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Mexico’s Energy Reforms and Dispute Resolution System

In 2013, Mexico’s President submitted an initiative to Congress to modify the Mexican Constitution to allow private parties to perform exploration and production activities in Mexico. The initiative also included...more

Patent Trial and Appeal Board Grants Rare Motion to Amend Claims in Inter Partes Review

On June 5, 2015, a three-judge panel at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”), granted a motion to amend in an inter partes review (“IPR”) proceeding, ruling that the patentee Neste Oil Oyj (“Neste”) could amend the...more

Mexico’s National Hydrocarbons Commission (CNH) Issues Round One’s Third Bid For Onshore Fields

Mexico’s National Hydrocarbon Commission (Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos) (“CNH”) announced on May 11 the terms for the third bid of Round One. Unlike the two earlier bids which covered 19 shallow water areas, the third...more

Lipsky Revisited – Details and Debate

Lipsky was not Range’s lessor, therefor I know nothing about the case. Surely, this person lives in my house, where I enjoy a long history of knowing nothing about anything. (Memo to self: check progress on subpoena for kids’...more

Guinea: New Hydrocarbons Code

The Guinean State Minister of Mines and Geology, Kerfalla Yansané, recently announced a possible launch of a bidding round in 2015 for offshore oil blocks in Guinea under the new hydrocarbons code (the “New Code”). Following...more

Mexico: E&P Regulator Issues First Call for Bids under Round One

The Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos (CNH) has issued the first call for bids under Round One and the terms and conditions (T&Cs) governing the tender. CNH seeks to award 14 production-sharing contracts for the exploration...more

FERC plans conferences on EPA carbon rule impacts

If the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's proposed carbon regulations for power plants are adopted, how will state and regional efforts to comply with the rule impact the electric power grid? If states need new...more

Argentina amends its hydrocarbons law to boost exploration and production of conventional and unconventional hydrocarbons

On October 31, 2014 Argentina amended its hydrocarbons law to create incentives for foreign investment and to boost the country's conventional and unconventional hydrocarbons exploration and production (the "Hydrocarbons...more

The Myth of the Regulatory Gap: BLM’s Proposed Hydraulic Fracturing Rule Compared to Existing State Law

For the better part of the last decade, oil and natural gas production from domestic wells has increased steadily. Technical advancements in identifying promising sources of oil and gas and extracting hydrocarbons from...more

Hydrocarbon Exposure Reconsidered

You might recall previous entries discussing the $2.9 million Dallas County verdict and judgment in Parr v. Aruba. Not all similar suits have the same result. Michael and Myra Cerny sued Marathon Oil Corp. and Plains...more

Mexico's New E&P Contracts

Historical Background - Early Mexican E&P: Early in the last century, Mexico became both an important oil producing nation and trendsetter in nationalization of oil industries. In the process it told a...more

Mexico’s Energy Reform Provides Significant Opportunities in Oil and Gas Exploration and Production

Mexico’s new energy legislation, which went into effect on August 12, 2014, will completely restructure the Mexican energy sector, including both hydrocarbons and electricity. This legislation opens up oil and gas exploration...more

A Focus on Energy: M&A Trends in the Energy Sector [Video]

Houston-based Latham & Watkins partner Robin Fredrickson talks about M&A trends in the energy sector....more

Energy Newsletter - August 2014

In This Issue: - Fifth Circuit Reins In Trend of Expanding ESA Liability for Remote Harm - Japan's Pivotal Role in the Global LNG Industry's 50-Year History - Government of Greece to Launch New Licensing...more

U.S.-Mexico Agreement Update on the Transboundary Hydrocarbon Reservoirs

The current moratorium on oil exploration and production in the Western Gap portion of the Gulf of Mexico will end shortly. This development will help to kick start cooperative agreements between countries as well as spur...more

Propane: winter shortages in 2014

Propane is widely used as a fuel -- but shortages this past winter led to an unprecedented emergency in the eyes of federal regulators. Propane is a hydrocarbon produced as a byproduct from natural gas processing and crude...more

Comments on An Environmental Goods Agreement

The Office of the United States Trade Representative, in the Federal Register of March 28, 2014 on behalf of the Trade Policy Staff Committee, requested comments and issued notice of a public hearing on negotiations for a...more

FERC Issues Order Asserting Jurisdiction over Ethane Pipelines Under the Interstate Commerce Act

On December 31, 2013, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”), in a case of first impression, confirmed its jurisdiction over and its intention to regulate the economic and operational aspects of the interstate...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

Argentina: New Investment Promotion Regime for the Production of Shale Oil and Gas

Unconventional hydrocarbons are today's trending topic in the oil and gas business. The U.S. shale boom, which is boosting the country's economy, makes one wonder if the U.S. experience with unconventional hydrocarbons can be...more

A new test for the Pacto por México: energy reform – key points for energy companies

President Enrique Peña Nieto has submitted a sweeping Energy Reform Bill (ERB) to Mexico’s Congress. In his recent State of the Union Address, President Peña Nieto confirmed his commitment to move forward decisively with...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

Iraq Oil and Gas Regime - Part 1

This article is part one of a two-part series on the Iraqi oil and gas licensing regime. This article serves as an overview of the political and legal issues affecting the current Iraqi oil and gas licensing regime. Part two...more

EPA Draft Vapor Intrusion Guidance Is Now Subject To Public Comment

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released and is seeking comments on draft general guidance on methods of addressing indoor vapor intrusion (VI) from contaminated soil and groundwater plumes (Draft VI Guidance)...more

Cyprus concludes second hydrocarbon licencing round

In late 2011, Noble Energy International Ltd (“Noble”) announced the discovery of an average of 7 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in Block 12 of the Republic of Cyprus’ (“Cyprus”) Exclusive Economic Zone (“EEZ”), which...more

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