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Nigeria considers changes to Nigerian content requirements in the oil and gas sector

April 7, 2020
Energy Legal Blog®

The Nigerian government has prepared new legislation – the Nigerian Content Development and Enforcement Bill (“Bill”) – to revise the country’s regulatory approach to mandatory Nigerian content in the oil and gas sector and beyond. The Bill was submitted to the House...

COVID-19 and “Electronic” Execution of English Law Documents

March 19, 2020
Energy Legal Blog®

In light of the on-going Covid-19 pandemic, many organisations are implementing remote working policies and limiting access to offices in order to effect social distancing measures. Notwithstanding the...

The Migratory Bird Treaty Act: Flight of Fancy or Enduring Change?

February 26, 2020
Energy Legal Blog®

The Trump Administration has issued a proposed rule, 85 Fed. Reg. 5915 (February 3, 2020), that would codify its interpretation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA), 16 U.S.C. 703 et seq., as applying only to the direct take of birds subject to the Act. For decades...

Trump Administration Proposes Unprecedented and Comprehensive Revisions to NEPA Regulations

January 16, 2020
Energy Legal Blog®

The National Environmental Policy Act (“NEPA”) -- a law that has been referred to as the “Magna Carta” of the nation’s environmental laws – turned 50 years old on January 1, 2020. On January 10, the White House Council on Environmental Quality (“CEQ”) published a...

A new regime for Nigerian upstream royalty rates

November 11, 2019
Energy Legal Blog®

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has taken the final steps to pass a new law amending the country’s upstream royalty rates applying to offshore and certain inland areas. The Deep Offshore and Inland Basin Production Sharing Contracts (Amendment) Bill (“Amendment”) quickly passed through Nigeria’s National...

EPA Repeals Obama Rule Defining Waters of the U.S.

September 13, 2019
Energy Legal Blog®

On Thursday, September 12, EPA General Counsel Matt Leopold announced EPA’s final rule repealing the 2015 Waters of the United States (“WOTUS”) Rule. Significantly, General Counsel Leopold did not announce the final replacement WOTUS Rule, which was proposed...

LNG in Europe: Current Trends, the European LNG Landscape and Country Focus

September 16, 2019
Energy Legal Blog®

Guest author: Ryan Pereira, Gaffney, Cline & Associates
This article provides an overview of current trends in the European LNG market, describes the status of the pan-Europe LNG landscape, and looks at recent activities in individual European LNG-importing...

Highlights from the Trump Administration’s Rulemaking Agenda

July 9, 2019
Energy Legal Blog®

The Office of Management and Budget’s Spring 2019 Unified Regulatory Agenda includes many items with significant implications for the energy and infrastructure sectors. This blog post offers highlights from the Agenda, with an emphasis on upcoming actions...

Battery Storage – Powering Future LNG Projects (including FLNG)

June 6, 2019
Energy Legal Blog®

It is undeniable that a low carbon transition is taking place.  One of the leading forces of this transition is battery storage. Battery storage technology that was, only a couple of years ago, immature and expensive is now beginning to show significant cost...

The Evolving Market for Acreage Dedications

May 1, 2019
Energy Legal Blog®

One of the more interesting developments in the oil and gas A&D market over the past couple of years has been the expanding variety of transactions between upstream and midstream companies involving acreage dedications. Acreage dedications are commitments from upstream operators or exploration and production companies in...