FERC released its final EIS for the Driftwood LNG Project (Project) on January 18, 2019. The Project involves (1) the construction and operation of an LNG Facility and its five appurtenant LNG plant facilities to liquefy natural gas, with other support facilities (like LNG storage tanks and carrier loading facilities) and (2) the construction of about 96 miles of pipeline with various compressor and meter stations along the way. (more…)
The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) recently announced proposed revisions to its Oil and Gas and Sulfur Operations in the Outer Continental Shelf – Blowout Preventer Systems and Well Control Rule. The proposed revisions will amend regulations concerning well design, well control, casing, cementing, real-time monitoring, and subsea containment in the post-Macondo world. The proposed Rule addresses some of the industry’s comments that did not make it into the Rule when it was amended in 2016. The deadline for interested parties to comment on the proposed Rule is July 10, 2018.
Some of the key changes include:
1. Clarifying rig movement reporting requirements;
2. Removing smaller lift boats from the types of vessels requiring well shut-in when they approach within 500 feet;
3. Revising the control station and pod testing schedules; and
4. Removing many of the prescriptive real-time monitoring requirements to move towards a more performance-based approach.
You can access the proposed Rule from the Federal Register here.
A recent opinion from the Louisiana Court of Appeal, Second Circuit regarding Gloria’s Ranch, L.L.C. v. Tauren Exploration, Inc., has left a number of oil and gas lenders bellyaching. In this case, the Second Circuit found that a mineral lessee’s lender can be held solidarily liable for certain mineral lease obligations. (more…)
Scott Angelle took over as the Director of the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, May 23. (more…)
This post is a follow-up to our February 15 post relating to proposed regulations for a natural resource damages banking program for the Louisiana coastal area. On April 20th, the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) and the Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator’s Office (LOSCO) issued a corresponding oil spill compensation schedule for that program. (more…)
Effective March 2, 2017, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has withdrawn the Obama Administration’s requests for information issued to owners and operators regarding equipment and emissions at existing oil and gas facilities. (more…)
New regulations have been proposed to establish procedures for the certification and operation of natural resource damage restoration banks in Louisiana. (more…)
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced Friday, January 6, that it would suspend the implementation of the new financial assurance requirements relating to decommissioning obligations of lessees’ facilities on the Outer Continental Shelf (NTL 2016-01). (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…)