November 16, 2016

Energy Politics in the South China Sea

Territorial claims in the South China Sea are typically viewed through a nationalist or military lens. However, these labels may obscure the true aim of nations seeking …

November 16, 2016

Oil Companies Look to the Tech Startup World to Breathe Life into Revenues Hit by Deflated Oil Prices

Introduction: The Current Oil Industry Landscape It is no secret that oil price volatility over the past year and a half has caused turmoil in the energy …

November 7, 2016

Seven Takeaways from the Most Recent World Energy Council Report

The World Energy Council—a global energy body accredited by the United Nations and made up of over 3,000 member organizations in 90 countries[1]—has released a report that …

 
November 7, 2016

Proposed Fed Rules Could End Financial Holding Companies’ Participation in Physical Commodities Activities

The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve released proposed regulations on Financial Holding Companies’ (“FHC”) participation in physical commodities activities.[1] Upon review of these activities and …

October 31, 2016

Solar-Energy Companies Investigated Over Tax Incentives

The manner in which seven solar-energy companies — both foreign and domestically owned — use tax incentives paid out by the United States federal government has drawn …

October 30, 2016

Produced Water Management: A Comparative Study

The production of oil is a water-intensive endeavor. This is especially true in hydraulic fracturing, where a single well may require between 2.4 million to 7.8 million …

October 25, 2016

Quack Quack: Is The Prairie-Chicken Problem Back? Update on the Lesser Prairie Chicken Conservation Efforts

In September 2015, a Western District of Texas court vacated the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (“USFWS”)’s designation of the lesser prairie chicken (“prairie chicken”) as …

October 25, 2016

Amazon Announces New Texas Wind Farm Project

Amazon recently announced the company’s largest renewable energy project to date, a new wind farm in Texas. The objectives are to realize Amazon’s goal and company-wide initiative …

May 8, 2016

Ladra v. New Dominion: Opening the Door to Tort Liability for Earthquake Damage Caused by Energy Companies

As someone who attended college at the University of Oklahoma, I can attest to the exponential rise in earthquakes in the state first-hand. In fact, I am …

May 8, 2016

BP Oil Spill: Despite Unprecedented Research and Analysis, Severity of Environmental Impact Still Uncertain 6 Years Later

As we approach the sixth anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, which for 87 days in 2010 leaked millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf …