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Drill on Through to the Other Side: No Trespass When Drilling Through Mineral Estate with Surface Use Agreement

by Blank Rome LLP on

Action Item: The Texas Supreme Court annunciated two critical points in Lightning Oil Co. v. Anadarko E&P Onshore: (1) unauthorized interference may be a trespass only when it impacts the mineral lessee’s ability to exercise...more

Suit For Bad Frac Job Requires a Certificate of Merit

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

You are a service company and you’ve been sued for a defective frac job. It looks scary but there’s no detail in the petition and no certificate of merit is attached. ...more

Stability For Calif. Cap-And-Trade Program, For Now

The future of California’s cap-and-trade program looks a little brighter, thanks to a 2-1 vote of the Court of Appeal for the Third Appellate District on April 6. The decision, which held that the cap-and-trade program is...more

Challenge to California's Cap-and-Trade Emission Allowances Auction Rejected on Appeal

by Jones Day on

On April 6, 2017, the California Court of Appeal, in a 2–1 decision, upheld the sale of greenhouse gas ("GHG") emission allowances in California's cap-and-trade program. California Chamber of Commerce v. State Air Resources...more

Natural Gas Infrastructure Opponents Appeal Loss in Their Campaign to Invalidate Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Processes

Despite a series of lopsided losses, natural gas infrastructure opponents continue to probe the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and its infrastructure approval processes for systemic weaknesses. At the end of...more

Fifth Circuit To Decide Whether BSEE Can Regulate Contractors Under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act

In the wake of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon incident, which involved multiple contractors, the federal government revised its approach to offshore safety and environmental regulation. For the first time, the Bureau of Safety...more

Oil Field Contamination Award Upheld

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Forest Oil Corporation v. El Rucio Land and Cattle Inc. et al deserves your attention for four reasons: You won’t see another one involving damage to a rhinoceros pen...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - May 2017

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - EPA, clean energy spared Trump's ax in $1.1 trillion budget deal - Bloomberg - May 1 - Environmental programs marked for termination or deep cuts by President Donald Trump got a...more

Oil And Gas Update For Week Ending 5/5/2017 – Attacks On Class Arbitration For Royalty Litigation In PA, TX Supremes Block Lease...

by Cozen O'Connor on

Oil prices based on the Brent Crude and West Texas Intermediate indices dropped significantly since our last report while natural gas spot prices rose slightly. The national rig count remains steadily climbing except that...more

District Court Upholds Bankruptcy Court’s Ruling on Rejection of Gathering Agreements

by King & Spalding on

On March 10, 2017, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (the“Court”) affirmed on appeal a bankruptcy court’s prior decision in In re Sabine Oil & Gas Corp. that permitted a debtor to reject a...more

Does Federal Wage Decision Bring A Sea Change To Offshore Operations? 5th Circuit Case Clarifies FLSA Exemption Standard For...

by Fisher Phillips on

A recent federal court decision may bring about a new wave of overtime claims by offshore workers, particularly those working within the territorial waters of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas (Halle v. Galliano Marine...more

Higher Standard Required: Supreme Court on Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act

by Hogan Lovells on

On Monday, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its opinion in Venezuela v. Helmerich & Payne, a dispute over the proper pleading standards for parties suing foreign governments in U.S. courts. The decision was an...more

ICSID Committee Annuls Nearly 90% of Award Against Venezuela

An International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) Committee has annulled nearly 90% of the US$1.6 billion Award which had been won by ExxonMobil affiliates in their ICSID arbitration against Venezuela...more

Update: Court of Appeal Affirms Unconstitutionality of Alberta’s Oil and Gas Licensing Regime

On April 24, 2017, in Orphan Well Association v. Grant Thornton Limited, the Alberta Court of Appeal (Court) upheld Chief Justice N. Wittmann’s decision (Chief Justice) in Redwater Energy Corporation (Re) (Chambers Decision)...more

Fifth Circuit Tosses Coastal Damage Tort Lawsuit Against Oil and Gas Companies

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

Illustrating the challenges in using Louisiana tort suits to address large-scale environmental issues, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit dismissed claims seeking relief for alleged coastal damage from oil and...more

Debt Dialogue: April 2017 - The ‘Commercially Reasonable Efforts’ Standard as Defined by the Delaware Supreme Court

In its recent decision in The Williams Cos., Inc. v. Energy Transfer Equity, L.P., et al., the Delaware Supreme Court offered guidance on the interpretation of the “commercially reasonable efforts” standard in a merger...more

Texas Supreme Court Tosses Untimely Damages Claims, Leaves Open Possibility of Injunctive Relief

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

Highlighting the importance of proving a factual timeline in a statute of limitations analysis, the Texas Supreme Court held that a cattle ranch owners’ claims related to alleged contamination from long-dormant oil and gas...more

Texas Supreme Court Confirms That Commerce Clause Does Not Prohibit Levying Of Property Taxes On Stored Natural Gas

Will the U.S. Constitution’s Commerce Clause always insulate interstate commerce from the imposition of state and local taxes? Not always, as the Texas Supreme Court recently confirmed, when it agreed with the Court of...more

Texas Supreme Court Discusses Primary Jurisdiction For Environmental Contamination Claims

On April 28, the Texas Supreme Court, affirming the Court of Appeals of Texas, First District, sitting in Houston, issued a unanimous ruling in the case of Forest Oil Corporation v. El Rucio Land and Cattle Company, Inc., et...more

Not “Too Big to Fail.” Too Big to Comply.

Last year, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals vacated the decision by District Judge David Hittner not to impose any penalties on ExxonMobil for violations alleged in a Clean Air Act citizens’ suit concerning ExxonMobil’s...more

In Affirming Dismissal Of Shareholder Suit, The Fifth Circuit Confirms The Bar For Adequately Pleading Scienter

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On April 21, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a shareholder class action lawsuit against certain officers and directors of ATP Oil & Gas Corporation (“ATP”). Neiman et...more

Supreme Court Decides Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela v. Helmerich & Payne International Drilling Co.

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On May 1, 2017, the Supreme Court decided Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela v. Helmerich & Payne International Drilling Co., No. 15-423, holding that a federal court has jurisdiction over a lawsuit against a foreign sovereign...more

Downstream drama: Iowa utility can’t recover damages from county drainage districts

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

The complex issues affecting agriculture and related industries came into sharp focus recently with an Iowa Supreme Court decision that considered whether one government entity can sue another for damages related to water...more

Louisiana’s Subsequent Purchaser Rule Bars Property Owner’s Claims

On April 18, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed the district court’s ruling in a Louisiana case that dismissed the plaintiff’s claims for property damage based on contamination caused to his property by...more

Energy Alert: The Court of Appeal Upholds the Redwater Decision

by Field Law on

Field Law’s Energy Group continues to follow developments regarding the Redwater Energy case. This Energy Alert summarizes the Alberta Court of Appeal’s recent decision on the matter. ...more

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