Pipeline Task Forces May Slow Energy Development


Despite their good intentions, quasi-governmental task forces that are set up to review proposed pipeline projects often add complexity that can hobble the approval process at a time when demand for natural gas is surging.
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Cure for Industry Hiccups: Congressional Action


While OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) and Saudi Arabia hope to have delivered a fatal blow to the American oil and gas industry in the form of unflagging production levels despite the current glut of oil on the market, the reality is more akin to a hiccup.
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BOEM Increases Cap on Offshore Oil Spill Liability to $134 Million


On December 12, 2014, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), an agency within the Department of the Interior, published a final rule increasing the cap on responsible parties’ liability for discharges of oil from offshore facilities under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA) to $133.65 million. The rule, effective January 12, 2015, almost doubles the previous limit of $75 million.
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Gridlock, or Bipartisan Consensus? Time will Tell


It is difficult to predict how the GOP’s midterm election gains will impact domestic energy policy in the coming years.
 
Will gridlock continue? Or will President Obama and Congressional Republicans take a more bipartisan approach than we’ve seen over the past six years – especially as it relates to key energy issues such as Keystone XL and oil exports?
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