Enforcement

Former FERC Attorneys Urge Commission to Drop Notice of Alleged Violations Policy

Three attorneys who formerly worked for FERC and helped it conduct investigations into alleged wrongdoing say the Commission should cease issuing public notices of such probes, arguing that the policy has been ineffective and is often unfair to the individuals and companies being investigated.

May 17, 2017

RRC Sunset Bill Bound For Texas House Floor

The Texas House is expected to discuss the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) Sunset Bill (HB 1818) on Tuesday. As it stands, the bill would reauthorize the commission for 12 years and require it to establish a policy that encourages use of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), among other things.

March 24, 2017

Upstream, Midstream Players Cited in EPA 2016 Enforcement Results

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) secured $13.7 billion during fiscal year (FY) 2016 from companies to control pollution, including several in the oil and natural gas industry, the agency said Monday in its annual enforcement results release.

December 19, 2016

EPA Enforcement Secures $13.7B in FY 2016

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) secured $13.7 billion during fiscal year (FY) 2016 from companies to control pollution, including several in the oil and natural gas industry, the agency said Monday in its annual enforcement results release.

December 19, 2016

FERC Office of Enforcement Staff Sought $567M in Civil Penalties in FY2016

Staff of FERC’s Office of Enforcement (OE) sought to recover more than $567 million in civil penalties and $45 million in disgorgement through litigation work in Fiscal Year 2016. The most significant shift in the nature of the Division of Investigations (DOI) work during the year was the amount of time spent litigating in federal District Court, OE officials said Thursday.

November 17, 2016

FERC Enforcement Staff Rejects Total’s Response to Market Manipulation Charges, Calls For ALJ Hearing

FERC enforcement staff rejected Total Gas & Power North America Inc.’s (TGPNA) arguments against staff’s allegations of natural gas market manipulation against the company and two of its trading managers Friday, but in a highly unusual move, staff also requested that the Commission schedule a hearing on certain factual matters before an administrative law judge (ALJ).

September 27, 2016

Texas Court Throws Total’s Market Manipulation Charges Back Into FERC Bailiwick

Total Gas & Power North America Inc.’s (TGPNA) efforts to move its defense against FERC enforcement staff allegations of three years of natural gas trading manipulation from the regulatory agency to a federal district court were hamstrung Friday when the court tossed out that request.

July 18, 2016

Total Wants FERC to Toss NatGas Market Manipulation Charges

A market manipulation case brought against Total Gas & Power North America Inc. (TGPNA) by FERC’s enforcement staff “suffers from multiple infirmities” and doesn’t include documentary evidence of intent to manipulate any market, according to the company.

July 13, 2016

Pennsylvania DEP Looks to Strengthen Inspections, Compliance

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is restarting a process to improve statewide consistency in the way it conducts inspections of regulated entities, ensures compliance with state and federal laws, and handles enforcement cases, the agency said Tuesday.

April 6, 2016

Energy Regulators Taking ‘Risk-Based’ Approach In 2016, Says Deloitte

Heading into 2016, energy companies are having to adapt their regulatory compliance efforts to increasingly account for risk, according to Deloitte & Touche LLP’s “Top Regulatory Trends for 2016 in Energy.”

January 19, 2016
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