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U.S. Supreme Court Temporarily Freezes Youth Climate Lawsuit Days Before Trial

U.S. Supreme Court Temporarily Freezes Youth Climate Lawsuit Days Before Trial

From Townhall/AP

SEATTLE (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday temporarily blocked a high-profile climate change lawsuit brought by young activists who accuse the federal government of violating their constitutional rights with policies that have caused a dangerous climate.…

October 25, 2018 - 12:15 pm
New York Sues Exxon for Misleading Investors on Climate Change Risk

New York Sues Exxon for Misleading Investors on Climate Change Risk

From Reuters

HOUSTON (Reuters) – New York’s attorney general sued Exxon Mobil Corp (XOM.N) on Wednesday, alleging that the world’s largest oil company for years misled investors about the risks of climate change regulations on its business.

The …

October 25, 2018 - 11:25 am
Poll Results for Colorado Prop 112-Setback, and 74-Fair Compensation

Poll Results for Colorado Prop 112-Setback, and 74-Fair Compensation

The Denver Post has reported new poll results for Colorado.

The poll was an online survey of 800 registered voters conducted between Oct. 12 and 17, that included questions asking voters’ view of Proposition 112 and Proposition 74. The poll …

October 22, 2018 - 3:35 pm
COGCC v. Martinez Colorado Supreme Court - photo: Oil & Gas 360

This was the Scene at the Colorado Supreme Court during the Martinez Case Oral Arguments

Just 500 feet from the courthouse, a pro-oil rally at the capitol steps asked people to "Vote No on Proposition 112" 
Below: summary of the Martinez case and breakdown of the oral arguments
It was a busy day for oil

October 19, 2018 - 7:50 am
Colorado’s Crestone Peak Comp. Drilling Plan Hearing Postponed

Colorado’s Crestone Peak Comp. Drilling Plan Hearing Postponed

Boulder County's lawsuit vs. Crestone spurs delay, Prop. 112 permitting deadline looms
Late last week the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) postponed its scheduled hearing on the Crestone Peak Resources Operating, LLC Comprehensive Drilling Plan (CDP), following a

October 8, 2018 - 4:03 pm
Looking at Both Sides of the Colorado Oil & Gas Setback Question

Looking at Both Sides of the Colorado Oil & Gas Setback Question

A Colorado TV station last week offered an attempt at a balanced story about Proposition 112—Oil & Gas setbacks. The ballot question comes up on the mail-in ballots going to voters beginning Oct. 15.

“Here’s how you’ll hear Proposition 112 …

October 2, 2018 - 5:58 pm
Governance: New Law Requires 684 Women on Calif. Public Company Boards by 2021

Governance: New Law Requires 684 Women on Calif. Public Company Boards by 2021

Gov. Jerry Brown signed bill requiring California corporate boards to include women

From the Los Angeles Times 

Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday signed a bill into law that makes California the first state to require corporate boards of directors to …

October 1, 2018 - 10:56 am
Will 100,000 Phone Calls Be Able to Stop Oil and Gas Companies from Drilling in Colorado?

Will 100,000 Phone Calls Be Able to Stop Oil and Gas Companies from Drilling in Colorado?

It’s shaping up to be the power of advertising vs. the power of personal phone calls.

At least that’s what the two opposing forces are doing to promote their polar opposite views of Proposition 112 as voters begin to think …

September 26, 2018 - 5:47 pm
Colorado’s Damaging Setbacks: Six Weeks Will Tell the Tale

Colorado’s Damaging Setbacks: Six Weeks Will Tell the Tale

Upcoming TV debate showcases thinking on both sides of the setback issue

There is a storm cloud of potential upheaval facing Colorado’s oil and gas regulator (the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission—COGCC) this fall. On the leading edge is …

September 25, 2018 - 5:57 pm
Oil and Gas Industry: Colorado Supreme Court Sets Date to Hear Oral Arguments in COGCC v. Martinez

Oil and Gas Industry: Colorado Supreme Court Sets Date to Hear Oral Arguments in COGCC v. Martinez

Colorado oil and gas regulation: is the State’s task to balance oil & gas development with public health, safety and welfare?

