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New Federal Chemical-Disclosure Regulations? Public-Comment Period Has Ended

In our July/August newsletter, we wrote that in May 2014, the Obama administration began to accept comments regarding potential federal hydraulic-fracturing regulations. The EPA, through an advance notice of proposed...more

Australian Anti-Corruption Proposal to Mandate Disclosure of Offshore Mining and Resources Payments to Governments

Australia has taken a significant step in supporting a global movement for accountability and transparency in the mining and extractives industries. On 28 October 2014, Greens leader Christine Milne introduced the...more

The Transparency Initiative: Are You Ready?

The UK is set to become the first EU member state to transpose the most recent EU directives on accounting and transparency rules in an effort to satisfy growing demands for a European-wide strategy to fight corruption in...more

In Wyoming, a Higher Burden for Chemical Disclosure Exemption?

In Powder River Basin Resource Council v. Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, the Wyoming Supreme Court held that the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has the burden of justifying the use of trade secrets...more

North Carolina Legislators Look to Criminalize Disclosure of Fracking Fluids

As many states and the federal government look towards calling for greater disclosure and regulation of the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, state senators in North Carolina appear to be pushing against the tide in...more

Congress and Industry Want Resource Extraction Rules Finalized

In 2013 the United States District Court for the District of Columbia vacated the SEC resource extraction disclosure rules that were mandated by Section 1504 of the Dodd-Frank Act. Fifty-eight Democratic lawmakers have...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 21

In this issue: - CME Delays Prohibition on Transitory EFRPs - JAC Issues Guidance on Margin Funds - CFTC Hands Out First Whistleblower Award - NFA Adopts Fee for Registration...more

EPA Publishes ANPR on Hydraulic Fracturing Chemical Substances and Mixtures

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published in the May 19, 2014, Federal Register an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) to seek comment on the information that should be reported or disclosed for...more

Pyrrhic Victory For Parties Seeking Fracking Fluid Disclosures

Parties advocating public disclosure of the chemical makeup of fracking fluids may have won a recent battle in Wyoming, but are they losing the war? On March 12, 2014, the Wyoming Supreme Court in Powder River Basin Resource...more

New Permit Requires Disclosure of Hydraulic Fracturing Fluids For Offshore Oil and Gas Operations in Southern California

On January 9, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 9, announced that it will require oil and gas operators engaged in hydraulic fracturing off the southern California coast to disclose any chemicals...more

The Heat's Still On! - Offshore Operators Must Disclose Hydraulic Fracturing Fluid Chemicals

The Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) announced that starting on March 1, 2014, oil and gas operators performing offshore hydraulic fracturing operations must maintain an inventory of chemicals used to formulate frac...more

Tighter Regulations Amid the Fracking Fray: The Bureau of Land Management’s proposals could affect production on 700 million acres...

The federal government is poised to tighten regulation of hydraulic fracturing — the drilling method behind the boom in U.S. natural gas production — by proposing to revise rules affecting 700 million acres of federal and...more

Listing an Overseas Oil and Gas Company on the London Stock Exchange

Introduction - The London Stock Exchange (the “LSE”) has long provided an attractive forum for companies with oil and gas operations outside of the United Kingdom to seek and obtain access to foreign capital markets...more

California Department of Conservation ("DOC") Proposes Emergency Rulemaking for SB 4 Interim Well Stimulation Treatment...

On December 11, 2013, the DOC proposed an emergency rulemaking to implement interim provisions of SB 4. Public Resources Code section 3161, part of SB 4, provides for an interim grace period from the permitting requirement...more

Hydraulic Fracturing Digest

Hydraulic fracturing remained one of the most controversial environmental issues of 2013. Hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, is the process of injecting water, chemicals and “proppants,” oftentimes sand, under...more

California's New Hydraulic Fracturing Regulations: Implications and Next Steps

California's Senate Bill 4 (SB 4) is one of the first laws in the United States to regulate hydraulic fracturing (or "fracking"). On November 15, 2013, the state's Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) issued...more

Securities Regulators Propose Amendments To Oil & Gas Disclosure Standards

The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) have published for comment proposed amendments to National Instrument 51-101 Standards of Disclosure for Oil and Gas Activities (NI 51-101) and Companion Policy 51-101CP Standards...more

Forced Pooling in Pennsylvania

During its 2013 Session, the Pennsylvania legislature passed and Governor Tom Corbett signed into law Senate Bill 259, which has since become known as Act 66. Much of Act 66 deals with disclosure of deductions and other...more

The Financial Report - Volume 2, No. 19. October 2013 (Global)

Discussion and Analysis - Most of us have seen those top-rated TV commercials for a wireless provider featuring a conservatively dressed man sitting at a little table with several children and asking them, “Is it...more

Revised Disclosure Rules for Resources Companies: Time to Transition

Listed mining and oil & gas companies have less than three months remaining to prepare for compliance with the new Chapter 5 of the Listing Rules. The enhanced reporting regime will be enforced from 1 December 2013....more

The Transparency Wars: Coming to a Galaxy Near You?

Everyone is in favor of transparency and anti-corruption – at least, everyone except the occasional despot or dictator. Yet substantial controversy now swirls around the disclosure of the vast sums that governments receive...more

U.S. District Court Vacates SEC’s Rule Requiring Public Disclosure of Energy Companies’ Payments to U.S. and Foreign Governments

On July 2, 2013, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia vacated a rule promulgated by the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") that would have required energy companies to publicly disclose payments to...more

US District Court vacates SEC’s Resource Extraction Rule

On Tuesday, the US District Court for the District of Columbia ruled against the Securities and Exchange Commission on a motion for summary judgment related to the SEC’s resource extraction rule. A copy of the court’s...more

Court Vacates SEC Rule on Disclosure of Government Payments by Resource Extraction Issuers While Similar EU Requirement Is...

On July 2, 2013, a US court vacated the new SEC rule requiring resource extraction issuers to file annual reports with information about government payments for the commercial development of oil, natural gas or minerals....more

BLM Issues New Draft Fracking Regulations

On Thursday, May 16, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) issued its lasted proposed fracking regulations. The proposed regulations would require wider disclosure of fracking chemicals. The regulations also require water...more

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