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EIA: Appalachia natural gas production soars over past five years

by Bricker & Eckler LLP on

A federal agency reports that shale gas production in Appalachia, including from the Marcellus and Utica shale plays, has jumped more than 14 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) since 2012, according to Kallanish Energy....more

Energy Insider Interview Series: Nissa Darbonne – Author of The American Shales, Editor-at-Large for Hart Energy’s Oil and Gas...

1. A few years ago, you wrote The American Shales, which is a history of the American shale plays. What was your motivation for writing the book? Thanks for asking about that. In particular, with Oil and Gas Investor...more

Hydraulic Fracture Related Damage Claim: Federal Court Addresses Application of Consent and Release Agreement

A United States District Court (Western District Oklahoma) addressed in an October 10th Order issues associated with a producing vertical well’s claim for damages related to another company’s subsequent installation of a...more

Louisiana Forced Pooling – Timing is Important

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Trigger warning for Texas readers: This entry will discuss forced pooling. You may now retreat to your “safe space”, where “no guvment-sumbitch-bureaucrat can conspire with [name of large oil company] to steal my stripper...more

Finally…..The Final Aboveground Storage Tank and Horizontal Well Rules

In March 2016, we predicted that the Aboveground Storage Tank Act (“AST Act”) and changes to the Natural Gas Horizontal Well Control Act (“Horizontal Well Act”) legislative rules would be approved by the West Virginia...more

Paradigm Shift: Hydraulic Fracturing, Shale Development and Energy Abundance

As is commonly held by energy sector experts, the game-changing development of the shales and the resurgence of natural gas as a virtually new, huge, versatile, long-term fuel, with a shrinking environmental footprint, is...more

Where There Is A Well There Is A Way - Out Tract Title Issues Regarding Horizontal Wells

by Jackson Walker on

Oh for the days of simplicity when a wellbore tract meant just that—a piece of property upon which a well has been located, drilled, and touched down all within the same tract. Vertical wells were so simple for title...more

Hydraulic Fracturing: State Regulatory Roundup Vol. 44

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Fracking Insider Readers: We are pleased to bring you Volume 44 of our State Regulatory Roundup, including updates in California, Louisiana, and Maryland. As we explained in earlier volumes, we designed the Roundup to provide...more

EPA Hits Oil and Gas Industry With a Flurry of Proposed Methane Regulations

by Bracewell LLP on

EPA took major steps on August 18, 2015 to curtail methane emissions from the oil and gas industry by simultaneously releasing four new proposed rules. These actions are part of the Obama Administration’s larger climate...more

Public Comment Period on PA Department of Environmental Protection’s Oil and Gas Rulemaking Closes May 19

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP’s) rulemaking regarding surface activities for oil and gas wells, Environmental Protection Performance Standards at Oil and Gas Well Sites (Chapters 78 and 78a),...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: Shades of Sheppard?

by Locke Lord LLP on

In Wagner & Brown, Ltd. v. Sheppard, 282 S.W.3d 419 (Tex. 2008), the Texas Supreme Court held that the termination of Sheppard’s lease (Sheppard was the Lessor) did not terminate her participation in a unit into which her...more

Fracking: Yes! There’s Insurance Coverage for That!

by Perkins Coie on

Some people believe that “fracking” – the use of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing technology – is a miracle, increasing the extraction of oil and gas from places deep under the ground where hydrocarbons were...more

BakerHostetler's Shale Oil and Gas Industry 2014 Year in Review and 2015 Look Forward

by BakerHostetler on

Once again, shale oil and gas production dominated energy headlines in 2014, with a number of key economic, political, and legal developments making news across the country. Bolstered by technologies like hydraulic...more

Court Will Not Halt Horizontal Drilling Operation to Reach Adjacent Lessee’s Land

by Reed Smith on

Using offsite locations for horizontal drilling is becoming increasingly popular as surface use becomes difficult. In Lightning Oil Inc. v. Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, the San Antonio Court of Appeals looked at what can...more

Listen to the Words In the Injunction Battle

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

In Lightning Oil Company v. Anadarko E&P Offshore, LLC, the surface and 1/6 of the minerals of the Chaparral Wildlife Management Area is owned by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. 5/6th of the minerals is owned by the...more

Benesch Shale Industry Report Quarterly Summary - Q3 2014

by Benesch on

In this Issue: - Top Issues and Considerations - Shale Industry Moves - Ohio Shale Infrastructure - Government - Excerpt from Shale Industry Moves: E&P – Overview for Ohio...more

Energy Newsletter - October 2014

by King & Spalding on

In This Issue: - Mexico's New E&P Contracts - Electricity Reform in Mexico: New Opportunities and Roles - New Licence Terms Promoting Unconventional Exploration and Production are Introduced for the UK's 14th...more

A Focus on Energy: M&A Trends in the Energy Sector

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Houston-based Latham & Watkins partner Robin Fredrickson talks about M&A trends in the energy sector....more

The Accommodation Doctrine Revisited: A Question of "Fairness to Both Parties"

by Jackson Walker on

As Texas holds tight to its position as the nation's number one oil and natural gas producing state, the Texas Supreme Court's decision to revisit the over forty-year-old accommodation doctrine, which requires oil and gas...more

Producers Investing Heavily in Denver-Julesburg Basin

by BakerHostetler on

The Denver-Julesburg (DJ) Basin, which covers northeastern Colorado and parts of Wyoming, Nebraska, and Kansas, is expected to continue as a booming oil and gas play into 2014 and beyond. In 2012, increased drilling in the...more

AAPL To Issue Revised Form 610-1989 Model Form Operating Agreement To Address Horizontal Wells

by BakerHostetler on

The American Association of Professional Landmen is expected to release a revised Form 610-1989 Model Form Operating Agreement within the next few days. It is our understanding that the revised Form will include language...more

New Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission Setback Rules Likely to Increase Backlog of Permit Applications

by BakerHostetler on

On August 1, 2013, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission adopted new setback regulations that threaten to increase the backlog of permit applications at the Commission....more

What’s Up with Noise, Light, Dust and Volatile Organic Compounds?

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (“DEP”) released its report to the West Virginia Legislature in May on the study of “noise, light, dust and volatile organic compounds generated by the drilling of...more

Legislative Update: Pa. Passes Oil and Gas Lease Act Share

On July 9, 2013, Governor Corbett signed the Oil and Gas Lease Act, Senate Bill No. 259 of 2013 (the "Act"), which amends Pennsylvania's Guaranteed Minimum Royalty Act....more

Finally -- Rules Governing Horizontal Well Development

On April 12, 2013, the West Virginia Legislature passed Senate Bill 243 which contained, among other West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (“DEP”) rules, the Rules Governing Horizontal Well Development 35-8...more

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