016

EPA recently issued Final Control Techniques Guidelines for the oil and gas industry.

As EPA Pursues Existing Sources, Could Well and Pipeline Blowdowns Be Next?: EPA’s Plan to Expand Regulations of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from the Oil and Gas Sector 10-17-2016

V&E Environmental Law Update E-communication, October 17, 2016

Although the clock will run out on the Obama Administration before it can issue any proposal to regulate additional sources of methane and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), the Administration is putting the building blocks in place for the next EPA to finalize a rule that could compel state regulation of older and, in some cases, marginally profitable well sites and other emission sources.

New Methane Regulations 09-20-2016

First published in Oil & Gas Financial Journal, September 2016

V&E partner Larry Nettles and V&E associate Corinne Snow recently authored an article on EPA's economic analysis of the new "Quad Oa" regulations of methane and volatile organic compound air emissions from the oil and gas sector. EPA now estimates that the costs of complying with the rule will be significantly higher than its initial estimates in the fall of 2015.

A Closer Look at EPA's New Methane Rules for the Oil and Gas Industry 06-22-2016

On May 12, 2016, EPA issued a slate of final rules and an information request under the Clean Air Act directed at the oil and gas industry. This is the first time EPA is directly regulating methane as a greenhouse gas. These rules will have widespread application to the oil and gas industry, including production, processing, transmission, and storage. 

EPA Enforcement Initiatives: Agency Puts Oil & Gas in Crosshairs 05-31-2016

First published in The American Oil & Gas Reporter, May 2016

Andrew Stewart and V&E senior associate Jay Rothrock recently authored an article on EPA’s recent National Enforcement Initiatives (NEIs) for 2017-2019, giving an overview of NEIs relevant to the oil and gas industry.

A New Slew of Oil and Gas Regulations: What You Need to Know 05-18-2016

V&E Environmental Law Update E-communication, May 18, 2016

On May 12, 2016, EPA issued a slate of final rules and an information request under the Clean Air Act (the “Act” or “CAA”) directed at the oil and gas industry. 

V&E Launches Redesigned Climate Change and Water Blogs 04-11-2016

The firm’s Environmental and Natural Resources practice is pleased to unveil our newly redesigned Climate Change Blog and Water Blog.

More Methane Pain: White House and Canadian Prime Minister Release Joint Plan to Regulate Methane Emissions from Existing Oil and Gas Sources 03-14-2016

V&E Environmental Law Update E-communication, March 14, 2016

On March 10, 2016, the United States and Canada released a Joint Statement on Climate, Energy, and Arctic Leadership in conjunction with a meeting between President Obama and Prime Minister Trudeau. Included in the statement was the announcement that U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) “will begin developing regulations for methane emissions from existing oil and gas sources immediately and will move as expeditiously as possible to complete this process.”

What to Expect in 2016 – Federal Environmental Regulatory Outlook for the Oil and Gas Industry 02-10-2016

Rough business conditions will continue to buffet the oil and gas industry in the new year. At the time of writing, a barrel of Brent crude oil was priced at $33.51, and natural gas was selling at $2.11 MM/Btu. 

Pennsylvania Governor Announces Plan for Regulating Methane Emissions from the Oil and Gas Industry 01-26-2016

V&E Environmental Law Update E-communication, January 26, 2016

On January 19, 2016, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced a plan to reduce methane emissions from oil and gas operations within the state, based on their contribution to climate change.

BLM Wants Royalties for Natural Gas Lost to Venting, Flaring, and Leaks on Federal Land 01-26-2016

V&E Environmental Law Update E-communication, January 26, 2016

On January 22, 2016, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released a proposed rule aimed at reducing natural gas lost through natural gas venting, flaring, and equipment leaks from both new and existing production activities on federal lands.

Renewable Energy Tax Credits Extended 12-30-2015

V&E Clean Energy Update E-communication, December 30, 2015

On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 (the “Act”). 

The Clean Power Plan 09-16-2015

Energy Series Logo - Thumbnail - 125x120V&E panel discusses the recently published Clean Power Plan and its potential impacts on the power and clean energy sectors.

New Methane Regulations Proposed for the Oil and Gas Sector: What You Need to Know 08-26-2015

V&E Shale Insights — Tracking Fracking E-communication, August 26, 2015

On August 18, 2015, EPA proposed a slate of rulemakings under the Clean Air Act (the “Act”) directed at the oil and gas industry.

