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Proposed E&P Unitization Guidelines

by Dentons on

Mexico’s Ministry of Energy (Secretaría de Energía) (“SENER”) has sent for notice and comments a proposed draft of the Guidelines establishing the procedure to instruct the unitization of shared reservoirs and approve the...more

Pumpkin Patches And Prices

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

This weekend, I did the quintessential fall activity – visited the pumpkin patch at our local Anderson Farms! The perfect way to spend a fall day; we even got a little lost in the corn maze before picking out the perfect...more

Oil and Gas in Texas: Some Law and a Little History

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Welcome to the binary edition, where you have a choice: An informative and engaging stroll through the history of the oil and gas business in Texas, or a wonkish and also informative legal analysis....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Despite a stronger global economic outlook than we’ve seen in years, the world’s central bankers appear loath to let go of stimulus measures while lower-than-expected inflation bedevils them....more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - October 2017 #2

EPA Moves to Repeal Obama's Clean Power Plan Coal Regs - "EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced Monday that the Trump administration is moving to scrap the Clean Power Plan, the Obama administration's signature...more

The Continued Growth of Drones in the Energy Sector

by Blank Rome LLP on

The energy industry continues to see a marked growth in the use of drones as they provide cost efficient and time-saving services. For example, drones are being utilized as a tool to accurately inspect oil and gas pipelines,...more

Clean Water Act Challenges to Pipeline Development: Recent Litigation and Key Issues

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Pipelines delayed as certain states and environmental groups pursue CWA and NEPA challenges to FERC Natural Gas Act Authorizations. Key Points: - FERC extends Millennium’s Valley Lateral Pipeline Project construction...more

Wyoming Supreme Court Gives Guidance On Royalty Payment Act

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Yesterday, the Wyoming Supreme Court issued its opinion in Lon V. Smith Foundation v. Devon Energy Corp., et al., 2017 WY 121 (Wyo. Oct. 10, 2017), which provided guidance on the application of the Wyoming Royalty Payment Act...more

Hearings This Week

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

The Senate is not in session this week. They will return to session on Oct 16 - House Natural Resources — Subcommittee on Federal Lands hearing on H.R.219, the “Swan Lake Hydroelectric Project Boundary Correction Act”:...more

Oil And Gas Update For Week Ending 10/6/2017 – Natural Gas Prices Slide, PA Superior Court Addresses Reserved Royalty Vs. Oil/Gas...

by Cozen O'Connor on

Natural gas prices have fallen pretty harshly since our last report, particularly in Appalachia where prices dropped below $1/MMBtu, amidst a slightly sliding rig count. In Appalachia, the Pennsylvania Superior Court...more

Trump Track: Court Blocks Postponement of Methane Rule, But Battle Continues

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

On October 4, the district court for the Northern District of California in State of California and Sierra Club, et al v. BLM, et al. held that BLM could not postpone its enforcement of various provisions of the Obama-era...more

TransCanada says it won't develop Energy East

by PretiFlaherty on

Canadian pipeline operator TransCanada Corporation has announced a decision not to proceed with its Energy East oil pipeline and a related natural gas pipeline. In 2014, TransCanada affiliates applied to the National...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - October 2017

An Obscure Statute Is Helping Trump Save U.S. Coal, Nuclear - "Rick Perry is using an authority granted to him as U.S. energy secretary to call on the independent Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to change its rules...more

Exclusive remedy clauses: A cautionary tale

by DLA Piper on

Oil and gas suppliers, faced with difficult market conditions, will look to take full advantage of the contractual machinery at their disposal to limit their liability to contractual counterparties. A prime example of that is...more

Mexico's Energy Industry Round 2 Farmouts: PEMEX finds new partners

• Mexico’s second farmout bid round to find partners for PEMEX oil and gas development yielded mixed results, with 2 onshore licenses awarded and 1 shallow water PSC vacated with no bids • Egyptian company Cheiron...more

Can a Lease Survive Foreclosure?

by Locke Lord LLP on

Two recent federal foreclosure cases applied Texas law and one highlighted a fact situation that may involve a new (2015) statute. In Arbuckle v. Chesapeake, Case No. 3:14-CV-04584-M (N.D. Texas, Dallas Division September...more

What’s New in the Methane Debate?

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Occasionally we visit issues larger than one-off courthouse decisions. Here are a few selected stories on the extent to which fracking contributes to rising levels of methane and, maybe, to climate change. There are...more

Plaintiffs and Defendants Jointly Choose First Cases for Trial in Plaquemines Parish Coastal Zone Management Act Litigation

by Liskow & Lewis on

The first five Plaquemines Parish Coastal Zone Management Act (“CZMA”) cases to be set for trial have been chosen. The Plaintiffs selected Parish of Plaquemines v. Rozel Operating Company, et al., Parish of Plaquemines v....more

Fifth Circuit Affirms Contractors Cannot Be Criminally Liable for OCSLA Violations

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

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - September 2017#4

U.S. Crude Exports to Asia May Shake Up Global Oil Pricing: Russell "The great disruptor that is U.S. shale oil is coming to Asia, as refiners in the energy-hungry region look to expand and diversify their sources of...more

A guide to termination of long term contracts in the energy sector

by DLA Piper on

The recent decline in, future and uncertainty surrounding, the price of oil and gas has caused energy sector companies to look particularly closely at their contractual rights and obligations. A long term contract that was...more

DOE Directs FERC to Enact Special Compensation Rule for Coal Power

by Stoel Rives LLP on

By a notice issued yesterday, September 28, Rick Perry, the Secretary of Energy, utilized section 403 of the DOE Act to require FERC to cause organized energy market operators (ISOs/RTOs) to compensate “fuel secure...more

Fifth Circuit Sounds The Death Knell For BSEE Jurisdiction Over Offshore Contractors

by Baker Donelson on

Since October 2011, when the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) issued its first-ever Incidents of Non-Compliance (INCs) against offshore contractors (Halliburton and Transocean) in the wake of the...more

One Stop Shopping For Nationwide Well Information? The New National Oil & Gas Gateway

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

This week, a new public website was unveiled that provides participating states’ well data. The site is called National Oil & Gas Gateway. What is it? One stop shopping for well data. It is basically a consolidated source...more

An “Appendage” Determines a Louisiana Royalty Dispute

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

In Glassell Producing Company v. Naquin, the question was: Did a conveyance among siblings create a real right in property, or was it an appendage of a lease that ceased to burden the property once that lease was...more

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