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Public Hearing on Natural Resource Damage Restoration Banking Program Set for June 2017

by Baker Donelson on

We reported previously on the Natural Resource Damage Restoration Banking Program proposed in Louisiana. A public hearing relating to the recent proposed regulations will be held on Monday, June 26, 2017, at the Coastal...more

Scott Angelle Tapped to Take the Helm of BSEE

by Baker Donelson on

Scott Angelle took over as the Director of the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, May 23. Mr. Angelle is well known to the oil and gas...more

Trump Administration Pronouncements on Authorization of Jordan Cove LNG Project Could Raise Issues Before the Senate and in the...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

Since the resignation of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Chairman Norman Bay in early February, FERC has been without a quorum of three commissioners and, as a result, has not been able to issue orders and take...more

Litigation Trends in the Global Oil and Gas Industry: What You Need To Know

by Hogan Lovells on

Michael Davison is head of the Hogan Lovells Litigation, Arbitration, and Employment Practice Group. For close to 30 years, he has been helping clients avoid disputes. He is currently working from the firm’s London office as...more

Drill on Through to the Other Side: No Trespass When Drilling Through Mineral Estate with Surface Use Agreement

by Blank Rome LLP on

Action Item: The Texas Supreme Court annunciated two critical points in Lightning Oil Co. v. Anadarko E&P Onshore: (1) unauthorized interference may be a trespass only when it impacts the mineral lessee’s ability to exercise...more

Texas Subsurface Trespass Law Clarified

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

We know that in Texas the mineral owner has the right to explore for and produce the minerals. What does that leave for the surface owner? In Lightning Oil Company v. Anadarko E&P Onshore, LLC the Texas Supreme Court tells us...more

Hearings This Week

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

House Science, Space and Technology, Subcommittee on Environment hearing on “Expanding the Role of States in EPA Rulemaking.” Date: Tuesday, May 23, 10 a.m. Place: 2318 Rayburn Bldg....more

30,000 Foot View: State Of The Oil Patch

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Big picture concepts have filled my mind lately – I am trying to take a step back and see the whole picture instead of getting too deep in the weeds and isolated details. It made me curious – what is the 30,000 foot view of...more

Energy Update - May 2017

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

We are pleased to release the latest issue of our client newsletter, Energy Update, designed to inform clients and friends of the firm about important developments affecting US and international energy markets. Please see...more

Doing Business in Saudi Arabia 101: Investing in the Kingdom

by Dechert LLP on

President Donald Trump will be making his first official overseas trip as president to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, commencing May 20, 2017. During the course of the president’s trip, over US$100 billion worth of...more

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Withdraws Proposed Changes to Jones Act Rulings

In a move hailed as a win for international offshore marine contractors and oil companies operating in the Gulf of Mexico and decried as a setback for domestic shipping interests, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection...more

Suit For Bad Frac Job Requires a Certificate of Merit

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

You are a service company and you’ve been sued for a defective frac job. It looks scary but there’s no detail in the petition and no certificate of merit is attached. ...more

Spanish Natural Gas Organized Wholesale Market: Completion of Regulatory Framework

by Hogan Lovells on

The regulatory framework governing the Spanish natural gas organized wholesale market was approved in 2015 and completed in 2016. The start of operations occurred on 16 December 2015, when the market operator created an...more

Africa's LNG Opportunity

by Hogan Lovells on

In November 2016, the U.S. government’s inter-agency Power Africa development initiative issued its third handbook entitled “Understanding Natural Gas and LNG Options” for the purpose of promoting a better understanding of...more

Record Year For North Dakota?

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The number of producing oil wells in North Dakota just hit a new record…by all accounts, North Dakota could be on track for having a record year....more

Oil & Gas Tax Alert - "Trump's 15% Pass Through Tax Proposal: Say Goodbye to Joint Operating Agreements?"

by Porter Hedges LLP on

On Wednesday, April 26, President Trump submitted his tax reform proposal which is, for now, only about 100 words long. It contemplates a number of sweeping changes to the tax code. On the business side, these include a 15%...more

Energy Alert: LNG exports - A rare case of policy continuity from Obama to Trump

by Hogan Lovells on

Whether health care, climate change, taxes, or general international trade, it is hard to identify an area of policy in the United States that is not experiencing dramatic changes in the transition from President Obama to...more

Energy Newsletter - April 2017

by King & Spalding on

Navigating Private Equity Fund Limitations for Energy Infrastructure-Focused Investments - Energy infrastructure funds have emerged as a class of funds that offer investors the potential for long-term stable returns, as...more

The opportunity and promise of decommissioning

by White & Case LLP on

The UK's oil and gas decommissioning regime has long been seen to be in the front-line of petroleum developments and operations around the world, and much has been said about the resulting decommissioning liabilities and...more

Hearings This Week

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

The House is not in session the week of May 8. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing on “Conservation, Consultation, and Capacity: State Views on the Need to Modernize the Endangered Species Act.”...more

Executive Order Charts New Path For Offshore Energy Development

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

On April 28, 2017, the Trump administration issued an Executive Order entitled “Implementing an America-First Offshore Energy Strategy.” This EO calls for expanded oil and gas leasing in areas of the U.S. Outer Continental...more

Hold Your Horses: Oil Prices In A Landslide…Again.

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Oil prices are slipping once again. According Bloomberg Energy, WTI Crude Oil is currently at $45.43 (-5.00% change) and Brent Crude closed $48.36 (-4.78% change) as I write this....more

Russia LNG Export: Recent Developments

by King & Spalding on

The Russian Federal Tariff Service (the FTS) regulates the price at which Gazprom and its affiliates can sell natural gas to the wholesale market and to their affiliated refineries. The FTS also regulates the price of natural...more

Oil And Gas Update For Week Ending 4/28/2017 – CPP Litigation On Hold, “Fraction Of” Royalty Interests In North Dakota, And A...

by Cozen O'Connor on

After a few weeks off, we are back at the well. Natural gas and oil prices are down since our last report and the rig count in the Marcellus/Utica regions remains flat despite the increase in rig activity nationwide....more

Mexico Introduces Industrial Safety and Environmental Protection Provisions for Hydrocarbon Pipelines

by Jones Day on

On March 31, 2017, the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources published general administrative provisions in the Official Gazette of the Federation. These administrative provisions establish the guidelines for...more

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