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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

UPDATE: BOEM Withdraws Sole Liability Orders Issued Under NTL 2016-01

Posted in BOEM
The Bureau of Ocean Management (BOEM) announced that it will withdraw its orders issued in December 2016 to provide additional security for sole-liability properties to Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) oil and gas lease and grant holders.  “Sole-liability properties” are leases, rights of way (ROWs) and right of use easements (RUEs) for which there are no… 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