BOEM Announces Proposal to Sell 73 Million Acres of Gulf of Mexico Leases

By | Louisiana Law Blog | March 22, 2017
GOM By Tod J. Everage With less than one week on the job, newly-confirmed Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke announced that BOEM will offer 73,000,000 acres of lease space located in the Gulf of Mexico for oil and gas exploration. Proposed Lease Sale 249 is currently scheduled for August 16, 2017, and will include all unleased areas of federal waters in the GOM. View Full Post
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SEC Changes the Regulatory Landscape of Intrastate and Regional Securities Offerings – Rule 147 Amendments Become Effective April 20, 2017

By | Louisiana Law Blog | March 22, 2017
SEC By David P. Hamm, Jr. On October 26, 2016, the SEC adopted final rules that (1) modernize Rule 147, (2) create a new Rule 147A, (3) amend Rule 504, and (4) repeal Rule 505 (collectively, the “Amendments”). The adopting release can be found here. View Full Post
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Delaware Court of Chancery Provides Additional Guidance On the Application of the Business Judgment Rule in the Context of a Controller Buyout

By | Louisiana Law Blog | March 20, 2017
stock By David P. Hamm, Jr. In In re Books-A-Million, Inc. Stockholders Litigation, the Delaware Court of Chancery dismissed a suit by minority stockholders (the “Plaintiffs”) alleging that several fiduciaries breached their duties in connection with a squeeze-out merger (the “Merger”) through which the controlling stockholders of Books-A-Million, Inc. View Full Post
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EPA Delays Effective Date of RMP

By | Louisiana Law Blog | March 15, 2017
chem By R. Lee Vail, P.E., Ph.D. On February 28, 2017, the EPA received a petition from the “RMP Coalition” for reconsideration and a request for a stay from the amendments to the RMP rule. The RMP Coalition consists of several affected industry trade groups, manufacturing groups, and the Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America. View Full Post
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Transgender Employee Restroom Access Rights Remain in Flux

By | Louisiana Law Blog | March 10, 2017
bath By Erin Kilgore and Scott Huffstetler As with any change in administration, this is a time of uncertainty.  One example is the rights of transgender individuals to access certain restrooms in the workplace, which, based on recent events, will likely continue to be a source of uncertainty for many employers. View Full Post
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EPA RMP Requirements: Information Availability

By | Louisiana Law Blog | March 8, 2017
plant By Lee Vail, P.E., Ph.D. On March 14, 2016, Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) proposed changes to the Risk Management Plan Program (“RMP”) Rule . On January 13, 2017, the EPA published a new final rule.  This is the final article in a series that addresses five major changes: root cause analysis for near misses, third-party audits, inherently safer technology, emergency response, and availability of information. View Full Post
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United States Fifth Circuit Upholds Dismissal of Flood Protection Authority Case Against Oil and Gas Industry Members

By | Louisiana Law Blog | March 3, 2017
On March 3, 2017, the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals issued its long-awaited opinion in the matter of Board of Commissioners of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East, et al. vs. Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, LLC, et al., No 15-30162, Slip Op. View Full Post
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Effective Immediately, EPA Withdraws Information Collection Request for Methane Emissions from Existing Oil & Gas Sources

By | Louisiana Law Blog | March 3, 2017
EPA By Brittany Buckley Salup On March 2, 2017, the EPA withdrew its information collection request (ICR) regarding methane emissions from existing oil and gas facilities.  EPA finalized and issued the underlying ICR on November 10, 2016.  Since that time, EPA sent letters to thousands of owners and operators in the oil and gas industry, requiring them to complete surveys regarding their existing facilities.  View Full Post
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EPA RMP Requirements: Emergency Response Preparedness Requirements

By | Louisiana Law Blog | February 27, 2017
chem By Lee Vail, P.E., Ph.D. On March 14, 2016, Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) proposed changes to the Risk Management Plan Program (“RMP”) Rule . On January 13, 2017, the EPA published a new final rule.  This a fifth in a planned series that will address five major changes: root cause analysis for near misses, third-party audits, inherently safer technology, emergency response, and availability of information. View Full Post
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