Wednesday, October 6, 2010 2:00 pm by Sandra Snyder
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) announced a final Safety and Environmental Management System (SEMS) rule on September 30, 2010. The Minerals Management Service (MMS) originally proposed a SEMS rule in a Federal Register notice published on June 17, 2009. The proposal would have required operators to develop SEMS programs for oil and gas activities conducted on the Outer Continental Shelf. MMS proposed that SEMS programs would need to address four elements: (i) Hazards Analysis, (ii) Management of Change, (iii) Operating Procedures, and (iv) Mechanical Integrity. MMS assumed in the proposal that, of the 130 operators to which the rule would apply, the 60 operators that already have SEMS programs would not incur any new costs.
The fact sheet issued by BOEMRE announcing the final SEMS rule indicates that 13 elements of the American Petroleum Institute’s Recommended Practice 75 will be mandatory. These mandatory elements are: (more…)
Category: Environmental, National Energy Law, Natural Gas/LNG, Offshore, Upstream Energy
Tuesday, October 5, 2010 6:40 pm by Sandra Snyder
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) has released fact sheets for two new rules that impact offshore drilling: the Drilling Safety Rule and the Workplace Safety Rule. The announcement came on September 30, 2010.
The Drilling Safety Rule is an interim final rule that will be effective immediately upon publication in the Federal Register, probably in the next several days. The rule creates requirements that address well bore integrity and well control equipment and procedures. It is based on recommendations provided in Secretary Salazar’s May 27, 2010 report to the President and codifies the requirements stated in Notice to Lessees No. 2010-N05 (NTL-05). BOEMRE will accept public comments on the rule for 60 days after the rule’s publication. Thereafter, the agency will determine whether to publish a new rule modified to address comments received or to confirm the interim rule as final without additional changes. (more…)
Category: Enforcement, Environmental, National Energy Law, Offshore, Upstream Energy
Tuesday, April 13, 2010 11:20 am by Sandra Snyder
On April 12, 2010, EPA published in the Federal Register a revised proposal for requiring petroleum and natural gas systems to report greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions starting January 2011. The proposed rule would apply to the calculation, measurement, and reporting of vented, fugitive, and flare combustion emissions from facilities that emit equal to or greater than 25,000 metric tons of CO2 equivalent per year. Covered sources include: (more…)
Category: Air Quality/Climate Change, Environmental, National Energy Law, Natural Gas/LNG, Offshore, Transmission, Upstream Energy
Tuesday, February 2, 2010 4:30 pm by Michael Olsen
At a recent energy industry forum, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar left few clues as to what the Administration would decide regarding the Department’s Five-Year Leasing Program for 2007-2012 and the draft 2010-2015 plan proposed by the outgoing Bush Administration that would greatly expand offshore leasing for oil and gas exploration and production. As Salazar put it, “We’ll try to bring all those together in the next – very soon.” (more…)
Category: Courts, Environmental, National Energy Law, Natural Gas/LNG, Offshore, Regional Energy Law, Upstream Energy
Monday, January 25, 2010 7:00 am by Nick Kosar
PR News announced that Bracewell & Giuliani’s Energy Legal Blog will be recognized as the best “Legal PR Blog” at its annual Corporate Social Responsibility & Legal Awards Luncheon on February 24, 2010 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. This award recognizes an outstanding and influential law-related weblog or online journal written by a representative of the organization with the goal of espousing the brand or a certain message and written with flair and personality.
“Managing a crisis and working with legal counsel are two areas of communication that will always be a part of a PR professional’s responsibilities,” notes Diane Schwartz, vice president of PR News. “The Legal PR Awards shines a light both on how law firms are communicating to their stakeholders and to how the PR industry is in the driver’s seat when a crisis hits.”
More information on the award program and this year’s winners is available at http://www.prnewsonline.com/awards/csr2009_event-finalists.html.
Category: Air Quality/Climate Change, CFTC, Courts, Enforcement, Environmental, EPAct 2005, FERC, Mergers & Acquisitions, National Energy Law, Natural Gas/LNG, Nuclear, Offshore, Organized Markets, Regional Energy Law, Reliability, Renewable Energy/Cleantech, Smart Grid, Transmission
Thursday, October 1, 2009 9:32 am by Michael Olsen
On September 21, the comment period ended for the Department of the Interior’s Draft Proposed Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2010-2015 (DPP). The DPP would replace the current program covering 2007-2012. With President Bush’s removal of the Executive withdrawal on offshore oil and gas exploration, along with Congress’ allowing its ban to expire, areas of the OCS are now available for leasing that were not included in the current five-year program. Consequently, in January, the Minerals Management Service solicited comments from the public and industry “to ensure the broadest possible review” of the areas that President Bush and Congress made available. In February, one of Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar’s first acts was to announce a strategy for offshore energy development, which included the extension of the comment period an additional 180 days. (more…)
Category: National Energy Law, Natural Gas/LNG, Offshore, Upstream Energy