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Supreme Court to rule in pair of cases involving federal energy regulation
May 4, 2015
The US Supreme Court on Monday granted certiorari and consolidated a pair of cases that concern the scope of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) authority to regulate demand response technology based on its impact on wholesale electricity rates under the Federal Power Act (FPA). The cas....... [more]

Supreme Court: state natural gas action not preempted by federal law
April 21, 2015
The US Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in favor of Learjet and other natural gas retail purchasers in their action against interstate natural gas pipeline ONEOK, finding that the Natural Gas Act does not provide the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission exclusive control over the actions of energy firms....... [more]

Argentina sues UK, US companies over drilling off Falkland Islands
April 17, 2015
Argentina's Minister for Issues Relating to the Falkland Islands, Daniel Filmus, announced on Friday the country is beginning legal proceedings against oil and gas companies from the US and UK drilling off of the islands. Filmus claims that extracting resources from the islands is illegal, saying t....... [more]

Federal appellate court hears challenge to proposed EPA regulation
April 17, 2015
A panel of three federal judges for the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia heard arguments on Thursday aiming to block proposed EPA regulations meant to slow climate change. However, the panel abstained making an affirmative action by stating it was procedurally too early to render a d....... [more]

Georgia governor signs bill to legalize medical marijuana
April 16, 2015
Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed House Bill 1 on Thursday to legalize medical marijuana in the US state of Georgia. The approved legislation is effective immediately and allows for patients suffering from cancer, Crohn's disease, glaucoma and other serious ailments to receive 20 fluid ounces or l....... [more]

Oklahoma bill to use nitrogen gas in executions goes to governor
April 10, 2015
The Oklahoma state senate passed a bill on Thursday that would allow for the use of nitrogen gas in executions if lethal injection is ruled unconstitutional by the US Supreme Court, or if the drugs become unavailable. If signed by Governor Mary Fallin, Oklahoma would be the first state in the nati....... [more]

Former Bangladesh PM granted bail on corruption charges
April 5, 2015
Former Bangladeshi prime minister Khaleda Zia was granted bail on Sunday after surrendering to the court in Dhaka. Zia, the leader of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), had been voluntarily confined to her office since January 5, when an indefinite transport blockade was called on th....... [more]

Georgia lawmakers approve medical marijuana bill
March 26, 2015
The Georgia General Assembly approved a bill on Wednesday legalizing marijuana for limited medical purposes. The proposed legislation is expected to be signed into law shortly by Governor Nathan Deal. The bill, also known as Haleigh's Hope Act, would specifically allow for the use of a marijuana-ba....... [more]

UN rights expert condemns violations in Gaza Conflict
March 23, 2015
Flavia Pansieri, the UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights told the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) Monday that human rights violations “fuel and shape the conflict” in the occupied Palestinian territories. Pansieri presented six documents to the council on behalf of the UN High C....... [more]

Senegal court sentences former president's son for corruption
March 23, 2015
A special court in the Republic of Senegal on Monday sentenced the son of former president Abdoulaye Wade to six years in prison for corruption. Karim Wade was on trial on charges of corruption and embezzlement of approximately USD $238 million.The corruption claim centers on Karim Wade's acquisitio....... [more]

Act 13's Impact Fee
March 21, 2015
The unconventional gas well fee of Act 13 ("impact fee") sparked heated discussion. Under Section 2302 of Act 13, the governing body of a county may elect to impose a fee on each individual unconventional gas well drilled (or "spudded") in the county. The oil and gas industry considers the techniq....... [more]




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