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Environmental Blog

The Gatekeepers’ Course: Navigating Evolving Trends in Corporate Governance and Compliance 05-29-2019

Vinson & Elkins invites you to a discussion of this year’s trending legal issues affecting public companies. This program is an excellent forum for internal legal teams to get perspectives from our lawyers on the issues companies are currently facing on a daily basis. 

BSEE 2019 Final Revisions to the Offshore Well Control Rule 05-22-2019

V&E Environmental and Natural Resources Update, May 22, 2019

On May 2, 2019, the federal Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (“BSEE”) announced final revisions to its Well Control Rule (“WCR”). BSEE proposed the revisions last year, as discussed in our previous publication.

6th Mergers & Acquisitions in Energy Conference 05-21-2019

V&E lawyers Shamus Crosby, Matt Dobbins, and Lande Spottswood will speak at the 6th Annual Mergers & Acquisitions in Energy Law Conference in Houston on Tuesday, May 21. 

Senate Passes S.B. 19-181 Amendments, Sending Bill to Governor for Signature 04-05-2019

With the state barely past the long and bitter fight surrounding Initiative 97/Proposition 112, the Legislature’s Senate Majority Leader and Speaker of the House introduced surprise legislation that, if enacted as proposed, revamps the role of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (“COGCC”) and elevates the power and level of input that local communities have with respect to oil and gas development activities.

Climate Leadership Conference 03-20-2019

On Wednesday, March 20, V&E partner Margaret Peloso will speak on the panel "Navigating the Burgeoning Climate Disclosure Landscape."

Law360 Names V&E Among 2018 “Energy Groups of the Year” 02-18-2019

For the ninth consecutive year, Vinson & Elkins has been named in Law360’s “Practice Groups of the Year” series in recognition of the firm’s industry leading energy transactional and litigation successes in 2018. The firm is one of only five named in the energy category this year.

Steve Gill and Jeremy Marwell Named 2018 Law360 MVPs 12-14-2018

Vinson & Elkins partners Steve Gill and Jeremy Marwell have been selected by Law360 as 2018 MVPs in the energy and environmental categories, respectively.

CRE.Converge 2018 10-17-2018

On Wednesday, October 17th, V&E partners Greg Cope and Chris Mangin and senior associate Sarah Fortt will be speaking on a panel titled “Advising the Board on Crisis Management” during the General Counsel Forum at CRE.Converge.

Former Assistant U.S. Attorney General Ron Tenpas Joins Vinson & Elkins 10-15-2018

Tenpas Adds Depth to Firm’s National Environmental and White Collar Practices

Ronald J. Tenpas, former Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, has joined Vinson & Elkins as a partner.

Eighth Annual Hydraulic Fracturing Symposium 10-03-2018

On October 3, 2018, V&E hosted our annual seminar discussing timely topics surrounding unconventional oil and gas development.

Developments in Governance and Disclosure: Climate Change Disclosure Developments 09-27-2018

Governance and Disclosure | Summer 2018

In March 2018, Swiss multinational investment bank UBS became the first foreign private investor to file an EU corporate sustainability report with the SEC through Form 6-K. UBS’s report, which was required to be created and filed in the EU countries in which UBS operates under the EU Non-Financial Reporting Directive, contains information that generally falls outside what has been considered material for reporting under the SEC’s 2010 Climate Change Guidance.

The American Lawyer Names V&E a 2018 Regional Litigation Department of the Year Finalist 09-24-2018

Vinson & Elkins has been named by The American Lawyer as a Regional Litigation Department of the Year finalist.

When CEOs Go Rogue: Director Oversight of Corporate Goodwill and Social Capital 09-05-2018

First published in NACD BoardTalk, September 4, 2018

“The CEO did what?” While this question may be popping up in boardrooms a lot lately, corporate reputation crises are not new.

Next steps for Keystone XL 08-21-2018

First published by the American Bar Association in Trends, May/June 2018, Volume 49, Number 5

In January 2018, TransCanada Corporation (TransCanada) announced that it had “commenced construction preparations” for its long-contested Keystone XL pipeline. TransCanada’s announcement comes after years of public opposition and permitting delays.

RRC Issues Inaugural Oil and Gas Monitoring and Enforcement Plan, Seeks to Inspect All Wells in Texas Beginning in FY 2019 06-21-2018

V&E Environmental and Natural Resources Update, June 21, 2018

On June 5, 2018, the Texas Railroad Commission (“RRC” or the “Commission”) released the final version of its inaugural Oil and Gas Monitoring and Enforcement Plan (“Annual Plan” or “Plan”).

