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Source: Vantage Drilling

$728-Million Award for Vantage Drilling Upheld by U.S. District Court

Petrobras motion to vacate is struck down
By Tyler Losier

This Monday, Vantage Drilling International (stock ticker: VTGGF) announced in a press release that U.S District Court Judge Alfred H. Bennett of the Southern District of Texas had granted a

May 20, 2019 - 5:14 pm
Canadian Senate Committee Nixes Oil Tanker Moratorium Act that would Prevent Energy Exports from B.C.

Canadian Senate Committee Nixes Oil Tanker Moratorium Act that would Prevent Energy Exports from B.C.

The Senate Standing Committee on Transportation last night voted to defeat Bill C-48, the Oil Tanker Moratorium Act.

“Bill C-48 would do virtually nothing to address legitimate marine safety concerns of local communities regarding thousands of cruise ships, fueling …

May 16, 2019 - 5:08 pm
Colorado Energy Bill: Weld County Board of Commissioners Moves to Take Full Control of Oil & Gas Permitting from the State

Colorado Energy Bill: Weld County Board of Commissioners Moves to Take Full Control of Oil & Gas Permitting from the State

County that's home to the Wattenberg field takes "first step to ensure our future and a robust economy”
Weld County is the number one producer of oil and gas in Colorado. The county reports that 89% of all crude oil

May 10, 2019 - 5:27 pm
New Mineral Owners Association to Address Permitting War in Wyoming

New Mineral Owners Association to Address Permitting War in Wyoming

Thousands of acres locked up by big companies with no drilling lowers our values, mineral owners say

From the Casper Star-Tribune

Sparked by a permitting war among Wyoming’s oil and gas producers, mineral owners in eastern Wyoming say they are …

May 6, 2019 - 12:12 pm
Trump Tells Louisiana Senators He Won’t Waive Jones Act to Ship LNG

Trump Tells Louisiana Senators He Won’t Waive Jones Act to Ship LNG

From the Washington Examiner

A pair of Republican Louisiana senators said Wednesday they received assurances from President Trump that he would not grant waivers to bypass the Jones Act, a century-old law regulating domestic maritime commerce, to ease the transport …

May 2, 2019 - 3:12 pm
Boxed In: $1 Billion of Iranian Crude Sits at China’s Dalian Port

Boxed In: $1 Billion of Iranian Crude Sits at China’s Dalian Port

From Reuters

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Some 20 million barrels of Iranian oil sitting on China’s shores in the northeast port of Dalian for the past six months now appears stranded as the United States hardens its stance on importing crude …

May 2, 2019 - 2:01 pm
Landowners in 4 States Sue Pipeline Company for Crop Yield Losses

Landowners in 4 States Sue Pipeline Company for Crop Yield Losses

Landowners Allege Alliance Pipeline Must Compensate for Crop Yield Losses

May 1, 2019 - 6:10 am
Sears Sues Former CEO, his Hedge Fund, and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin for Stripping Sears of Assets Worth Billions as it Headed to Bankruptcy

Sears Sues Former CEO, his Hedge Fund, and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin for Stripping Sears of Assets Worth Billions as it Headed to Bankruptcy

Lawsuit alleges property was fraudulently transferred

From the Chicago Tribune

Sears Holdings Corp. has filed a lawsuit against its former chairman and CEO, Edward Lampert, and his hedge fund, claiming they wrongly siphoned $2 billion in assets from the …

April 18, 2019 - 7:33 pm
Dutch Supreme Court Rules for Chevron in Ecuador Dispute

Dutch Supreme Court Rules for Chevron in Ecuador Dispute

Dutch Supreme Court Rules for Chevron in Ecuador Dispute

April 16, 2019 - 9:28 pm
Alberta’s Proposed Change to Overtime Rule could Send Oil Workers to Texas

Alberta’s Proposed Change to Overtime Rule could Send Oil Workers to Texas

One fifth of Albertans work overtime each week; these are the people who will be hurt by Kenney’s OT plan

April 9, 2019 - 5:48 am
U.S. Adds Sanctions on Vessels, Companies Shipping Venezuelan Oil to Cuba

U.S. Adds Sanctions on Vessels, Companies Shipping Venezuelan Oil to Cuba

U.S. sanctions vessels, companies tied to Venezuelan oil

April 8, 2019 - 5:54 am
New Orleans Sues Energy Firms over Coastal Erosion

New Orleans Sues Energy Firms over Coastal Erosion

Suit says coastal land loss could cost the state more than $133 billion in lost capital

From the Associated Press/FOX 8

The City of New Orleans is suing several oil and gas companies over coastal erosion.

