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Frack 2.0: Refracing Could Enable a Second Wave of Production Growth in the Bakken and Eagle Ford

Operators will likely refrac more oil and gas wells this year and further accelerate such activity in 2016. The reason is simple: substantial bang for CAPEX bucks. A recent study by engineers from SPE and Baker Hughes...more

Africa Energy Update

The latest news on legal and regulatory developments in Africa's energy sector with perspectives from our offices in New York, Washington and London. This third Africa energy update focuses on North Africa, Africa's most...more

How to Manage Credit and Collect Unpaid Bills in Today’s Oil Patch

Everybody from the well site to the board room has an opinion about when oil prices will “rebound”. Rather than an opinion, we have a question: How do I collect my money while we’re waiting? This post is a refresher for...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: Texas Enacts House Bill 40 To Regulate Oil And Gas At State Level

The Texas Legislature recently passed House Bill 40, which is intended to keep the bulk of oil and gas regulation at the state level—as opposed to myriad standards set by cities, counties, or other political subdivisions. ...more

New Law in Texas Prohibits Local Municipalities from Banning Hydraulic Fracturing

On Monday, May 18, 2015, Texas Governor Gregg Abbott signed House Bill 40 into law, prohibiting cities, towns, and local municipalities in Texas from enacting bans on fracing. The new law provides that “oil and gas operations...more

General partner to pay $171 million for special committee’s failure to act in good faith: 2 key takeaways

In In re El Paso Pipeline Partners, L.P. Derivative Litigation, 2015 WL 1815846 (Del. Ch. Apr. 20, 2015), the Delaware Court of Chancery (Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster) issued a post-trial opinion finding that the general...more

Energy & Environment Update - May 2015 #3

In This Issue: - Energy and Climate - Congress - Administration - Department of Energy - Department of Interior - Environmental Protection Agency - Federal Energy Regulatory...more

Preliminary Injunction Motion Filed To Stop BLM’s Final Fracking Rule

Last Friday, the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) and the Western Energy Alliance (WEA) opened their arguments on a preliminary injunction motion to halt the federal Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) final...more

Summary of FERC Meeting Agenda - May 2015

In This Issue: - Administrative Items - Electric Items - Gas Item - Hydro Items - Certificate Items - Excerpt from Electric Items: E-1: Reliability Standard for Transmission System Planned...more

Ten Exploration and Production Companies Sued by EEOC for Sex-Based Pay Discrimination

Federal Agency Charges True Oil Entities Paid Female Accounting Clerks Less Than Male Accounting Clerk - CASPER, Wyo. - Ten associated exploration and production companies operating in 12 states violated federal law by...more

OSHA Adds Employers in the Upstream Oil and Gas Drilling Industry to Its Severe Violator Enforcement Program

On February 11, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) announced revisions to its Severe Violator Enforcement Program (“SVEP”). Under SVEP, employers in designated...more

Reported Relationship Between Indoor Radon Concentrations and Unconventional Marcellus Shale Drilling Must Be Interpreted With...

Johns Hopkins researchers recently published a paper titled, "Predictors of Indoor Radon Concentrations in Pennsylvania, 1989-2013," in Environmental Health Perspectives. The study reported the results of a mathematical...more

FERC Issues Policy Statement Regarding Pipeline Modernization Surcharges

On April 16, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a Policy Statement regarding Cost Recovery Mechanisms for Modernization of Natural Gas Facilities (Docket No. PL15-1-000). The Policy Statement affords...more

Independent Producers Seek To Halt Federal Hydraulic Fracturing Rule - BakerHostetler Files Injunction in Federal Court; Motion...

DENVER, May 15, 2015 — BakerHostetler today filed a request for preliminary injunction against the final rule the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) issued to regulate hydraulic fracturing on federal and Indian lands. The motion...more

Mexico’s National Hydrocarbons Commission (CNH) Issues Round One’s Third Bid For Onshore Fields

Mexico’s National Hydrocarbon Commission (Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos) (“CNH”) announced on May 11 the terms for the third bid of Round One. Unlike the two earlier bids which covered 19 shallow water areas, the third...more

Plans of Arrangement under CBCA: Lessons from Connacher Oil

In early 2015, 9171665 Canada Ltd. and Connacher Oil and Gas Ltd. (together Connacher) applied to the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench (Court) for a final order pursuant to section 192 of the Canada Business Corporations Act...more

PHMSA Steps Up Review of Pipeline Construction

Enforcement Focus on 60-Day Notification Requirement - The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has stepped up enforcement efforts concerning pipeline and LNG terminal construction....more

FERC Declines to Change "Gas Day" Start Time; Adopts Other Proposed Natural Gas Scheduling and Contracting Changes

On April 16, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a final rulemaking order (Order No. 809 in Docket RM14-2-000) in which it declined to adopt the controversial proposed change in the "Gas Day" start...more

It's Time to End the Crude Oil Export Ban

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AL), the chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, has announced that she will introduce a bill to end the 40-year-old ban on exporting crude oil. The legislation will attract broad...more

Considerations and Consequences of a Bankruptcy Filing in the Oil and Gas Industry

A Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing of an oil and gas company will likely have broad implications for a wide range of parties. Certain pervasive agreements in today’s oil and gas industry generate substantial, high-dollar...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - May 2015 #3

Environmental and Policy Focus - House votes to block EPA, Army Corps of Engineers' proposed definition of "waters of the United States": Visalia Times-Delta - May 12: House Republicans on Tuesday voted to block...more

Lunch with the FCPA Compliance and Ethics Blog – Donald Anderson of TDI

I recently had the chance to sit down for a lovely lunch at the Federal Grille with Donald Anderson, the Partner in Charge for TD International’s (TDI) Houston Office. Donald is a Louisiana native who attended LSU, receiving...more

[Event] BakerHostetler Shale Symposium – June 4, Houston, TX (incl. Webinar Option)

BLM’s Hydraulic Fracturing Rule: The First Step in the Regulatory March of 2015 After a regulatory review process lasting more than three years, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recently issued a final rule purporting...more

Southern Methodist University Study Suggests Hydraulic Fracturing Responsible for Uptick in Texas Earthquakes

In an article published late last month in the journal Nature Communications, researchers at Southern Methodist University pointed to hydraulic fracturing activities as the probable cause of an increase in earthquakes near...more

New MLP Rules Provide Bright Lines and New Challenges

On May 5, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) released proposed regulations that, if finalized, would provide guidance on qualifying income from minerals and natural resources activities for master limited partnerships...more

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