Shannon Morrissey

Shannon Morrissey

Stoel Rives LLP

Contact  |  View Bio  |  RSS

Latest Publications

Share:

Oil & Gas Law Alert: California Department of Conservation Issues Discussion Draft Rules for Oil Field Wastewater Injection

On January 21, 2017 the California Department of Conservation, Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (“DOGGR”) issued a Notice of Pre-rulemaking Public Comment Period for the development of updates to the regulations...more

1/31/2017 - Comment Period Department of Conservation DOGGR Oil & Gas Proposed Regulation Safe Drinking Water Act Underground Injection Wells

80% of Oil and Gas Injection Wells under EPA Review Will Not be Shut-In on February 15 - Update

As an update to our prior blog post, on January 17, 2017, the California Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (“DOGGR”) released a letter sent to notify the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) of...more

1/31/2017 - DOGGR EPA Oil & Gas Safe Drinking Water Act Underground Injection Wells

Oil Industry Caught in “Catch-22” with New Wastewater Injection Approval Requirements; Files Suit Against California Agencies

On January 19, 2017, three oil industry trade groups filed suit against the California Department of Conservation and the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (“DOGGR”) (jointly “Department”) in Kern County Superior...more

1/26/2017 - Department of Conservation DOGGR EPA Oil & Gas Trade Associations Underground Injection Wells Wastewater Water Resources Control Board

80% of Oil and Gas Injection Wells under EPA Review Will Not be Shut-In on February 15

As an update to our prior blog post, on January 17, 2017, the California Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (“DOGGR”) released a letter sent to notify the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) of...more

1/19/2017 - DOGGR EPA Oil & Gas Safe Drinking Water Act Underground Injection Wells Wastewater

Sage Grouse Update: BLM Issues Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) on Proposed Withdrawal of 10 Million Acres

On the last business day of 2016 the BLM released the DEIS on its proposed 20-year withdrawal of approximately 10 million acres of “sagebrush focal areas” (SFAs) in six western states from mineral location and entry under the...more

1/11/2017 - Bureau of Land Management General Mining Law Public Land Resource Management US Geological Survey

Draft Resource Management Plan Amendment Released for Central California Federal Lands

On January 6, 2017, the federal Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”) issued a notice of Draft Resource Management Plan Amendment (“DRMP Amendment”) and Draft Environmental Impact Statement (“DEIS”) for oil and gas leasing and...more

1/11/2017 - Bureau of Land Management Comment Period DOGGR Federal Land Mineral Leases Oil & Gas Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) Proposed Amendments Resource Management

With Time Running Out for EPA to Act, Oil & Gas Operators Grow Increasingly Anxious about Pending Aquifer Exemption Applications

December 31, 2016 marked a deadline for oilfield operators to comply with the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources’ (“DOGGR”) Aquifer Exemption and Compliance Schedule Regulations. Operators were required to either...more

1/6/2017 - DOGGR EPA Oil & Gas Underground Injection Wells

California Sues Federal Government Alleging Inadequate Environmental Review of Offshore Drilling Proposal

In one of her last major legal actions before leaving office as California’s Attorney General, Kamala Harris, along with the California Coastal Commission (jointly the “Attorney General”), filed suit against various federal...more

12/22/2016 - Administrative Procedure Act BOEM California Coastal Commission Center for Biological Diversity Critical Habitat Department of the Interior Environmental Litigation Governor Brown Kamala Harris NEPA Oil & Gas Outer Continental Shelf

Up the Creek Without a Paddle: District Court Holds that Biological Opinion Must Consider Climate Change Impacts

In a narrow win for plaintiff Wild Fish Conservancy (“Plaintiff”), the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington held that the biological opinion (“BiOp”) for the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery...more

12/15/2016 - Climate Change Critical Habitat Endangered Species National Marine Fisheries Service US Fish and Wildlife Service

In Effort to Increase Both Transparency and Safety, PHMSA Releases Civil Penalty Framework

The Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (“PHMSA”) issued a General Policy Statement for civil penalties (“Penalty Framework”) on October 17, 2016. The Penalty Framework...more

11/29/2016 - Civil Monetary Penalty Department of Transportation (DOT) Enforcement Actions PHMSA

Environmental Groups Sue Federal Agencies Again in Unending Legal Battle Over Offshore Oil Development

On November 11, 2016, the Environmental Defense Center (“EDC”) and Santa Barbara Channelkeeper jointly filed suit against several federal agencies including the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and the Bureau of Safety and...more

11/28/2016 - Administrative Procedure Act BOEM Center for Biological Diversity Declaratory Relief Endangered Species Act (ESA) Fracking Injunctive Relief NEPA Oil & Gas Outer Continental Shelf

Pipeline Operators Take Note: PHMSA Issues Interim Emergency Pipeline Safety Rules – Should You Be Concerned?

