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53 ArticlesEnvironmental

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: 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: Cynthia AM Stroman

On June 22, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (the Act). Passed with significant bipartisan support, the Act is the first major update to a federal environmental statute in more than 20 years and the first update ever for the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) of 1976. For many new or revised provisions, the Act establishes a timeline for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to conduct rulemaking or take other action, but certain provisions took effect immediately. The revised requirements for confidential business information (CBI) claims are one such provision, with immediate implications for companies in the energy sector now preparing their reports under the 2016 Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) rule.Read more

by: Andrew Stakelum, Anisha Sud, Carol Wood and Tracie Renfroe

Remediation standards in domestic and international oilfield disputes are often hotly disputed issues. This article previously published in Bloomberg Bureau of National Affairs addresses the significance of remediation standards and how various jurisdictions and arbitration tribunals have considered the issue.Read more

by: John Richter, Brandt Leibe and William McClintock

State attorneys general have recently announced investigations into energy companies’ securities disclosures about the risks climate change poses to their businesses. These investigations are a striking reminder of the increasingly aggressive role that state AGs play in the government investigations arena.Read more

by: Cynthia AM Stroman, Vera De Brito de Gyarfas, Mona Katigbak, William Panlilio, Jennifer Josefson, Alexandra Rotar, Joelle Herschtel and Laura Chambon

The Paris Agreement on climate change will have varying impacts to its nearly 200 signatory countries. This article explores perspectives from regions around the world, including Latin America, Asia, Russia, the Middle East, the European Union, and North America.Read more

by: Cynthia AM Stroman, Sephen Orava, Nina Howell, Trinh Chubbock and Benjamin Burnham

The recent Paris Agreement on climate change represents a historic multi-national agreement to reduce greenhouse emissions, establish accountability, and support developing nations. This article explores the Paris Agreement’s potential implications for the energy sector.Read more

by: Lynn Kerr McKay and Bruce Hurley

A recent compendium of findings on the alleged harms of fracking and radon gas provides another opportunity for practitioners to emphasize the importance of using actual measurements rather than estimates to inform statements about risk. Past estimates were often unsupported or contrary to data, and generated artificial and inflated risks. Read more

by: Jeremy Worsham

Introduction On 11 August 2015, Angola’s New Private Investment Law (“NPIL”) came into force on its publication in Angola’s Gazette, repealing the previous 2011 law. Like its predecessor, the NPIL... Read more

by: Lewis Jones and Adam Sowatzka

The US EPA and Corps of Engineers recently finalized their new rule expanding federal jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act.Read more