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EPA Finalizes Methane Emissions Limits for Oil and Gas Industry

On May 12, 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its final rules establishing – for the first time – limits on methane emissions. In addition to creating the new methane emissions standards, the amendments...more

Alumni Profile: Joan Lucas, the General Counsel of Mississippi State University

Mississippi State University received national attention on the football field this year. Amy Champagne recently sat down with Baker Donelson Alum Joan Lucas, the General Counsel of Mississippi State University, to talk about...more

2/4/2015  /  Corporate Counsel , Interviews

New York and Colorado Confirm Local Governments' Rights to Ban Fracking

On Monday, June 30, the highest courts in both New York and Colorado confirmed local municipalities' rights to regulate land use within their jurisdictions. The New York State Court of Appeals upheld two towns' bans on shale...more

Mississippi State Oil and Gas Board to Tighten Blowout Preventer Rule

Mississippi's Statewide Rule 13, addressing blowout preventers, currently states that, "[i]n drilling areas where high pressures are likely to exist and on all wildcat wells, all proper and necessary precautions shall be...more

11/11/2013  /  Oil & Gas , Safety Precautions

Mississippi and Alabama Join Forces to Study Hartselle Sandstone Formation

Governors Phil Bryant and Robert Bentley recently announced in remarks before the Southern States Energy Board that they had signed a memorandum of understanding, jointly commissioning a comprehensive study of Mississippi and...more

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