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New Regulations Place All Onshore Natural Gas Gathering Pipelines Under Federal Oversight:

All Operators (Even Unregulated!) Now Have Material Safety Compliance and Reporting Obligations Client Updates

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued a final rule on November 2, 2021 expanding federal oversight, which now includes certain major transmission and distribution pipelines, to also include all onshore gas gathering pipelines.

Financial Services Provider Settles with OFAC for Apparent U.S. Sanctions Violations Associated with Processing for Online Payments

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On July 23, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) announced the entry into a $1,400,301.40 settlement with Payoneer, Inc. (“Payoneer”), a global provider of online payment distribution solutions headquartered in New York, for over 2,200 apparent violations of multiple U.S. sanctions programs.

Lack of Familiarity with US Sanctions Results in Steel Manufacturer Settling with OFAC for Apparent Violations

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On April 19, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) announced the entry into a $435,003 settlement with Alliance Steel, Inc. (“Alliance”), a fully integrated manufacturer of metal building systems, structural steel, and components headquartered in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, for 61 apparent violations of the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations (“ITSR”), mainly resulting from the Company’s lack of understanding as to the application of U.S. sanctions laws to its isolated international activity.

Incorrect Export Licensing Determinations Result in Wireless Telecommunications Equipment Manufacturer Settling with BIS for Apparent Export Control Violations

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On March 19, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) announced the entry into a $122,000 settlement with Comtech XiCom Technology, Inc. (“Comtech XiCom”), a leading supplier of high power amplifiers for satellite communications based in Santa Clara, CA, for three apparent violations of the Export Administration Regulations (“EAR”), caused by Comtech XiCom’s mistaken belief that certain exports could be made without BIS license or authorization.

 

FERC Reaffirms Support for Emerging Technologies

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On March 18, 2021, FERC reaffirmed its prior decision enabling the participation of emerging technologies in the energy, capacity, and ancillary services markets operated by RTOs and ISOs. These emerging technologies include electric storage, distributed generation, demand response, energy efficiency, thermal storage, and electric vehicles and associated supply equipment.

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ACORE Grid Forum

Baker Botts is proud to be a sponsor of the ACORE Grid Forum Virtual Event on November 17-18.

Kayo Women's Virtual Energy Summit

Baker Botts is a proud supporter of the 2020 Kayo Women's Virtual Energy Summit September 8-11.