31st Annual Environmental, Health & Safety Seminar 06-04-2018

V&E’s Emergency Response & Crisis Management practice is proud to sponsor the 31st Annual Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS) Seminar coordinated by the Texas Chemical Council (TCC) and Association of Chemical Industry of Texas (ACIT) in collaboration with the Louisiana Chemical Association (LCA) and the Louisiana Chemical Industry Alliance (LCIA).

Unnatural Disaster 04-25-2018

First published in The Environmental Forum, May - June 2018

As a society, we are devoted to the idea of spreading the costs of catastrophic losses. Continuing this commitment in the face of projected increases due to climate change will require ensuring that such programs also create incentives to engage in hazard mitigation. 

2018 J.B. & Maurice C. Shapiro Environmental Law Symposium: The Public Trust Doctrine in the 21st Century 03-15-2018

Join The George Washington University Law School, the Journal of Energy and Environmental Law, GW Environmental & Energy Law Association, and the Environmental Law Institute for a symposium on the Public Trust Doctrine in Washington, DC.

Legal Considerations for Corporate Climate Scenario Analysis 03-12-2018

Hosted by Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES)

V&E partner Margaret Peloso presented at the "Legal Considerations for Corporate Climate Scenario Analysis" webinar hosted by C2ES on March 12, 2018.

BLM Proposes to Eliminate Emissions-Related Provisions of Currently-Postponed Waste Prevention Rule 02-21-2018

V&E Shale Insights E-communication, February 21, 2018

On February 12, 2018, the Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”) released a pre-publication version of a proposed rule (the “Proposed Rule”) to modify the 2016 Waste Prevention Rule (the “Waste Prevention Rule”).

V&E Wins Significant Endangered Species Act Ruling 08-11-2017

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has issued a resounding victory to V&E client Lydia Ann Channel Moorings LLC, striking down an injunction issued under the Endangered Species Act that had shut down the company’s barge fleeting facility near the Port of Corpus Christi.

Outrigger Energy To Sell Permian Basin Midstream Assets for up to $1.5B to Targa Resources Partners 01-23-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised Outrigger Energy in the sale of 100% of the membership interests of Outrigger Delaware Operating, LLC, Outrigger Southern Delaware Operating, LLC and Outrigger Midland Operating, LLC to Targa Resources Corp.’s subsidiary Targa Resources Partners LP. Targa will pay initial cash consideration of $565 million for the membership interests.

Former Assistant U.S. Attorney General Ron Tenpas Joins Vinson & Elkins 10-15-2018

Tenpas Adds Depth to Firm’s National Environmental and White Collar Practices

Ronald J. Tenpas, former Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, has joined Vinson & Elkins as a partner.

Carrick Brooke-Davidson Joins V&E as Environmental Counsel 10-16-2017

Vinson & Elkins has bolstered its Environmental and Natural Resources practice with the addition of new counsel Carrick Brooke-Davidson, who brings to the firm more than three decades of experience as a private practitioner and as an attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice handling a wide range of environmental litigation, compliance and regulatory matters.

Renowned Trial Lawyer Robert M. Schick Rejoins V&E as Partner 06-19-2017

Robert M. Schick, a commercial trial attorney with more than 35 years of experience representing clients across a broad spectrum of industries, has rejoined Vinson & Elkins as a partner in the firm’s Houston office.

Law360 Names V&E Among 2018 “Energy Groups of the Year” 02-18-2019

For the ninth consecutive year, Vinson & Elkins has been named in Law360’s “Practice Groups of the Year” series in recognition of the firm’s industry leading energy transactional and litigation successes in 2018. The firm is one of only five named in the energy category this year.

Steve Gill and Jeremy Marwell Named 2018 Law360 MVPs 12-14-2018

Vinson & Elkins partners Steve Gill and Jeremy Marwell have been selected by Law360 as 2018 MVPs in the energy and environmental categories, respectively.

The American Lawyer Names V&E a 2018 Regional Litigation Department of the Year Finalist 09-24-2018

Vinson & Elkins has been named by The American Lawyer as a Regional Litigation Department of the Year finalist.

