Texas Court grants KRG’s mo­tion to va­cate or­der

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The Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment (KRG) on Tues­day, Au­gust 26, 2014 wel­comed a decision by a United States Dis­trict Court in Hous­ton, Texas, which threw out an or­der that pro­hib­ited more than 1 mil­lion bar­rels of oil pro­duced in the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion from reach­ing the United States.

Ac­cord­ing to the decision by the court on Mon­day, Iraq’s com­plaint failed to es­tab­lish any le­gal au­thor­ity to pro­hibit the im­port of KRG oil into the United States.

This is now the sec­ond time that the Iraqi Fed­eral Oil min­istry (MoO) has seen its ef­forts re­jected by the courts. The first time, in June of this year, the Fed­eral Supreme Court in Bagh­dad re­jected MoO’s ef­fort to sus­pend Kur­dis­tan’s oil sales as be­ing “con­trary to the ap­pli­ca­ble le­gal con­texts in Iraq.”

The KRG Min­is­ter of Nat­u­ral Re­sources, Ashti Hawrami, stated: “We are pleased with yes­ter­day’s events. The rul­ing of the Texas court should give con­fi­dence to buy­ers of Kur­dis­tan crude oil in the US and else­where.”

Min­is­ter Hawrami con­tin­ued: “We hope that yes­ter­day’s rul­ing marks the end of MoO’s ef­forts to in­ter­fere with the eco­nomic rights of the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion. The KRG legally pro­duces, ex­ports, and sells oil in ac­cor­dance with the rights of the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion as set forth in the Iraqi con­stitu- tion and em­bod­ied in in­ter­na­tional law. We now hope that the New Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment, once it is formed in Bagh­dad, comes to terms with the KRG’s oil and gas rights and pro­hibits MoO from any fur­ther costly, dam­ag­ing and un­law­ful ef­forts to hin­der Kur­dis­tan from sell­ing its oil.”

Bloomberg Busi­nessweek wrote that Iraq had failed to con­vince the dis­trict judge that “the oil was mis­ap­pro­pri­ated when it was loaded into a tanker in the Mediter­ranean Sea after be­ing pumped across Turkey in an Iraq-owned pipe­line.”

The build­ing of the United States Dis­trict Court for the South­ern Dis­trict of Texas.

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