Monday, July 28, 2014 1:09 pm by Alastair Young, Darren Spalding and Nick Kendrick
The UK Government has today announced the opening of the eagerly anticipated 14th onshore oil and gas licensing round, with applications invited until 2pm on 28 October 2014.
Hundreds of blocks are available in the bidding process. The Government is keen to encourage onshore exploration and drilling and to facilitate the development of a shale industry in the UK.
The previous onshore licensing round was in 2008.
For more information, refer to the Government guidance at: https://www.gov.uk/oil-and-gas-licensing-rounds.
Category: European Energy Law, Shale Development, Upstream Energy
10:44 am by Heather Palmer
In towns across America, hydraulic fracturing continues to be a hot-button issue, with municipalities in at least twelve states adopting measures to ban hydraulic fracturing altogether on a temporary or permanent basis. Recent developments in Texas, California, and Colorado demonstrate that battles continue over local bans on hydraulic fracturing. (more…)
Category: Courts, Crude and Products, Environmental, Litigation, Natural Gas/LNG, Regional Energy Law, Shale Development, Upstream Energy
9:18 am by Bracewell & Giuliani
In May 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) seeking comments on its proposed rule regarding disclosure and reporting requirements for chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing. Comments for this proposed rule for the upstream shale industry are due September 18, 2014.
For a printable version of this infographic, please click here.
Category: Crude and Products, Enforcement, Environmental, National Energy Law, Natural Gas/LNG, Shale Development, Upstream Energy
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 1:46 pm by Lowell Rothschild
Earlier today, the Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) released two proposals designed to enhance the safety of the transportation of crude by rail. The first, short proposal seeks comments on a potential rulemaking which would increase the oil-spill planning required for crude by rail transport. The second, more lengthy proposal seeks comments on a suite of enhancements intended to enhance the safety of rail transportation itself. (more…)
Category: Crude and Products, Enforcement, Environmental, Litigation, Midstream, National Energy Law, Shale Development
Friday, July 18, 2014 9:13 am by Sandra Snyder
To address past issues associated with invalid Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) generated for compliance with the renewable fuels standard (RFS), EPA has established a voluntary quality-assurance program (QAP). 79 Fed. Reg. 42,078 (July 18, 2014).
Types of RINs Available
Under the voluntary QAP, independent third-party auditors can certify the validity of various types of RINs. Three of the four types of RINs available to establish compliance under the RFS program are verified RINs: (more…)
Category: Air Quality/Climate Change, Crude and Products, Enforcement, Environmental, National Energy Law, Renewable Energy/Cleantech
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 8:23 am by Alastair Young and Nicholas Neuberger
The English High Court has overruled an arbitrators’ decision to hold that a clause requiring “friendly discussions” prior to commencing arbitration is an enforceable condition precedent to arbitration under English law.
This judgment is interesting because mere “agreements to negotiate” are generally unenforceable under English law because they are too uncertain to enforce (Walford v Miles  2 AC 128). This case is especially interesting for the energy sector because it deals with the English law interpretation of escalation or multi-tiered dispute resolution clauses that are common in energy and natural resources joint venture and high value agreements (see for example the AIPN Model International Joint Operating Agreement). Multi-tiered dispute resolution clauses can provide that parties must first engage in alternative dispute resolution, such as negotiation, referral to senior management, referral to a third party expert and/or mediation (which is not without its costs) before a dispute can be referred to the Courts or to arbitration. (more…)
Category: European Energy Law, Litigation, Uncategorized