Technological developments in bitumen upgradation, horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing (or “fracking”) have enabled the exploitation of previously inaccessible resources. At the same time, technology is helping reduce the overall environmental impact of energy extraction while increasing the efficiency of exploration and development. Wild cards like volatile markets and unexpected natural gas production add to both risk and reward.
The Blakes Oil & Gas group brings clarity, perspective and experience to this exciting yet uncertain environment. Our lawyers possess in-depth knowledge of unconventional oil and gas projects across North America and around the world. Our multidisciplinary team of energy, M&A, tax, regulatory, financing, competition, infrastructure, litigation and intellectual property lawyers have taken the lead in some of the industry’s most complex and sophisticated financing and joint venture projects.
We have helped a deep and diverse client base, including national and global energy giants, investment funds and emerging clean technology (cleantech) companies, successfully resolving issues related to unconventional oil and gas exploration and production. In addition to providing transactional and operations advice, our regulatory lawyers represent clients before federal and provisional regulatory boards and tribunals, including the National Energy Board, the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board and the Ontario Energy Board. Our litigators represent clients at all levels of courts throughout Canada.