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December 17, 2010

Current News from the World Press
Judicial Opinions
Law Firm Memos
Selected Current Event Filings for December 16, 2010
Pending Energy Legislation
Final Rules Effective Date Calendar
FERC Rulemaking Actions

Current News From the World Press  [Top]
Energy Policy
The Energy Future Ain't What It Used To Be (New York Times, December 16, 2010)  

Energy Trading
QR Energy IPO prices at $20, in middle of range (Reuters, December 16, 2010)  

Oil and Gas Pipelines
PUC tells PG&E to cut pressure on natural gas pipes (San Francisco Chronicle, December 17, 2010)  

Natural Gas Supply
Cool the Planet With Natural Gas (Wall Street Journal, December 17, 2010)  

Natural gas falls below $4 amid ample supplies (MarketWatch, December 17, 2010)  

Kan. Approves Air Permit for Controversial Sunflower Coal-Fired Power Plant (New York Times, December 16, 2010)  

U.S. port to send coal to China hits snag (Forbes, December 16, 2010)  

Carbon Trading
State Regulators Approve the Nation's Biggest Cap-And-Trade Plan (New York Times, December 17, 2010)  

Oil and Gas Markets
Oil Rises Above $88 as US Dollar Weakens (ABC News, December 17, 2010)  

Alternative Energy
Feds Identify Best Places for Solar on US Lands (ABC News, December 16, 2010)  

Judicial Opinions  [Top]
12/14/2010 Sierra Club, Inc. v. Sandy Creek Energy Assoc., L.P. (Revised) (5th Circuit)
Fifth Circuit holds that the ongoing construction of a coal-fired power plant without a final Maximum Available Control Technology permit violates the Clean Air Act. Although appellant commenced construction during the period in which a MACT determination was not required, the Act requires a permit for ongoing construction, not just the commencement of construction.
12/10/2010 Transmission Agency of Northern California v. FERC (D.C. Circuit)
Municipalities seek review of FERC's orders approving the ISO's plan to combine two municipal utilities districts for the purpose of pricing transactions. After finding that FERC had jurisdiction over the issue, despite the fact that a non-jurisdictional entity was involved, the D.C. Circuit denies the petitions. The record supports FERC's finding that the highly integrated nature of the two districts present unique characteristics justifying consolidation.
12/8/2010 Transwestern Pipeline Co. v. Agua Fria Investments, LLC (9th Circuit)
The Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970 allows landowners to seek reimbursement for certain costs and fees for a condemnation proceeding instituted by a federal agency. Ninth Circuit holds that the Act does not apply to a condemnation proceeding prosecuted by a natural gas pipeline operator granted authority by FERC. Plaintiff is not entitled to be reimbursed for the attorney fees and costs it incurred in opposing the pipeline's condemnation action.
Law Firm Memos  [Top]
12/16/2010 Alston & Bird SEC Proposes Rules Implementing Dodd-Frank Disclosure Requirements Relating to Conflict Minerals, Mine Safety and Payments Made to Resource Extraction Issuers
12/16/2010 Latham & Watkins Hydraulic Fracturing in the Marcellus Shale: Delaware River Basin Commission Issues Draft Regulations and the Recent Developments in New York
12/16/2010 Mayer Brown Government announces consultation on "fundamental" reform of the low-carbon energy market
12/16/2010 Pepper Hamilton Michigan Governor Signs Part 201 Reform Package
12/16/2010 Seyfarth Shaw OMB Watch Report Documents Increased Regulatory Enforcement Under the Obama Administration
12/16/2010 Stroock & Stroock & Lavan "CFTC Issues Releases Covering Market Manipulation and Disruptive Trading Practices"

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Selected Current Event Filings for December 16, 2010  [Top]
Selected 8-K's for December 16, 2010
AAR CORP 8-K Filing Item No. 2.02 Operating Results and Financial ...
ALASKA AIR GROUP INC 8-K Filing Item No. 7.01 Regulation FD Disclosure
AMERICAN AIRLINES INC 8-K Filing Item No. 8.01 Other Events
API Technologies Corp. 8-K Filing Item No. 2.03 New Direct Financial Obligation
BLACK HILLS CORP /SD/ 8-K Filing Item No. 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits
Selected 6-K's for December 16, 2010
A-Power Energy Generation Systems, Ltd. 6-K Filing
Central North Airport Group 6-K Filing
Pending Energy Legislation  [Top]
12/15/2010 H.R.2965 Enhancing Small Business Research and Innovation Act of 2009
Status: On motion that the House agree with an amendment to the Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 250- 175 (Roll no. 638).
Final Rules Effective Date Calendar  [Top]
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FERC Rulemaking Actions  [Top]
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