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1 2014 OCS Workshop Getting Back to Business Anadarko Tower The Woodlands, Texas January 23, 2014 Recent Offshore Oil and Gas Litigation, Impact and Interpretation Lambert M. Laperouse

2 Gulf Restoration Network, Inc. v. Salazar, 683 F. 3d 158 (5th Cir. 2012). Challenges to DOI approvals of Exploration Plans (EPs) and Development Operations Coordination Documents (DOCDs) Alleged violations of Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA) and of National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) Categorical exclusions from NEPA requirements for environmental assessment (EA) or environmental impact statement (EIS)

3 Gulf Restoration Network, Inc. v. Salazar, 683 F. 3d 158 (5th Cir. 2012). Continued: 4 Administrative Stages 5 year leasing plan Lease sales Exploration by Lessee Development and Production by Lessee Participation in administrative proceedings

4 Defenders of Wildlife v. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, 684 F. 3d (11th Cir. 2012). Challenge to BOEM approval of Exploration Plan (EP) Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) Agency compliance with National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) and Endangered Species Act (ESA)

5 Total E & P USA, Inc. v. Kerr-McGee Oil & Gas Corp., 719 F.3d 428 (5th Cir. 2013). Section 304 of the Outer Continental Shelf Deep Water Royalty Relief Act (DWRRA) 87.5 million barrels of oil equivalent … shall be calculated and paid in the same manner and subject to the same terms and conditions as the land owners royalty … [Calculate and Pay provision] Terms of art, ambiguous, extrinsic evidence

6 Wuellner Oil & Gas, Inc. v. EnCana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc., 861 F.Supp.2d 775 (W.D. La. 2012). Binding effect of unrecorded agreements on third parties Personal obligations vs. real obligations Stipulation pour autrui stipulation manifestly clear certainty as to benefit provided benefit is not mere incident of the contract

7 Eagle Pipe and Supply, Inc. v. Amerada Hess Corp., 79 So.3d 246 (La. 2011). Subsequent purchaser rule Assignment or subrogation of personal rights is required

8 Cimarex Energy Company v. Chastant, No , 2013 WL (5th Cir. 2013). Calculation of lessors royalty Does Lessor royalty include revenues obtained by Lessee through hedging transactions?

9 Fairfield Royalty Corp. v. Island Operating Company, Inc., No , 2012 WL (E.D. La. 2012). Are employees of contract operator borrowed employees of designated operator? Claim of overriding royalty interest owner for lost profits resulting from shutting-in platform

10 In re ATP Oil & Gas Corp., ADV , 2014 WL (Bankr. S.D. Tex. Jan. 6, 2014). Transfer of overriding royalty interests and net profits interests Conveyances of Real Right transfers or disguised financing transactions? Recharacterization standard under Louisiana law Inconsistencies with a term ORRI Inconsistencies with a loan

11 Cutting Underwater Technologies USA, Inc. v. Eni U.S. Operating, 671 F. 3d 512 (5th Cir. 2012). Louisiana Oil Well Lien Act (LOWLA) Operations are every activity conducted by or for a Lessee on a well site for the purpose of … abandoning a well. Does abandoning a well encompass removal of a platform? Does abandoning a well mean plugging and abandoning?

12 Oracle 1031 Exchange, LLC v. Bourque, 85 So. 3d 736 (La. App. 3 Cir. 2012). Liability in solido of Lessee, and its subsidiaries, for royalty payment obligations Pierce the corporate veil Will filing concursus/interpleader proceedings eliminate right to damages for nonpayment of royalties?

13 Grand Isle Shipyards, Inc. v. Black Elk Energy, L.L.C., No , 2013 WL (E.D. La. Aug. 2, 2013). Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) Is there a valid arbitration agreement between the parties? Does the dispute in question fall within the scope of the agreement? Binding vs. permissive arbitration

14 W&T Offshore, Inc. v. Apache Corp., 918 F. Supp. 2d 601 (S.D. Tex. 2013). Dispute over Production Handling Agreement (PHA) allocations and charges Claims for conversion, negligent misrepresentation, gross negligence and fraud Application of Louisiana law under OCSLA Application of doctrine of contra non valentem

15 Mendez v. Anadarko Petroleum Corp., 466 F. App'x 316 (5th Cir. 2012), cert. denied) 133 S. Ct. 979 (2013). Jones Act Claim Is the Red Hawk spar a vessel?

16 Riley v. Alexander/Ryan Marine Services Co., No. 3:12-CV-00158, 2013 WL (S.D. Tex. Oct. 24, 2013). Jones Act Claim Is the Mad Dog spar a vessel?

17 Hall Ponderosa, L.L.C. v. Petrohawk Properties, L.P., 90 So.3d 512 (La. App. 3 Cir. 2012). Claim for reformation of contract Clear and explicit provisions Mutual mistake Failure to read contract not a defense

18 Elite Coil Tubing Solutions, L.L.C. v. Guillory, 93 So. 3d 861 (La. App. 2 Cir. 2012). Violation of non-competition covenant Geographical restriction requirement Description of protected business required

19 Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. v. Babcock, 703 F.3d 284 (5th Cir. 2012). Violation of non-competition covenant Geographical restriction requirement

20 Clovelly Oil Co., L.L.C. v. Midstates Petroleum Co., L.L.C., 112 So. 3d 187 (La. 2013). Public Records Doctrine Binding effect of unrecorded operating agreement on working interest owners mortgagee

21 In Re: Oil Spill by the Oil Rig Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico, on April 20, 2010, Multi District Litigation No

22 BOPCO, L.P. v. Ward, 103 So. 3d 1159 (La. App. 3 Cir. 2012). Forfeiture of rights due to non-consent of lease saving operation Is liability for existing plug and abandonment obligations eliminated?

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