Philadelphia partner Ron Sarachan spoke at the Oilfield Services Law Conference Monday, Oct. 10, in Houston, Texas.
The conference was presented by the Institute for Energy Law — The Center for American and International Law. It highlighted the allocation of risk between operators and contractors, new SEC rules, robust anti-corruption compliance, litigation trends, environmental concerns and regulations and intellectual property issues.
Ron, a partner in the firm's Commercial Litigation Practice Group, spoke as part of a panel discussion of “Key Environmental Issues Facing the Oilfield Services Industry.”
The panel focused its discussions on the post-Macondo impacts to the environmental programs of oilfield service companies, along with the status of civil and criminal prosecutions related to gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale and around the country. The panelists also discussed the current and anticipated further regulation of hydraulic fracturing activities, including the status of moratoria, bans, and passed and pending litigation, and government enforcement and private party litigation.