AUSTIN, Texas, August 1, 2013 -- In the Summer issue of the State Bar of Texas, Corporate Counsel Section newsletter, Baker Botts L.L.P. lawyers Pam Giblin and Amber MacIver provide brief reviews of several new air quality rules that impact onshore and offshore E&P activities and discuss evolving offshore jurisdictional issues.
Maintaining compliance with safety and environmental regulations for oil and gas exploration and production (“E&P”) activities in the United States is an increasingly complex challenge, Giblin and MacIver note in the opening of their article.
Federal and state agencies continuously implement new rules, many of which include additional recordkeeping and reporting burdens in addition to substantive requirements. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) is the driver of many of the changes at the federal level, but offshore, there are several federal agencies with jurisdiction, and the challenges are exacerbated by potentially overlapping jurisdictional and international issues.
Counsel for companies involved in E&P activities or with operations potentially impacted by E&P activities can assist their clients in spotting potential compliance issues in these areas, Giblin and MacIver state in the article.
The complete State Bar of Texas article is available here.
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