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SAFE PIPES Act: 2016 Legislation Affecting PHMSA

President Obama signed the Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety Act or the SAFE PIPES Act into law on June 22, 2016.  The Safe Pipes Act reauthorizes the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (“PHMSA”) through 2019 as well as its associated programs, including the one-call notification program, the pipeline integrity program, and … Continue Reading

Regulating the Regulators: Supreme Court Allows Judicial Review of Clean Water Act Determinations

The United States Supreme Court recently addressed whether the United States Army Corps of Engineers’ determination that wetlands are “waters of the United States” constitutes a final agency action that is subject to judicial review under the Administrative Procedure Act in U.S. Army Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes Co., Inc., 15-290, 2016 WL 3041052 (U.S. … Continue Reading

U.S. Fifth Circuit Limits Vessels’ Obligations Under Louisiana One-Call Reporting

A panel of the United States Fifth Circuit consisting of Chief Judge Stewart and Judges Jolly and Graves recently issued a per curiam opinion regarding the effect of the Louisiana Underground Utilities and Facilities Protection Law (the “Louisiana One-Call Statute”). Plains Pipeline, L.P. et al. v. Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co., et al., No. … Continue Reading

Texas Supreme Court Holds Producer Not Required to Share in Natural Gas Pipeline Compression Costs

In Kachina Pipeline Company, Inc. v. Lillis, No. 13-0596, the Supreme Court of Texas interpreted a natural gas-purchase contract and held that a producer was not required to share in the costs of compression, even though that compression helped yield a higher re-sale price. Whether this decision narrowly reflects the language of one specific contract … Continue Reading

Supreme Court of Texas Revises Opinion in Pipeline Common-Carrier Case

By Carlos Moreno: The Supreme Court of Texas recently delivered a revised opinion discussing the power of eminent domain exercised by a common carrier CO2 pipeline. In Texas Rice Land Partners, LTD v. Denbury Green Pipeline-Texas, LLC, No. 09-0901, 2012 Tex. LEXIS 187 (Tex. Mar. 2, 2012), the Court was asked if a landowner can challenge … Continue Reading

First Circuit Holds That Common Carrier Cannot Expropriate Private Property to Perform Routine Service and Maintenance on its Ethylene Pipeline

By Emma J. Hinnigan In ExxonMobil Pipeline Co. v. Union Pacific Railroad Co., 08-2347 (La. App. 1. Cir. 5/13/09), the First Circuit held that ExxonMobil was not entitled to expropriate land owned by Union Pacific because the expropriation was not for a public purpose. ExxonMobil wanted to build an access road so that it could … Continue Reading

Federal Court Rules Oyster Fishermen Can’t Pursue Class Action Against Owners of Pipelines and Storage Tanks for Alleged Damages from Katrina

by Kelly Becker In Barasich, et al. v. Shell Pipeline Co. LP, et al., 2008 U.S. Dist. Lexis 47474 (E.D. La. 6/19/08), at issue was, inter alia, whether a group of commercial oyster fishermen could bring a class action against a group of defendants that owned land-based storage tanks or pipelines that burst as a … Continue Reading

Acquisitive Prescription and Predial Servitudes

In Davis v. Provost, 2007-1519 (La. App. 3 Cir. 4/2/08), — So. 2d –, the Louisiana Court of Appeal for the Third Circuit reinforced an earlier holding that 1977 La. Acts No. 514 § 1, which allowed the acquisition of a predial servitude through acquisitive prescription, was not retroactive. In Davis, the plaintiffs filed a Petition for … Continue Reading

Pipeline Right of Way

By Katie Caswell In Rose v. Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co., plaintiff, owner of an undivided interest in property across which Defendant Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. (“TGP”) held a pipeline “easement” or “right of way” obtained in an expropriation proceeding, appealed from the district court’s dismissal of her claims against TGP as time barred by prescription. 2007 … Continue Reading

The Fifth Circuit Remands to FERC

In 2002, Jupiter Energy Corporation ("Jupiter") applied to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC") for a determination that two of its pipelines in the Gulf of Mexico were not for the primary purpose of transporting gas — a purpose within the FERC’s regulatory jurisdiction — but were instead for the primary purpose of gathering gas … Continue Reading

D.C. Circuit rejects FERC order

In 1988, FERC, pursuant to the Natural Gas Act of 1938, issued Standards of Conduct to regulate natural gas pipelines’ interactions with their marketing affiliates.  The Standards required pipelines and ther marketing affiliates to function independently and imposed restrictions the the sharing of information between them.  In 2004, FERC extended the reach of the Standards so … Continue Reading
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