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The internal tussle between Louisiana’s governor and attorney general over potential lawsuits against the oil and gas industry continues to rage.  On September 21, 2016, Governor John Bel Edwards reaffirmed that he continues to be in conflict with Attorney General Jeff Landry over the governor’s desire to sue the oil and gas industry for its

On April 1, 2016, I wrote about new legislation revamping federal energy pipeline rules and reauthorizing the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHSMA), the federal agency that oversees pipeline safety.  The legislation was ushered through the Congress with bipartisan support and a sense of urgency from numerous congressmen who felt that new regulations in

On March 3, 2016, the Senate approved a bill revamping federal energy pipeline rules and reauthorizing the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), the agency that oversees pipeline safety.  In addition to reauthorizing PHMSA, the Senate bill would instruct the agency to prioritize its regulatory agenda instead of new rulemaking; this would include new

On September 8, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed a lower court’s decision certifying one class of BP PLC shareholders who bought stock within 33 days after the Deepwater Horizon disaster, and denying certification for another class of shareholders who purchased stock before the 2010 incident. Ludlow v. BP,

On April 21, 2015, the United States Supreme Court issued a ruling allowing state law to address gas industry practices that many in the industry previously believed were the exclusive domain of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).  In Oneok, Inc. v. Learjet, Inc., No. 13-271, 2015 WL 1780926 (U.S. Apr. 21, 2015), a

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,

On December 23, 2014, the United States Circuit Court for the District of Columbia Circuit issued an opinion that may signal a trend towards a more interventionist court.  This opinion could have far-reaching implications for the Environmental Protections Agency (EPA) and its ability to modify compliance standards based on practical considerations, as well as for

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