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OSPAR Commission's Harmonized Offshore Chemical Notification Format

The OSPAR Commission's (OSPAR) Harmonized Offshore Chemical Notification Format (HOCNF) is of paramount importance for a wide range of personnel, including chemical manufacturers and product manufacturers whose products are...more

The Shale Play Today - June 2014

In This Issue: - Observations of the Sixth Annual DUG Conference - Mergers, Midstream, and the Marcellus and Utica Shales - Sunoco's Natural Gas Liquids Pipeline Delayed? - How Local Drilling Regulations May...more

Offshore Acres and Leases Up for Grabs in the Atlantic Coast and Gulf Region

As a part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to promote American leadership in renewable energy, and coupled with the Interior’s “Smart from the Start” wind energy initiative for the Atlantic Coast, the Interior has...more

South Carolina Legislative Update - April 2014 (#3)

South Carolina General Assembly - The House and Senate were on furlough last week. The only meeting scheduled was a special House panel weighing ethics reform changes wherein nothing advanced and no votes were taken. ...more

Ninth Circuit Reverses NEPA Approval of an Oil and Gas Lease in the Chukchi Sea

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) of the Department of Interior sought to lease approximately 30 million acres of federal land in the Chukchi Sea for oil and gas development, but, according to a recent decision by...more

BOEM Releases Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Survey For Offshore Atlantic Geological and Geophysical Activity

On February 27th, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, in cooperation with NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries), and pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), released its final...more

Texas Environmental Update - February 28, 2014

We are pleased to provide you with this issue of Bracewell's Texas Environmental Update, offering the latest news about permitting, enforcement, regulatory developments, and other matters of interest to the regulated...more

Federal Regulators Reveal Approval of Three New Fracking Projects Off California Shore

On Wednesday, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) confirmed that it approved three fracking plans on a platform roughly nine miles off the California shore in the Santa Barbara Channel. The BSEE, which...more

Important Changes to Canada’s Offshore Oil and Gas Regime

Background - The Minister of Natural Resources introduced legislation on Thursday, January 30, 2014 that would see important changes to Canada’s offshore oil and gas regime. The Energy Safety and Security Act (the Act)...more

Ninth Circuit Finds Environmental Document for Chukchi Sea Lease Sale Violates NEPA

On January 22, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that the Final Environmental Impact Statement ("FEIS") and Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement ("SEIS") regarding the effects of...more

Australian Offshore Petroleum – What's New in 2014

Summary of What's New in 2014 - The year 2014 brings a number of regulatory changes for Australia’s offshore petroleum industry that will affect domestic and international investors, operators and owners....more

Where's The Fire? Coast Guard Issues Litany Of Proposed Regulations Regarding Fire Protection Systems

In a 106-page Notice of Proposed Rulemaking issued Monday, January 13, 2014, the United States Coast Guard (USCG) has undertaken a wide-ranging overhaul of the standards for fire protection, detection and extinguishment...more

Texas Environmental Update - January 2014

We are pleased to provide you with this issue of Bracewell's Texas Environmental Update, offering the latest news about permitting, enforcement, regulatory developments, and other matters of interest to the regulated...more

No Fair Work Act for Foreign Rig Workers

Earlier this month, the Federal Court in Western Australia dismissed an application made by the Fair Work Ombudsman, alleging contravention of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (Fair Work Act) by several foreign and...more

Baker Hughes Rig Count Shows Texas Far Ahead of Other U.S. States in Rig Count

According to the Baker Hughes Rig Count, Texas still leads the nation in number of drilling rigs with 821 rigs compared to 176 in its closest U.S. rival state. With 821 rigs, Texas alone comprises 47% of U.S. rigs and 24% of...more

Recent Changes to Offshore Drilling Regulations

Background - The Regulations Designating Physical Activities (the Regulations) determine which projects will fall within the scope of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (the Act) for the purposes of...more

Risk Service Structure Becomes a Little Less Risky for Russian Offshore Operations

The next wave of legislative developments with respect to offshore hydrocarbon production has just reached Russia. Starting with a recent introduction of legislation elaborating on requirements for financial security of...more

Energy Newsletter - November 2013

In This Issue: - Investments in LNG Project Companies - Key Issues relating to Shareholding Acquisitions - Risk Service Structure Becomes a Little Less Risky for Russian Offshore Operations - UK's Labour...more

Recent Developments in Additional Insured Coverage in Texas

As part of the ongoing insurance coverage dispute following the sinking of the Transocean offshore drilling unit Deepwater Horizon, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has issued, and the Texas Supreme...more

The Heat is On! - Offshore Fracking Activities Drawing Significant Opposition

Opposition is heating up against four offshore frac jobs permitted to occur off the Santa Barbara coastline. This year, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (“BSEE”) has permitted DCOR, LLC to utilize fracking...more

Don’t You Forget About Me . . . Include Insurers In List Of Indemnified Groups

How many insureds entering into a master service agreement (“MSA”) go to bat for their insurers when negotiating who will compromise the members of their respective indemnified “Groups?”...more

Energy And Environment Update -- August 19, 2013

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Defense; Department Of Energy; Department Of Interior; Department Of Justice; Department of State; Environmental Protection Agency;...more

California Regulators Examine Offshore Fracking

Regulators from the California Coastal Commission have opened an investigation into hydraulic fracturing after a recent Associated Press report that the practice has occurred offshore for the past two decades....more

TRANSACTIONAL: Upstream Developments – Russia: Russian Offshore: Addressing the Risk

The development of the Russian shelf is essentially reserved to state-owned Rosneft and Gazprom (and their affiliates). Under Russian law, oil and gas deposits located on or extending into the continental shelf of the Russian...more

Capital Thinking Update - July 22, 2013

General Legislative - The Senate will convene at 10:00 am on Tuesday, July 23. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is expected to renew his motion to proceed on the FY 2014 Transportation, Housing and Urban...more

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