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…)
In August 2017, we wrote about an opinion from the Louisiana Court of Appeal, Second Circuit in the matter of Gloria’s Ranch, L.L.C. v. Tauren Exploration, Inc. The Louisiana Supreme Court recently issued a highly anticipated opinion in the matter Gloria’s Ranch, L.L.C. v. Tauren Exploration, Inc., overturning the Louisiana Court of Appeal, Second Circuit’s ruling that a lender could be held solidarily liable with mineral lessees for breach of certain obligations under a mineral lease. (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.
The Louisiana Court of Appeal for the Third Circuit, in Rainbow Gun Club, Inc., et al. v. Denbury Resources, Inc., et al., recently affirmed a trial court ruling that imposed liability on SKH Energy Partnership, LP (SKH), a former lessee of mineral interests, for a one-fourth share of more than $10 million in damages. (more…)
A major obstacle facing oil and gas companies is locating, recruiting, and retaining global talent in light of the heightened attention and scrutiny on United States immigration practices. International companies must enhance their recruitment strategies and begin working on the sponsorship process for foreign nationals as far in advance as possible to set realistic timeframes for onboarding. Organizations must take into account the current trend of heighted enforcement activities, complex immigration regulations, cumbersome immigration practices, and the potential for administrative delays in visa issuance. (more…)
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…)
On March 3, 2017, the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the district court’s ruling dismissing a lawsuit filed by the Southeastern Louisiana Flood Protection Authority against dozens of defendants in the oil and gas industry. The Fifth Circuit also affirmed that it had federal question jurisdiction over the lawsuit. (more…)