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California Counties and City Sue Energy Companies over Climate Change, Sea Level Rise

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Using a legal strategy resembling the one that won multi-billion dollar awards from tobacco companies, two California counties and one California municipality filed coordinated environmental lawsuits in California state...more

Legislative Update: Oil & Gas Related Bills Introduced in the 2017-2018 Legislative Session

by Stoel Rives LLP on

Stoel Rives’ Oil & Gas Team has been monitoring bills introduced by California legislators since the beginning of the 2017-2018 Legislative Session. Below are the latest updates on a list of bills, summarized pursuant to the...more

Saskatchewan Court of Appeal Clarifies Priority Rules for Builders' Liens Arising in Connection with the Recovery of Minerals

by Bennett Jones LLP on

The Saskatchewan Court of Appeal recently released a landmark decision National Bank of Canada v KNC Holdings Ltd, 2017 SKCA 57 (National Bank) which will significantly affect the priority ranking of certain Saskatchewan...more

Federal Bill Proposes Streamlined Pipeline Permitting, Vesting Authority in FERC

by Stoel Rives LLP on

On July 19, 2017, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation that grants the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) increased autonomy over pipeline approvals. The bill, Promoting Interagency...more

Oil And Gas Update For Week Ending 7/21/2017 – PA Supremes On The Environmental Rights Amendment, Third Circuit On “Buyers For...

by Cozen O'Connor on

After a few weeks off we’re back at the well. The national rig count dipped two units last week for the first time in a long time while oil and natural gas prices increased slightly. Since our last report, the Pennsylvania...more

Third Circuit Rejects Unsecured Oil Producers’ Claims of Automatic Perfection

by King & Spalding on

On July 19, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (the “Court”) issued an opinion, upholding a district court’s ruling that downstream purchasers took oil purchased from a bankrupt intermediary, SemGroup L.P....more

U.S. Penalizes Exxon for Violating U.S. Sanctions on Russia, May Have Complicated How U.S. Companies Do Business in Russia

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

On July 20, 2017, the U.S. Treasury Department Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced that ExxonMobil (Exxon) must pay a $2 million penalty for violating U.S. sanctions on Russia.  On the same day, Exxon responded...more

Dallas Court of Appeals Reverses Partnership Verdict: Preliminary Agreements Precluded Partnership

by Bracewell LLP on

On Tuesday, July 18, 2017, the Dallas Court of Appeals reversed a $535 million judgment against Enterprise Products Partners, L.P. (Enterprise), finding that unfulfilled conditions precedent in Enterprise’s written agreements...more

Pipeline Partnership Verdict Reversed

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Enterprise Products Partners, L.P. et al v. Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. et al reversed one of the largest jury verdicts in Texas history. You will like this decision if... ...more

EIA: U.S. Crude Oil Production Forecast Expected to Reach Record High in 2018

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

“In EIA’s latest Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO), total U.S. crude oil production is forecast to average 9.3 million barrels per day (b/d) in 2017, up 0.5 million b/d from 2016. In 2018, EIA expects crude oil production to...more

Third Circuit Rejects Oil Producers’ Security Interest Arguments In Midstream Provider’s Bankruptcy Proceeding

On July 19, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit decided an important case involving oil and gas producers, intermediaries, and the ultimate purchasers of the oil and gas. The case, a bankruptcy matter, is In re:...more

The Strange Case of OFAC Against Exxon for Sanctions Violations

by Michael Volkov on

In a bizarre enforcement action, The Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Asset Control (“OFAC”) assessed a $2 million civil monetary penalty against ExxonMobil (“Exxon”) for violations of the Ukraine sanctions....more

BLM Proposes Rescission Of 2015 Hydraulic Fracturing Rule

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Yesterday, the Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”) announced its recommendation that the hydraulic fracturing rule from 2015 entitled, “Oil and Gas; Hydraulic Fracturing on Federal and Indian Lands,” be rescinded – the Federal...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - July 2017 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - California Legislature extends state's cap-and-trade program in rare bipartisan effort to address climate change - Los Angeles Times - Jul 17 - California lawmakers voted Monday...more

The BKPM Is Licensing Authority In Oil And Gas Matters

by Morgan Lewis on

The Indonesian Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources (MoEMR) has delegated additional authorities to the Indonesian Investment Coordinating Board (Badan Koordinasi Penanaman Modal - BKPM) in issuing certain licenses for...more

Dallas Court Reverses Enterprise v. ETP Verdict, Reaffirming Efficacy of Conditions Precedent

by King & Spalding on

On July 18, 2017, the Dallas Court of Appeals (the “Court”) reversed the more than $535 million jury verdict against Enterprise Products Partners L.P. (“Enterprise”), leaving Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. (“ETP”)...more

Attempt to Avoid Ohio Supreme Court’s Ruling in Corban Rejected by Federal Court in Ohio

by Reed Smith on

After the Ohio Supreme Court’s September 15, 2016, decision in Corban v. Chesapeake Exploration, L.L.C., 2016-Ohio-5796, held that the 1989 Ohio Dormant Mineral Act was not self-executing – meaning that the surface was not...more

House Passes Energy Legislation

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a series of energy bills, including several aimed at advancing the nation’s pipeline infrastructure. Meanwhile, efforts to revive more comprehensive energy legislation –...more

Hearings This Week

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety hearing on “Developing and Deploying Advanced Clean Energy Technologies.” Date: Tuesday, July 25, 10 a.m....more

Dallas Court of Appeals Reverses Landmark Judgment on Common Law Partnership and Joint Venture Claims

by Jackson Walker on

On July 18, 2017, the Dallas Court of Appeals issued its long-awaited decision in Enterprise Products Partners, L.P. v. Energy Transfer Partners, L.P., reversing the Dallas County District Court’s judgment that awarded ETP...more

A gas station hold-up: the Competition Bureau completes its review of Couche-Tard and Parkland transactions

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In its latest move in the closely-monitored retail gasoline sector, the Competition Bureau (Bureau) has entered into a pair of consent agreements with Alimentation Couche-Tard (Couche-Tard) and Parkland Fuel Corporation...more

Business Litigation Alert - "Enterprise Products v. ETP: No Legal Obligation really means No Legal Obligation"

by Porter Hedges LLP on

A Texas Court of Appeals ruled this week that when companies agree in writing that they have no legal obligations to proceed with a project, they mean it. That may appear to be a simple concept but a jury came to a different...more

Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments for June 2017

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

Negligence liability: parent and subsidiary companies

by Dentons on

The High Court has considered the circumstances in which a parent company may be liable to third parties in negligence for the acts or omissions of its subsidiary....more

Alleged Nigerian Oil Industry Corruption and Civil Forfeiture: More Extraterritorial Application of U.S. Law; More High-End Real...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On Friday, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) filed a civil forfeiture complaint in the Southern District of Texas seeking recovery of approximately $144 million in assets that allegedly represent the proceeds of foreign...more

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