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  1. Caribbean Region Discusses Offshore Oil Development and Spill Response Measures

    Friday, September 14, 2012 4:09 pm by

    Caribbean nations are seeking ways to balance offshore oil development with the fear of oil spills in a region that relies on tourism for its economic well-being. Along with officials from Trinidad, Mexico, Cuba and the Bahamas, former U.S. government regulators, industry officials, and NGO representatives met in Trinidad and Tobago on September 13 to discuss the best ways to handle offshore energy development. Chief among the concerns: spill response measures.

    Bracewell partner Kevin Ewing, in comments with Greenwire prior to the start of the conference, stated that “Aligning the legal and commercial regimes is a big part of the puzzle. It’s smart to foster serious, experience-based dialogue to put the focus in the right place.” One of the issues, according to Ewing, is cooperation after a spill occurs. Speaking with the FuelFix blog, he stated that “Everyone is real clear about who owns the oil when it’s in the reservoir.” But “the moment it’s actually floating on the surface, no one wants to own the oil.”

  2. Top 12 Energy Issues for ’12

    Monday, January 9, 2012 2:52 pm by

    With the 2012 election year upon us, it promises to be an interesting year in energy politics and policy. Here are 12 (really 13 because of some creative headline writing) issues that will keep the sector hopping this year.

    1. Keystone Cops – The biggest energy story of the first quarter without a doubt will be the Keystone pipeline. Not only has this issue blossomed into a larger-than-reality political issue, the President has seemingly been boxed into a corner on the issue that will force him to choose between two major constituencies – labor and environmentalists – just after he thought he got the political break he needed to delay the decision, thanks to Nebraska Republicans. Nonetheless, the battle will rage as the decision approaches. Regardless of the final result after 60 days (I’m predicting politics/jobs will win the day), the legal battle will likely begin then (promising a real fight) – of course likely delaying a final decision until after the election anyway. (more…)

  3. Offshore Winds Blowing in New Directions

    Tuesday, October 18, 2011 8:58 am by

    In the aftermath of the offshore wind industry’s recently completed annual get-together in Baltimore last week, there are many signs of success on the ocean blue’s horizon. While those possibilities shine brightly in a number of key areas, the industry is also facing some difficult challenges.

    First, the good news. The industry still continues to grow broadly in terms of people developing, constructing and looking to invest in wind projects and its related industrial activity. The conference in Baltimore again had a near-record turnout for an industry that still has yet to build a project in North America. (more…)

  4. SEC Proposes Rule Requiring Oil, Gas and Mining Companies to Disclose Payments to Governments

    Thursday, December 16, 2010 9:25 pm by and

    By Jonathan Halpern and Thomas Kokalas

    Under a rule proposed by the Securities and Exchange Commission, oil, gas and mining companies listed on U.S. stock exchanges would be required to disclose payments they made to foreign governments or the United States government in connection with a broad swath of activity, from exploration to oil processing. (more…)

  5. What’s in Store for Energy in DC?: A Post-Election Analysis

    Friday, November 5, 2010 3:07 pm by

    Today, Bracewell & Giuliani’s government relations team issued its analysis of the 2010 mid-term elections. While the analysis covers a broad range of topics of interest to business and manufacturing, the presentation singles out key areas within the energy sector, including energy and environmental policy, industrial owners and operators, offshore energy development and renewable energy. To view the entire presentation, click here.

  6. Court Overturns Offshore Drilling Rules Provided in NTL-05

    Wednesday, October 20, 2010 4:55 pm by

    Federal Judge Martin Feldman of the Eastern District of Louisiana issued a decision on October 19, 2010 overturning the Department of Interior’s (DOI) notice to lessees No. 2010-05 (“NTL-05″).  Ensco Offshore Co v. Salazar, No. 10-1941 (E.D. La. filed Oct. 19, 2010). The Court determined that, in issuing NTL-05, the government failed to comply with the requisite procedural requirements and, therefore, ruled that NTL-05 has no legal force or effect.  However, given that DOI has already codified most of the requirements of NTL-05 in an interim rule, the Court’s ruling may have little actual impact. (more…)

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