Offshore Drilling

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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

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

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)

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

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

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...

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

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

Distressed Download

Lessons from Sabine - In March, Bankruptcy Judge Shelley Chapman held that Sabine Oil & Gas Corp. satisfied the standards for rejection of several gathering and handling agreements between Sabine and its midstream...more

The New North Sea – Part 2: the legal mechanics of “MER UK”

This is the second in a series of posts on the new regulatory regime for the North Sea oil and gas industry following the enactment of the Energy Act 2016.  In the first post we introduced the new regime.  Here, we look at...more

Part the Seas: Federal Report Finds Offshore Fracking has No Significant Impact

On May 27, 2016, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (“BOEM”) and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (“BSEE”) jointly released a Programmatic Environmental Assessment (“PEA”) for well stimulation treatment...more

Participating in Mexico's Newly-Opened Energy Market: What You Need to Know

In a comprehensive effort for reforms, Mexico has opened its country’s wholesale energy market and it is booming! Day-ahead power trading for the Baja California Sur system began on March 15, 2016, and for the Baja Peninsula...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

The New North Sea – Part 1: the revolution begins here

How much of a difference will the recent reforms of UK offshore oil and gas regulation make to the industry and its stakeholders? It may be too early to say whether the creation of the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA), the...more

Significant Developments in Canadian Energy – For the month of April 2016

Conventional - April 21, 2016 – The Alberta government announced the technical formulas that will be used to calculate royalties and payout cost allowances on oil, natural gas, propane and butane starting in 2017....more

Second Circuit Issues Amended Order Affirming Dismissal in Transocean

On April 29, the United States Court of Appeals entered an amended order (previously decided on March 17, 2016) that affirmed the decision of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York in DeKalb...more

Energy Newsletter - April 2016

Managing In-Project Disputes in Major Construction Projects - What do you do when an unforeseen event threatens to increase the costs or time necessary to complete a major construction project? At first, it may seem...more

New Offshore Well Control Regulations Unveiled to Mixed Reviews

The U.S. Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement announced final well control regulations for offshore drilling last week. The rules will purportedly make offshore drilling safer and...more

Canada's east coast (Newfoundland and Labrador) oil and gas update

Call for bids - On April 7, 2016, the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board announced two Calls for Bids for 2016 (the 2016 Bid Round). Call for Bids NL16-CFB01 comprises 13 parcels and a total of...more

Interior Releases Final Rule for Blowout Prevention Systems and Well Control in Offshore Drilling Operations

On April 14, 2016, the Department of the Interior (DOI), through the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), released a final rule establishing requirements for certain offshore oil and gas drilling,...more

The Well Control Final Rule Is Here, Finally

Action Item: The recently published Well Control Rule will require significant changes to Blow-Out Preventer (“BOP”) systems and well operations. Stakeholders in offshore oil and gas operations should carefully evaluate the...more

Update on Kenya and Somalia’s Maritime Dispute: Implications for Energy Companies

Somalia has brought its long-simmering maritime dispute with Kenya to the International Court of Justice (the “ICJ”). The ICJ’s treatment of the case will have important repercussions not only for Somalia and Kenya (and...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - March 2016 #2

Environmental and Policy Focus - State Water Project allocation increased to 45 percent - Western Farm Press - Mar 17 - This year’s “miracle March” boosted water supply conditions well enough in California for...more

Petronius To Petrobras – Fifth Circuit Reaffirms Test For Ocsla Versus Maritime Tort Jurisdiction

In 2006, the Fifth Circuit issued a landmark controversial opinion in Texaco Exploration & Production, Inc. v. AmClyde Engineered Products Co., 448 F.3d 760, 770 (5th Cir.) amended on reh’g, 453 F.3d 652 (5th Cir. 2006). The...more

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell: No Drilling in Atlantic Ocean

In a major reversal of the 2017-2022 Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program announced by the Obama administration on January 28, 2015, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced yesterday that the U.S. government...more

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