Margaret Peloso Selected as ABA Top 40 Young Lawyer 07-17-2017

Vinson & Elkins counsel Margaret Peloso has been selected as a 2017 American Bar Association “On the Rise – Top 40 Young Lawyer.” The award is given by the ABA Young Lawyers Division to 40 members who exemplify a broad range of high achievement, innovation, vision, leadership and legal and community service.

United States Lawyer Rankings Names V&E Partner Larry Nettles Top Environmental Lawyer 07-12-2017

For a tenth consecutive year, the United States Lawyer Rankings has recognized Vinson & Elkins partner Larry Nettles as the top environmental lawyer in the United States on its “Top 10 List” of lawyers considered the best in the country.

National Law Journal Names Kevin Gaynor An "Energy and Environmental Trailblazer" 06-02-2017

The National Law Journal (NLJ) has selected Vinson & Elkins partner Kevin Gaynor to its list of 2017 “Energy and Environmental Trailblazers.” As one of 50 legal professionals nationwide to be honored, Gaynor is recognized for his contributions and achievements in the environmental field.

The Gatekeepers’ Course: Navigating Evolving Trends in Corporate Governance and Compliance 05-29-2019

Vinson & Elkins invites you to a discussion of this year’s trending legal issues affecting public companies. This program is an excellent forum for internal legal teams to get perspectives from our lawyers on the issues companies are currently facing on a daily basis. 

6th Mergers & Acquisitions in Energy Conference 05-21-2019

V&E lawyers Shamus Crosby, Matt Dobbins, and Lande Spottswood will speak at the 6th Annual Mergers & Acquisitions in Energy Law Conference in Houston on Tuesday, May 21. 

Climate Leadership Conference 03-20-2019

On Wednesday, March 20, V&E partner Margaret Peloso will speak on the panel "Navigating the Burgeoning Climate Disclosure Landscape."

CRE.Converge 2018 10-17-2018

On Wednesday, October 17th, V&E partners Greg Cope and Chris Mangin and senior associate Sarah Fortt will be speaking on a panel titled “Advising the Board on Crisis Management” during the General Counsel Forum at CRE.Converge.

31st Annual Environmental, Health & Safety Seminar 06-04-2018

V&E’s Emergency Response & Crisis Management practice is proud to sponsor the 31st Annual Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS) Seminar coordinated by the Texas Chemical Council (TCC) and Association of Chemical Industry of Texas (ACIT) in collaboration with the Louisiana Chemical Association (LCA) and the Louisiana Chemical Industry Alliance (LCIA).

2018 J.B. & Maurice C. Shapiro Environmental Law Symposium: The Public Trust Doctrine in the 21st Century 03-15-2018

Join The George Washington University Law School, the Journal of Energy and Environmental Law, GW Environmental & Energy Law Association, and the Environmental Law Institute for a symposium on the Public Trust Doctrine in Washington, DC.

13th Annual Columbia University Energy Symposium 02-01-2018

V&E partner Robert Seber will speak on the "Peak Oil Demand: Transitioning to a Low Carbon World" panel at the 13th Annual Columbia University Energy Symposium on Thursday, February 1.

Oil & Gas Environmental Conference 11-28-2017

V&E Environmental & Natural Resources attorney Carrick Brooke-Davidson will present “EPA’s Mitigation Policy in Civil Enforcement: A Sleeping Giant?” at the Oil & Gas Environmental Conference on Tuesday, November 28.

V&E and ERM Roundtable: How Best to Deliver Business Outcomes in a Safe and Sustainable Manner 07-20-2017

Technology innovations are driving new production and cost savings in all industries. The impacts on staffing, required training, and complexity of operations are creating new safety issues and putting a premium on risk analysis. 

Responding Effectively to Environmental Shareholder Activism 07-11-2017

Energy Series Logo - Mini Thumbnail - 50px WideJoin us for a discussion of environmental shareholder activism and strategies you should be implementing now for effective engagement in 2018.

30th Annual Environmental, Health & Safety Seminar 06-05-2017

V&E’s Emergency Response & Crisis Management practice is proud to sponsor the 30th Annual Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS) Seminar coordinated by the Texas Chemical Council (TCC) and Association of Chemical Industry of Texas (ACIT) in collaboration with the Louisiana Chemical Association (LCA) and the Louisiana Chemical Industry Alliance (LCIA). 

27th Annual Texas Wetlands Conference 01-23-2017

V&E Environmental & Natural Resources attorney Brandon Tuck will present at the 27th Annual Texas Wetlands Conference on January 23-24.

