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NYDEC Waived Right to Act on a CWA 401 Water Qualification

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) decision in the matter of Millennium Pipeline Company, LLC was issued on September 15, 2017. FERC determined that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation...more

U.S. Dodges OPA Claim But Must Defend Against Insurer’s Negligence Claims

On September 15, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit released a significant Oil Pollution Act (OPA) ruling. The case is Ironshore Specialty Insurance Company v. U.S., et al. The Court of Appeals affirmed the...more

New Wave of Climate Change Related Litigation Focuses on Industry

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Climate change related cases are on the rise nationwide, just like sea water levels. In fact, according to a United Nations study released in May 2017, the U.S. has three times more climate change litigation cases than the...more

Unit Operator Pays For a Problem of its Own Making

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How many times must an operator suffer for a mistake in a unit declaration? Samson Exploration LLC v. T. S. Reed Properties Inc. makes it twice. (See Hooks v. Samson Lone Star for the first round). The Texas Supreme Court...more

One Wrong Turn

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The road to the first class action against the Province of British Columbia - On May 3, 2017, the Honourable Justice Masuhara, of the British Columbia Supreme Court, certified the province’s first environmental class...more

Energy Insider Interview Series: Questions for Independent Petroleum Association of America President and CEO Barry Russell

1. IPAA has long advocated for smart and responsible oil and gas development and remained at the forefront of the discussions shaping policy and regulations affecting the industry. What’s your take on the first six months of...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - September 2017 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - States sue Trump administration over fuel economy fines - ABC News - Sep 11 - New York, California, and three other states are suing the Trump administration, saying it must put...more

How is Hurricane Season Impacting Your Supply Contracts?

The 2017 hurricane season has already had a significant impact, with Hurricanes Harvey and Irma causing billions of dollars of damage in Texas and Florida. And more hurricanes are likely on the way. ...more

Fourth Circuit Concludes that West Virginia State Law Preempts Local Ordinance Banning Oil and Natural Gas Wastewater Storage

by K&L Gates LLP on

On August 30, 2017, in EQT Production Company v. Wender, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit affirmed a federal district court’s invalidation of a West Virginia county’s ordinance banning oil and natural...more

Pooling in Texas: Language Dependent and Strictly Construed

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While all eyes are on the Texas Supreme Court’s decision on September 1 to reinstate the Petitions for Review in the Endeavor Energy Resources v. Discovery Operating and in the XOG Operating et al. v Chesapeake Exploration et...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - September 2017#2

- U.S. High Court Asked to Review WV Justice's Role in Gas Royalties Case - "The U.S. Supreme Court is being asked to review West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Beth Walker's participation in a high-stakes natural gas...more

Oil Spill/Salt Water Disposal Facility: Illinois Attorney General Request for Preliminary Injunction

The Illinois Attorney General (“AG”) filed a Complaint and Motion for Preliminary Injunction against TrueFlo Solutions LLC (“TS”) in White County Circuit Court in Illinois in regards to an oil spill that allegedly...more

Resolving disputes arising out of supply chain disruption in Nigeria's oil and gas market

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In this hoganlovells.com interview, Hogan Lovells counsel Jerome Finnis discusses how disparate factors, such as force majeure events and changes in law, can provoke disruptions in Nigeria’s oil and gas supply chain. He also...more

Energy Newsletter - September 2017

by King & Spalding on

Managing Decommissioning Risks in Asian M&A Transactions - By the end of 2026, approximately 134 producing Concessions and Production Sharing Contracts (each, a “PSC”) will have expired in South Asia. It is expected that 900...more

North Korea Sanctions Continue to Intensify

On September 11, 2017, the UN Security Council unanimously imposed new sanctions on North Korea. The move came only days after Pyongyang launched an underground nuclear test that may have been the detonation of a hydrogen...more

The Strategic Petroleum Reserve and Hurricanes: A Primer

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Often used in response to major hurricanes, the SPR remains a strategic asset to protect against disruption in US crude oil supplies. In response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey, US Department of Energy (DOE)...more

DHS Extends Jones Act Waiver to Sept. 22 and Broadens Geographic Area Covered - Customs and Border Protection Issues Q&A...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke has issued an extension of the original Sept. 8 Jones Act waiver to Sept. 22. The extended waiver, dated Sept. 11, 2017, but only recently posted by the U.S. Department of...more

Japan’s Competition Regulator Questions LNG Destination Clauses

by K&L Gates LLP on

The Japan Fair Trade Commission (“JFTC”), Japan’s competition regulator, recently published results of an investigation into destination restrictions in liquefied natural gas (“LNG”) supply contracts. The results of the...more

Not So Fast—Your Oil and Gas Lease Primary Term May Be Longer Than You Thought

by Blank Rome LLP on

Energy Industry Update - Action Item: Oil and gas leases in Pennsylvania may have a primary term longer than that stated in the lease. The Superior Court has recognized that an argument can be made that time for notice and...more

Extreme Weather Fuels Increasing Trend of New Climate Change Litigation

As federal efforts to roll back environmental regulations from the Obama era continue, environmental groups have been increasingly filing lawsuits against industry alleging damages related to climate change impacts, using the...more

Jones Act Waiver Extended in the Wake of Irma and Harvey

In the wake of fuel shortages arising from Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, Tuesday evening the US Customs and Border Protection (Customs) extended and expanded its September 8 waiver of the coastwise trade provisions of the Jones...more

Tax Reform And Taxing Big Oil

by King & Spalding on

Senator Robert Menendez, with twenty-one of his Democratic colleagues as co-sponsors, has introduced legislation that repeals the energy tax incentives for the country’s five largest oil companies. In a statement, Senator...more

The Impact of Force Majeure on the Oil and Gas Supply Chain

by King & Spalding on

Supply chain interruption caused by Hurricane Harvey - Early indications are that shut down and curtailment of Gulf Coast oil and gas infrastructure caused by Hurricane Harvey, from Friday, August 25th (landfall) through...more

The Shift Away from Take-or-Pay Contracts in LNG

by King & Spalding on

The Japan Fair Trade Commission (the “JFTC”) recently undertook a survey to review destination restriction clauses in contracts for the sale and purchase of liquefied natural gas (“LNG”). Included at the end of the JFTC’s...more

Informal Description Dooms Oil and Gas Leases

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Conoco Phillips Company v. Ramirez et al is a helpful reminder when preparing a document transferring title: “Family vernacular” is a great way to communicate in wedding toasts and funeral eulogies, not so much in land...more

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