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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 -

The Oil and Gas Juror: Look for Both Familiarity and Contempt

You’ve heard the expression: “Familiarity breeds contempt.” Maybe there is a relationship between the two, but in the courtroom, and in the practical task of assessing experience and attitudes during voir dire, they are two...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - May 2018

In Cities v. Fossil Fuels, Exxon's Allies Want the Accusers Investigated - "Now two industry-friendly groups are turning the tables and asking the SEC to investigate the cities and counties for possible fraud." Why this...more

Holland & Hart Scores Win for Mancos Shale Oil & Gas Operators; No Drilling Moratorium During Well Approval Process

by Holland & Hart LLP on

In a detailed opinion, U.S. District Court Judge James O. Browning of the District of New Mexico sided squarely with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the oil and gas operators, represented by Holland & Hart’s...more

Trespass by Fracking Recognized in Pennsylvania

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Briggs v. Southwestern Energy is another way to say “chaos” in Pennsylvania. The Superior Court ruled that fracking may constitute a trespass when subsurface frac-fluid and proppants cross boundary lines and extend into the...more

Pennsylvania Superior Court Fractures Long-Standing Rule of Capture

by Blank Rome LLP on

Citing distinctions between hydraulic fracturing and conventional gas drilling, the Pennsylvania Superior Court held on April 2, 2018, in Briggs v. Southwestern Energy Production Company that the rule of capture does not...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - April 2018 #3

An Interview with Bill Raney, President of West Virginia Coal Association - Nick Preservati, Co-Chair of Spilman's Energy Practice Group, recently sat down with Bill Raney, President of the West Virginia Coal Association...more

Can Natural Gas Drillers Drink Your Milkshake?

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

The fight over the historical concept of the “Rule of Capture” as applied to gas rights in Pennsylvania continued recently as the appellees in the matter of Briggs v Southwestern Energy Prod. Co. recently requested a...more

Trespass by Frac'ing? Pennsylvania Weighs In

by BakerHostetler on

Reversing an order granting Southwestern Energy Company’s (SWN) Motion for Summary Judgment, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania held in a published decision on April 2, 2018, that trespass and conversion claims arising from...more

Rule of Capture Does Not Apply to Hydraulic Fracturing

by McGuireWoods LLP on

On April 2, the Pennsylvania Superior Court held that hydraulic fracturing that results in the extraction of natural gas from adjoining land may constitute a claim for trespass. In Briggs v. Southwestern Energy Production...more

Pennsylvania Superior Court Holds “Rule of Capture” Does Not Preclude Liability for Trespass Due to Hydraulic Fracturing

The seemingly well-settled legal principle that an operator in Pennsylvania cannot be held liable for trespass for extracting gas from beneath another’s property, as long as the wellbore does not cross through the owner’s...more

Trespass by Fracturing? A Theory Alive in Pennsylvania

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Trespass by hydraulic fracturing is alive in Pennsylvania. In a case of first impression in the state, on April 2, the Superior Court held that hydraulic fracturing under the land of an adjoining property may create an...more

Latin American Environmental Regulatory Tracker

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

Welcome to the new format of the Tracker! Because many of our readers have interests in a wide variety of environmental fields, we have expanded our coverage. While we will no longer be including summaries, we will now...more

Spilman Alert - Breaking Insights: Pennsylvania Superior Court Overturns Rule of Capture for Unconventional Gas Wells

On April 2, 2018, the Pennsylvania Superior Court issued a decision in Briggs v. Southwestern Energy Production Company, No. 1351 MDA 2017, reversing a lower court judgment entered in favor of the defendant producer....more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - March 2018 #4

Trump Prepared to Hit China with $60 Billion in Annual Tariffs - "President Trump is preparing to impose a package of $60 billion in annual tariffs against Chinese products, following through on a longtime threat that he...more

Newsletter: Environmental Law Update

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Throughout Connecticut’s legislative session, these updates highlight developments concerning environmental law and policy. The author prepares updates as Legislative Liaison of the Connecticut Bar Association’s Environmental...more

Silica Limits for Oil and Gas Operations

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

June 23, 2018 will bring new standards into play for the producers of our nation’s oil and gas resources, particularly the unconventional operations utilizing hydraulic fracturing. The long expected regulations on exposure to...more

Colorado House Passes Fracking Measure, Supports More Local Input Over Projects

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Colorado legislature took an important step toward solidifying greater community-control leverage over fracking operations via HB18-1071, introduced by State Rep. Joe Salazar (D-Adams) in January 2018. The bill would...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - February 2018 #2

Oil World Turns Upside Down as U.S. Sells Oil in Middle East - "Yet, in a trade that illustrates how the rise of the American shale industry is upending energy markets across the globe, the U.A.E. bought oil directly from...more

Trump Administration Rolls Back Climate Change Initiatives

As expected, the Trump administration has been actively engaged in efforts to reverse the federal government’s regulatory direction with respect to climate change. In 2017, President Donald Trump announced plans to withdraw...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - January 2018 - Issue 4

West Virginia Surface, Mineral Rights Owners Say Details Will be Key to Getting Co-Tenancy Bill Passed - "Surface and mineral rights owners most affected by co-tenancy legislation say they're wary of jumping on the...more

The Ohio Supreme Court Refuses to Impose an Independent Duty on Oil and Gas Operators to Develop Deeper Strata

by K&L Gates LLP on

With the advent of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling technology, many operators have been able to access “deeper” strata, such as the Marcellus and Utica formations, to extract large reserves of oil and gas. In...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - January 2018

Appalachia Underground NGL Storage Facility Clears Big Hurdle - "The Appalachia Storage & Trading Hub initiative got approval for the first of two application phases for a $1.9 billion U.S. Department of Energy loan, the...more

Hydraulic Fracturing Services: New York Appellate Court Addresses Request to Dismiss Common-Law Indemnification Claim

The Supreme Court of the State of New York (Appellate Division)(“Court”) in a December 22, 2017, Memorandum and Order (“Order”) addressed whether a lower court erred in failing to dismiss a third-party claimant’s...more

Closing Out 2017, EPA, BLM and BSEE Provide Public Notice of Significant Regulatory Actions

Public notice of some very significant regulatory actions has been provided in the waning days of 2017. 1. On December 28, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - December 2017 #3

Trump Delivers a Mixed Message on His National Security Approach - "In another shift from his predecessor, Mr. Trump's strategy does not recognize the changing climate as a threat to national security. The document instead...more

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