Eighth Annual Hydraulic Fracturing Symposium 10-03-2018

On October 3, 2018, V&E hosted our annual seminar discussing timely topics surrounding unconventional oil and gas development.

Legal Considerations for Corporate Climate Scenario Analysis 03-12-2018

Hosted by Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES)

V&E partner Margaret Peloso presented at the "Legal Considerations for Corporate Climate Scenario Analysis" webinar hosted by C2ES on March 12, 2018.

Seventh Annual Hydraulic Fracturing Symposium 10-04-2017

On October 4, 2017, V&E hosted our annual seminar discussing timely topics surrounding unconventional oil and gas development.

BSEE 2019 Final Revisions to the Offshore Well Control Rule 05-22-2019

V&E Environmental and Natural Resources Update, May 22, 2019

On May 2, 2019, the federal Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (“BSEE”) announced final revisions to its Well Control Rule (“WCR”). BSEE proposed the revisions last year, as discussed in our previous publication.

Senate Passes S.B. 19-181 Amendments, Sending Bill to Governor for Signature 04-05-2019

With the state barely past the long and bitter fight surrounding Initiative 97/Proposition 112, the Legislature’s Senate Majority Leader and Speaker of the House introduced surprise legislation that, if enacted as proposed, revamps the role of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (“COGCC”) and elevates the power and level of input that local communities have with respect to oil and gas development activities.

Developments in Governance and Disclosure: Climate Change Disclosure Developments 09-27-2018

Governance and Disclosure | Summer 2018

In March 2018, Swiss multinational investment bank UBS became the first foreign private investor to file an EU corporate sustainability report with the SEC through Form 6-K. UBS’s report, which was required to be created and filed in the EU countries in which UBS operates under the EU Non-Financial Reporting Directive, contains information that generally falls outside what has been considered material for reporting under the SEC’s 2010 Climate Change Guidance.

When CEOs Go Rogue: Director Oversight of Corporate Goodwill and Social Capital 09-05-2018

First published in NACD BoardTalk, September 4, 2018

“The CEO did what?” While this question may be popping up in boardrooms a lot lately, corporate reputation crises are not new.

Next steps for Keystone XL 08-21-2018

First published by the American Bar Association in Trends, May/June 2018, Volume 49, Number 5

In January 2018, TransCanada Corporation (TransCanada) announced that it had “commenced construction preparations” for its long-contested Keystone XL pipeline. TransCanada’s announcement comes after years of public opposition and permitting delays.

RRC Issues Inaugural Oil and Gas Monitoring and Enforcement Plan, Seeks to Inspect All Wells in Texas Beginning in FY 2019 06-21-2018

V&E Environmental and Natural Resources Update, June 21, 2018

On June 5, 2018, the Texas Railroad Commission (“RRC” or the “Commission”) released the final version of its inaugural Oil and Gas Monitoring and Enforcement Plan (“Annual Plan” or “Plan”).

Unnatural Disaster 04-25-2018

First published in The Environmental Forum, May - June 2018

As a society, we are devoted to the idea of spreading the costs of catastrophic losses. Continuing this commitment in the face of projected increases due to climate change will require ensuring that such programs also create incentives to engage in hazard mitigation. 

BLM Proposes to Eliminate Emissions-Related Provisions of Currently-Postponed Waste Prevention Rule 02-21-2018

V&E Shale Insights E-communication, February 21, 2018

On February 12, 2018, the Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”) released a pre-publication version of a proposed rule (the “Proposed Rule”) to modify the 2016 Waste Prevention Rule (the “Waste Prevention Rule”).

BlackRock’s 2018 CEO Letter: A New “Sense of Purpose” For Corporate America? 01-24-2018

V&E Corporate Governance Update E-communication, January 24, 2018

From the lips of the world’s largest investor, these words have created a shockwave across corporate America. In his 2018 letter to CEOs, entitled “A Sense of Purpose,” BlackRock CEO Larry Fink also observes that “[s]ociety is demanding that companies…serve a social purpose,” and argues that without such purpose, “no company…can achieve its full potential.”

Unwinding the Finding 12-05-2017

First published by Texas Lawyer, December 5, 2017

Combatants on both sides of the battle over regulating greenhouse gases see the 2009 Endangerment Finding as an on-off switch: With the Finding “on,” all Clean Air Act circuits stay activated, forcing regulation/frustrating deregulation. 

