Barring a reversal by recount or litigation, Joe Biden will be the next President of the United States. This article discusses what will happen on Day One for the energy industry. Our analysis is drawn from Biden’s own words, campaign pledges, and written policies—including his Clean Energy Revolution Fact Sheet and Plan for Climate Change […]
On Monday night and Tuesday morning, respectively, Galveston County and Harris County issued stay-at-home orders. As we discussed in our prior blog covering Louisiana’s statewide order, Galveston County has expressly incorporated the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency’s (CISA) guidelines for essential workers, which generally exempts the energy industry from its order. So energy work will […]
As of press time, 11 statewide stay-at-home orders are in effect, with Louisiana being the first state with significant upstream, midstream, and downstream capabilities to be locked down. Louisiana’s order is effective now through April 12. Oil and gas work is generally exempted as “essential” work through the order’s incorporation by reference of the Cybersecurity […]
In a recent KRCL Energy Practice Group seminar, I discussed the genesis and impact of metal tariffs imposed by the Trump administration. These Trump Tariffs have had a tremendous impact on energy infrastructure construction and midstream activities throughout the United States, prompting companies to seek relief (in the form of product exclusions) with the Department […]
KRCL is proud to offer this complimentary, on-demand CLE seminar at its new online presence for webinars, www.krclwebinars.com. In this course, Demetri Economou presents a survey of President Trump’s energy agenda as developed from his campaign through the second year of his presidency, and an analysis of the litigation, regulatory, and practical considerations that have emerged as a result.
Last Friday, the Texas Supreme Court declined to extend the “latent occupational disease” discovery rule to a plaintiff whose exposure to frac fluid ultimately caused skin cancer, reversing the Thirteenth (Edinburg) Court of Appeals. “Latent Occupational Disease” Rule in Multi-Injury Cases In Schlumberger Technology Corporation v. Pasko, the plaintiff alleged he contracted skin cancer as […]
Ah, the “data dump”: Party A sends a request for production; Party B gives responsive documents plus an extra 50,000 pages. The tactic is used by plaintiffs’ and defense attorneys alike – and in each scenario, the receiving side feels the pain.
Last week, shale giant Chesapeake Energy Corporation filed its Form 8-K with the SEC, revealing that it had received additional Department of Justice subpoenas “seeking information on [Chesapeake’s accounting methodology for the acquisition and classification of oil and gas properties and related matters.” This is just the latest is a string of inquiries from the […]
On Friday, the Texas Supreme Court ruled that production payments, like overriding royalty payments, cannot survive the termination of their respective oil and gas leases. In doing so, the Supreme Court stamped out a potentially “backwards” line of authority that we discussed in our post from September. It’s important to quickly review the lifespan of […]
On Friday, the Texas Supreme Court issued a significant decision covering premises liability. Specifically, it determined whether premises liability exists for a prior owner that designed and implemented a dangerous condition on the land, but then sold the land prior to the injury. The Acid-Addition System and the Accident Occidental Chemical Corporation (“OxyChem”) owned and […]