Bankruptcy Complications in Federal Offshore Decommissioning

  • A Virtual Setting
  • November 10, 2020 at 2pm MST


ERIC ANDREAS is an attorney in the Solicitor's Office with the Department of the Interior. He has worked extensively on resolving decommissioning issues related to offshore federal oil and gas leases involved in bankruptcy or insolvency. Mr. Andreas has litigated numerous cases before the IBLA relating to decommissioning liability on behalf of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement and has represented the bureau in numerous bankruptcies in conjunction with the Department of Justice. Before working in the Solicitor's Office, Mr. Andreas was a partner at Wiley Rein LLP. Prior to becoming an attorney, he was a marine geologist with the United States Geological Survey. He is also an adjunct professor at St. Mary's College of Maryland where he teaches a course in environmental law.



RYAN LAMB currently serves as an Attorney-Advisor in the Division of Mineral Resources with the Office of the Solicitor at the Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C. He also serves as the National Lead Coordinator for the Bankruptcy Practice Group within the Solicitor’s Office. In his capacity as an Attorney-Advisor, Mr. Lamb advises the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement on implementation and enforcement of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act and specializes in the administration of the Department’s statutory and regulatory authority against distressed and restructuring lessees in the offshore sector. Prior to joining the Office of the Solicitor, Mr. Lamb served as a Law Clerk in both Bankruptcy Court and Federal District Court and was a bankruptcy and commercial litigation practitioner in private practice.



EMILY WALL practices bankruptcy law with the firm of Cavazos Hendricks Poirot, P.C. in Dallas, Texas.  Emily’s practice is focused on the representation of Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 Trustees in the liquidation and administration of bankruptcy estates.  Emily also represents creditors and debtors in Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 cases throughout Texas. 



STEVE WIEGAND is a shareholder with Liskow & Lewis in New Orleans. His practice focuses on complex regulatory issues impacting onshore and offshore oil and gas operations. He advises clients on a wide range of regulatory matters, including compliance with operational and safety requirements, appeals of Incidents of Non-Compliance and civil penalties, matters related to facility decommissioning, incident response and investigations, lease suspensions, National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit compliance, and the applicability of federal statutes including the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, Clean Water Act, Oil Pollution Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Endangered Species Act, and Coastal Zone Management Act to the various stages of the mineral development process.