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Morgan K.,Bracewell and Giuliani
GPA Annual Convention Proceedings | Year: 2012

A discussion on the role of regulation in oil and gas pipeline development covers trends in oil and gas production, e.g., the shale gas revolution; trends in natural gas prices; natural gas exports; the need for new pipeline infrastructure; regulation of interstate natural gas and liquids pipelines; how FERC's common carrier regulation of liquids pipelines impact the development of new infrastructure; approval process for new projects; flexibility in negotiating rates; access to natural gas pipeline capacity; and coordinating federal, state, and local approvals. This is an abstract of a paper presented at the 91st Annual Convention of the GPA 2012 (New Orleans, LA 4/15-18/2012).

Halpern J.N.,Bracewell and Giuliani | Herrina L.B.,Bracewell and Giuliani
Oil and Gas Journal | Year: 2010

The present for oil and gas companies are considering the dramatic and aggressive enforcement of ant bribery laws globally. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) requires issuers to make and maintain accurate books and records of their financial transactions, not just of bribe-related deals. The Department of Justice (DOJ) has highlighted the prospect of substantial prison time for individuals who violate the FCPA and hailed the sentence as an important milestone in our effort to deter foreign bribery. The DOJ is using undercover-operation techniques common in organized crime and narcotics trafficking investigations to make FCPA cases. According to the Corruption Perceptions Index from Transparency International, China, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Nigeria, Kazakhstan, Russia, Central African Republic register some of the highest corruption scores. A high-level manager should oversee implementation and oversight of the compliance program and should be able to report directly to the board or its audit committee on compliance issues, including reports of misconduct.

Alonso R.,Bracewell and Giuliani | Snyder S.Y.,Bracewell and Giuliani | Wilkins T.,Bracewell and Giuliani
Power Engineering | Year: 2014

By anticipating challenges and taking a proactive strategy to a permit's administrative record, project proponents can take affirmative steps to make their permits as defensible as possible. Doing so can be beneficial for a number of reasons: (i) a strong record may dissuade the environmental groups from challenging your project in the first instance and (ii) a strong record will help uphold your permit or the agency's approval in the event of a legal challenge. While such a strategy may involve more upfront work and expense, in the long run, it can make the difference between starting construction of your project on time instead of suffering years of vastly costly litigation and potentially years of project delays. "The most potent tool for blocking many industrial projects is a challenge to their preconstruction Clean Air Act permits".

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