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New Exploration Technologies Give Rise to Unclaimed Property Compliance Issues

The recent expansion of oil and natural gas exploration and production activities in previously unprofitable areas has brought increased attention to issues surrounding compliance with state unclaimed property laws. Producers...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

Louisiana Court of Appeal Rejects Plaintiff's Attempt to Join Claims of Contamination of Separate Parcels with Different Lessees...

The Third Circuit Court of Appeal in Louisiana issued an opinion on December 11, 2013, that may have a profound impact on litigation related to contamination from historic oil and gas exploration and production operations in...more

Potential Amendments to the Kazakhstan Legal Regime for Exploration and Production of Oil and Gas

New amendments to the legal regime for exploration and production of oil and gas in Kazakhstan have been developed by a government working group. Affecting the Subsoil Use Law, the Code on Administrative Violations and...more

Mexico Opens Up Its Energy Industry: The Liberalization of Mexico’s Energy Sector May Lead to New Opportunities for Investors

Mexico’s president, Enrique Peña Nieto, introduced a reform in August 2013, according to which the Mexican state will give up absolute control over the supply of oil, gas and electricity. The relevant bill changing the...more

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Weighs in on Amendments to Pa. Oil and Gas Act

In a recent decision, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held as unconstitutional several provisions in Act 13, which, in part, amended Pennsylvania's Oil and Gas Act to permit oil and gas operations in all zoning districts....more

Revisiting the Mexican Energy Reform Part 1 of 3

I made an early review of the Mexican Energy Reform. Now it is time to revisit in full. This is part 1 of 3 for a series of posts trying to construe the recently approved Mexican Energy Reform. Despite the political opinions,...more

Historic reform in Mexico clears the way for foreign investment in energy sector: 5 key aspects

The energy reform proposed by Mexico’s Peña Nieto administration has been approved by the Mexican Congress and, in rapid succession, by a majority of the Mexican state legislatures. This sweeping, historic reform amends the...more

Listing an Overseas Oil and Gas Company on the London Stock Exchange

Introduction - The London Stock Exchange (the “LSE”) has long provided an attractive forum for companies with oil and gas operations outside of the United Kingdom to seek and obtain access to foreign capital markets...more

Surface Owner’s Regulatory Taking Claim Denied

In Walton v. City of Midland, the surface owner of a 35 acre tract within the city limits of Midland, Texas, contended that a provision in a city permit for an oil or gas well was a regulatory taking because it required the...more

Texas Supreme Court Set to Hear Case Involving Subsurface Trespass Claim

Last week, the Texas Supreme Court agreed to hear a suit that could determine whether landowners in the state have a cause of action for trespass when water from underground injection wells migrates onto their property. The...more

Representatives Object To Exemption From Resource Extraction Rule Disclosures

Congress is working to reconcile differing versions of legislation to implement an Obama Administration deal with Mexico to develop oil and gas resources in the Gulf of Mexico. Three Democratic lawmakers recently wrote...more

New Regulations bring Alberta One Step Closer to Establishing a “Single Energy Regulator”

As of November 30, 2013, the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) will take over administration of the Public Lands Act and the exploration provisions of the Mines and Minerals Act insofar as the legislation applies to energy...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

Open for Business – A Reform Wave to Hit the Australian Resources Sector

The new Commonwealth Government has flagged a number of reforms to kick-start the next phase of exploration, productivity and production in the mining and petroleum industries. The Government has expressed an urgent need to...more

Capital Infusion: The Necessity for Expanding Due Diligence in Oil & Gas Exploration & Production Deals

The exploration and production, or “E&P” segment of the domestic energy business is booming, particularly the unconventional oil plays in South Texas, West Texas, Pennsylvania, North Dakota and the Rocky Mountain region....more

The Shale Play Today - September 2013

In This Issue: - Deeper Resources: Rotruck Joins Spilman - EQB Proposes Substantial Increases in Permit Fees for Unconventional Wells - Oil & Gas Lessees Retain Important Rights in W.Va. - Pa. Shale Industry...more

California Enacts New Hydraulic Fracturing Legislation

On Friday, California Governor Jerry Brown signed new legislation to regulate hydraulic fracturing. The law—which is scheduled to go into effect on January 1, 2014—is California’s first comprehensive regulation of fracturing...more

It's Said and Done -- Governor Brown Signs SB 4 into Law

On Friday, September 20, 2013, just days after indicating his support for the bill, Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 4, which establishes a permitting system for the fracking of new oil and gas wells. The Department of...more

REGULATORY: Environmental Regulatory: Mitigating the Prospect of Mercury in Hydrocarbons in Exploratory Drilling

Today's oil and gas exploration increasingly involves drilling deeper, increasing the likelihood of encountering elevated levels of naturally-occurring mercury in hydrocarbons found at these advanced depths. Hydrocarbons with...more

Revised Disclosure Rules for Resources Companies: Time to Transition

Listed mining and oil & gas companies have less than three months remaining to prepare for compliance with the new Chapter 5 of the Listing Rules. The enhanced reporting regime will be enforced from 1 December 2013....more

Energy Newsletter - September 2013

In This Issue: - New Rule Proposed By OSHA Regarding Silica Exposure Likely To Impact Fracking And Increase Risk Of Litigation - Texas Supreme Court Reaffirms Minerals Estate's Superior Rights -...more

Shale Exploration Benefiting Ohio’s Economy

Edward Hill, Ph.D., and Kelly L. Kinahan of the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University recently published a report based on sales tax data that concludes Utica shale development is...more

Modernizing Liability for Offshore Oil & Gas Explorations and Operations

This past June, the government of Canada announced plans to implement legislative changes to the four principle Acts which govern oil and gas activities in the Atlantic offshore and Arctic: the Canadian Petroleum Resources...more

TRANSACTIONAL: Corporate / London: The UK Government unveils proposals for tax breaks for shale gas extraction

In May we reported that the UK government, in its 2013 Budget, had announced a package of measures designed to encourage investment in the UK's shale gas industry. On 19 July the government honored its pledge to publish an...more

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