Colorado’s high court will soon hear oral arguments in a case whose outcome could reshuffle the criteria the COGCC

September 12, 2018 - 1:14 pm
House Expects Bipartisan Support for Speedy Approval of Small-Scale LNG Projects

House Expects Bipartisan Support for Speedy Approval of Small-Scale LNG Projects

For projects that do not require an environmental assessment

From The Hill-by Reps. Bill Johnson (R-OHIO) and Gene Green (D-TEXAS)

The House of Representatives today will consider H.R. 4606, the Ensuring Small Scale LNG Certainty and Access Act, …

September 6, 2018 - 3:23 pm
Colorado Initiative 97 Hands Local Governments the Power to Bar Drilling

Colorado Initiative 97 Hands Local Governments the Power to Bar Drilling

A deeper look at initiative 97

If Colorado voters choose to stop drilling by passing initiative #97 on Nov. 6, the economic ramifications are deepColorado governor has no veto power over the measure

Nine weeks from today Colorado’s …

September 4, 2018 - 6:56 pm
Voters Could Dramatically Curtail Drilling in Colorado, but if Production Moves, who will Benefit?

Voters Could Dramatically Curtail Drilling in Colorado, but if Production Moves, who will Benefit?

From The Casper Star-Tribune

Until recently, people in Cheyenne, Wyoming would rarely encounter a drilling rig close to home. They might spot the light of a flare in the dark distance, like a candle flickering above the prairie, but the …

September 4, 2018 - 9:54 am
Colorado Could Potentially See the End of Oil & Gas Drilling if Voters Pass Initiative 97 on Nov. 6

Colorado Could Potentially See the End of Oil & Gas Drilling if Voters Pass Initiative 97 on Nov. 6

It’s a scenario that could possibly send oil and gas reserve values toward $0 and start an exodus of energy companies, capital investment and high paying jobs from the state

From “theoretical to real” in a day

The threat to …

August 30, 2018 - 6:59 pm
Colorado Setback Measure—Initiative 97—Makes the Ballot

Colorado Setback Measure—Initiative 97—Makes the Ballot

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams announced that the setback measure for oil and gas development has qualified to be on the November 6 statewide ballot.

The measure would mandate that new oil and gas development, including fracing, be a …

August 29, 2018 - 4:33 pm
Colorado’s Proposed “Takings” Amendment, Initiative 108, Makes the November Ballot

Colorado’s Proposed “Takings” Amendment, Initiative 108, Makes the November Ballot

Initiative 97, which mandates a 2,500-foot setback from occupied structures, schools, homes, waterways and other ‘vulnerable’ areas, is one of the two remaining ballot initiatives with signatures still being verified

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams announced today that a …

August 28, 2018 - 5:27 pm
ConocoPhillips Chooses General Counsel: Reports

ConocoPhillips Chooses General Counsel: Reports

From the Houston Business Journal

Houston-based ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) has selected Kelly Brunetti Rose, a Houston partner at Baker Botts LLP, as its new general counsel, according to media reports.

ConocoPhillips confirmed to Law360 that she’ll join the company in …

August 27, 2018 - 12:44 pm
Judge Scraps Idaho Order Forcing Landowners into Oil Leases

Judge Scraps Idaho Order Forcing Landowners into Oil Leases

From Associated Press/the Herald-Whig

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho officials violated the U.S. Constitution by forcing several landowners to sell their natural gas and oil to a Texas company without giving them a meaningful way to fight the state’s decision, …

August 15, 2018 - 1:08 pm
Edge of the Wattenberg: Colorado: Weld County Just Created its Own Oil & Gas Department

Colorado Fair Compensation for Takings Amendment Initiative Goes to the Secretary of State

On Friday Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams reported that the proponents of the private property rights measure – Initiative 108 – had turned the collected signatures over to the Secretary of State.

The Secretary of State’s office now has …

August 6, 2018 - 11:13 am
Texas Jury Nails Frac Company with $101 Million Verdict

Texas Jury Nails Frac Company with $101 Million Verdict

From FreightWaves

A jury verdict in a Texas court last week against an oil service company may have set the record for the largest civil penalty ever handed down in an accident involving a truck.

