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 addresses a region-wide lease sale in the Gulf of Mexico and contains analyses of the potential environmental impact of such a sale. (more…)

Eighth Energy Law Symposium: The Future of Energy
March 23 – 24, 2017
Texas A&M School of Law – Fort Worth, Texas

The energy industry in the United States and globally is facing multiple transitions and fluctuation. The downturn in the oil market has caused numerous bankruptcies; OPEC recently agreed to reduce production; the US is now a net exporter of gas and refined petroleum products; energy from renewable sources in the US now surpasses 16 percent of total generation; and the Trump presidency promises to create new opportunities and challenges for the industry. (more…)

On December 2, 2016, the Texas Supreme Court denied review in Cerny v. Marathon Oil Corp., leaving in place the decision of the Fourth Court of Appeals, affirming summary judgment for the defendants and finding that the plaintiffs’ nuisance and negligence claims were “in the nature of toxic tort claims which fall outside a lay person’s general knowledge and experience, [and] must therefore be proven with expert testimony.” (more…)

President-elect Donald Trump has made some big promises regarding the energy industry. He has included the Keystone pipeline in his plan for his first 100 days in office and is planning to grant the necessary State Department permit, previously denied by the Obama Administration, to TransCanada Corporation to construct the northern stretch of the pipeline. (more…)

The use of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS or, colloquially, drones) is becoming more prolific. In the oil and gas context, drones can play a key role in conducting risky oilfield operations. The uses for drones in the oil patch are limitless and can allow oil and gas companies to save money and operate efficiently and safely. (more…)