On October 3, 2016, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (“PHMSA”), within the U.S. Department of Transportation, released a new rule on its authority to issue emergency orders for pipeline safety. The...more

10/10/2016 - Administrative Authority Emergency Response PHMSA Pipelines Rulemaking Process

UPDATE: Court’s Tentative Decision Sides in Favor of DOGGR in CBD’s Wastewater Injection Lawsuit

Update: September 26, 2016 - On September 21, 2016, the Honorable George C. Hernandez, Jr. issued the final Statement of Decision, which affirmed the tentative decision denying all claims for relief. The court denied...more

9/28/2016 - CEQA Dismissals DOGGR EPA Fracking Oil & Gas Petition for Writ of Mandate Safe Drinking Water Act Wastewater

BLM Must Take a “Hard Look” at Fracking Impacts

On September 6, 2016, a federal Judge issued an Order finding that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”) failed to take a “hard look,” as required under the National Environmental Policy Act (“NEPA”), at the potential...more

9/12/2016 - Bureau of Land Management Environmental Impact Report (EIR) Fracking NEPA Oil & Gas

Court’s Tentative Decision Sides in Favor of DOGGR in CBD’s Wastewater Injection Lawsuit

As reported in a previous blog post, Earthjustice, on behalf of the Center for Biological Diversity (“CBD”), filed a lawsuit against the California Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (“DOGGR”) in May 2015. The...more

8/23/2016 - Center for Biological Diversity CEQA DOGGR EarthJustice Emergency Management Plans Mandamus Petitions Oil & Gas Rulemaking Process Safe Drinking Water Act Underground Injection Wells Wastewater

When Will They Ever Learn? CBD Files Another Questionable Lawsuit Against DOGGR

On August 3, 2016, the Center for Biological Diversity (“CBD”) filed suit against the California Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (“DOGGR”) and the State Water Resources Control Board (“Water Board”),...more

8/8/2016 - Center for Biological Diversity CEQA DOGGR Environmental Review Exemptions Groundwater Oil & Gas Safe Drinking Water Act Water Resources Control Board

Alameda Fracking Ban: All Bark with No Bite

On July 19, 2016, Alameda County, California (“County”) became the first county in the Bay Area to approve a ban on hydraulic fracturing (or “fracking”). The County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the ban through...more

8/3/2016 - DOGGR Fracking Bans Local Ordinance Oil & Gas Takings Clause Zoning Laws

Proposed Oil Refinery Regulations Tackle Safety Concerns

On July 14, 2016, the California Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) announced a “landmark set of regulations to strengthen workplace and environmental safety at oil refineries across the state.” The refinery safety...more

7/20/2016 - Comment Period Jerry Brown Oil & Gas OSHA Proposed Regulation Refineries Workplace Hazards

Updated Status of Oil-and Gas-Related Bills Proposed in California’s 2015-2016 Legislative Session

June 3, 2016 was the final deadline for oil- and gas-related bills introduced in the 2015-2016 legislative session to move through their house of origin. Below is a summary of those bills, many of which relate to natural gas...more

6/10/2016 - Energy Sector Energy Storage Groundwater Hazardous Waste Legislative Agendas Natural Gas Oil & Gas Pipelines Public Utilities Commission Safe Drinking Water Act Underground Injection Wells

The Other Shoe Just Dropped on Methane Emissions from the Oil and Gas Industry

Not to be outdone by its federal counter-parts, the California Air Resources Board (“ARB”) released Greenhouse Gas Emission Standards for Crude Oil and Natural Gas Facilities (“proposed rule”) for methane emissions on...more

6/9/2016 - Bureau of Land Management CARB Comment Period EPA Greenhouse Gas Emissions Oil & Gas Proposed Regulation

Part the Seas: Federal Report Finds Offshore Fracking has No Significant Impact

On May 27, 2016, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (“BOEM”) and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (“BSEE”) jointly released a Programmatic Environmental Assessment (“PEA”) for well stimulation treatment...more

6/6/2016 - BOEM BSEE Fracking NEPA Offshore Drilling Outer Continental Shelf

EPA Issues Expansive, Costly New Source Performance Standards for Oil and Gas Sector

Widely anticipated on both sides of the aisle, on May 12, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) released final regulations to curb emissions of methane and volatile organic compounds (“VOC”) from additional...more

5/16/2016 - Climate Action Plan EPA Final Rules Methane New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) Oil & Gas

Environmentalists Sue EPA to Force Update of Drilling Waste Regulations

On May 4, 2016, a coalition of environmental organizations (“Plaintiffs”) filed suit against the U.S. Environmental Protection (“EPA”) in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to compel the EPA to promulgate...more

5/11/2016 - EPA Hazardous Waste Oil & Gas RCRA

Colorado Court Strikes Down Local Fracking Bans that Conflict with State Law

On May 2, 2016, the Colorado Supreme Court issued opinions in two separate cases challenging local bans on hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”). A win for the oil and gas industry in the state, the Supreme Court held that the...more

5/6/2016 - CO Supreme Court Fracking Bans Local Ordinance Oil & Gas Preemption

Seeking Space Entrepreneurs: NOAA Launches Commercial Space Program

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (“NOAA”) has launched a new policy to leverage the private sector to diversify NOAA’s portfolio of space-based data collection resources. Our firm assists clients...more

4/27/2016 - Comment Period Data Collection NOAA Satellites SpaceX

46 Results
|
View per page
Page: of 2

"My best business intelligence, in one easy email…"

Your first step to building a free, personalized, morning email brief covering pertinent authors and topics on JD Supra:

Sign up to create your digest using LinkedIn*

*By using the service, you signify your acceptance of JD Supra's Privacy Policy.

Already signed up? Log in here

*With LinkedIn, you don't need to create a separate login to manage your free JD Supra account, and we can make suggestions based on your needs and interests. We will not post anything on LinkedIn in your name. Or, sign up using your email address.
×