Mayor Latoya Cantrell on …

April 2, 2019 - 5:16 pm
Baker Botts Names New Partners-in-Charge in Houston, New York City

Baker Botts Names New Partners-in-Charge in Houston, New York City

Baker Botts announced some leadership changes at the law firm’s key offices coinciding with John Martin’s appointment as the firm’s managing prtner, which became effective today.

In the energy space, Rebeca Huddle became partner-in-charge of the firm’s Houston office. A

April 1, 2019 - 4:19 pm
Baker Botts Sees Increasing Risk for Private Equity Energy Firms - Oil & Gas 360

CenterPoint Energy Names General Counsel

CenterPoint Energy names Jason M. Ryan senior vice president and general counsel

April 1, 2019 - 11:30 am
Fifth Circuit Finds Directional Drillers Are Independent Contractors

Fifth Circuit Finds Directional Drillers Are Independent Contractors

From Lexology by Littler Mendelson PC

On February 28, 2019, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit issued an important decision involving whether contract workers in the oil patch were entitled to overtime. In William Parrish, et …

March 14, 2019 - 6:04 am
Colorado Energy Overhaul Bill Zooms to Senate Floor Tuesday March 12

Colorado Energy Overhaul Bill Zooms to Senate Floor Tuesday March 12

It’s ‘Not about Local Control, It’s about Total Control’: Weld County Commissioner Barb Kirkmeyer
Intended to be a moratorium – bill’s sponsor says SB 19-181 rules apply to 4,500 Weld County drilling permits now pending approval: Kirkmeyer
By Bevo Beaven,

March 11, 2019 - 5:54 pm
Colorado Energy Bill Passes First Committee Hearing, Next Up: Finance Committee

Colorado Energy Bill Passes First Committee Hearing, Next Up: Finance Committee

Fast-tracked energy bill that would overhaul oil and gas regulation/development in Colorado passes first senate committee hearing only two days after being introduced

Lawmakers hold 12-hour hearing on bill updating regulation of oil, gas industry and okay it 4-3

Next

March 6, 2019 - 11:23 am
Kinder Morgan Announces New General Counsel

Kinder Morgan Announces New General Counsel

Kinder Morgan Announces New General Counsel...

February 26, 2019 - 7:00 am
Coal Mining’s Decline: Bankruptcy Judge Strips Retiree Healthcare and Union Contract, Introduces Virginia Businessman to Wyoming Coal

Coal Mining’s Decline: Bankruptcy Judge Strips Retiree Healthcare and Union Contract, Introduces Virginia Businessman to Wyoming Coal

From the Casper Star-Tribune

Westmoreland Coal’s path in Wyoming

The bankruptcy judge in the Westmoreland case ruled in favor of the coal firm Friday, which had sought to eliminate retiree health benefits and break the Kemmerer coal mine’s union contract

February 18, 2019 - 7:11 am
Big Win for Colorado Oil and Gas:  State Supreme Court Reverses Martinez Decision

Big Win for Colorado Oil and Gas:  State Supreme Court Reverses Martinez Decision

High court reverses appeals court on view of COGCC permitting priorities
On Monday, the Colorado Supreme Court issued its decision on the high-profile case brought to the state judicial system by a group of youth petitioners who sought to stop

January 14, 2019 - 5:00 pm
Kinder Morgan General Counsel Curt Moffatt Passes Away

Kinder Morgan General Counsel Curt Moffatt Passes Away

Kinder Morgan Inc. (stock ticker: KMI) said that the company’s general counsel, James Curtis “Curt” Moffatt, passed away on December 28th. Moffatt suffered a cardiac arrest while spending the holidays with his family, according to a statement by Kinder Morgan.…

