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Will COVID-19 Increase Oil Demand? [Gaille Energy Blog Issue 86]

In 2003, China saw a preview of COVID-19 in the form of another coronavirus called SARS.  SARS struck Hong Kong and sent a wave of change across China.  Yet most Americans were oblivious to its existence.  At the time, though,... Continue Reading →

Suspension Agreements as an Alternative to Force Majeure [Gaille Energy Blog Issue 82]

Lawyers often gain valuable experience by accident.  This was the case with me and force majeure.  A couple of weeks after 9/11, I joined Occidental Petroleum’s business development office in Dubai.  As the youngest person on the team, I received... Continue Reading →

Venezuela’s Oil Production Crash: Another Sad Chapter of Socialism [Gaille Energy Blog Issue 63]

When I last visited the Venezuelan cities of Caracas and Puerto La Cruz in 2007, Hugo Chavez was sowing the seeds of the nation’s economic destruction: “Venezuela demanded changes to the agreements made by international oil companies that would give... Continue Reading →

Gaddafi’s Violent Legacy Continues to Haunt Libya’s Energy Industry [Gaille Energy Blog Issue 60]

More than six years after Muammar Gaddafi’s death, the violence in Libya continues. Attackers bombed a major Libyan pipeline, reducing the nation’s production by ~100,000 barrels per day: “Libya is rife with rival militias and armed groups, some in competition... Continue Reading →

Vinson & Elkins at 100: The Rivalry with Baker Botts [Gaille Energy Blog Issue 48]

The rivalry between V&E and BB started in the 1870s—in the small East Texas town of Huntsville.  A young couple moved next door to the forty-something Bakers.  The Bakers’ new neighbors were Walker County Sheriff Elkins and his young wife,... Continue Reading →

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