Articles by James Vines

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: James Vines, Joseph Eisert, Martha Buttry Daniels and Michael Clements

OSHA recently published a revised manual instructing its inspectors on how they should conduct work site investigations. With recent government and media attention on the increased rate of fatalities and injuries at exploration and production work sites, the energy industry should take notice of these changes and prepare for increased OSHA scrutiny.Read more

by: James Vines, Stephanie Salek and Kelsey Desloover

National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review and related litigation impose delays and financial impacts on energy projects generally and present unique obstacles to project development.Read more

by: James Vines, Crayton L. Bell and William Clarkson

In July, ExxonMobil's Silvertip pipeline ruptured along the Yellowstone River in Montana, releasing an estimated 1,000 barrels of crude oil. The event occurred as the U.S. State Department decides whether to authorize an Alberta to Gulf oil pipeline and presents additional challenges for Keystone XL's proponents.Read more