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Legal Brexit: Energy - Oil & Gas

On 23 June 2016, the UK electorate voted in a referendum to leave the European Union (EU). This outcome is expected to have far-reaching consequences for UK industry, including the oil & gas sector. These include: short- to...more

FERC Meeting Agenda Summary - September 2016

Below are brief summaries of the agenda items for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s September 22, 2016 meeting, pursuant to the agenda as issued on September 15, 2016. Agenda item G1 has not been summarized due to...more

PE investments into oil and gas in the low oil price environment

Over the past 24 months, the low oil price environment has led to increased interest in the hydrocarbon sector from private equity investors. However, this has not translated into the anticipated avalanche of PE investments...more

Nuclear Liability in the UK: Implementation of the 2004 Protocols

On May 4, 2016, the Nuclear Installations (Liability for Damage) Order 2016 (the “2016 Order”) entered into force in the United Kingdom. The 2016 Order, which implements the 2004 Protocols1 to the Paris Convention and...more

DC Circuit Denies Sierra Club Appeal of FERC Authorization of Two LNG Facilities

Since 2012, the major opponent of new large-scale liquefied natural gas (LNG) export projects has been the Sierra Club. The Sierra Club has adopted a two-pronged approach in its opposition to LNG exports projects, opposing...more

Texas Supreme Court Agrees to Review Three Oil and Gas Cases in 2016

On September 2, 2016, the Texas Supreme Court agreed to review three oil and gas cases involving issues pertinent to the industry and land and mineral owners. 1. BP America Production Company v. Red Deer Resources,...more

The UK’s Energy Act 2016: An Independent Regulator Gets Its Teeth

The publication of the draft strategy for the UK Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) to give effect to the maximization of economic recovery (known as “MER UK”) was a welcome development, but further guidance and detail was needed on...more

Attorney General Finds Governor’s Contract for Legal Services Not Approvable, Unacceptable, Illegal, and Unconstitutional

The dispute between Governor John Bel Edwards and Attorney General Jeff Landry over the retention of several private attorneys to represent the State of Louisiana, through the Department of Natural Resources (“LDNR”) in...more

Back to the Bulgarian Bad Guy, So Say the Justices

My blogging sensei Cordell Parvin says the title should always inform the reader of the content. Mea culpa on this one; I couldn’t resist the alliterations. Some time back I reported on Carlton Energy Group et al v....more

Oil & Gas Services Initial Public Offering Guide

Canada’s world leading oil and gas capital markets offer a wealth of opportunity, with their access to local and global natural resources, finance opportunities for companies at all stages, and sophisticated technical...more

Oil & Gas Exploration and Production Initial Public Offering Guide

Canada’s world leading oil and gas capital markets offer a wealth of opportunity, with their access to local and global natural resources, finance opportunities for companies at all stages, and sophisticated technical...more

National Organization for Onboarding and Training of New Employees Industry Wide in the Oil and Gas Industry Provides Example for...

Seyfarth Synopsis: The National STEPS Network provides a working model of an industry wide employee onboarding and safety training program. We attended the World Safety Organization International Environmental and...more

Energy Newsletter - September 2016

Implementing Islamic Financing for Renewable Energy Projects - The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has recently seen a surge of interest in developing renewable energy, in particular solar energy projects. Led...more

Congressional Energy Roundup

Fracking Insider Readers: Below, please find this week’s Congressional activity on oil and gas issues: - House: - “Impacts of the Obama Council on Environmental Quality Final Guidance for GHG Emissions and the...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - September 2016 #3

Environmental and Policy Focus - Federal Plan divvies up California desert for conservation and energy projects - ABC News - Sep 14 - Swaths of public land in the California desert will be opened to solar and...more

Governor Baker’s Executive Order on Change: Good News; Still Work To Be Done By MassDEP

Last Friday, Governor Baker issued Executive Order 569, “Establishing an Integrated Climate Change Strategy for the Commonwealth.” EO 569 will advance climate policy in Massachusetts in a number of important ways. It also...more

Hot Topics in Oil and Gas Restructurings, Volume 4

Apache Corp., a Houston-based oil and gas exploration company, recently announced a discovery that some in the oil and gas industry are dubbing a potential find of historic magnitudes. Last week, Apache’s chief executive...more

Texas Supreme Court to Hear Case on “Capability of Production” Under Shut-In Clause

On Sept. 2, the Texas Supreme Court granted review in a case that may clarify when a shut-in well’s capacity for production in paying quantities is determined. In BP America Production Company v. Red Deer Resources, LLC, No....more

Energy and Environment – Opposites on Oil, Gas and Coal; Potential Overlap in Nuclear Power

Like in other sectors, Mr. Trump and Secretary Clinton have diametrically opposed policy priorities when it comes to energy and the environment. For the most part mirroring their parties, Mr. Trump is a strong supporter of...more

Do Not Pass Go: FERC Administrative Proceedings Remain First Stop for Market Manipulation Claims under the Natural Gas Act

Fraud and energy market manipulation have remained priorities of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Enforcement (OE) over the past several years. The agency has ramped up its investigative efforts, reporting...more

Bankruptcy and Midstream Contracts: Contract Parties Push Back

In previous Energy newsletters, we have addressed one of the current hot topics in E&P bankruptcy cases – rejection of midstream contracts and declaratory relief that the “dedications” contained in those agreements are not...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 9.16.16

The DOJ has reportedly proposed an eye-popping $14 billion settlement with Deutsche Bank to resolve MBS-related probes, though insiders caution that this is likely an outsized opening bid and that the ultimate settlement will...more

Ohio Supreme Court Decides Dormant Mineral Act Cases

On September 15, 2016 the Ohio Supreme Court issued three opinions providing long-awaited clarity to Ohio’s Dormant Mineral Act (“ODMA” or “Act”). Most notably, the court ruled that the 1989 ODMA did not automatically allow...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Financial Industry Developments - Agencies Publish Study on Banking Activities and Investments under Dodd-Frank - On September 8, 2016, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Federal Deposit Insurance...more

ND Pipeline Decision: Court Grants TRO to Prevent Indian Nation from Interfering with Construction of Pipelines

On September 13, the U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota granted a Motion for a Temporary Restraining Order in the matter of Paradigm Energy Partners, LLC v. Fox, et al., prohibiting the defendants from...more

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