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Latin American Environmental Regulatory Tracker

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

This month’s tracker reflects key initiatives from October 16, 2017 – November 15, 2017. This month brings us a heavy environmental regulatory agenda in Latin America. Brazil aimed to close loopholes on take-back...more

The Mexichem Conjecture: Regulating HFCs under CAA ... or TSCA?

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

Since 1994, EPA has regulated hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which are potent greenhouse gases, through several programs under Title VI of the Clean Air Act (CAA) governing stratospheric ozone protection. In a recent decision,...more

Petroleum Licenses in the UK: Contract or Regulation?

Under the Petroleum Act 1998, the Secretary of State is authorized to grant licenses for the exploitation and production of hydrocarbons. The legal characteristic of such licenses has been an open question. If petroleum...more

Quebec Amends its Energy Efficiency Regulations and Moves Towards Implementation of 2030 Energy Policy

On August 15, 2017, the Regulation respecting the energy efficiency of electrical or hydrocarbon-fuelled appliances (Quebec Regulations) was amended in order to eliminate and reduce disparities with the energy efficiency...more

You Can’t Do That! DC Circuit Vacates EPA’s HFCs Rule

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Businesses and industries that had been impacted by the EPA’s HFCs rule may wish to monitor EPA’s response to this opinion carefully....more

Hydrocarbons Win One and Lose One in Battles With Crawfish

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

In re: Louisiana Crawfish Producers arises out of the collision between two of Louisiana’s favored enterprises: crawfish and hydrocarbons....more

Mexico Hydrocarbons Commission Calls Tender for Second PEMEX Farmout

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Eight More Onshore and Offshore Farmouts Set for 2017 and 2018 Mexico's 2013 Energy Constitutional Reform opened exploration and production (E&P) of the oil and gas sectors to private investment and contracting....more

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

by Holland & Knight LLP on

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

Increase in Energy Industry Losses in Latin America

by Zelle LLP on

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

Mexico Energy Regulatory Commission Waives Mandatory Open Season for NG Ducts

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Under Mexico's Hydrocarbons Law, permit holders for natural gas (NG) ducts are required to have a mandatory open season for expansions, extensions or the development of new systems. This provision keeps competition in NG...more

Mexico Hydrocarbons Commission Issues Criteria for Approving Farmouts of E&P Contracts

by Holland & Knight LLP on

According to Mexico's Hydrocarbons Law, the National Hydrocarbons Commission, or Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos (CNH), has the authority to previously approve alliances or associations that assign corporate control or...more

OPEC Cuts: What now for the Supply Chain?

by Dentons on

On Wednesday 30 November 2016, the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) reached an agreement that committed its members to introduce oil production limits for the first time in eight years. It is hoped...more

CNH Awards Public Bids for Deep-Water Hydrocarbon Production

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Hydrocarbon National Commission, or Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos (CNH), published on Dec. 17, 2015, the call for the fourth international public bid for Round One, as part of the implementation of Mexico's energy...more

Boletín Mensual de Comercio Internacional: Noviembre Información con Énfasis en la Regulación Comercial y de Arbitraje...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Durante el mes de noviembre destacan los siguientes temas: Comercio, Prácticas Desleales, Competencia Económica, Compras de Gobierno, Subsidios, Solución de Diferencias, Comercio Electrónico....more

EPA Advances Climate Goals by Expanding Refrigerant Regulations

by Bracewell LLP on

On September 26, 2016, EPA released a Final Rule updating the Agency’s Refrigerant Management Program... ..The Final Rule is scheduled to become effective January 1, 2017 and, for the first time, expands the requirements...more

Promising Updates to Royalty Programs - Energy Industry at a Crossroad

by Field Law on

HIGHLIGHTS: In early July the Alberta Department of Energy (Alberta Energy) announced two new royalty programs – the Emerging Resources Program and Enhanced Hydrocarbon Recovery Program– to stimulate oil & gas...more

Dentons' methodology approved by American Carbon Registry

by Dentons on

In April, the American Carbon Registry (ACR) at the end of April, approved a methodology—designed by lawyers from Dentons' Environment and Natural Resource practice—that incentivizes the use of low global warming potential...more

Alberta announces new drilling incentive programs

by Dentons on

On January 29, 2016, Alberta’s Royalty Review Panel (the “Panel”) issued its report (the “Report”) recommending a new modernized oil and gas royalty framework (the “New Framework”) that will apply to all new wells spud on or...more

One Final Word on Peterborough Oil: Yes, MTBE Is An Additive

The final answer to the critical issue raised by the recent Peterborough Oil Company decision is that MTBE is an additive and is not, in MassDEP’s view, subject to the “oil exemption” under the Massachusetts Contingency Plan....more

More on the Peterborough Oil Case: Is MTBE An “Additive”?

Since yesterday’s post on the Peterborough Oil case, a little birdie told me that MassDEP may be taking the position that MTBE is covered by the “oil exemption”, because it is a hydrocarbon. If so, that would be good news...more

The Tale of the Shale: U.S. Remained the World’s Top Producer of Petroleum and Natural Gas Hydrocarbons in 2015

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

“U.S. petroleum and natural gas production first surpassed Russia in 2012, and the United States has been the world’s top producer of natural gas since 2011 and the world’s top producer of petroleum hydrocarbons since 2013.”...more

Quebec’s Energy Policy: Ambitious Energy Goals for 2030

After extensive public consultations, the Government of Quebec announced Quebec’s energy policy for 2016–2030 (Policy) on April 7, 2016. By focusing on energy efficiency, innovation and renewable energy, the Policy aims to...more

OSHA Issues Hazard Alert on Tank Gauging

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) have issued a new hazard alert for health and safety risks to workers who manually gauge or sample...more

What to Expect from OSHA in 2016: Michaels Discusses Hazard Alerts, Silica Rule, Reporting, and Other Priorities

On February 11, 2016, Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health and the head of the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), spoke to 170 members of the oil and gas well...more

Hydrocarbon Exposure Dismissal Affirmed

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

You might recall previous entries discussing Parr v. Aruba – a suit for personal injuries from oilfield pollution (and a $2.9MM verdict for the plaintiffs). Not all similar suits have the same result....more

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