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BSEE Extends Time OCS Lease Remains in Effect after Cessation of Operations or Production

Posted in BSEE, Outer Continental Shelf
On July 9, 2017, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) issued a final rule amending certain regulations in 30 CFR Part 250 to extend the time that an Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) lease remains in effect after cessation of production or other operations to one year. Under the previous regulations, an OCS lease… Continue Reading

IBLA Upholds Decommissioning Order Against OCS Lease Assignor

Posted in Outer Continental Shelf
The Department of Interior continues to flex its muscle against prior OCS lessees to require them to complete decommissioning left unfulfilled by later parties. On February 2, 2016, the United States Department of the Interior, Office of Hearings and Appeals, Interior Board of Land Appeals (the “IBLA”) affirmed BSEE’s order directing Anadarko Petroleum Corporation to… Continue Reading

Of Industry’s Bondage: BOEM Set to Modernize Financial Security Program

Posted in Outer Continental Shelf
Here’s a brief follow up on the Offshore Financial Assurance Forum that the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) held last month.  On February 26, new BOEM Director, Abigail Ross Hopper, along with several other BOEM representatives, took time to answer stakeholders’ questions about BOEM’s proposal to update its risk management program for oil and… Continue Reading

Update: Supreme Court declines to review new bonding requirements for existing OCS leases

Posted in News, Outer Continental Shelf
On November 7, 2014, I posted an article about Century Exploration New Orleans LLC’s request for the Supreme Court to review a decision of the Federal Circuit affirming the federal Claims Court and ruling that the United States could impose new burdens on existing OCS leases.  If the decision were left to stand, I wrote,… Continue Reading

Supreme Court asked to review new bonding requirements for existing OCS leases

Posted in News, Outer Continental Shelf
Century Exploration New Orleans, LLC has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on an issue that could have profound implications for companies with oil and gas leases on the outer continental shelf (OCS)—more specifically, on the power of the government to issue new regulations that impose additional burdens on existing oil and gas… Continue Reading

2014 OCS Regulatory Priorities – The Safety Dance

Posted in News, Outer Continental Shelf
The EPA, the DOI and the DOE recently announced their semiannual regulatory agendas.  Published as part of the Executive Unified Agenda, the agenda identifies regulatory priorities and contains details about the most significant regulatory actions that agencies expect to take in the coming year. Of particular interest for those of you with Outer Continental Shelf (OCS)… Continue Reading