North America

November 27, 2015

How the SEC’s New Crowdfunding Rules Are Creating Options for Oil and Gas Financing

Texas is a unique case study for sustained economic growth. Part of the reason that the state keeps growing is that job growth has not just been …

November 24, 2015

An Update on the U.S. Crude Oil Export Ban: Is an end to the ban in sight?

In response to an ever-changing global energy market, the United States House of Representatives recently voted 261-158 to repeal a 40-year-old ban on crude oil exports.[1]  H.R. …

November 18, 2015

Fowl Play: Oil Industry Dodges Attack of the Prairie Chicken

On September 1, 2015, a Federal District Judge in the Western District of Texas vacated the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s designation of the lesser prairie chicken …

November 3, 2015

More Natural Gas, Less Coal: Texas’ Electricity Grid Reacts to Low Gas Prices and Regulatory Pressure

Emissions regulations and cheap natural gas prices are fueling an increase in the number of natural gas fired power plants in Texas. This trend is likely to …

January 19, 2015

Exporting Condensates

The Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) recently issued private advisory opinions (AOs) approving two energy companies’ plans to export lightly processed condensate. This …

February 24, 2014

The Utica Shale: Finally Living Up to the Hype?

By Carly Gaines – 2L   In what has been one of the most anticipated, if not uncertain, areas of shale development for North America, the Utica …

February 24, 2014

Sell the Surplus – Relaxing Regulations on Crude Exports

By Barrett Robin – 2L   U.S. Gulf Coast refineries are beginning to receive surplus crude as a result of the recent boom in domestic oil production, as …