In BP Gulf Oil Spill Litigation, the District Court Decided Important Legal Questions that will Likely be Appealed, including the Standard for “Gross Negligence” and “Willful Misconduct” under the Clean Water Act and the Standard for Vicarious Liability for Punitive Damages under Maritime Law

by: H. Victor Thomas

In the BP Gulf Oil Spill Litigation, Judge Barbier issued two conclusions of law that could affect future litigation involving energy companies, namely, (1) the ...

Read moreIn BP Gulf Oil Spill Litigation, the District Court Decided Important Legal Questions that will Likely be Appealed, including the Standard for “Gross Negligence” and “Willful Misconduct” under the Clean Water Act and the Standard for Vicarious Liability for Punitive Damages under Maritime Law

by: King & Spalding

Gas is a key source of energy supply to Europe, and plays a fundamental role in Europe’s energy supply mix. Europe is a net importer of gas, which enters Europe in one of two ways: as natural gas which is transported via pipeline, or as liquefied natural gas (LNG) which is regasified in an LNG import (or regasification) terminal. This report provides an overview of the large-scale LNG import terminals in Europe today – existing, under construction and planned – and the services provided at Europe’s existing LNG import terminals.Read more

by: Merrick White, Sylvia Taslim and Zoe Bromage

The Indonesian upstream sector continues to undergo significant legal and regulatory change. This article examines five of the most recent developments in the Indonesian upstream sector that affect Indonesian Production Sharing Contracts and their participating interest holders.Read more

by: Carol Wood and Kathryn Marietta

Attracting more than 130 attendees from all over the country, King & Spalding’s first Energy Forum for 2017 held at the Houstonian Hotel in Houston tackled one of the most important issues facing the industry: Decommissioning and abandonment of oil and gas assets in upstream operations.Read more

by: Leroy Levy and Faris Al-Louzi

Much of the PPP debate in Saudi Arabia has focused on the importance of shifting the public sector expenditure burden to the private sector. Wherever this has been the sole focus of a PPP programme, the responsible government has struggled to achieve value for money. If public expenditure is the only concern, it is certainly possible to pass the responsibility to the private sector, but at what long term cost? The UK government’s PFI programme of the 1990s placed insufficient emphasis on value for money. This ultimately resulted in the termination of the programme. In other jurisdictions, ill-conceived projects resulted in the public sector desperately seeking to restructure deals in an attempt to secure value for money.Read more

by: Lynn Kerr McKay and Rachel Tennis

On December 1, 2016, EPA signed a proposed rule setting forth financial responsibility requirements for the hardrock mining industry under Section 108(b) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (“CERCLA”). The energy industry, among others, will also find this proposed rule of interest because, on the same day, EPA announced its intention to move forward with the regulatory process for three other classes of facilities: chemical manufacturing, petroleum and coal products manufacturing, and electric power generation, transmission, and distribution. Read more

by: S. Shawn Stephens

A Texas court of appeals held that an energy company did not waive the attorney/client privilege through the offensive use doctrine when it filed a lawsuit against the purchasers of properties for their failures to provide the company with . . . Read more

by: Rachel Tennis, Lynn Kerr McKay, Stephen McCullers and James Vines

Under a D.C. Circuit court order, EPA must propose new financial assurance requirements for the hard-rock mining industry—and identify industries next up for regulation—by December 1, 2016. There are a number of key issues that industry should consider when reviewing EPA’s forthcoming proposal.Read more

by: Benjamin Pollock and Jeremiah Anderson

Disputes often arise during the course of a construction project. The proper handling of these “in project” disputes is critical to advancing the project towards completion, preserving rights, and resolving these disputes.Read more

by: Neil Levy, David Tewksbury, Bruce Richardson and Kelsey Desloover

Two federal district courts hold that entities targeted by FERC enforcement actions who seek de novo review under the Federal Power Act are entitled to procedural due process rights of an ordinary civil action governed by the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.Read more

by: Jennifer Josefson, Maya Melnikas, Alexandra Rotar, Christine Savage and Jeffrey Telep

U.S. led sanctions continue to pose an issue for companies looking to invest in Russia. This article explores the extension of sanctions and their potential impacts. Read more