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North Sea Decommissioning - The Challenges Ahead

Where are we now? It all sounds simple enough. The dual objectives of the UK government today in relation to petroleum production from the North Sea are to maximise the economic recovery from domestic reserves and, once...more

US considers Arctic offshore oil exploration

by PretiFlaherty on

U.S. regulators are evaluating an application by a company seeking to explore for oil in the Arctic. On June 12, the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management or BOEM announced that it had deemed Eni US Operating Co.'s...more

Atlantic Ocean oil development in Canada, U.S.

by PretiFlaherty on

Canadian oil company Husky Energy has announced a decision to develop its West White Rose Project offshore Newfoundland and Labrador. Meanwhile the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service has proposed authorizing the take of...more

Proposed Oil Tanker Moratorium Act—Defining Canada's Pacific Gateway

by Bennett Jones LLP on

On 12 May 2017, the Government of Canada introduced Bill C-48, the proposed Oil Tanker Moratorium Act, in Parliament. This initiative follows up on the launch of the national Oceans Protection Plan in November 2016, and...more

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Withdraws Proposed Changes to Jones Act Rulings

In a move hailed as a win for international offshore marine contractors and oil companies operating in the Gulf of Mexico and decried as a setback for domestic shipping interests, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection...more

Fifth Circuit To Decide Whether BSEE Can Regulate Contractors Under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act

In the wake of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon incident, which involved multiple contractors, the federal government revised its approach to offshore safety and environmental regulation. For the first time, the Bureau of Safety...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - May 2017

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - EPA, clean energy spared Trump's ax in $1.1 trillion budget deal - Bloomberg - May 1 - Environmental programs marked for termination or deep cuts by President Donald Trump got a...more

Does Federal Wage Decision Bring A Sea Change To Offshore Operations? 5th Circuit Case Clarifies FLSA Exemption Standard For...

by Fisher Phillips on

A recent federal court decision may bring about a new wave of overtime claims by offshore workers, particularly those working within the territorial waters of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas (Halle v. Galliano Marine...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - April 2017 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Trump signs executive order to expand drilling off America’s coasts - Washington Post - Apr 28 - President Trump signed an executive order Friday that aims to expand offshore...more

A Hodgepodge of Action and Thought on Climate Change

by Burr & Forman on

While the Trump Administration has taken steps to dismantle or revise many of the Obama Administration’s actions regarding climate change, there are conflicting opinions within the Administration and key businesses about the...more

Something Borrowed, Something New: An Update on Recent Treasury and State Department Actions: Iran, Russia, Syria and the...

by Hogan Lovells on

While much attention has been focused on the Trump Administration's recent actions targeting imports of metals, lumber, and other commodities, the Administration has also steadily ramped up its activities in the trade...more

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

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