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Bradley Murchison’s lawyers work closely with oil and gas – related governmental entities including FERC, BOEM, ONRR, and BSEE and stay abreast of regulations, rules, policies and practices that are pertinent to the business of our clients. Our attorneys participate, as appropriate, in policy discussions with industry players and government agencies that impact the Oil and Gas industry.

 

Our attorneys have demonstrable experience assisting oil and gas companies, investors, individuals, pipeline companies, and other business entities in resolving issues with federal entities including prosecuting their rights before such agencies; guiding regulatory compliance; providing government relations services at the federal, state and local levels to clients in their various interactions with regulatory bodies.

 

Our attorneys handle matters such as regulatory compliance and filing with the US Department of the Interior – Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), relative to Oil & Gas Assignments, Designations of Operators, General and Supplemental Financial Assurance; disputes related to unitization, high bids rejections, decommissioning assessment liabilities, and producibility in paying quantities with the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE); Orders to pay Delay Rental or Royalties disputes with the Office of Natural Resources Revenues (ONRR); appeals before the Interior Board of Lands Appeals (IBLA) with the Office of Hearings and Appeals.

 

Our attorneys have extensive experience practicing before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and other local, state and federal regulatory agencies. We know how to guide our midstream, intrastate and interstate natural gas and oil pipeline clients through complex energy-related contracting matters and often daunting regulations, procedures, audits and enforcement actions. Additionally, we can assist shippers and customers of oil and gas pipelines and midstream companies in negotiating and structuring contracts and providing representation of their interests in FERC proceedings.

 

Our attorneys have several years of representing local, regional and international companies and advocating on their behalf before various federal agencies, from mineral rights acquisition to divestment, including environment, people and safety concerns. The Firm’s extensive oil and gas regulatory experience dovetails with its Oil & Gas Business Transactions and Operations and ensures that clients are provided well-rounded and balanced advice at all stages of their ventures (e.g. Mergers, Acquisition, Divestiture, and Finance).


Representative Matters

Successful negotiations between small and large independent companies and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) to address funding to secure abandonment and decommissioning liabilities for leases and rights-of-way on the Outer Continental Shelf, Gulf of Mexico region, U.S.

 

Representation of small independent oil and gas companies before the Interior Board of Land Appeals concerning supplemental and general financial assurance, suspension of operations (SOO’s), suspension of production (SOP’s), incidents of non-compliance (INC’s), and assessments of civil penalties.

 

Developing regulatory strategy for midstream, intrastate/Section 311 and interstate natural gas and oil pipeline companies.

 

Structuring contracts for interstate, intrastate and Section 311 natural gas pipeline; transportation services, including precedent agreements for infrastructure projects, interconnection agreements and transportation service agreements.

 

Managing FERC construction proceedings, including preparation of Section 7(c) certificate applications, prior notice applications under blanket construction certificates, and associated pleadings, as well as working with FERC Staff;
Representation of clients in rate and tariff proceedings, including preparation of pleadings, reports and other filings.

 

Providing on-site or web-based counseling, training and guidance to management and compliance groups within companies regarding FERC compliance and enforcement.

 

Establishing and implementing FERC Compliance Plans, including developing implementation procedures required by FERC Standards of Conduct and best practices.

 

Performing compliance reviews and updates to manuals and materials; and administering internal and external compliance investigations and reporting.

Awards

Bradley Murchison ranked by Best Law Firms© in Metropolitan Tier 1, New Orleans, Commercial Litigation, 2020

Bradley Murchison ranked by Best Law Firms© in Metropolitan Tier 1, Shreveport, Commercial Litigation, 2020

Bradley Murchison ranked by Best Law Firms© in Metropolitan Tier 1, Shreveport, Energy Law, 2020

Bradley Murchison ranked by Best Law Firms© in Metropolitan Tier 1, Shreveport, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants, 2020

Bradley Murchison ranked by Best Law Firms© in Metropolitan Tier 1, Shreveport, Oil & Gas Law, 2020

Bradley Murchison ranked by Best Law Firms© in Metropolitan Tier 2, Shreveport, Arbitration, 2020

Bradley Murchison ranked by Best Law Firms© in Top Listed City Awards, having 6 lawyers in Shreveport listed for Energy Law, 2020

Malcolm S. Murchison named the Best Lawyers© 2020 Natural Resources Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Shreveport

Joseph L. Shea, Jr. named the Best Lawyers© 2020 Energy Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Shreveport

David R. Taggart named the Best Lawyers© 2020 Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants “Lawyer of the Year”

Bradley Murchison ranked as a leading law firm by Chambers USA in Energy & Natural Resources: Oil & Gas, 2013 – Present


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