Luke Cantrell

Luke Cantrell

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Wage and Hour Focus in the Energy Sector Alive and Well

The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) focus on wage and hour violations, which caught the oil and gas industry by surprise a little more than six years ago, continues to cause problems for the energy sector. Most recently, the...more

3/29/2016 - DOL Energy Sector FLSA Oil & Gas Over-Time Recordkeeping Requirements Wage and Hour

A No-Win Situation: The Supreme Court Declines To Resolve CAFA Circuit Split

The Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 (CAFA) represented a major overhaul of class action lawsuits and made the federal courts available for cases not involving a question of federal law. Among the effects, CAFA greatly...more

2/19/2016 - CAFA Class Action Diversity Jurisdiction Petition for Writ of Certiorari SCOTUS Standing

Failing on the Big Stage: Another Attempt to Regulate Fracking Falls Short

In March 2015, the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) became the most prominent governmental entity to join in on the attempts to regulate hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. More specifically, the DOI’s sweeping...more

10/23/2015 - Bureau of Land Management Department of the Interior EPA Fracking Fracking Bans Native American Issues Oil & Gas Tribal Lands

Denton, Texas at Center of Another Land Use Dispute

Less than three months after Texas House Bill 40, which limits municipalities' abilities to regulate oil and gas operations, was signed into law, and little more than a month after the City Council repealed its highly...more

8/4/2015 - Fracking Fracking Bans Oil & Gas Well Drilling

Colorado's New Flood Impact Rules and the Effect on State or Local Control of the Oil and Gas Industry

On Monday, March 2, 2015, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) adopted new rules to limit the impact of spills in flood-prone areas of Colorado, like the ones that occurred in the Front Range and eastern...more

3/5/2015 - Flood Zones New Regulations Oil & Gas Oil Spills

Reviewing Courts' Approaches to State or Local Control of Hydraulic Fracturing

While many debates over hydraulic fracturing continue throughout the oil and gas industry, a growing number of state courts are addressing the "home rule" argument, or in this case, whether local governments within the state...more

7/31/2014 - Fracking Home Rule States Municipalities Oil & Gas Popular Preemption

New York Appellate Court Throws Curveball at Fracking Debate

The Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court, Third Department, unanimously rejected an appeal from Norse Energy Corporation, and affirmed the Town of Dryden’s right to prevent fracking through land use and zoning...more

5/9/2013 - Fracking Fracking Bans Marcellus Shale Oil & Gas

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