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“We Need a Four-O-What?” Clean Water Act Section 404 Permitting and O&G Development
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, April 2012

With the spotlight recently cast upon it by the burgeoning Marcellus and other shale reserve developments, the oil and gas (“O&G”) industry has found itself increasingly the object of regulatory scrutiny...

10 Predictions for Middle Market Oilfield Services Companies in 2016
Haynes and Boone, LLP, January 2016

If 2015 is considered to be the “Year to Amend and Extend,” then 2016 is setting up to be the “Year of Reckoning.” Last year began with high hopes for a reset to the oilfield activity levels of mid-2014, which did not materialize. Market conditions appeared to stabilize in the middle of 2015 at an activity level to support an oil price of $60 per barrel, but that stability did not last long since 2015 concluded with oil below $40 per barrel...

2011 Year in Review and Look Ahead
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, January 2012

2011 saw steady increases of production throughout the Marcellus Shale play, a heavy emphasis on strengthening and expanding pipeline infrastructure, and a boom in the level of activity in the Utica Shale play...

2012 Regular Session of the West Virginia Legislature – A Summary
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, March 2012

In the 2012 regular session of the West Virginia Legislature, several resolutions were passed with potential future impact on the shale gas industry. Below is a summary of those significant resolutions. Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 52 This resolution requests the Joint Committee on Government and Finance to study the viability of increasing severance tax rates on shale gas...

2019 Romania - Call for Petroleum Blocks Tender. A Breath of Fresh Air?
Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen, August 2019

In a country with a significant number of mature fields and few discoveries made and/or developed in the last years, the Romanian National Authority for Mineral Resources has recently launched a public call for tender for the concession of 28 exploration, development and exploitation petroleum blocks, both onshore and offshore (Licensing Round XI/2019)...

A Brief Overview of Mexico’s Energy Transition Act
Haynes and Boone, LLP, December 2015

On December 24, 2015 Mexico’s Energy Transition Act was published in the Federal Gazette. The Act’s purpose is to regulate: The sustainable use of energy,The obligations of power companies in the area of clean energies, andThe reductions of the polluting emissions of the electric power industry, ensuring the competitiveness of the productive sectors.  To read the full alert, click here...

A Comparison of Non-Operator’s Rights Under the Joint Operating Agreement 1982 and 1989 Model Forms
Haynes and Boone, LLP, January 2018

Companies looking to purchase non-operating working interests will review longstanding operating agreements, or negotiate the terms of new operating agreements, to ensure that appropriate non-operator rights are present and enforceable...

A Discussion with Dave Spigelmyer, President, Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC)
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, March 2017

INTRODUCTION: Recently, Spilman's Director of Energy & Transportation Services, Scott Rotruck, interviewed David Spigelmyer, president of the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC)...

A Dozen Ways to Stretch Your Borrowing Base
Haynes and Boone, LLP, January 2015

Oil markets have fallen significantly since the latest round of borrowing base redeterminations in September and October. The next scheduled round of redeterminations is set for March. Expectations are that there will be substantial downward pressure on producers’ borrowing bases. Some reductions could trigger mandatory principal amortization which would have serious consequences for highly leveraged oil and gas companies...

A Form for All Directions: A.A.P.L.’s “New” 1989 Horizontal Well JOA
Haynes and Boone, LLP, October 2013

In 1956, the American Association of Professional Landmen (“A.A.P.L.”) published the first version of its model form Joint Operating Agreement (“JOA”), which it later revised in 1977, 1982, and 1989 (the “A.A.P.L. form”). Since that initial publication, the oil and gas industry has universally adopted the A.A.P.L. form as its standard JOA. The industry has also since adopted horizontal drilling and development as a popular method to recover hydrocarbons...

A Look Ahead – What’s Next for the Oil & Gas Industry in 2014
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, March 2017

With 125 days left in 2014, we find ourselves looking at What’s Next for the oil & gas industry in the Marcellus and Utica Shale Plays for the remainder of 2014. It has been an eventful year and with just four months until 2015, we look forward and identify key events and issues that are top of mind.   2014 Events There are a wide range of upcoming events with programs and topics relevant to E&P, midstream, field services and downstream markets...

A National Energy Plan: Should We Have One? Do We Have One? If So, Is It Working?
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, March 2017

Before ultimately answering the questions posed in the title above on a National Energy Plan, in full disclosure it should be noted that I have been employed by and/or have been an investor in oil, natural gas, coal and solar. The same applies for two railroads, CSX and NS, which hauled a lot of the aforementioned products or their supply chain components to market...

A New Commodity: Storage Capacity
Haynes and Boone, LLP, March 2015

This coming Sunday, March 29, CME Group plans to launch the first ever physically-delivered crude oil storage futures contract. CME Group is able to make this contract available having teamed up with LOOP LLC (“LOOP”) (LOOP owns and operates the deepwater port and associated onshore terminal with significant crude oil handling, storage and re-distribution capabilities located in Clovelly, Louisiana, sometimes called the “Clovelly Hub”) and NEO Markets Inc. (“NEO”)...

