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Fracking is a non-technical term for Hydraulic Fracturing. Fracking or Hydraulic Fracturing is a method for retrieving, otherwise inaccessible, natural gas and petroleum by injecting pressurized fluid and... more +
Fracking is a non-technical term for Hydraulic Fracturing. Fracking or Hydraulic Fracturing is a method for retrieving, otherwise inaccessible, natural gas and petroleum by injecting pressurized fluid and chemicals into underground rock causing fissures. The fissures widen and expand allowing petroleum and gas to escape and flow to areas where it can be retrieved.  less -

North Dakota’s UIC Class VI Primacy Wait is Almost Over

by Stoel Rives LLP on

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is poised to approve North Dakota’s application for primary enforcement authority over the underground injection of CO2 for geologic sequestration in that state. Nearly four...more

Suit For Bad Frac Job Requires a Certificate of Merit

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

You are a service company and you’ve been sued for a defective frac job. It looks scary but there’s no detail in the petition and no certificate of merit is attached. ...more

A Development in Earthquakes and Fracking

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Sierra Club v. Chesapeake Operating LLC et al is news more shocking than “Man Bites Dog”! A federal court has acknowledged that others are better equipped to address certain issues than the judiciary!...more

How the President’s Executive Order Will Affect U.S. Oil, Natural Gas and Coal Industries

by Perkins Coie on

President Donald Trump’s recently signed Executive Order on Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth (the Order) includes significant revisions to the regulatory landscape both (1) directly in the case of oil and...more

Oil and Gas Update for 4/2017 – MD Bans Hydraulic Fracturing, OH DMA Cases Keep Trickling In, and Spot Prices Pull a Hat Trick in...

by Cozen O'Connor on

All three benchmarks for natural gas spot prices in Appalachia hit $3/MMBtu or more since our last report (and did so for the first time in a long time), trending alongside a spike in oil prices following the Syrian airstrike...more

Leave It to the States: Oklahoma Federal Court Dismisses Fracking Suit In Favor Of Administrative Regulation

by Liskow & Lewis on

On April 4, 2017, a federal district court dismissed a citizen-enforcement action under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act that could have profound impact on fracking suits against the oil and gas industry. In...more

Executive Order Seeks Sweeping Reversal of Climate Change Policies to Favor U.S. Energy Production

by Perkins Coie on

President Donald Trump recently signed Executive Order 13783, an omnibus executive order aimed at reducing burdens on further development of domestic energy resources, with “particular attention” to oil, natural gas, coal and...more

Maryland to Join List of States Banning Hydraulic Fracturing

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

New York and Vermont have both banned the controversial drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Maryland is on the verge of joining that list....more

Trump Order Ushers in the Future of US Energy and Environmental Regulation

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On March 28, President Trump launched a sweeping overhaul of US energy and environmental policy. The presidential Executive Order on Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth (Order) repeals several policies of the...more

Trump’s DOI to Repeal Fracking Regulations for Federal Lands

by Liskow & Lewis on

On March 15, 2017, the BLM filed a motion to continue argument and hold in abeyance an appeal before the Tenth Circuit where the parties were contesting the validity of the BLM’s rule regulating “Oil and Gas; Hydraulic...more

Energy Technology Connections Newsletter - Your Law Firm Link to Industry News: March 2017

by Mintz Levin on

Our March edition of Energy Technology Connections brings you recent industry highlights and features a list of upcoming energy industry events throughout the nation. If you enjoy learning about new technology as much as we...more

The Latest Executive Order: Any Kind of Consistency Is the Hobgoblin of Little Minds

Make no mistake, the Executive Order signed by President Trump at EPA yesterday is a big deal. Time will tell whether the Administration’s U-turn on the Obama rules currently in litigation, such as the Clean Power Plan and...more

Two Bureau of Land Management Regulations on Life Support Under President Trump

by Jones Day on

The Trump Administration has signaled its intent to pull the plug on two rules issued by the U.S. Department of Interior's Bureau of Land Management ("BLM") in 2015 and 2016. Legal and legislative developments over the next...more

Trump Administration's Budget Blueprint Calls For Significant Impacts to Environmental Programs

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Trump Administration unveiled significant rollbacks in funding for federal agencies when it released its Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again on March 16, 2017. The President's proposed budget priorities would...more

Kern County Judge Grants Injunction, Blocking Blanket Enforcement of Oil Field Aquifer Exemption Regulations

by Stoel Rives LLP on

A reported in a prior blog post, the Western States Petroleum Association (“WSPA”) sued the California Department of Conservation and the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (jointly, the “Department”) in Kern...more

Maryland 2017 Environmental Legislative Agenda Set

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

March 6 marked the final day for the introduction of bills in the Maryland General Assembly without a rules suspension. Below are highlights of environmental or related public health bills under consideration in the Maryland...more

Full* Disclosure: A Middle Road in Fracking Fluid Law

Many oil and gas companies operate within incredibly tight margins and subject to ever-volatile commodity market prices. In such a competitive sector, the ability to innovate with improved extraction and transmission...more

Dallas Court of Appeals Reverses $2.9 Million Jury Verdict, Finding Insufficient Evidence of Intent

In 2014, the jury awarded $2.9 million to plaintiff landowners in Lisa Parr et.al. v. Aruba Petroleum, Inc., a case involving alleged hydrocarbon exposure due to hydraulic fracturing operations. Earlier this week, the Dallas...more

Mineral-Related Bills Pending Before Oregon Legislature

by Stoel Rives LLP on

The Oregon Legislature’s 2017 session officially kicked off last week. A variety of mineral-related bills have been introduced. Here are some of the ones to follow...more

Study Shows Hydraulic Fracturing Benefits Local Communities

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

The benefits of hydraulic fracturing on a national scale are well-known: lower energy prices, greater energy security, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. Yet there have been concerns that adverse health and social impacts...more

From ESA to Keystone to EPA, Changes Coming Fast

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Few things are certain leading up to Donald Trump’s presidency. But there is no question that environmental and energy policy will take center stage in the days – perhaps hours – following his inauguration....more

'Twas the Night Before Christmas - Not a Creature Was Stirring, Except EPA - EPA Releases Final Fracking Report and General...

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

As the Obama era comes to a close, on Christmas eve the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) issued its final report on "Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas: Impacts from the Hydraulic Fracturing Water Cycle on...more

Fracking, Earthquakes and Civil Authority

by Zelle LLP on

In last week’s post, we discussed the rapid development of the hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) industry in the United States, and some of the innate risks presented by those operations. In particular, the post focused on a...more

EPA Publishes Study on the Impacts of Fracking on Drinking Water

by Freeborn & Peters LLP on

Since the beginning of the fracking boom, the potential impact of fracking operations upon groundwater has been a hotly contested area. The most recent addition to the public debate is a new EPA report, entitled “Hydraulic...more

Energy in Transition: Trump Announces Additional Cabinet Nominees

by Holland & Knight LLP on

President-Elect Donald Trump announced this week three new cabinet nominees who will certainly influence U.S. energy policy at home and abroad. This alert is intended to update clients on the President-Elect's nominees and...more

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