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Is Fracking Safe?
Hydraulic fracturing remained one of the most controversial environmental issues of 2013. Hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, is the process of injecting water, chemicals and “proppants,” oftentimes sand, under...more
Construction of the 485-mile-long southern portion of the TransCanada Keystone Pipeline system (known as the Gulf Coast Project) is scheduled to be completed and operational by the end of 2013, but it leaves a legacy of...more
On September 30, 2013 President Putin signed new Federal Law No. 268-FZ (Amending Law) introducing amendments into Parts I and II of the Tax Code of the Russian Federation, as well as the Law of the Russian Federation “On the...more
Following two years of litigation, France’s Constitutional Council—the highest court in France — upheld the country’s ban on hydraulic fracturing, ruling that the 2011 law “conforms to the constitution” and is not...more
UK energy providers have signed deals to buy LNG from the Sabine Pass and nearby Golden Pass LNG export facilities in the US. The supply of LNG from these export facilities to regasification terminals in the UK is conditional...more
Summer is finally here and with it comes the latest edition of Minerals Matters. In this edition we have covered a wider range of topics than ever before reflecting the breadth of expertise held within the DLA Piper Mining...more
In This Issue:
Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Commerce; Department of Energy; Department of Interior; Environmental Protection Agency; Nuclear Regulatory Commission; International;...more
On June 27, 2013, the OSC issued Staff Notice 43-705 addressing OSC concerns with respect to disclosure in technical reports....more
In this Issue:
- Article: Bureau of Land Management Unveils Draft Rules
- Jurisdictional Updates:
Across the country, environmental organizations have made the transport and processing of crude oil from the tar sands of Alberta, Canada a focal point in their efforts to reduce carbon emissions, citing higher carbon...more
The International Council of Mining & Metals (“ICMM”) recently released a position statement on indigenous peoples and mining that explicitly requires its 22 member companies to work to obtain the free, prior, and informed...more
Although more than 70 percent of the Earth is covered by water, only about 2.5 percent is freshwater. Because freshwater is used for crop irrigation and consumption, it remains one of the most sought-after resources on the...more
On May 9, 2013, the U.S. Coast Guard and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) announced that they had entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) concerning offshore safety and environmental regulations....more
Jabal Omar Development Company (JODC) recently embarked on its first PPP initiative in the Holy City of Makkah, a district energy project (Project) to service the company’s USD5.5bn mixed-use development at Makkah...more
The Republic of Guinea is home to substantial reserves of mineral resources, notably in bauxite and iron ore, and is widely considered in the mining and metals sector as a key jurisdiction to watch for significant growth in...more
In This Issue:
- TRANSACTIONAL: Corporate/London; Maritime - Maritime Boundaries: UNCLOS and disputes over the right to explore and develop offshore reserves and the effect on the oil and gas industry
The President’s re-election once again focused attention on the question of whether the Administration will grant the Presidential permit necessary for the U.S.-Canada border crossing of the Keystone XL pipeline. While...more
Heat, electricity and transportation all have something in common: they can be powered by natural gas. Across the globe, historically, natural gas has been extracted from natural gas fields through the drilling of wells....more
Notice shows further commitment to rapid industry growth and provides general guidelines for developing shale gas resources in the country.
The Ministry of Land and Resources (?????)(MLR) of the People's Republic of...more
On September 28, 2012, President Obama blocked Ralls Corporation from acquiring ownership of four wind farm companies in Oregon near a U.S. naval weapons systems training facility due to national security concerns. Ralls is a...more
Originally published in Law 360 on October 23, 2012.
Units of Exxon Mobil Corp., Royal Dutch Shell PLC and Anadarko Petroleum Corp. picked up leases in Colombia's latest oil auction on Wednesday, growing their footprints...more
As addressed in our September 27 blog, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) was sued in U.S. District Court by Ralls Corp relating to the acquisition by Ralls of four Oregon companies whose assets...more
This past Friday, President Obama stopped a national security threat in its tracks: We quote:
There is credible evidence that leads me [the President] to believe that Ralls Corporation (Ralls), ..., and its...more
President Obama issued an executive order prohibiting a Chinese-owned company from acquiring and owning four wind farms in the U.S. on September 28, 2012, which marks the first time in over two decades that a U.S. president...more
Amendments to the Subsoil Law, Licensing Law, and Administrative Code affect subsoil users.
As part of the Republic of Kazakhstan government's efforts to establish greater control over essential elements of the Kazakh...more