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ARB Adopts GHG Emission Standards for Oil and Gas Facilities; Operators Wary of Costs

by Stoel Rives LLP on

On March 23, 2017, the California Air Resources Board (“ARB”) adopted regulations for Greenhouse Gas Emission Standards for Crude Oil and Natural Gas Facilities (“Methane Regulations”). The Methane Regulations impose...more

Cabotage Or Sabotage? Controversial Proposal By CBP To Reverse Course On Decades-Old Policy Regarding Foreign Flag Vessels In Gulf...

by Baker Donelson on

In a sweeping move that has been widely and vociferously praised by supporters and passionately decried by opponents, the Customs and Border Patrol Agency (CBP) on the second-to-last day of the Obama administration’s tenure,...more

Brent - Life on the Road Again

2017 will see the start of the process of decommissioning the iconic Brent oil production platforms in the UK sector of the North Sea. The first of the four Brent platforms, Brent Bravo, first started producing oil from the...more

Incident Notification & Investigations

by Baker Donelson on

Following on this week’s series regarding the new batch of four USCG-BSEE MOUs, this post will discuss the third, concerning incident reporting. Hand in glove with the civil penalties and SEMS/SMS MOUs (the latter to be...more

“One Gulf, One Standard” Evolves – USCG and BSEE Sign Four New MOUs in Efforts to Clarify Their Regulatory Roles on the OCS

by Baker Donelson on

For the past few years, this blog has attempted to chart the fraught and developing regulatory overlap between the United States Coast Guard (USCG) and Bureau of Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) in the fallout from the...more

ENI Receives ISO 37001 Certification and ENI CEO Charged with Corruption

by Thomas Fox on

Today’s headline is inspired by two recent notices; the first is from a January 25 ENI Press Release crowing that “Eni is the first Italian company to receive that certification”. The second came from an article in the...more

Sea Change: Washington Supreme Court Decision Affects Coastal Energy Projects

by K&L Gates LLP on

The Washington State Supreme Court recently held that two oil terminal facility expansion projects, near coastal waters in Washington State, are subject to review under the Ocean Resources Management Act (ORMA). ORMA requires...more

Senator John Kennedy’s Letter to President Donald Trump: A First Step in Reviving the Oil & Gas Industry in Louisiana

by Liskow & Lewis on

In December of 2016, Republican John Kennedy won the United States Senate runoff election in Louisiana. On the campaign trail, Senator Kennedy promised to do his part in strengthening the declining oil and gas industry in...more

“Mighty Difference Between a Living Thump and a Dead Thump” – BSEE’s “Universal Thump” Invalidated; District Court Holds that BSEE...

by Baker Donelson on

In a dramatic reversal of a prior and equally dramatic, watershed administrative decision of the Interior Bureau of Land Appeals (IBLA) upholding the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement’s (BSEE) regulatory...more

Trial judge’s misapprehension of the evidence results in new trial for workplace fatality

by Dentons on

We previously posted about the trial decision in R. v. Precision Drilling Ltd., 2015 ABPC 115 (CanLII), where the court found the employer guilty of two charges arising from a workplace fatality at a drilling rig. The...more

Energy in Transition: Trump Announces Additional Cabinet Nominees

by Holland & Knight LLP on

President-Elect Donald Trump announced this week three new cabinet nominees who will certainly influence U.S. energy policy at home and abroad. This alert is intended to update clients on the President-Elect's nominees and...more

CNH Awards Public Bids for Deep-Water Hydrocarbon Production

by Holland & Knight LLP on

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

Mexico’s Crown Jewels: Deep Water and Farmout Tender Results

Mexico’s Crown Jewels: Deep Water and Farmout Tender Results - On December 5, 2016, the Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos (“CNH”) conducted the Opening and Presentation of Bid Proposals Ceremony for the Ronda Uno,...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - November 2016 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - BP to pay $14 million in settlement over gas storage tanks - San Jose Mercury News - Nov 17 - The BP oil company has agreed to pay $14 million to settle California...more

What Now? U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Post-Election Outlook

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: With a dramatic change from a progressive democratic to a conservative republican administration, we anticipate that EPA is not only likely to pivot away from an enforcement heavy to a more business...more

Sanctions in Energy: Russia and Iran

by Dentons on

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

Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments for July 2016

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

In order to provide an overview for busy in-house counsel and compliance professionals, we summarize below some of the most important international anti-corruption developments from the past month, with links to primary...more

India: A False Dawn for Foreign OSV Owners

by Reed Smith on

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

Is it a new day for Jones Act enforcement? Maybe. A practical look at coastwise concerns

by DLA Piper on

The Jones Act (46 U.S.C. § 55102) provides that the transportation of merchandise between coastwise US points is prohibited unless performed by vessels that are US-built, owned, and documented. US Customs and Border...more

Meaning of “Commencement of Drilling”: Summary of Vitol E & P Limited v Africa Oil and Gas Corporation [2016] EWHC 1677 (Comm)

by King & Spalding on

Introduction - In a dispute arising in connection with a sale and purchase agreement for an interest under a Production Sharing Contract in the Congo, an English court (the Queen's Bench Division of the High Court of...more

New Oil and Gas Decommissioning Strategy Published by UK Oil and Gas Authority

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Sustained investment in offshore platforms and production installations has been critical in securing the UK’s energy supply. Despite ongoing oil price volatility, in 2016 and 2017 £3-4 billion of capital per year is...more

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Issues New NTL Changing Financial Security Considerations for Offshore Oil and Gas Companies

by Locke Lord LLP on

On July 15, 2016, the United States Department of the Interior Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a new Notice to Lessees and Operators (NTL) dramatically changing the way in which BOEM will evaluate the...more

Regulating Exploration on the Arctic OCS: Interior Finalizes Rules for Oil and Gas Exploratory Drilling on the Arctic Outer...

by K&L Gates LLP on

On July 7, almost a year and a half after the proposed rules were published, the U.S. Department of the Interior’s (DOI) Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE)...more

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

by Dentons on

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

WARN Act and Oil Field Rightsizing: Court Finds Layoff Does Not Require Notice

In a recent case involving the layoff of employees assigned to land drilling rigs, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas limited the ability of plaintiffs to claim that multiple rigs collectively form a...more

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