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What’s New in the Methane Debate?

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Occasionally we visit issues larger than one-off courthouse decisions. Here are a few selected stories on the extent to which fracking contributes to rising levels of methane and, maybe, to climate change. There are...more

Petroleum Licenses in the UK: Contract or Regulation?

Under the Petroleum Act 1998, the Secretary of State is authorized to grant licenses for the exploitation and production of hydrocarbons. The legal characteristic of such licenses has been an open question. If petroleum...more

Projects and Energy Weekly Snippets

by Hogan Lovells on

Kubayi sets 77c/kWh price cap and October deadline for signing of 26 renewables projects - Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi stipulated that all the projects would be subject to a 77c/kWh tariff cap; a price point that...more

BLM Proposes Rescission Of 2015 Hydraulic Fracturing Rule

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Yesterday, the Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”) announced its recommendation that the hydraulic fracturing rule from 2015 entitled, “Oil and Gas; Hydraulic Fracturing on Federal and Indian Lands,” be rescinded – the Federal...more

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

Projects and Energy Weekly Snippets

by Hogan Lovells on

Weekly projects and energy updates in South Africa Eskom urged to be less secretive with its operating data Eskom came under criticism at the National Energy Regulator (NERSA) subcommittee hearings for attempting to keep some...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

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

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

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

Policy Predictions: How will Trump's 100-Day Plan Affect U.S. Energy Industry?

by LeClairRyan on

The American landscape is littered with failed prognostications about what new Presidential administrations would or would not ? and could or could not ? accomplish. Every new President faces the challenge of transforming...more

Post-Election Update 2016

by Bracewell LLP on

The 2016 election results have significant implications for companies across a wide range of industry sectors. From environmental policy to financial services to tax reform, President-elect Trump has committed to sweeping...more

Fracking Fluid Dynamics: New Trade Secrets Movements

It is no secret that America’s energy industry depends upon the trade secret status of its products, techniques, and procedures for much of its continued success. As oil prices remain volatile, trade secret and intellectual...more

Texas Tax Ruling Favors Frac Trailer Owners

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

If you were able to keep your frac trailers from the clutches of your avaricious creditors during the past several unpleasant years, you could be in luck. Owners and lessors of frac trailers may be entitled to a refund for...more

UK Shale: Full Steam Ahead for Fracking?

On 6 October 2016, the UK's Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Sajid Javid, overruled local councillors on appeal and approved Cuadrilla's plans to explore for shale gas in Lancashire. Cuadrilla has been...more

An Update on Pennsylvania's Oil and Gas Law - Act 13 - After Supreme Court Decisions

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

While many key provisions of Act 13 have now been struck down by the Supreme Court’s two Robinson decisions, much of the Act remains. Act 13 of 2012 represented a major overhaul of Pennsylvania’s oil and gas law and...more

Municipal Legal News

by Dickinson Wright on

On September 21, Governor Snyder signed a package of bills (2016 PA 281-283) that significantly expands the types of medical marijuana facilities permitted under state law, and establishes a licensing scheme similar to the...more

Fueling Freedom: Explaining the Value of Fossil Fuels

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Which of these statements makes sense to you: A. “Never before have the rulers of a society intentionally driven it backwards to scarcer, more expensive, and less efficient energy.” B. “Communism is the optimal...more

Distress in the oil and gas industry: What happened to the price of oil?

by DLA Piper on

To the delight of motorists everywhere, the price of oil suddenly halved in the second half of 2014, dropping from over $100 to less than $50 a barrel. It’s safe to say no one saw the fall coming: most banks and industry...more

The Future of Carbon Dioxide Injection EOR in the United States

What is EOR and where is it used in the United States? (This article is the first in a periodic series exploring legal issues relating to CO2 enhanced oil recovery and serves as an introduction to the process. Our next...more

Congressional Energy Roundup

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Fracking Insider Readers: Below, please find this week’s Congressional activity on oil and gas issues: - Senate: - “S. 3018, the Securing Energy Infrastructure Act.” Committee on Energy and Natural Resources,...more

Court Rules BLM Had No Authority To Regulate Fracking On Federal and Native American Lands

by Reed Smith on

In March 2015, the Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”) issued regulations applying to hydraulic fracturing on federal and Indian lands. 80 Fed. Reg. 16,128–16,222 (Mar. 26, 2015) (the “Fracking Rule”). The states of Wyoming,...more

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