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BOEM Renewable Energy Task Force Discusses Potential New Wind Energy Areas Offshore New York

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) convened the Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Task Force for the New York Bight to discuss BOEM’s draft Call for Information and Nominations (Call) on December 4, 2017. The...more

The Science and Controversy of Offshore Wind: BOEM Embarks on New Research Efforts While Fishing Groups Take Aim at An Offshore...

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is embarking on several studies to better understand offshore resources and species. At the same time, fishing interests have sued BOEM to block an offshore wind lease,...more

Court Holds OCSLA Regulations Do Not Apply to Offshore Contractors, Subcontractors or Service Providers in Criminal Enforcement...

On September 27, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit issued its long-awaited opinion in the case of U.S. v. Moss, et al. The Fifth Circuit affirmed the District Court’s ruling that the Outer Continental Shelf...more

Offshore Wind Development Potentially Finds Smoother Sailing in Deeper Water

In a breakthrough for offshore wind energy in the United States, construction of the Block Island Wind Farm, the first U.S. offshore wind farm, was completed in August 2016 about 30 miles off the coast of Rhode Island. The...more

Maryland Takes Key Step for Offshore Wind

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

On May 11, the Maryland Public Services Commission (PSC) issued $1.9 billion in Offshore Wind Renewable Energy Credits (ORECs) to two prospective offshore wind developers, effectively ensuring a market for any electricity...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

BOEM Seeks Comments on the 2018 Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement Relating to GOM OCS Lease Sale

by Baker Donelson on

On Thursday, March 30, 2017, the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced the availability of the Gulf of Mexico OCS Lease Sale: Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement 2018 (Draft EIS). The Draft EIS...more

Avangrid Wins Latest BOEM Auction for Offshore North Carolina Lease and Moves Towards Full Commercial Lease

by K&L Gates LLP on

Following an auction on March 16, 2017, the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) named Avangrid Renewables, LLC (Avangrid) the provisional winner of the auction. Avangrid, majority owned...more

Developers Submit Unsolicited Requests for Wind Leases Offshore Massachusetts and New York

by K&L Gates LLP on

On March 10, 2017, the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) posted four unsolicited applications for wind project leases on the Outer Continental Shelf. PNE Wind U.S.A., Inc. has filed three...more

Outer Continental Shelf Leasing: BOEM Withdraws Controversial Sole Liability Orders

by King & Spalding on

On February 17, 2017, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (“BOEM”), which manages oil and gas leasing in the Outer Continental Shelf, announced that it is withdrawing previously-issued orders to sole liability property...more

Senator John Kennedy’s Letter to President Donald Trump: A First Step in Reviving the Oil & Gas Industry in Louisiana

by Liskow & Lewis on

In December of 2016, Republican John Kennedy won the United States Senate runoff election in Louisiana. On the campaign trail, Senator Kennedy promised to do his part in strengthening the declining oil and gas industry in...more

BOEM Suspends Implementation of New Financial Assurance Requirements

by Baker Donelson on

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced Friday, January 6, that it would suspend the implementation of the new financial assurance requirements relating to decommissioning obligations of lessees’ facilities on...more

California Sues Federal Government Alleging Inadequate Environmental Review of Offshore Drilling Proposal

by Stoel Rives LLP on

In one of her last major legal actions before leaving office as California’s Attorney General, Kamala Harris, along with the California Coastal Commission (jointly the “Attorney General”), filed suit against various federal...more

First-Ever Legal Challenge Filed Against Proposed Federal Offshore Wind Lease Auction

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

A coalition of fishing advocates, local towns, and municipalities from New Jersey to Rhode Island has sued the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (“BOEM”) and sought a temporary restraining...more

Environmental Groups Sue Federal Agencies Again in Unending Legal Battle Over Offshore Oil Development

by Stoel Rives LLP on

On November 11, 2016, the Environmental Defense Center (“EDC”) and Santa Barbara Channelkeeper jointly filed suit against several federal agencies including the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and the Bureau of Safety and...more

Energy Newsletter - September 2016

by King & Spalding on

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

U.S. Offshore Wind Industry Readies for Take-off Led by Northeast U.S.

The U.S.’s offshore wind industry is poised for a burst of activity after faltering for several years on the heels of the stalled Cape Wind project in Massachusetts. The country’s first offshore wind farm will open this fall...more

BOEM Updates Financial Assurance and Risk Management Requirements for Offshore Leases

by King & Spalding on

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) recently announced revisions to its financial assurance and risk management requirements for companies holding oil and gas leases in federal waters. BOEM regulations establish a...more

Renewable Energy Update - August 2016 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - Kick-off for California offshore - reNEWS - Aug 16 - The U.S. has taken a major step forward in offshore wind development in the deep waters off the coast of California. The Bureau of...more

Another Step Toward North Carolina Offshore Wind: Proposed Offshore Wind Farm Lease Announced

by K&L Gates LLP on

The U.S. Department of the Interior has just announced the next step in the years-long process toward the development of wind energy facilities off the coast of North Carolina. In a notice published in the Federal Register...more

Hydraulic Fracturing: State Regulatory Roundup Vol. 48

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Fracking Insider Readers: We are pleased to bring you Volume 48 of our State Regulatory Roundup, including updates in California, Colorado, and Kansas. As we explained in earlier volumes, we designed the Roundup to provide...more

Three Reasons BOEM’s Updated Financial Assurance and Risk Management Requirements Are Unenforceable

by BakerHostetler on

The Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has finally issued its promised Notice to Lessees (NTL) No. 2016-N01, “Requiring Additional Security,” which supersedes NTL No. 2008-N07, “Supplemental Bond...more

Three Reasons Why BOEM's Updated Financial Assurance and Risk Management Requirements are Unenforceable

by BakerHostetler on

The Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has finally issued its promised Notice to Lessees (NTL) No. 2016-N01 “Requiring Additional Security,” which supersedes NTL No. 2008-N07 “Supplemental Bond...more

BOEM Unveils Tougher Guidelines for Supplemental Bonding on the US OCS

by Morgan Lewis on

BOEM Unveils Tougher Guidelines for Supplemental Bonding on the US OCS July 21, 2016 The new guidelines restrict the ability of a company to rely on the financial strength of co-lessees to avoid additional supplemental...more

BOEM Releases Long Awaited New Financial Assurance Notice to Lessees and Operators

by Liskow & Lewis on

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) released its long awaited new Notice to Lessees and Operators (NTL) updating the procedures and criteria used to determine when and if additional supplemental financial assurance...more

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