Hold On to Your Insurance … Federal Court Certifies Deepwater Horizon Questions to Texas Supreme Court

By | Energy & the Law | September 6, 2013
Hold On to Your Insurance … Federal Court Certifies Deepwater Horizon Questions to Texas Supreme Court

BP’s woes from the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf continue. The federal Fifth Circuit in In re: Deepwater Horizon, withdrew an opinion of a three-judge panel and certified questions for consideration by the Supreme Court of Texas. Resolution of this dispute could significantly impact insurance law in Texas, which would demand energy companies to immediately and carefully review their insurance programs.

Fifth Circuit Reverses District Court, Holds BP Was Entitled to Additional Insured Coverage Under Insurer’s Policy for Environmental Claims

Fifth Circuit Reverses District Court, Holds BP Was Entitled to Additional Insured Coverage Under Insurer’s Policy for Environmental Claims

This environmental coverage action arises from the explosion and sinking of Transocean’s Deepwater Horizon oil platform in April 2010.  At issue were the obligations of Transocean’s primary and excess liability insurer to cover BP’s pollution-related environmental liabilities resulting from the ensuing oil spill.

OCS Operators Need to Consider EPCRA Reporting in Their Release Reporting Plans

By | The Energy Law Blog | March 7, 2013

The recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in Center for Biological Diversity, Inc. v. BP America Production Co., et al, no. 12-30136 (5th Cir. Jan. 9, 2013) (“CBD”), reversed in part the district court’s dismissal of citizen suit claims against BP in connection with the Deepwater Horizon incident