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3 Types of Indemnities (Energy Construction) [Gaille Energy Blog Issue 79]

An indemnity is one party’s agreement to hold another harmless for certain types of claims or losses.  A typical definition of Indemnify would be as follows: “Indemnify” means release, reimburse, protect, indemnify, compensate, make whole, make good, hold harmless, and... Continue Reading →

Unanticipated Site Conditions & Energy Construction Agreements [Gaille Energy Blog Issue 78]

Contractors are generally entitled to seek additional compensation (a “price adjustment”) for encountering unanticipated site conditions. The more challenging question is defining what, precisely, constitutes an unanticipated site condition.  For example, in the clause below, unanticipated remains undefined: If contractor encounters unanticipated site... Continue Reading →

Every Young Lawyer Needs a Mentor [Gaille Energy Blog Issue 77]

Over the last seven years, I’ve had the privilege of teaching the Energy Law Seminar to several hundred students at The University of Chicago Law School.  Many of my students end up practicing law in Houston, where they regularly seek... Continue Reading →

Strange Tales of Energy Travel: Togo’s Crucifixion Beach [Gaille Energy Blog Issue 76]

Energy companies often do business in places that are not part of the Instagram travel circuit.  Visas can be difficult to obtain, and tourism is virtually non-existent.  These nations also tend to be home to extraordinary characters with unusual stories. ... Continue Reading →

Comparison of Pipeline Drilling Methods: Bores, HDDs & Direct Pipes [Gaille Energy Blog Issue 75]

Over the course of their construction, pipelines encounter many obstacles that require the use of subsurface tunnels.  Such tunnels enable the pipeline to pass beneath roadways, railroads, rivers, and environmentally sensitive areas without disturbing them. There are three principal methods... Continue Reading →

Pipeline Crossings of Underground Obstructions [Gaille Energy Blog Issue 74]

More than 2.5 million miles of pipeline move American oil and gas production to refineries and consumers.  The U.S. Energy Information Administration is tracking an additional $100 billion of new natural gas projects, which would add more than 10,000 miles... Continue Reading →

Career Advice for Young Energy Lawyers [Gaille Energy Blog Issue 73]

Lawyers in the energy industry bear a particularly steep learning curve. It is not enough to just be an expert in legal disciplines such as transactions or litigation. Industry expertise is required, as well. Energy law is a many-layered cake... Continue Reading →

How to Get A’s in Law School [Gaille Energy Blog Issue 72]

I'm looking forward to teaching the Energy Law Seminar again this Fall at The University of Chicago.  As a professor there, I am often approached by prospective law students seeking advice about law school and legal careers.  My guidance always... Continue Reading →

Should the Energy Industry Care About Judge Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court Nomination? [Gaille Energy Blog Issue 71]

The energy industry has increasingly found itself in the crossfires of American politics—with Democrats rallying around renewables and Republicans generally supporting fossil fuels.  The 2016 Democratic Party Platform even proposes ending consumption of fossil fuels entirely by 2050: This polarization... Continue Reading →

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