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The Creation of the Canadian Energy Regulator

by Bennett Jones LLP on

This article supplements our multi-part series on changes to Canada’s regulatory regime governing project development and operation in Canada. This post summarizes the proposal to establish the Canadian Energy Regulator...more

OSHA on the OCS? Fifth Circuit Affirms Preemption of OSHA Regulations on OCS MODU

by Baker Donelson on

The 5th Circuit, in Thomas v. Hercules Offshore Services, L.L.C., concluded per curiam that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) safe workplace regulations had been preempted by the United States Coast...more

Energy Newsletter - February 2018

by King & Spalding on

Developing an FSRU Project in New Markets: 10 Key Considerations - As at 1 July 2017, the total number of operational floating storage and regasification units (“FSRUs”) globally stood at 26, with 23 operating as terminals...more

Court Issues New Test For Determining Whether An Offshore Oilfield Services Contract Constitutes A Maritime Contract

by King & Spalding on

Maritime laws developed for the blue-water shipping industry have always been an imperfect fit for the offshore oil and gas industry. While both industries face the perils of the sea, what constitutes a vessel and who does a...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - February 2018 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Focus - Cost of officially downsized Delta tunnel plan still exceeds currently pledged funds - Sacramento Bee - Feb 9 The troubled Delta tunnels project was officially downsized Wednesday, as Governor Brown’s...more

Mexico's Energy Industry Round 2.4: Mexico's Deep Water Success

On January 31, 2018, the Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos (“CNH”) completed the Presentation and Opening of Bid Proposals for the Fourth Tender of Round Two (“Round 2.4”), which was first announced on July 20, 2017. Round...more

***UPDATE*** – Fifth Circuit Dismisses Last Remaining Vestige Of The BSEE Contractor Jurisdiction Litigation

by Baker Donelson on

As previously reported, the Fifth Circuit in September ruled that the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) has no criminal jurisdiction under its current regulations over offshore contractors (USA v. Moss,...more

The Courts Strike Down Oilfield Contractor Penalty Liabilities

by Blank Rome LLP on

On December 18, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit dismissed the U.S. government’s appeal regarding a Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (“BSEE”) Notification of Incident of Noncompliance...more

Congress Expands the Oil Pollution Act to Reach Spills Originating Outside of the U.S.

The Foreign Spill Protection Act of 2017 amends the Oil Pollution Act and Clean Water Act to hold foreign-based offshore facilities liable for spills entering U.S. waters - New law establishes oil spill liability in the...more

An Opinion Worth Its Salt – Fifth Circuit En Banc Simplifies Rule For Identifying Maritime Contracts In The Oilfield

by Baker Donelson on

The Fifth Circuit en banc (In re Larry Doiron, Inc., 2018 WL 316862, at *7 (5th Cir. Jan. 8, 2018)) has handed down an historic re-working of the test for determining whether oilfield contracts are maritime or non-maritime in...more

Trump and the Oil Patch One Year In

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Let’s take a look at what President Trump has done for the oil industry in his first year (This is not about decorum, dossiers, tweets, or Oprah’s inauguration.) As in the past I refer to sources whose opinions and insights...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - January 2018 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Focus - Brown administration working to scale down $17 billion Delta tunnels project - The Mercury News - Jan 12 Faced with a shortage of money and political support after seven years of work, Governor Jerry Brown’s...more

Trump Track: Who’s Driving This Train?

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

On Thursday, January 4, 2018, the Department of the Interior (DOI) announced a proposal to open 25 of its 26 offshore planning areas for leasing for oil and gas drilling, reversing an Obama Administration drilling plan that...more

More Energy Service Contracts Should Now Qualify as Maritime

by King & Jurgens, L.L.C. on

As anticipated previously, the en banc Fifth Circuit in In re Larry Doiron, Inc., jettisoned the two-tier, six-factor test of Davis & Sons, Inc. v. Gulf Oil Corp. in favor of a new “simplified” test to determine whether “a...more

Trump’s Busy Year on Energy and the Environment

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

During his first year in Washington, President Trump made his mark on energy and environmental issues by issuing executive orders (EOs), proclamations, and presidential memoranda. Seeking to undo regulations enacted during...more

Highly Anticipated En Banc Fifth Circuit Opinion Reframes Maritime Contract Analysis

by Liskow & Lewis on

In a highly anticipated ruling, the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals issued its en banc decision in In re: Larry Doiron, Inc., No. 16-30217 (5th Cir. Jan. 8, 2018). The case called upon the court to determine...more

Window on Washington - Vol. 2, Issue 1

by Clark Hill PLC on

Another short-term continuing resolution is all but guaranteed as the current continuing resolution will expire later this month and budget talks last week did not result in a deal or hint at one in the near future. As the...more

Justice Department Closes Out 2017 with 2 FCPA Actions: Keppel Offshore and Marine and Embraer Individual

by Michael Volkov on

The Department of Justice finished 2017 with two significant FCPA enforcement actions, and fittingly, one was a corporate settlement and another was an individual criminal guilty plea. The Justice Department’s final FCPA...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - December 2017 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Focus - Trump to open the door for oil drilling off U.S.’s East Coast - Bloomberg - Dec 11 The Trump administration is preparing to unveil an expansive offshore oil plan that would open the door to selling new drilling...more

Trump Administration Sets Approach to Implementation of New Russia Sanctions

In recent weeks, the U.S. government has taken a number of significant steps to implement sanctions on Russia under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), which President Donald Trump signed into...more

Energy Hearings This Week

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

House Ways and Means Committee markup of H.R.1, the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.” Date: Monday, Nov. 6, Noon - Place: 1100 Longworth Bldg....more

Department of the Interior Announces Actions to Expedite Energy Development with Potential Consequences for Listed Species

by Nossaman LLP on

On October 25, 2017, the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) released a report entitled “Review of the Department of the Interior Actions that Potentially Burden Domestic Energy” identifying agency actions that potentially...more

Fifth Circuit Affirms Contractors Cannot Be Criminally Liable for OCSLA Violations

by King & Jurgens, L.L.C. on

On September 27, 2017, the Fifth Circuit in U.S.A. v. Don Moss, Curtis Dantin, Grand Isle Shipyard, Incorporated, and Christopher Srubar, No. 16-30516 (5th Cir. September 27, 2017), issued a decision affirming the District...more

The Fifth Circuit Restricts BSEE's Enforcement Authority Over Offshore Contractors in the Gulf of Mexico

On Wednesday, September 27, the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit issued an important decision in United States vs. Moss, No. 16-30561 that limits the authority of the federal government to bring enforcement actions...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

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