September 1 Changes to Texas Insurance Law for Property Claims Following Hurricane Harvey 08-30-2017

V&E Property Insurance Law Update E-communication, August 30, 2017

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, there has been some confusion about the effect of Texas House Bill 1774 (“H.B. 1774”), which goes into effect on Friday, September 1 and amends certain provisions of the Texas Insurance Code for first-party claims under property policies caused by a “force of nature” (including floods, hurricanes, and rainstorms). 

How Will Brexit Impact the Energy Policy? 06-26-2017

First published on Lexis®PSL Environment, June 26, 2017

Environment analysis: Alex Msimang, partner, Jessica Biddle, senior associate, and Margaret Peloso, counsel, at Vinson & Elkins, say the UK can be seen to have taken the lead in shaping EU energy policy in many respects and so the ramifications of the UK’s exit from the EU on the energy sector are expected to be widely felt--such as in relation to the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS).

New Pressure for Energy Over Environment? 05-03-2017

First published by The National Law Journal , May 3, 2017

A well-worn stereotype portrays American corporations and particularly the energy industry as ambivalent at best about the environment.

Not in the Interest of Disclosure: Trump White House Strikes Down Mineral Resource Disclosure Rule 02-22-2017

V&E Environmental & FCPA/Anti-Corruption Update E-communication, February 22, 2017

On February 14, President Trump signed H.J. Res. 41, which, pursuant to the Congressional Review Act (CRA), repeals the mineral resource disclosure rule called for by the 2010 Dodd-Frank Law.

Trump Administration Acts to Reduce Regulations and Control Regulatory Costs 02-09-2017

V&E Environmental Law Update E-communication, February 9, 2017

During the week of January 30, the Trump administration took steps to make potentially dramatic changes to the landscape for promulgating federal regulations. 

Congress Uses Congressional Review Act to Strike Down Obama Administration Rules 02-03-2017

V&E Environmental Law Update E-communication, February 3, 2017

After passing in both the House and Senate, bills to disapprove of the Department of the Interior’s Stream Protection Rule and the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) mineral resource extraction disclosure rule are now headed to the White House for President Trump’s signature. 

Trump Administration Acts to Advance Infrastructure Projects and Pipeline Development 01-26-2017

V&E Environmental Law Update E-communication, January 26, 2017

On Tuesday, January 24, 2017, the Trump administration acted to address two highly controversial infrastructure-related decisions by the Obama Administration: the rejection of the Keystone XL Pipeline and the deferral of the Dakota Access Pipeline for further environmental review.  

EPA Expands Risk Management Requirements 01-19-2017

V&E Emergency Response and Crisis Management Update E-communication, January 19, 2017

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has substantially revised its Risk Management Program (RMP) rule aimed at preventing chemical facility accidents, a move that will affect industrial facilities that handle threshold amounts of regulated chemicals. 

Recent EPA Actions Open Windows of Project Permitting Opportunity in Houston and Dallas Areas 11-22-2016

V&E Environmental Law Update E-communication, November 22, 2016

EPA recently finalized two determinations for greater Houston and Dallas that may meaningfully reduce the requirements to obtain air quality permits in those two areas. 

Oil and Gas Beware, Regulations Are in the Air: EPA Takes the Next Step in Expanding Air Regulations by Issuing Final Control Techniques Guidelines (CTG) for Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Emissions 11-10-2016

V&E Environmental Law Update E-communication, November 10, 2016

EPA recently issued Final Control Techniques Guidelines for the oil and gas industry.

EPA’s National Enforcement Initiatives for Fiscal Years 2017–2019 10-01-2016

On October 1, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (“EPA”) National Enforcement Initiatives (“NEIs”) for fiscal years 2017-2019 took effect.

A Closer Look at EPA's New Methane Rules for the Oil and Gas Industry 06-22-2016

On May 12, 2016, EPA issued a slate of final rules and an information request under the Clean Air Act directed at the oil and gas industry. This is the first time EPA is directly regulating methane as a greenhouse gas. These rules will have widespread application to the oil and gas industry, including production, processing, transmission, and storage. 

Workers’ Compensation Insurance: Do You Have the Coverage You Think You Do? 06-03-2016

There are several benefits to workers’ compensation insurance. For example, it provides benefits to an employee in the event of a workplace injury and provides an exclusive remedy protecting the employer from most types of negligence claims.

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