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President Obama Opens up Atlantic Coast for Oil and Gas Drilling, Restricts Alaskan Waters

On January 27th, President Obama and Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewel announced that the Administration would take steps to open up portions of the United States Atlantic coastline for offshore drilling as part of the...more

Proposed Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program

On Wednesday, January 28, as required by the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Abigail Ross Hopper announced the next step in the...more

District Court Dismisses $265 Billion OCSLA Suit Against BP

A U.S. District Court Judge in Houston dismissed a lawsuit by a former contractor on behalf of the United States against BP alleging claims under the False Claims Act that had been pending since 2009. In U.S. ex rel. Abbott...more

Proposed Production Safety Rules Attempt to Bring Outer Continental Shelf Regulations into the Twenty-First Century

Over the last two decades, Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) production technology has advanced considerably while federal regulations governing OCS production have remained relatively unchanged. In an attempt to modernize OCS...more

TRANSACTIONAL: Financial Restructuring: Oil and gas "leases" and farmout agreements in bankruptcy proceedings

Most people think of an oil and gas mineral “lease” as, so named, a lease. However, this common thinking is not necessarily accurate, both with respect to state and federal law and in particular in the bankruptcy courts in...more

BOEM Five Year Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil And Gas Leasing Program Under Attack

The Center for Sustainable Economy, a non-profit public interest consulting firm, filed a lawsuit today against the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) in an attempt to halt that agency’s first approved five-year Outer...more

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