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People — Baker Botts

Law firm Baker Botts LLP has hired nine partners, formerly with Norton Rose Fulbright, in its Houston office. The move strengthens the firm’s services to the energy industry, it said. The partners moving to Baker Botts include Edward Rhyne; David Peterman, former head of Norton’s U.S. mergers and acquisitions (M&A), and securities practices; Robert Phillpott, former head of Norton’s U.S. tax practice; Efren Acosta, former head of Norton’s Houston corporate, M&A and securities practices; Ned Crady; Daniel Mark; Natasha Khan; Ron Scharnberg; and Dan Tristan.

February 21, 2017

Briefs — Bear Head LNG, Philadelphia Gas Works

The planned Bear Head LNG project on the Strait of Canso in Nova Scotia has received final National Energy Board (NEB) approval to import U.S. natural gas and export liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the terminal. The NEB approval was previously issued in August 2015 (see Daily GPI,Aug. 17, 2015) but was subject to the approval of the Governor in Council, which was received Thursday, said Bear Head LNG Corp., a unit of Australia’s Liquefied Natural Gas Ltd. Bear Head LNG has approval from the U.S. Department of Energy to export U.S.-sourced natural gas to nations with and without free trade agreements with the United States.

June 17, 2016

Briefs — Bear Head LNG, CPChem

Bear Head LNG Corp. Inc.has agreed to purchase additional land from Nova Scotia Business Inc. for its proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility on the Strait of Canso in Richmond County, Nova Scotia. “It enables us to increase the capacity of the LNG facility from a nominal eight million tonnes per annum (mtpa) up to 12 mtpa in 2024, as per our approval from the National Energy Board,” said Bear Head President Maurice Brand. Bear Head is to acquire an additional 72 acres of land directly adjacent to its existing 255-acre site on the Strait of Canso. Bear Head has approval from the U.S. Department of Energy to export U.S.-sourced natural gas nations with and without free trade agreements with the United States (see Daily GPI,Feb. 8). Canada’s National Energy Board has granted Bear Head approval to export up to 12 mtpa. Bear Head said it has all the initial federal, provincial, and municipal regulatory approvals required to begin project construction.

March 29, 2016
DOE OKs U.S. Gas For Nova Scotia LNG Terminal

DOE OKs U.S. Gas For Nova Scotia LNG Terminal

The Bear Head liquefied natural gas (LNG) export project proposed for the Strait of Canso in Nova Scotia has received U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) approval to export up to 440 Bcf per year of U.S. natural gas to Canada for liquefaction and export to free trade agreement (FTA) countries.

July 20, 2015
Nova Scotia LNG Project Would Access Canadian Gas Via U.S. Pipes

Nova Scotia LNG Project Would Access Canadian Gas Via U.S. Pipes

Bear Head LNG Corp., which is developing a liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal in Nova Scotia, is seeking authorization from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to import and then re-export western Canadian natural gas to supply the terminal.

February 3, 2015

Bear Head Seeking NEB OK to Export 12 MTPA From Nova Scotia

Bear Head LNG Corp. — which recently doubled the size of its proposed Nova Scotia liquefaction and export terminal to 8 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) of liquefied natural gas (LNG) — is asking Canada’s National Energy Board (NEB) for a license to export ultimately up to 12 mtpa.

November 7, 2014

Pressure Mounts to Tighten Rail Tank Car Standards

Pressure is mounting inside and outside Washington, DC, for the Department of Transportation (DOT) to order the retrofit or phase-out DOT-111 tank cars that are used to transport crude oil and ethanol by rail. Proponents of the effort note that a number of the tank cars involved in the fiery crash of tanker cars carrying Bakken crude in Quebec earlier this month were DOT-111 cars.

July 25, 2013

Conservancy Group Advocating Cooperation in Utica Shale

The head of the Western Reserve Land Conservancy (WRLC) said the organization is not opposed to Utica Shale development and hydraulic fracturing (fracking), but wants to see the industry, landowners and other stakeholders come to an agreement over developing eastern Ohio’s portion of the play.

July 16, 2013

People

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee voted out the nomination of Gina McCarthy to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The nomination cleared the Senate panel by 10-8, with key Republicans voting no, including Sen. David Vitter (R-LA), the ranking member. He said his support for McCarthy’s nomination on the Senate floor would hinge on the nominee’s answers to Republicans’ requests involving greater transparency at the agency. All eight Republicans on the committee had boycotted an earlier vote, preventing the panel from advancing the appointment to the Senate floor. Democrats were unable at the time to establish a quorum despite holding a two-seat advantage on the panel. McCarthy’s nomination is not out of the woods yet. Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) still has a hold on McCarthy’s nomination over a dispute involving a water project in his state.

May 20, 2013

GOP Boycotts Vote on EPA Nominee

All eight Republicans on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee boycotted a vote on the nomination of Gina McCarthy to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Thursday, preventing the panel from advancing the appointment to the Senate floor.

May 13, 2013
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