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Andrew J. Quackenbos

Andrew J. Quackenbos is an associate at King, Krebs & Jurgens, P.L.L.C., and practices in the areas of offshore, maritime, oil and gas, and construction litigation. His practice includes the handling of personal injury, contract, products liability and Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA) matters relating to the oil and gas, maritime, and construction industries. With a civil engineering degree and experience working in the construction and marine service industries, gives him a unique understanding of clients' needs.

Posts by Andrew J. Quackenbos

Offshore Fairness Act Proposes Extending States’ Offshore Jurisdiction

Posted in Offshore Jurisdiction

The offshore jurisdiction of states in the southeastern U.S. could triple in the relatively near future. Two Louisiana Congressmen, U.S. Sen. David Vitter and U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, recently introduced companion bills styled as the Offshore Fairness Act (OFA), which would extend the offshore jurisdictions of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida (partially), Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina… Continue Reading

BOEM Five Year Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing Program Under Attack

Posted in Energy, Offshore Oil

The Center for Sustainable Economy, a non-profit public interest consulting firm, filed a lawsuit today against the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) in an attempt to halt that agency’s first approved five-year Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing Program since the BP oil spill. The Program, which establishes a schedule for 2012-2017… Continue Reading

Costa Concordia – Lessons Learned and Path Forward

Posted in Marine Services, Maritime Contracts, Ports & Cargo Shipping

When the Costa Concordia ran aground on a reef off Giglio Island near the Tuscan coast of Italy last month, owners and insurers of vessels certainly paid attention.  How could they not?  The incident was the most noteworthy shipping casualty since the Exxon Valdez disaster, and it is now being called the biggest ever shipping… Continue Reading

Pressure on Hydraulic Fracturing Operations Continues to Rise

Posted in Energy, Hydraulic Fracturing

With 2011 in the rearview, businesses all over the country are looking forward to fresh start in 2012.  But the opportunity to start fresh will elude natural gas producers partaking in hydraulic fracturing operations, as recent events in Ohio have caused additional uproar concerning the practice.  On December 30, 2011, Ohio state officials ordered the… Continue Reading

EPA links hydraulic fracturing with groundwater contamination

Posted in Energy, Hydraulic Fracturing, Marine Services

Last month, I looked at the EPA’s November 2011 plan to study the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources and the implications of that plan for oil and gas producers. A new draft report issued by the EPA may be an early indicator that the EPA will, indeed, find that hydraulic fracturing… Continue Reading

EPA proposes new vessel general permits–let the games begin.

Posted in Energy, Marine Services, Maritime Contracts, Ports & Cargo Shipping

The EPA issued drafts of two vessel general permits seeking to regulate discharge from commercial vessels (military and recreational vessels are excluded) on November 30. The draft permits – (1) Vessel General Permit for Discharges Incidental to The Normal Operation of Vessels (VGP) and (2) Small Vessel General Permit for Discharges Incidental to The Normal… Continue Reading

EPA Studies Effects of Hydraulic Fracturing on Drinking Water Resources – Should Oil and Gas Producers Be Concerned?

Posted in Energy

On November 3, 2011, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a plan to study potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources.  The study, which is being conducted pursuant to Congress’s request, will focus on the effect of hydraulic fracturing in shale formations on drinking water sources during the five stages of the… Continue Reading