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Court Dismisses Complaint That FERC’s Regulatory Structure Is Biased In Favor Of Pipeline Applicants

On March 22, in the case of Delaware Riverkeeper Network, et al., v. FERC, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed the plaintiffs’ complaint that the statutory requirement that the Federal Regulatory...more

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Eddie Lampert’s Sears mega-gamble appears to finally be catching up with him. Or the store, at least. Mr. Lampert, it seems, will come out not as worse for the wear as one might have expected....more

Can Reworking a Saltwater Disposal Well Maintain a Lease?

Should the sufficiency of reworking operations under the cessation-of-production clause of an oil and gas lease be limited to the producing well? Crystal River Oil and Gas, LLC et al v. Patton was a suit to terminate an oil...more

Infrastructure M&A: Journey to the non-core: How the European infrastructure M&A market is changing

HEADLINES - - Overall appetite for infrastructure investment remains strong. M&A deal value rose 75 per cent from 2010 and 2016. Deal volume grew 196 per cent over this period - The number and value of...more

Kern County Judge Grants Injunction, Blocking Blanket Enforcement of Oil Field Aquifer Exemption Regulations

A reported in a prior blog post, the Western States Petroleum Association (“WSPA”) sued the California Department of Conservation and the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (jointly, the “Department”) in Kern...more

Delaware District Court Allows Shareholder Class Action Suit To Proceed

On March 13, 2017, the United States District Court for the District of Delaware rejected LRR Energy L.P. (“LRR”) and Vanguard Natural Resources, LLC’s (“Vanguard”) motion to dismiss, allowing the putative shareholder class...more

Infrastructure M&A: Journey to the non-core: The shift to non-core infrastructure-who’s investing where?

HEADLINES -   - Between 2010 and 2016, more than half (53 per cent) of all non-core infrastructure investment was made by infrastructure funds - In value terms, transport (41 per cent) and power (28 per cent)...more

Mexico's Energy Regulatory Commission Clarifies 10 Scenarios on Trading for Oil Products

Mexico's Energy Reform of 2013 opened oil and gas sectors to private direct investment and operation. Under that reform, trading of hydrocarbons, oil and petrochemicals (oil products) opened in all value chains, even though...more

Fifth Circuit Dismisses False Claims Act Suit Alleging Violation Of Offshore Regulations

In Abbott v. BP, the plaintiffs alleged that BP had falsely certified to compliance with regulatory requirements pertaining to the engineering of the Atlantis Platform, a semi-submersible floating production facility capable...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - March 2017 #3

Environmental and Policy Focus - Trump’s budget proposal slashes EPA funding - Washington Post - Mar 16 - President Trump on Thursday released his budget plan for the next fiscal year, which proposes cutting the...more

Domestic Crude Oil Production Down in 2016

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, ““Despite increasing crude oil prices throughout most of 2016, total U.S. crude oil production in 2016 was below its 2015 level. However, monthly production began...more

UAS, A Growing Part of the Oil and Gas Industry

As the use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS or as they are more commonly called, drones) continues to rapidly increase as technology continues to develop, more and more industries will utilize UAS in their day-to-day...more

District Court Upholds Controversial Bankruptcy Decision in Sabine

On March 10, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York issued a Memorandum Order, in which it affirmed a controversial bankruptcy court ruling. The district court agreed with the bankruptcy court...more

Cabotage Or Sabotage? Controversial Proposal By CBP To Reverse Course On Decades-Old Policy Regarding Foreign Flag Vessels In Gulf...

In a sweeping move that has been widely and vociferously praised by supporters and passionately decried by opponents, the Customs and Border Patrol Agency (CBP) on the second-to-last day of the Obama administration’s tenure,...more

Brent - Life on the Road Again

2017 will see the start of the process of decommissioning the iconic Brent oil production platforms in the UK sector of the North Sea. The first of the four Brent platforms, Brent Bravo, first started producing oil from the...more

Increase in Energy Industry Losses in Latin America

Recent studies in the insurance industry have shown that the fall in oil prices has historically led to an increase in claims in refineries and petrochemical plants. The 2016 Marsh report, in relation to the 100 claims...more

New Listing Requirements for Malaysian Oil and Gas Companies

We follow up on our client alert from March 2016, in which we considered the consultation process initiated by the Securities Commission of Malaysia (the Securities Commission) with respect to its proposed policy changes on...more

Significant Developments in Canadian Energy – For the Month of February 2017

February 13, 2017 – Alberta celebrated the 70th anniversary of the discovery of oil at Leduc #1, which is considered by many to be the start of the modern oil and gas industry in the province. The Government of Alberta marked...more

The Parol Evidence Rule at Work in a Mineral Transaction

A phrase currently in common usage begins with “‘cluster” and ends with a vulgarity that has been around for centuries. Saheid v. Kennedy presents facts that pretty much exemplify the meaning of the phrase...more

Mexico's CENAGAS Awards 29 Percent of Import Capacity for NG Pipeline from South Texas

Mexico's 2013 Energy Constitutional Reform opened oil and gas sectors to private direct investment and operation. Under that reform, the National Center for Natural Gas Control (CENAGAS) was created as a state-run natural gas...more

The Impact of Sabine Oil & Gas Corp. on Gas Gathering Agreements

On March 10, 2017, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York entered an order affirming a bankruptcy court ruling that permitted the debtors to reject certain gas gathering agreements, finding...more

Transformation des secteurs pétrolier et gazier au Sénégal

Alors que les groupes pétroliers et gaziers s’intéressent au Sénégal depuis plus de soixante ans, ce n’est que depuis trois ans que le pays s’est révélé constituer un bassin d’hydrocarbures de classe mondiale. En 2014, Cairn...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - March 2017 #2

Environmental and Policy Focus - Southern California regulators approve smog plan with tougher refinery rules, voluntary measures for goods movement facilities - Los Angeles Times - Mar 3 - The South...more

The U.S. Tax Reform and the Energy Sector

President Donald Trump and Republican Congressional leaders have promised a major reform to the U.S. tax code in 2017. This reform, if anything close to these promises, will have significant implications for the energy...more

President Trump to Restore Quorum at FERC

It has been widely reported that President Donald J. Trump is preparing to nominate three new commissioners to fill existing vacancies at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The prospective nominees are Kevin J....more

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