Margaret Peloso Selected as ABA Top 40 Young Lawyer 07-17-2017

Vinson & Elkins counsel Margaret Peloso has been selected as a 2017 American Bar Association “On the Rise – Top 40 Young Lawyer.” The award is given by the ABA Young Lawyers Division to 40 members who exemplify a broad range of high achievement, innovation, vision, leadership and legal and community service.

National Law Journal Names Kevin Gaynor An "Energy and Environmental Trailblazer" 06-02-2017

The National Law Journal (NLJ) has selected Vinson & Elkins partner Kevin Gaynor to its list of 2017 “Energy and Environmental Trailblazers.” As one of 50 legal professionals nationwide to be honored, Gaynor is recognized for his contributions and achievements in the environmental field.

United States Lawyer Rankings Names V&E Partner Larry Nettles Top Environmental Lawyer 05-04-2015

For an eighth consecutive year, the United States Lawyer Rankings has recognized Vinson & Elkins partner Larry Nettles as the top environmental lawyer in the United States on its “Top 10 List” of lawyers considered the best in the country.

Chambers USA 2015 Ranks Vinson & Elkins in 33 Practice Areas and Recognizes 83 V&E Lawyers 01-01-2015

The 2015 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business recognizes Vinson & Elkins as a leading law firm in 33 practice areas and selects 83 V&E lawyers as leading individuals.

U.S. News – Best Lawyers® (Woodward/White, Inc.) “Best Law Firms” Survey Recognizes Vinson & Elkins 11-03-2014

V&E is named a National Tier 1 Law Firm in 25 practice areas.

Responding Effectively to Environmental Shareholder Activism 07-11-2017

Energy Series Logo - Mini Thumbnail - 50px WideJoin us for a discussion of environmental shareholder activism and strategies you should be implementing now for effective engagement in 2018.

Essentials of Enforcement Defense 11-17-2016

Energy Series Logo - Mini Thumbnail - 50px WideThe energy sector continues to be in the regulators’ crosshairs with new rules targeting greenhouse gas emissions and continued enforcement attention.

The Clean Power Plan 09-16-2015

Energy Series Logo - Thumbnail - 125x120V&E panel discusses the recently published Clean Power Plan and its potential impacts on the power and clean energy sectors.

How Will Brexit Impact the Energy Policy? 06-26-2017

First published on Lexis®PSL Environment, June 26, 2017

Environment analysis: Alex Msimang, partner, Jessica Biddle, senior associate, and Margaret Peloso, counsel, at Vinson & Elkins, say the UK can be seen to have taken the lead in shaping EU energy policy in many respects and so the ramifications of the UK’s exit from the EU on the energy sector are expected to be widely felt--such as in relation to the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS).

New Pressure for Energy Over Environment? 05-03-2017

First published by The National Law Journal , May 3, 2017

A well-worn stereotype portrays American corporations and particularly the energy industry as ambivalent at best about the environment.

Oil and Gas Beware, Regulations Are in the Air: EPA Takes the Next Step in Expanding Air Regulations by Issuing Final Control Techniques Guidelines (CTG) for Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Emissions 11-10-2016

V&E Environmental Law Update E-communication, November 10, 2016

EPA recently issued Final Control Techniques Guidelines for the oil and gas industry.

As EPA Pursues Existing Sources, Could Well and Pipeline Blowdowns Be Next?: EPA’s Plan to Expand Regulations of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from the Oil and Gas Sector 10-17-2016

V&E Environmental Law Update E-communication, October 17, 2016

Although the clock will run out on the Obama Administration before it can issue any proposal to regulate additional sources of methane and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), the Administration is putting the building blocks in place for the next EPA to finalize a rule that could compel state regulation of older and, in some cases, marginally profitable well sites and other emission sources.

New Methane Regulations 09-20-2016

First published in Oil & Gas Financial Journal, September 2016

V&E partner Larry Nettles and V&E associate Corinne Snow recently authored an article on EPA's economic analysis of the new "Quad Oa" regulations of methane and volatile organic compound air emissions from the oil and gas sector. EPA now estimates that the costs of complying with the rule will be significantly higher than its initial estimates in the fall of 2015.

