Blog Updates

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.

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…)

We reported previously on the Natural Resource Damage Restoration Banking Program proposed in Louisiana (see these posts from February 15 and May 2). A public hearing relating to the recent proposed regulations will be held on Monday, June 26, 2017, at the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) at 1:00 p.m. CDT at 150 Terrace Ave, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70802. The full notice can be found here on pages 1088 – 1090 (pages 230 – 232 of the PDF).

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 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…)