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In a proposed rule published yesterday in the Federal Register, the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) seeks to rescind Obama-era regulations governing hydraulic fracturing on public lands.  The regulations—which were promulgated in March 2015 and later stayed before they ever took effect—would impose stringent well casing integrity requirements and increased standards

U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany has introduced the Ending Legacy Lawsuit Abuse Act (H.R. 6169), which is aimed at preventing forum-shopping by attorneys representing landowners in “legacy lawsuits” based on historical oil and gas operations.  The bill would amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to allow defendants to remove certain lawsuits implicating federal waters from

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

Last month, the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released the first major federal rules governing hydraulic fracturing or “fracking.” (http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-26/html/2015-06658.htm) Although the new regulations will apply to operations only on federal and Native American tribal lands (which currently represent about 10% of fracking operations in the U.S.), they are

clip-art-gas-flameLast month, Southern California Telephone & Energy announced the acquisition of 200 acres on the Calcasieu Ship Channel for the development of a $2.4 billion liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility.  The site is located on Monkey Island in Cameron Parish, less than three miles from the Gulf of Mexico, and is situated at the

ConfidentialSeismic surveys and other methods of geophysical exploration are integral to today’s E&P industry.  As new exploratory techniques evolve, companies increasingly rely on geophysical information to locate and develop oil and gas prospects.  Courts in Louisiana and Texas have taken notice.  In several recent decisions, courts have acknowledged the significant costs associated with acquiring geophysical