EPA Enforcement Initiatives: Agency Puts Oil & Gas in Crosshairs 05-31-2016

First published in The American Oil & Gas Reporter, May 2016

Andrew Stewart and V&E senior associate Jay Rothrock recently authored an article on EPA’s recent National Enforcement Initiatives (NEIs) for 2017-2019, giving an overview of NEIs relevant to the oil and gas industry.

A New Slew of Oil and Gas Regulations: What You Need to Know 05-18-2016

V&E Environmental Law Update E-communication, May 18, 2016

On May 12, 2016, EPA issued a slate of final rules and an information request under the Clean Air Act (the “Act” or “CAA”) directed at the oil and gas industry. 

V&E Launches Redesigned Climate Change and Water Blogs 04-11-2016

The firm’s Environmental and Natural Resources practice is pleased to unveil our newly redesigned Climate Change Blog and Water Blog.

More Methane Pain: White House and Canadian Prime Minister Release Joint Plan to Regulate Methane Emissions from Existing Oil and Gas Sources 03-14-2016

V&E Environmental Law Update E-communication, March 14, 2016

On March 10, 2016, the United States and Canada released a Joint Statement on Climate, Energy, and Arctic Leadership in conjunction with a meeting between President Obama and Prime Minister Trudeau. Included in the statement was the announcement that U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) “will begin developing regulations for methane emissions from existing oil and gas sources immediately and will move as expeditiously as possible to complete this process.”

What to Expect in 2016 – Federal Environmental Regulatory Outlook for the Oil and Gas Industry 02-10-2016

Rough business conditions will continue to buffet the oil and gas industry in the new year. At the time of writing, a barrel of Brent crude oil was priced at $33.51, and natural gas was selling at $2.11 MM/Btu. 

Pennsylvania Governor Announces Plan for Regulating Methane Emissions from the Oil and Gas Industry 01-26-2016

V&E Environmental Law Update E-communication, January 26, 2016

On January 19, 2016, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced a plan to reduce methane emissions from oil and gas operations within the state, based on their contribution to climate change.

BLM Wants Royalties for Natural Gas Lost to Venting, Flaring, and Leaks on Federal Land 01-26-2016

V&E Environmental Law Update E-communication, January 26, 2016

On January 22, 2016, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released a proposed rule aimed at reducing natural gas lost through natural gas venting, flaring, and equipment leaks from both new and existing production activities on federal lands.

Renewable Energy Tax Credits Extended 12-30-2015

V&E Clean Energy Update E-communication, December 30, 2015

On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 (the “Act”). 

New Methane Regulations Proposed for the Oil and Gas Sector: What You Need to Know 08-26-2015

V&E Shale Insights — Tracking Fracking E-communication, August 26, 2015

On August 18, 2015, EPA proposed a slate of rulemakings under the Clean Air Act (the “Act”) directed at the oil and gas industry.

Combating Climate Change Continues With Executive Orders 03-25-2015

First published in Law360, March 25, 2015

On March 19, 2015, President Obama issued an executive order designed to cut the federal government’s greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent over the next decade from 2008 levels and increase the share of electricity it consumes from renewable sources to 30 percent.

White House Releases Control Strategy 03-05-2015

First published in The American Oil & Gas Reporter, February 2015

The Obama administration has taken additional steps to regulate methane emissions from oil and gas operations. 

The Most Important Current Research Questions in Urban Ecosystem Services 02-05-2015

First published by Duke Environmental Law & Policy Forum, Fall 2014

Nature is important to cities, not only for environmental protection, but also for economic productivity, fiscal soundness, community life, and governance. We tend to take nature’s ecological systems — or ecosystems — for granted, but they provide critically valuable services to society and to urban areas.

Here Be Dragons: Legal Threats to EPA’s Proposed Existing Source Performance Standards for Electric Generating Units 02-03-2015

First published in Environmental Law Reporter, February 2015

A 104-page “Legal Memorandum” accompanying the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) proposal of §111(d) Existing Source Performance Standards (ESPS) for Electric Generating Units under the Clean Air Act (CAA) charts the legal waters the Agency will have to traverse if it adopts rules anything like those it proposed.

A Closer Look at EPA's New Methane Rules for the Oil and Gas Industry 06-22-2016

On May 12, 2016, EPA issued a slate of final rules and an information request under the Clean Air Act directed at the oil and gas industry. This is the first time EPA is directly regulating methane as a greenhouse gas. These rules will have widespread application to the oil and gas industry, including production, processing, transmission, and storage. 

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