The $101 million verdict exceeds …

July 23, 2018 - 3:14 pm
Bills that Would Allow U.S. to Go After OPEC for Price Fixing are Now Moving Forward in Both Houses

Bills that Would Allow U.S. to Go After OPEC for Price Fixing are Now Moving Forward in Both Houses

Senate Takes Up NOPEC: a bill to amend the Sherman Act to make oil-producing and exporting cartels illegal may have positive reception from Pres. Trump; previous attempts to pass the bill died under veto threat by Bush, Obama

Senate Judiciary …

July 18, 2018 - 5:04 pm
Colorado Regulator Outlines Disruption if Proposed 2,500 Foot Setback Rule Makes the 2018 Ballot, Wins Voter Approval

Colorado Regulator Outlines Disruption if Proposed 2,500 Foot Setback Rule Makes the 2018 Ballot, Wins Voter Approval

Of the 7 million acres of non-federal land in Colorado’s top oil and gas producing counties, proposed initiative #97 would exclude 6.5 million acres from drilling and development

An estimated 54% of Colorado’s total land surface would be unavailable for …

July 16, 2018 - 7:57 am
Seadrill Partners Awarded $273 Million in Brit High Court Ruling

Seadrill Partners Awarded $273 Million in Brit High Court Ruling

Seadrill Partners LLC said the English High Court has ruled in favor of its subsidiary Seadrill Ghana Operations Limited relating to the early termination of the West Leo contract by Tullow Ghana Limited.

Seadrill Ghana was seeking to recover standby …

July 3, 2018 - 12:49 pm
Vantage Drilling Awarded $622 Million in Petrobras Arbitration

Vantage Drilling Awarded $622 Million in Petrobras Arbitration

Vantage Drilling International (OTCMKTS: VTGDF) announced today that it was successful in its previously disclosed arbitration with Petróleo Brasileiro S.A (NYSE: PBR).

The Tribunal found that Petrobras America, Inc. (PAI) and Petrobras Venezuela Investments & Services, BV (PVIS), both subsidiaries …

July 2, 2018 - 4:29 pm
Hoeven’s Cross-Border Pipeline/Transmission Bill Does Away with the Presidential Permit

Hoeven’s Cross-Border Pipeline/Transmission Bill Does Away with the Presidential Permit

Bill would speed up cross-border energy import/export projects

From Construction Dive

John Hoeven, a Republican senator from North Dakota, introduced on June 12 a bill that would speed up U.S. energy infrastructure projects that cross the Canadian and Mexican borders, …

July 2, 2018 - 9:20 am
Congress Resuscitates NOPEC Bill which Would Allow the U.S. Govt. to Sue OPEC Members for Collusion

Congress Resuscitates NOPEC Bill which Would Allow the U.S. Govt. to Sue OPEC Members for Collusion

Current federal law provides that foreign governments cannot be sued for failing to comply with U.S. federal antitrust laws; NOPEC seeks to change that

The No Oil Producing and Exporting Cartels Act (“NOPEC”) is quietly making its way through the …

June 28, 2018 - 4:56 pm
Supreme Court Hands Seismic Patent Owner a Win

Supreme Court Hands Seismic Patent Owner a Win

WesternGeco sued ION in 2009 for patent infringement

From National Law Review

On June 22, 2018, the United States Supreme Court held that a patent owner can collect lost foreign profits for use of an infringing product outside the U.S.…

June 28, 2018 - 6:23 am
Justice Kennedy Announces Retirement from Supreme Court

Justice Kennedy Announces Retirement from Supreme Court

From The Hill

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has announced he is retiring after more than 30 years on the court, kicking off what is sure to be a vicious confirmation battle.

He will retire effective July 31.

Kennedy, who …

June 27, 2018 - 8:10 am
Judge Throws Out Calif. Cities’ Climate Change Suits against Five Oil Producers

Judge Throws Out Calif. Cities’ Climate Change Suits against Five Oil Producers

Northern California U.S. District Judge William Alsup has dismissed the climate change lawsuits filed against BP (NYSE: BP), Chevron (NYSE: CVX), ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP), Exxon Mobil (NYSE: XOM), and Shell (NYSE: RDS.A)  by the cities of San Francisco and Oakland.…

June 26, 2018 - 3:31 pm
Photo by Mike Goldwater"

Canada’s Proposed Bill C-69 Would Require Energy Project Environmental Assessments to Take Climate Change into Account

Bill gives cabinet and environment minister final power to approve or reject a project regardless of the findings of an environment assessment

In February 2018, Catherine McKenna, the federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change, introduced Bill C-69. The bill …

May 31, 2018 - 4:14 pm