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CNH Awards Public Bids for Deep-Water Hydrocarbon Production

The Hydrocarbon National Commission, or Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos (CNH), published on Dec. 17, 2015, the call for the fourth international public bid for Round One, as part of the implementation of Mexico's energy...more

Significant Developments in Canadian Energy – For the Month of November 2016

November 29, 2016 – Raging River Exploration Inc. closed a Viking consolidation transaction. The company acquired approximately 620 boe per day — 97 per cent light oil — of production and 24 net sections of land prospective...more

The Upstream Oilfield Services Industry in Western Canada - A Backgrounder

Described by The Economist as “the unsung masters of the oil industry,” oilfield services are an integral and indispensable part of the oil and natural gas industry in Western Canada. Oilfield services companies are involved...more

Sanctions in Energy: Russia and Iran

US and EU sanctions related to Russia and Iran have a direct and targeted impact on the energy sector. The sanctions regimes against Russia and Iran differ substantially and seem to be moving in different directions. In this...more

Russia Moves on the Regulation of its Arctic Continental Shelf Resources

In the course of the meeting held in September 2016 between President Putin and the Russian government, Mr Sergey Donskoy, the Minister for Natural Resources and the Environment, announced that it had been decided to impose a...more

Pennsylvania’s New Oil and Gas Regulations for Unconventional Wells – Part 1: Planning and Permitting

The new rules for unconventional oil and gas wells in Pennsylvania are finally here. The regulations in Chapter 78a, relating to unconventional wells, were publish ed in the Pennsylvania Bulletin on October 8, 2016....more

Louisiana Statutory Penalties Imposed on Operator

If you’ve ever tried to escape penalties for the operator/producer’s failure to comply with La. R.S §30:103.1 and §103.2, take comfort in XXI Oil & Gas, LLC v. Hilcorp Energy Company. You are not alone. No excuse has...more

Iran Issues Pre-qualification for Upstream Tenders

Iran is said to be targeting an increase in oil production from 3.85 to 4 million barrels per day by the end of 2016. Iran is also hoping to start export of a new heavy oil, called West Karun, and which is expected to compete...more

UK Shale: Full Steam Ahead for Fracking?

On 6 October 2016, the UK's Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Sajid Javid, overruled local councillors on appeal and approved Cuadrilla's plans to explore for shale gas in Lancashire. Cuadrilla has been...more

Significant Developments in Canadian Energy – For the Month of September 2016

September 27, 2016 – In connection with a state visit to China by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Sinoenergy Corporation Ltd. announced its intention to support the operations of Long Run Exploration Ltd. by the...more

Back to the Bulgarian Bad Guy, So Say the Justices

My blogging sensei Cordell Parvin says the title should always inform the reader of the content. Mea culpa on this one; I couldn’t resist the alliterations. Some time back I reported on Carlton Energy Group et al v....more

Significant Developments in Canadian Energy – For the Month of August 2016

Conventional - August 2, 2016 – Quattro Exploration and Production Ltd. has signed a letter of intent for the sale of certain oil and gas production facilities and lands in Western Canada to an Alberta-based oil and gas...more

Trion Farmout

On July 28, 2016, the Mexican National Hydrocarbons Commission ("CNH") published a call for tenders and the corresponding bid guidelines (the "Bid Guidelines") for the International Public Tender CNH-A1-Trion/2016 process, to...more

India: A False Dawn for Foreign OSV Owners

India’s ambitious drive to reduce dependence on foreign hydrocarbon imports is expected to spur almost US$30 billion of exploration and production investments including in the offshore sector. An increase in offshore...more

Significant Developments in Canadian Energy – For the Month of July 2016

Conventional - July 26, 2016 – TORC Oil & Gas Ltd. entered into an agreement with Zargon Oil & Gas Ltd. to acquire light oil assets in southeast Saskatchewan. The acquisition includes 1,120 boe per day (roughly 95 per...more

Oil & Gas Sector in Mexico: The Mexican Government Announces Round Two | Publications

On July 20, 2016, the Mexican government, through the Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos (National Hydrocarbons Commission) (“CNH”), published in the Diario Oficial de la Federación (the Federal Official Gazette) the Bidding...more

China Loses Claims to the South China Sea in Landmark Decision

On Tuesday, China received a binding decision from the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague, Netherlands, regarding territorial claims in the South China Sea. The international tribunal ruled unanimously that China’s...more

Wyoming Federal Court Strikes Down BLM Fracking Rule

U.S. District Court Judge Scott Skavdahl in State of Wyoming et al v. U.S. Department if Interior et al. struck down Bureau of Land Management regulations applying to hydraulic fracking on federal and Indian lands. He...more

Significant developments in Canadian energy – for the month of June 2016

June 22, 2016 – In response to the Redwater decision (discussed below) and pending the outcome of an appeal, the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) implemented interim changes to its regulatory measures “to minimize risks to...more

The New North Sea – Part 3: Top 10 “MER UK” issues for exploration activities

Exploration is undoubtedly a key area of focus for the bodies responsible for achieving MER UK. In its Corporate Plan, the OGA lists “revitalising exploration” as one of its priorities. It also sets out a proposed pathway for...more

‘Fit for 50’ – Restructurings Likely as Oil Industry Enters New Normal

Prior to the recent collapse in oil values, prices existed at over $100 a barrel for over three years. It made the economics of oil exploration, production and sale comparatively straightforward, but embedded costs into the...more

UK Shale: Fracking is Given the Green Light

Recent developments in fracking in the UK - On 23 May 2016, the North Yorkshire County Council voted in favour of an application by Third Energy to extract shale gas from an existing onshore gas well in northeast England...more

Significant developments in Canadian energy – for the month of March 2016

Conventional - March 9, 2016 – Encana Corporation is exploring the sale of more non-core assets in the United States and Canada that could net proceeds of approximately $1 billion. Encana is open to offers on all of...more

Colorado House Votes Down Bill Giving Local Authorities Power Over Fracking

Two Democrats joined the Republicans in the Colorado House of Representatives on April 4, 2016, to defeat a bill that sought to assert local government control over oil and gas drilling. Drilling operations in Colorado have...more

State Well Permit Prevails Over Local Zoning – Again

The state laws of Louisiana regulating oil and gas exploration and production will trump local regulations. See St. Tammany Parish Government v. State of Louisiana, Office of Conservation. (Forgive us for that word that...more

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