Justin Scott

Justin Scott

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Texas Railroad Commission Chairman Calls Proposed Denton Fracking Ban ‘Extremely Misguided’; Asks City Council to Reject Measure

On July 11th, Texas Railroad Commission Chairman Barry Smitherman sent a letter to the mayor and city council members for Denton, Texas asking that the council reject a proposal to ban hydraulic fracturing in Denton. Chairman...more

7/16/2014 - Energy Environmental Policies Fracking Fracking Bans Oil & Gas

Drought Conditions Cause Eagle Ford Operators to Find Wastewater Recycling Solutions

Amidst what the National Drought Mitigation Center has classified as abnormal to severe drought conditions, operators in Texas’ Eagle Ford Shale formation are taking steps to increase their ability to recycle wastewater...more

6/10/2014 - Drought Eagle Ford Shale Fracking Oil & Gas Recycling Wastewater

St. Tammany Parish (LA) Citizens Group Seeks TROs to Halt Permitting Process for Proposed Well

A citizens group named Concerned Citizens of St. Tammany has filed applications for temporary restraining orders in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District Court of Louisiana in New Orleans and the Louisiana 19th...more

5/20/2014 - FOIA Oil & Gas Public Comment Restraining Orders US Army Corps of Engineers Well Drilling Wetlands

Denton (TX) City Council Enacts Drilling Moratorium and Will Consider Possible Ban on Fracking

Amidst complaints from citizens, the Denton, Texas city council unanimously enacted a drilling moratorium, which will be in effect until September 9th. The ordinance, which was adopted by the council at its May 6th meeting,...more

5/15/2014 - Environmental Policies Fracking Fracking Bans Moratorium Oil & Gas

Texas Family Awarded $2.9 Million in Damages from Fracking Nuisance Claims

On April 22, 2014, a Dallas County, Texas jury awarded a family $2.9 million dollars for personal injury and property damages arising out of their suit against Aruba Petroleum, Inc. The jury’s verdict includes damage awards...more

5/7/2014 - Aruba Petroleum Damages Fracking Jury Awards Pain and Suffering Property Damage

Development of Horizontal Drilling Techniques Drives Global Demand for Associated Fluids and Chemicals

Research and Markets, a leading international market research and market data firm, has released its report on Global Trends and Forecasts for Fracking Chemicals and Fluid Markets. The report estimates that the global...more

4/10/2014 - Chemicals Fracking Oil & Gas

Advances in Drilling Techniques Push U.S. Oil Rig Count to New Record High

Operators’ ability to develop previously untapped oil reserves through horizontal drilling techniques has led to a record 1,443 oil rigs currently in operation in the U.S. according to a report released last week by Baker...more

3/11/2014 - Baker Hughes Oil & Gas Resource Extraction

EPA Releases Revised Guidance on Use of Diesel Fuels in Hydraulic Fracturing Operations

On February 11, 2014, the EPA released its long awaited revised permitting guidance for wells that use diesel fuels during hydraulic fracturing activities. The guidance details the EPA’s view on how to implement provisions of...more

2/13/2014 - Contamination Diesel Fuel Drinking Water EPA Fracking Oil & Gas

White House Proposes Sustainable Shale Gas Growth Zones; Praises Role of Natural Gas in U.S. Energy Policy

A fact-sheet released by the White House following Tuesday’s State of the Union Address announced the Obama Administration’s intent to work with Congress, State and local governments to create Sustainable Shale Gas Growth...more

2/3/2014 - Energy Energy Policy Natural Gas Natural Resources Shale Gas

Texas’ Eagle Ford Formation Leads U.S. in Oil-and-Gas Transactions in 2013

In a year where overall upstream oil-and-gas transactions were down significantly from the previous year, the Eagle Ford shale formation in South Texas proved to be an active region for companies looking to make a deal....more

1/16/2014 - Mineral Exploration Mineral Extraction Oil & Gas Resource Extraction Shale Gas

Researchers Examine Potential Connection Between Disposal Wells and Earthquakes in North Texas

Researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey and Southern Methodist University are currently monitoring seismic activity around Azle, Texas amidst claims that a series of small earthquakes that occurred in the area in late...more

1/14/2014 - Earthquakes Environmental Assessments Fracking Oil & Gas

Dallas City Council Adopts Ordinance Imposing Strict Guidelines on Drilling

Members of the Dallas City Council voted 9-6 on Wednesday, December 11, to adopt a recommendation from the Dallas City Plan Commission requiring a 1,500-foot setback between gas wells and protected sites, including homes,...more

12/16/2013

New Bill Aims to Eliminate Tax Subsidies for Oil, Gas and Coal Industries

A bill introduced on Thursday, November 21 in the Senate by Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and in the House of Representatives by Keith Ellison, D-Minn., is designed to remove an estimated $110 billion in existing tax subsidies for...more

11/26/2013 - Coal Oil & Gas Subsidies Tax Credits

House Passes Bill Accelerating Oil and Gas Permits and Federal Lease Sales; White House Threatens Veto

On November 20, 2013, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1965 (“Federal Lands Jobs and Energy Security Act”) by a vote of 228 to 192. H.R. 1965 is primarily aimed at accelerating the oil and gas permitting process....more

11/25/2013 - Oil & Gas Permits Proposed Legislation

A Summary of the Protecting States’ Rights to Promote American Energy Security Act (H.R. 2728)

On November 20, 2013, the House passed Protecting States’ Rights to Promote American Energy Security Act (H.R. 2728), giving state law primacy over federal regulation of hydraulic fracturing. The key provisions of the bill...more

11/25/2013 - Energy Energy Policy

Shale Growth Fuels Oil Producers’ Stocks

Amidst impressive crude oil production numbers from U.S. shale fields, investors are driving up the stock of companies in a strategic position to capitalize on the growth of shale exploration. Through the end of...more

11/19/2013 - Oil & Gas Shale Gas

As Energy Industry Observers Debate Impact of Shale Boom, Some See Additional Opportunities for Growth

After the recent release of a new drilling productivity report, some energy industry observers are calling on the U.S. to learn from the missteps of other oil-dependent economies, while other analysts have expressed doubts...more

10/29/2013 - Energy Energy Policy Fracking Natural Gas Oil & Gas Shale Gas

AAPL To Issue Revised Form 610-1989 Model Form Operating Agreement To Address Horizontal Wells

The American Association of Professional Landmen is expected to release a revised Form 610-1989 Model Form Operating Agreement within the next few days. It is our understanding that the revised Form will include language...more

9/27/2013 - Horizontal Wells Oil & Gas Operating Agreements

California Regulators Examine Offshore Fracking

Regulators from the California Coastal Commission have opened an investigation into hydraulic fracturing after a recent Associated Press report that the practice has occurred offshore for the past two decades....more

8/20/2013 - EPA Fracking Offshore Drilling Oil & Gas Permits

Federal Government Study Confirms Hydraulic Fracturing Does Not Contaminate Drinking Water

The Department of Energy (“DOE”), after a year-long study at a western Pennsylvania drilling site, has concluded that there is no evidence that chemicals used during the hydraulic fracturing process have contaminated drinking...more

7/24/2013 - Chemicals Contamination DOE Fracking Oil & Gas Water

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