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Comprehensive Study of Impacts of Shale Development in Texas Released

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On June 19, 2017, the Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas (AMEST) released a report, Environmental and Community Impacts of Shale Development in Texas. TAMEST is a nonprofit organization and brain trust...more

Indian Country Should Defend Environmental Protections

Doing exactly what he promised to do throughout his campaign, Donald Trump has been rolling back Obama-era environmental regulations since his first full day in office when he issued an executive order to expedite approval of...more

Understanding Mineral Rights and the Impact on the Value of Your Property

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

The United States is one of a handful of countries in which private real property owners can hold and own subsurface mineral rights. In a majority of countries, only the government can own and benefit from these rights. ...more

Mexico’s Energy Industry: Mexico Tender Round 2.1: Shallow Water Oil Sells Big

On June 19, 2017, the Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos (CNH) completed the Presentation and Opening of Bid Proposals for the First Tender of the Ronda Dos (“Round 2.1”), which was first announced on July 20, 2016. Round 2.1...more

Fifth District Holds CEQA Action Challenging Individual DOGGR Oil Well Permits Not Barred By Res Judicata Based On Prior Judgment...

by Miller Starr Regalia on

In a 38-page opinion filed May 4, and belatedly ordered published on May 25, 2017, the Fifth District Court of Appeal reversed a judgment dismissing a writ petition filed by three environmental groups alleging CEQA violations...more

New Federal Methane Reduction Regulations for the Upstream Oil and Gas Sector

by Bennett Jones LLP on

The government of Canada has released its proposal for the first federal regulations on greenhouse gas emissions applicable specifically to the upstream oil and gas sector, titled Regulations Respecting Reduction in the...more

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

by WilmerHale on

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

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

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

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

EPA Releases Final Report on Impacts on Drinking Water from Hydraulic Fracturing

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: With significant objection from Industry, EPA has issued its Final Report on whether hydraulic fracturing activities can impact drinking water resources under certain circumstances. The U.S....more

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