December 31, 2018 - 12:38 pm
Most-Read Stories of 2018

Most-Read Stories of 2018

Jury slams Texas frac company with $100-million verdict, M&A deals proliferate, and Colorado oil and gas flirts with a setback disaster: 2018’s most read stories

In addition to Oil & Gas 360’s coverage of oil and gas company financial …

December 27, 2018 - 6:49 pm
Muhammad bin Salman, Deputy Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia
Photo Credit: The Economist

Saudi Arabia Rebukes U.S. Senate’s Unanimous Condemnation of Crown Prince for Khashoggi Killing

From ABC/Reuters

Riyadh has delivered a clear rebuke to Washington after the US Senate called for an end to military support for the war in Yemen and blamed Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.…

December 17, 2018 - 9:08 am
Dominion Suspends Work on Full Route of Atlantic Coast Natural Gas Pipeline after Court Stay

Dominion Suspends Work on Full Route of Atlantic Coast Natural Gas Pipeline after Court Stay

From S&P Global

Houston — Dominion Energy has suspended construction on the full 600-mile route of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, except for some ‘stand-down’ activities, after an appeals court stay last week, the company told the US Federal Energy Regulatory …

December 13, 2018 - 6:00 am
The Re-Imposed Iran Sanctions Are In Force—Breaking Down What It Means and Who is Exempt

The Re-Imposed Iran Sanctions Are In Force—Breaking Down What It Means and Who is Exempt

All U.S. sanctions on Iran that were lifted or waived as part of the Iran nuclear deal were re-imposed effective November 5, 2018. Washington, D.C.-based law firm Akin Gump has released a lengthy analysis and description of the ins and

November 26, 2018 - 3:15 pm
Oklahoma Supreme Court Sides with Oil and Gas Industry Over Who Has Regulatory Oversight

Oklahoma Supreme Court Sides with Oil and Gas Industry Over Who Has Regulatory Oversight

Kingfisher Country tried to ban produced water pipelines in county road easement; state high court ruled that state agency OCC has exclusive jurisdiction to regulate oil and gas operations in Oklahoma

From The Journal Record

OKLAHOMA CITY – A legal …

November 16, 2018 - 6:53 am
Source: Keystone-XL

Keystone XL Ruling Comes at Worst Time for Canadian Oil Industry

From Bloomberg

  • Producers already grappling with shortage of pipeline space
  • TransCanada line seen as key to relieving that congestion

A Montana federal judge’s ruling that threatens to further delay TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone XL pipeline comes at one of the …

November 9, 2018 - 11:50 am
Colorado Ballot Count Begins at 1.85 Million as Election Day Dawns

Colorado Ballot Count Begins at 1.85 Million as Election Day Dawns

Colorado voters could set a mid-term record
Here’s how the ballot count breaks down before polls officially opened on election day, according to the Colorado Secretary of State’s ballot count report as of 12:34 a.m. Nov. 6, 2018:

DEMOCRAT BALLOTS

November 6, 2018 - 12:13 pm
Final Week of Voting in Colorado: COGCC Hears from Both Sides of Proposition 112 Issue

Final Week of Voting in Colorado: COGCC Hears from Both Sides of Proposition 112 Issue

Ballots counted are rising: Colorado Sec. of State reports 801,000 ballots have been received to date - Dems and Republicans close gap to within 1,000 of one another – one week remains 
With only one week to go before final

October 30, 2018 - 5:48 pm
Penn. Supreme Court Reaffirmation of Constitutional Protections on Clean Air, Water, Environment is a Wild Card for Energy Developers

Penn. Supreme Court Reaffirmation of Constitutional Protections on Clean Air, Water, Environment is a Wild Card for Energy Developers

From Law360

Pittsburgh (October 25, 2018, 8:58 PM EDT) — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s recent ruling reaffirming constitutional protections on clean air, pure water and environmental preservation continues to confound oil and gas operators as they try and determine …

October 26, 2018 - 12:40 pm