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U.S. Fifth Circuit Clarifies Scope of Louisiana Oilfield Anti-Indemnity Act (LOAIA)

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Enacted in 1981, the Louisiana Oilfield Anti-Indemnity Act (LOAIA) renders “void and unenforceable” certain contractual defense and indemnification provisions in “agreement[s] pertaining to a well for oil, gas, or water, or...more

Allen Matkins

California Environmental Law & Policy Update 5.17.24

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A coalition of 17 states led by Nebraska is suing California for creating ZEV standards for trucking fleets, saying the state’s rule violates the Constitution’s Commerce Clause. California’s Advanced Clean Fleets regulation,...more

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

Cadwalader Climate - March 2024 - #2

Greenwashing Beef Production - On February 28, New York State Attorney General (NYAG) Letitia James filed a lawsuit with the New York Supreme Court against meat processing company JBS USA for misleading the public about its...more

Holland & Knight LLP

DOE, EPA Announce $1 Billion in Awards for Methane Emissions Reduction Programs

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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) signaled in mid-February 2024 that they plan to release a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to issue $1 billion through financial...more

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U.S. EPA Grants Louisiana Primacy for Class VI Geologic Sequestration Wells: What's Next?

Recently, the United States Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") signed a final rule granting the State of Louisiana's request for primary responsibility for the permitting, compliance, and enforcement of Class VI (deep...more

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Alberta Minister of Environment and Protected Areas Announces Launch of Partial Reclamation Pilot Project

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On December 14, 2023, Alberta's Minister of Environment and Protected Areas (EPA), Rebecca Schulz, announced the launch of two new pilot projects aimed at improving and expediting the well site reclamation process in the...more

Houston Harbaugh, P.C.

Texas Court Confirms “Automatic Termination” Rule for Oil and Gas Lease

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In Cromwell v. Anadarko E&P Onshore, LLC, 676 S.W. 3d 860 (Tex. App. 2023), the Texas Court of Appeals confirmed the automatic termination of an oil and gas lease, and simultaneously rejected the argument that a forfeiture...more

Houston Harbaugh, P.C.

North Dakota Supreme Rules That Driller Did Not Commence Reworking Operations In Timely Manner

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The modern producing gas well is a sophisticated and complex piece of equipment. The basic well head itself consists of several meters, valves and other components, each of which is under constant stress and pressure. In...more

Allen Matkins

California Environmental Law & Policy Update 10.06.23

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized a rule that will provide the agency, its partners, and the public with a dataset of certain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) manufactured and used in the...more

Houston Harbaugh, P.C.

Repurposing Oil and Gas Wells for Renewable Energy in Pennsylvania Raises Multiple Legal Issues

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The potential for repurposing old oil and gas wells for renewable energy raises a number of complex legal issues in Pennsylvania. In recent years, the federal government has been exploring renewable energy generation by using...more

Houston Harbaugh, P.C.

Can Cryptocurrency Mining Maintain an Oil and Gas Lease Beyond Primary Term?

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The recently filed Hobe Minerals Limited Liability Company v. Bonanza Creek Energy Operating Company, LLC, et al lawsuit in a Colorado trial court challenges whether intermittent cryptocurrency mining can maintain an oil and...more

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WPC 2023 Day One: Canada as a Global Energy Supplier

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Day One of the 24th World Petroleum Congress kicked off in Calgary today as 5,000 delegates from more than 100 countries have come together to help define realistic, workable paths to a net zero future....more

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New Texas Legislation that Restricts Owner-Directed Change Order Rights Takes Effect September 1, 2023

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The Texas legislature has passed House Bill 3485 that may limit owner-directed change orders for owner-directed work. The law takes effect September 1, 2023 for contracts entered into on or after September 1, 2023. The...more

Houston Harbaugh, P.C.

Landowners Should Be Careful Before Making Representations About Prior Oil and Gas Development on their Property

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Before signing oil and gas leases, landowners should pay close attention to lease provisions asking for warranties and representations about prior oil and gas development on the land. These provisions are often buried in a...more

Allen Matkins

California Environmental Law & Policy Update 8.11.23

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Monterey County's voter-approved ban on new oil and gas wells is invalid because state law authorizes and promotes oil and gas production, the state Supreme Court ruled unanimously last Thursday. Next year, California voters...more

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The Seven-Year Saga of Monterey County’s Measure Z Comes to a Close

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In 2016, through a voter initiative called Measure Z, the people of Monterey County, California, enacted a ban on two features of oil and gas operations. One was a ban on injecting or impounding wastewater from operations....more

Allen Matkins

California Environmental Law & Policy Update 7.21.23

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The California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) is accepting public comment through July 28 on new recommendations to expedite permits for seawater desalination plants in the state....more

Allen Matkins

Renewable Energy Update 7.20.23

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The Biden administration is making available $20 billion from a federal "green bank" for clean energy projects such as residential heat pumps, electric vehicle charging stations, and community cooling centers....more

Allen Matkins

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - 7.14.23

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The Biden administration on Wednesday proposed strengthening requirements for the removal of lead-based paint dust in homes and child care facilities built before 1978. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates...more

Houston Harbaugh, P.C.

Texas Supreme Court Rules That Scheduling Mistake Does Not Qualify as Force Majeure Event

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Let’s assume you signed a new oil and gas lease with XYZ Drilling in August 2018 (the “2018 Lease”). Your lease contains a “continuous drilling” clause which requires XYZ Drilling to commence a new well within ninety (90)...more

Allen Matkins

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - 6.09.23 #2

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected oil companies’ challenge to court orders that currently ban hydraulic fracturing (or fracking)—the injection of high-pressure water and chemicals into the earth to release oil...more

Allen Matkins

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - 5.12.23 - # 2

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The Biden administration proposed new regulations this Thursday that, if enacted, would aggressively limit greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. The move stands to force major changes in the energy sector and is likely...more

Houston Harbaugh, P.C.

Regulating Underground Injection Wells for Carbon Sequestration in Pennsylvania

If carbon in the atmosphere is a problem, and that atmospheric carbon resulted from burning fossil fuels like coal, oil and gas, then a simple solution is to remove the carbon from the atmosphere and to put it back into the...more

Allen Matkins

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - 2.10.23 #2

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The Biden administration called for regulatory changes this Wednesday to encourage voluntary conservation projects on private land, partly by shielding owners from punishment if their actions kill or harm small numbers of...more

Mintz - Energy & Sustainability Viewpoints

Energy & Sustainability IP Updates — December 2022

In U.S. technology news, Heliogen, Inc., a renewable energy technology company, recently announced its selection to receive a $4,100,000 award from the U. S. Department of Energy’s “Solar Energy Technologies Office” to...more

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