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Tag Archives: Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act

U.S. Fifth Circuit Rejects OCSLA-Based Criminal Charges Against Contractors

Posted in BSEE, Outer Continental Shelf
In an important case of first impression, the federal Fifth Circuit has just affirmed that contractors cannot be criminally prosecuted for violations of various safety regulations under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA). See United States v. Moss, No. 16-30561 (5th Cir. Sept. 27, 2017).  This decision has broad implications—both in the criminal and… Continue Reading

Will Things Be Different in Cameron Parish?

Posted in Environmental
It was only a matter of time before the suits based on alleged violations of the Coastal Zone Management Act made their way to Louisiana’s largest, but most desolate parish: Cameron Parish. Earlier this year, about 11 suits were filed against a number of oil, gas and pipeline companies that largely mirrored those pending in… Continue Reading