News UpdatesAllahabad HC Seeks Response From Election Commission In Plea For Online Nomination Of Candidates For Panchayat Election [Read Order] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK12 Sep 2020 2:16 AMShare This – xThe Allahabad High Court recently issued notices on a PIL seeking online nomination of candidates contesting in the upcoming Panchayat Election in the state to avoid crowding of supporters and procession, amid the pandemic. A Division Bench comprised of Justices SK Gupta and Shamim Ahmed has asked the State Government as well as the Election Commission to file their counter affidavits…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Allahabad High Court recently issued notices on a PIL seeking online nomination of candidates contesting in the upcoming Panchayat Election in the state to avoid crowding of supporters and procession, amid the pandemic. A Division Bench comprised of Justices SK Gupta and Shamim Ahmed has asked the State Government as well as the Election Commission to file their counter affidavits in the matter within two weeks. The petition has been filed by Advocate Gopal Krishna Pandey to ensure social distancing norms during the election period. He has submitted: “It is a general practice during the elections, that contesting candidates gather/ collect large number of supporters to show their strength at the time of the filing of nomination paper and reach at the nomination/ election office in the form of procession. That under these dire circumstances if the respondents allow contesting candidates in Panchayat Election for physical filing of nomination paper, the condition of social distancing would certainly be breached/ violated.” He has therefore sought apposite amendments to Rule 13, 16, 17,18 and 19 of UP Kshetra Panchayat and Zila Panchayat (Election of Members) Rules, 1994. Other grounds pleaded by the Petitioner to allow filing of nomination online are thus: The State is already facing acute shortage of Police Personal and Security Forces as per the standard ratio/ requirement on the basis of the population and during the physical filing of nomination papers, uncontrolled crowd is collected and administration has to arrange special facilities for that, such as barricading of roads, posting of extra security forces etc.During physical filing of nomination paper, due to uncontrolled crowd the traffic and movement of common citizens is badly effected.If the online filing of nomination paper by the contesting candidates is allowed, the same will also save the time and money of the State and as well as contesting candidates.The nomination office is generally situated out of the territorial constituencies of the contesting candidates and no useful purpose is served to the contesting candidates to take a long procession out of the territorial constituencies. The matter is now listed for hearing on September 22. Case Title: Gopal Krishna Pandey v. State of UP & Anr. Click Here To Download Order Read Order Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
U.S. oil and gas company Hess Corporation has decided to raise its yearly budget to $3 billion with plans to use more than 80% of it on high return investments in Guyana and the Bakken.Liza Destiny FPSO. Source: HessHess’ budget for 2019 was $2.9 billion, which was also an increase compared to the company’s budget in 2018 that totaled $2.1 billion.In an update on Tuesday Hess said that its net production was forecast to average between 330,000 and 335,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day in 2020, excluding Libya. Bakken net production is forecast to average approximately 180,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day in 2020.“We continue to successfully execute our long term strategy, with the majority of our capital budget directed to Guyana and the Bakken — two of the highest return investment opportunities in our industry that will become significant, long term cash generators for our company,” CEO John Hess said.“We are well positioned to deliver industry leading cash flow growth while also achieving significant reductions in our unit costs, which will drive margin expansion and lower our breakeven oil price to below $40 per barrel Brent by 2025.”Chief Operating Officer Greg Hill said: “Offshore Guyana, with the Liza Phase 1 development now on production, our focus in 2020 will be on the Liza Phase 2 development and on front end engineering design work to develop the Payara Field. We also will continue to invest in an active exploration and appraisal program in Guyana on both the Stabroek and Kaieteur Blocks and in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico.”From the $3 billion budget, Hess allocated $1.69 billion (56%) for production, $860 million (29%) for offshore Guyana developments, and $450 million (15%) for exploration and appraisal activities.Relevant in production, Hess has set aside $135 million for production operations in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, including development of the Esox-1 tieback (Hess 57.14% and operator).In addition, the company has earmarked $170 million for production activities at North Malay Basin (Hess 50% and operator) and the Malaysia/Thailand Joint Development Area (Hess 50%) in the Gulf of Thailand.In developments, Hess has set aside $100 million associated with the Liza Phase 1 development offshore Guyana (Hess 30%), where first production was achieved in December 2019.Hess booked another $400 million for the Liza Phase 2 development, where first production is expected by mid-2022.Furthermore, the company will use $360 million to progress development plans for the Payara field, where production is expected as early as 2023, and for front end engineering and design work for future developments.In the E&P part of business, $450 million to drill exploration and appraisal wells on the Stabroek and Kaieteur Blocks offshore Guyana (Hess 30% and 15%, respectively) and two exploration wells in the Gulf of Mexico.Funds are also included for seismic acquisition and processing in Guyana, Suriname and the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, and for license acquisitions.Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product, or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.