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U.S. Dodges OPA Claim But Must Defend Against Insurer’s Negligence Claims

On September 15, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit released a significant Oil Pollution Act (OPA) ruling. The case is Ironshore Specialty Insurance Company v. U.S., et al. The Court of Appeals affirmed the...more

One Wrong Turn

by Bennett Jones LLP on

The road to the first class action against the Province of British Columbia - On May 3, 2017, the Honourable Justice Masuhara, of the British Columbia Supreme Court, certified the province’s first environmental class...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - September 2017#2

- U.S. High Court Asked to Review WV Justice's Role in Gas Royalties Case - "The U.S. Supreme Court is being asked to review West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Beth Walker's participation in a high-stakes natural gas...more

Oil Spill/Salt Water Disposal Facility: Illinois Attorney General Request for Preliminary Injunction

The Illinois Attorney General (“AG”) filed a Complaint and Motion for Preliminary Injunction against TrueFlo Solutions LLC (“TS”) in White County Circuit Court in Illinois in regards to an oil spill that allegedly...more

The Kawartha Lakes Saga Continues: Oil Spills and the Dangers of DIY

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Gendron v Thompson Fuels et al provides a cautionary tale for homeowners hoping to "handle things on [their] own". In this case, the plaintiff-homeowner attempted to clean up a domestic fuel oil spill with Tupperware...more

Contribution Under the Oil Pollution Act

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The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals held that a responsible party under the federal Oil Pollution Act (OPA) could seek contribution for cleanup costs—even though they may include purely economic damages—from a partially liable...more

Legislative Update: Oil & Gas Related Bills Introduced in the 2017-2018 Legislative Session

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Stoel Rives’ Oil & Gas Team has been monitoring bills introduced by California legislators since the beginning of the 2017-2018 Legislative Session. Below are the latest updates on a list of bills, summarized pursuant to the...more

Another Oil Field Contamination Plaintiff Waits Too Long

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Suggestions to Texas lessors after ExxonMobil v. Lazy R Ranch, et al: Claiming that you were not aware of contamination from oil spills you’ve know about for 20 years is a tough sell, and suing your long-time lessee for...more

Fifth Circuit: Responsible Party Has Right to Recover Contribution from Others at Fault in Oil Spills

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In a recent ruling dated June 9, 2017, In re: Complaint of Settoon Towing LLC, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit interpreted the statutory language of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA) to grant the responsible...more

Fifth Circuit Clarifies Oil Spill Contribution Rules

by K&L Gates LLP on

Maritime law is known for its “hoary” precedents from long ago. But in Settoon Towing v. Marquette Transportation Co., the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit rejected an aging principle of maritime law in...more

Update: Oil & Gas Related Bills Introduced in the 2017-2018 Legislative Session

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Stoel Rives’ Oil & Gas Team has been monitoring bills introduced by California legislators since the beginning of the 2017-2018 Legislative Session. June 2, 2017 was the deadline by which the Legislature was required to pass...more

Rover pipeline HDD spill investigation

by PretiFlaherty on

Federal energy regulators overseeing the development of a new interstate natural gas pipeline have announced the opening of an investigation, following the inadvertent release of about 2 million gallons of drilling fluid from...more

U.S. Fifth Circuit Greenlights Contribution Action for Purely Economic Damages Under Oil Pollution Act (OPA)

by Liskow & Lewis on

In Settoon Towing, L.L.C. v. Marquette Transportation Company, L.L.C., No. 16-30459 (5th Cir. Jun. 9, 2017), the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals held for the first time that a Responsible Party under the Oil...more

Transnational Class Action Dispute Over Oil Spill Commenced in Australia

by Jones Day on

Following the 2009 Montara Oil Field oil spill in the Timor Sea, an Indonesian seaweed farmer brought a class action in Australia against the operator of the Montara Oil Field. The action was commenced on behalf of a class of...more

California Ordered to Immediately Pay Attorneys’ Fees in ‘Targate’ Case

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United States v. HVI Cat Canyon, Inc., No. 2:11-cv-05097-FMO (PLAx) (C.D. Cal. Apr. 20, 2017). In this case, a plaintiff’s failure to properly issue and confirm legal holds led to the spoliation of evidence and...more

The Deepwater Horizon Catastrophe – 7 Years After

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I recently worked with a client on a presentation concerning the Deepwater Horizon disaster – an epic tragedy in 2010 that claimed the lives of 11 men, injured 17 others and poured 4.9 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of...more

CPRA and LOSCO Issue Proposed Compensation Schedule for Natural Resource Damages Banking Program

by Baker Donelson on

This post is a follow-up to our February 15 post relating to proposed regulations for a natural resource damages banking program for the Louisiana coastal area. On April 20th, the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority...more

Oil Discharge Planning, Preparedness and Response (“PPP MOU”)

by Baker Donelson on

Following on this week’s series regarding the new batch of four USCG-BSEE MOUs, this post will discuss the second, concerning oil spill planning, preparedness and response. The second of the January 17, 2017 MOUs...more

Oil & Gas Related Bills Introduced in the 2017-2018 Legislative Session

by Stoel Rives LLP on

February 17, 2017 marked the deadline by which legislators had to introduce bills for the first half of the 2017-2018 Legislative Session. The Stoel Rives’ Oil & Gas Team has been and will continue to monitor bills...more

Louisiana Establishes Natural Resource Damage Restoration Banking Regulations

by Baker Donelson on

New regulations have been proposed to establish procedures for the certification and operation of natural resource damage restoration banks in Louisiana. These proposed regulations can be found in Title 43 of the Louisiana...more

Criminal Indictment Precluded After Loss In Civil Action

On December 12, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit issued a ruling holding that a lower court’s decision dismissing the federal government’s civil claim that the defendants were at fault in connection with a...more

The Saga of Pennsylvania's Act 13 Comes to an End

With a bang, rather than a whimper, the saga of Pennsylvania’s Act 13 appears to have finally come to an end. On September 28, 2016, nearly three years after giving teeth to the long-dormant environmental rights amendment to...more

Court of Appeal Lifts Stay in Cross Border Class Action

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In Kaynes v. BP [1] (referred to herein as “Kaynes”) the Court of Appeal for Ontario (“ONCA”) recently lifted a stay of a class proceeding in which the Plaintiff is seeking damages for alleged misrepresentations made to...more

PHMSA Looks to Stakeholders to Complete Crude-by-Rail Response Plan Rule

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The Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration (PHMSA) recently issued a proposed rule that aims to expand oil spill response plan (OSRP) requirements for railroads transporting oil. Stakeholders have already...more

West Virginia Aboveground Storage Tank Act Becomes Effective

On August 1, 2016, the legislative rule promulgated to implement the Aboveground Storage Tank Act became effective. The Rule is 63 pages long and contains detailed requirements for registering, designing, installing,...more

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