A New EPA for Oil and Gas Operators
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, March 2017

by Allyn G. Turner, as seen in the December 2008 issue of IOGA Newsletter As we head toward 2009, West Virginians will be governed by second-term Governor Joe Manchin and the new administration of President-Elect Barack Obama. In the environmental regulation arena, this means change. West Virginia’s Executive Branch, including the Department of Environmental Protection (“DEP”), may not be headed for immediate changes...

A Practical Cross-Border Insight into Gas Regulation Work
AELEX, May 2011


A Practical Cross-Border insight into Gas Regulation Work
AELEX, February 2011

A overview of natural  Gas Sector and a brief outline of Nigeria’s natural gas sector, including a general description of: natural gas reserves; natural gas production including the extent to which production is associated or non-associated natural gas; import and export of natural gas, including liquefied natural gas (LNG) liquefaction and export facilities, and/or receiving and re-gasification facilities (“LNG facilities”); natural gas pipeline

A Quantum Leap Forward?: An Overview of the European Commission’s Third Energy Package
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, December 2007

On 19 September, the Commission announced its third legislative package aimed at liberalising the EU’s electricity and gas markets...

A Regulatory Roadmap: Successfully Navigating Oil and Gas Licensing Regimes in the North
Lawson Lundell LLP, January 2007

This paper was presented at The Canadian Institute’s 2nd Annual Oil & Gas Law Summit Overcoming the Regulatory Challenges and Uncertainties to Keep Your Project on Track on January 22 – 23, 2007 in Calgary, Alberta. Oil and gas exploration in Canada’s North has a long history that dates back to the oil well drilled in Norman Wells in 1920. The North is recognized as holding a significant portion of Canada’s potential for undeveloped oil and gas...

A Sigh of Relief: Oil and Gas Lender not Liable, as Mortgagee, for Failure to Release Expired Leases
Haynes and Boone, LLP, July 2018

In the latest ruling from the contentious Gloria’s Ranch case (Gloria's Ranch, L.L.C. v. Tauren Exploration, Inc., 2018 La. LEXIS 1694), the Supreme Court of Louisiana reversed the lower courts’ decisions that held Wells Fargo Energy Capital, Inc...

Aboriginal Caselaw Summary: Ahousaht First Nation v. Canada (Fisheries and Oceans)
Lawson Lundell LLP, July 2007

The Federal Court of Canada recently released its decision in Ahousaht First Nation v. Canada (Fisheries and Oceans)(1). The case considered an application by 14 First Nations represented by the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council (“NTC”) for judicial review of a decision of the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans regarding the implementation of a commercial groundfish pilot plan on the British Columbia coast (the “Pilot Plan”)...

Aboveground Storage Tank Act Interpretive Rule Filed
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, September 2014

This morning, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (“DEP”) filed a proposed interpretive rule (the “Interpretive Rule”) with the West Virginia Secretary of State’s office implementing, in part, the recent Aboveground Storage Tank Act (the “AST Act”), which was enacted in response to the January 9, 2014 event that contaminated the water supply of approximately 300,000 West Virginia residents across nine counties...

Acquisition of Petroleum Exploration Rights in Zambia
Corpus Legal Practitioners, July 2013

The Petroleum (Exploration and Production) Act, 2008 (the “Petroleum Act”) provides that all property and control over petroleum and accompanying substances, in whatever physical state, located in Zambia is vested in the President on behalf of the State. The petroleum Act prescribes the bidding process in the acquisition of exploration rights...

Addendum No. 11 of the PPAA
Brigard Urrutia, May 2020

Despite the fact that the fall in oil prices and the health crisis caused by COVID-19 have severely hit the hydrocarbon industry worldwide, the National Hydrocarbon Agency ("ANH") published on April 28, 2020 the Addendum No 11 through which it modified the schedule of the Permanent Area Allocation Process (“PPAA”), thus ratifying the interest of the National Government in this industry...

Administration Raises Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Penalty Cap By 77 Percent
Haynes and Boone, LLP, December 2014

Action: The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has issued a final rule increasing the limit of liability for damages under the Oil Pollution Act to $133.65 million. BOEM’s Final Rule: On December 12, 2014, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a final rule that, effective January 12, 2015, will increase from $75 million to $133...

AESO Lifts 900MW Wind Generation Cap
Lawson Lundell LLP, November 2007

In September, 2007 the AESO removed the 900MW threshold on wind power generation. In response to concerns about the Alberta system’s ability to absorb significant volumes of intermittent resources, in 2006 the AESO had capped wind facility interconnection to the Alberta system at 900MW until such time as appropriate mitigation measures were established to ensure wind power did not jeopardize system reliability...



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