W. Ray Whitman

W. Ray Whitman

BakerHostetler

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RE: Bakken Crude-by-Rail: Environmental Groups Ask New York State to Regulate DOT-111 Tank Cars

A recent state-law challenge by environmental groups to an aspect of crude-by-rail transportation has teed up the question of federal supremacy over railroad regulation. Because federal law generally preempts state regulation...more

11/17/2014 - Bakken Shale Crude by Rail Environmental Liability Federal Jurisdiction Oil & Gas Preemption Railways

High Stakes Out on the Range: Gunnison Sage-Grouse Listed as an Endangered Species

In the first salvo of a larger environmental-industry showdown impacting Western shale development, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Wednesday (Nov. 12, 2014) that the Gunnison Sage Grouse would be granted...more

11/14/2014 - Economic Development ESA ESA Listings Fish and Wildlife Service Habitat Conservation Plan Oil & Gas

Ninth Circuit Upholds TERO Requirements in Indian Country Mineral Leasing

Conducting commercial operations on tribal lands can pose significant challenges for non-Indian companies. Demonstrating sensitivity to the cultural nuances of Native American society and navigating the complex web of federal...more

9/30/2014 - Discrimination EEOC Employer Liability Issues Fourteenth Amendment ICRA Native American Issues TERO Title VII Tribal Lands

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Legal Update: Judge Makes Findings of Gross Negligence and Negligence

While the Deepwater Horizon oil spill has largely disappeared from the news headlines, for the parties involved in the litigation, the legal machinations, particularly with respect to liability, have a long way still to...more

9/24/2014 - BP Civil Monetary Penalty Clean Water Act Deepwater Horizon Enforcement Actions EPA Gross Negligence Halliburton Negligence Oil & Gas Punitive Damages Transocean

New Mexico Supreme Court Undermines Validity Of Standard Royalty Agreements

On September 15, 2014, the New Mexico Supreme Court entered a decision in First Baptist Church of Roswell v. Yates Petroleum Corp., a case that could call into question the validity of royalty agreements and division orders...more

9/22/2014 - Energy Mineral Rights Oil & Gas Royalties

BakerHostetler’s Shale Oil and Gas Industry 2013 Year-in-Review and 2014 Look Forward

With Congress and the White House mired in partisan gridlock and preoccupied by issues like the federal debt ceiling, the Affordable Care Act rollout, and the Edward Snowden leak investigation, states again took the lead on...more

3/28/2014 - Energy Oil & Gas Shale Gas

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