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  1. U.K. Announces Unconventional Petroleum Licensing Model Clauses

    Wednesday, June 25, 2014 11:39 am by , and

    Energy Minister Michael Fallon took the opportunity on 24 June 2014 at the UK Shale Conference to cite the energy security crises in the Ukraine and Iraq as further reason for the UK to focus on shale gas and oil exploration.

    In the latest step towards the development of the UK shale industry, revisions to petroleum licence Model Clauses will be implemented to accommodate the practicalities of fracking compared with recovery of conventional resources. Specifically, and recognising that shale plays may cover vast areas (see, for example, the Bakken formation in North America and the Bazhenov formation in Russia), existing rules relating to operations and retention of acreage will be amended to allow greater flexibility for unconventional resource development. (more…)

  2. FERC Proposes to Revamp its Market-Based Rate Policies and Procedures

    Monday, June 23, 2014 12:47 pm by and

    On June 19, 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC” or “Commission”) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NOPR”) proposing to revise its standards for evaluating applications to sell energy, capacity, and ancillary services at market-based rates, as set forth in Order No. 697 and subsequent orders. FERC’s revisions have two primary goals: (1) to streamline the horizontal and vertical market power analyses that public utilities are required to submit when filing an application for market-based rate authority or a triennial market power update; and (2) increase the transparency of information that sellers report to FERC as part of the market-based rate process, including the seller’s affiliates and corporate structure and its interest in generation and transmission assets. (more…)

  3. Environmental Regulations Impacting the Energy Industry – Summer 2014

    Friday, June 20, 2014 11:06 am by

  4. OSHA’s Permian Expansion Signals Increased Scrutiny of Safety in the Oil Patch

    Thursday, June 19, 2014 12:00 pm by and

    During a 2013 visit to Texas, Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor and Administrator of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”), spoke at multiple stakeholder events of OSHA’s growing concerns with respect to worker safety in the Texas oil patch. Dr. Michaels left no doubt during his Texas visit that he and his agency would devote greater resources to regulating the industry.

    Last week, as part of that enhanced enforcement focus, OSHA announced that it is elevating its Lubbock location from a district office under the El Paso area office to a full area office. The agency is also growing its enforcement team in the Lubbock office, adding three new compliance officers who will concentrate primarily on oil and gas operations.


  5. Supreme Court to Determine Whether Agencies Must Undergo Notice and Comment Prior to Changing an Interpretation

    Monday, June 16, 2014 2:07 pm by and

    The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case that could have far-ranging implications for agency proclamations that impact the business community.  On Monday, June 16, 2014, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in Nickols v. Mortgage Bankers Assoc., No. 13-1052.  The Supreme Court will address “[w]hether agencies subject to the Administrative Procedure Act are categorically prohibited from revising their interpretative rules unless such revisions are made through notice-and-comment rulemaking.” (more…)

  6. NBR Interview with Jason Hutt: The Role of Government Support in Solar Power Growth

    Thursday, June 5, 2014 2:22 pm by

    On June 4, Bracewell partner Jason Hutt was interviewed on Nightly Business Report by NBC’s Jackie DeAngelis about the role of government support in the growth of the solar power industry. Click here to view the Nightly Business Report clip.

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