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09 May 2017

Sidley Shale and Hydraulic Fracturing Report

Vol. 6, No. 19

Topics discussed in this week’s Report include:

  • Environmental groups sued to block drilling in Ohio national forest.
  • Pipeline companies took on “Buy American” directive.
  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court declined review of homeowner’s groundwater contamination claims.
  • Ohio legislature moved to take over oil and gas commission.
  • Colorado appealed ruling on drilling permit petition.
  • Pennsylvania named environmental prosecutor.

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03 May 2017

Sidley Shale and Hydraulic Fracturing Report

Vol. 6, No. 18

Topics discussed in this week’s Report include:

  • Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service to review oil and gas regulations.
  • Department of Energy approved LNG export terminal in Texas.
  • Oklahoma panel recommended reuse of hydraulic fracturing wastewater as an alternative to underground disposal.
  • Study found no evidence of groundwater contamination due to hydraulic fracturing.
  • Total S.A. announced plans to invest US$500 million in Argentina shale gas formation.

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11 April 2017

Sidley Shale and Hydraulic Fracturing Report

Vol. 6, No. 15

Topics discussed in this week’s Report include:

  • Federal agencies moved to dismiss NEPA challenge to use of offshore hydraulic fracturing.
  • Government, NGOs moved for summary judgment in Big Cypress hydraulic fracturing challenge.
  • Pennsylvania town’s wastewater disposal ban ruled unconstitutional.
  • Court dismissed Oklahoma earthquake litigation.
  • New trial ordered for hydraulic fracturing tort case.
  • China surpassed Canada as largest customer of U.S. crude oil.

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04 April 2017

Sidley Shale and Hydraulic Fracturing Report

Vol. 6, No. 14

Topics discussed in this week’s Report include:

  • President Trump signed Energy Independence executive order requiring agencies to review oil and natural gas regulations.
  • Interior Department to repeal valuation rule for fossil fuels produced on federal land.
  • California Air Resources Board approved methane regulations for oil and gas operations.
  • Maryland to permanently ban hydraulic fracturing.

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28 March 2017

Sidley Shale and Hydraulic Fracturing Report

Vol. 6, No. 13

Topics discussed in this week’s Report include:

  • Trump administration issued presidential permit for Keystone XL pipeline.
  • PHMSA issued advisory bulletin on classification of threats to integrity of gas pipelines.
  • Federal court rejected lawsuit challenging Delaware River Basin Commission’s jurisdiction to regulate natural gas development within the Basin.
  • Environmental NGOs filed petition for review of FERC decision granting certificate to Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline in D.C. Circuit.
  • Colorado: Intermediate appellate court held that state Oil and Gas Conservation Act requires oil and gas development to proceed in a manner protective of the environment.
  • Study concluded that the majority of methane found in groundwater in the Barnett Shale does not come from hydraulic fracturing.
  • Changes occur in economics of hydraulic fracturing as domestic oil production rebounds.

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21 March 2017

Sidley Shale and Hydraulic Fracturing Report

Vol. 6, No. 12

Topics discussed in this week’s Report include:

  • Trump administration informed Tenth Circuit that it will begin a new rulemaking to rescind the BLM rule on hydraulic fracturing.
  • Appeals court denied tribes’ emergency request to prevent operation of the Dakota Access pipeline.
  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court weighs the extent to which local zoning laws may regulate privately owned oil and gas wells.
  • California poised to adopt extensive methane regulations for oil and gas industry.

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15 March 2017

Sidley Shale and Hydraulic Fracturing Report

Vol. 6, No. 11

Topics discussed in this week’s Report include:

  • Tenth Circuit asked DOJ whether Trump administration intends to defend BLM rule on hydraulic fracturing.
  • Dakota Access pipeline readied for controversial crossing under Lake Oahe.
  • Environmental groups claimed that FERC natural gas pipeline decisions suffer from unlawful “structural bias.”
  • Congress passed CRA resolution to repeal BLM’s “Planning 2.0” rule.
  • The Pennsylvania Supreme Court heard arguments on residents’ challenge to natural gas well drilling permits.

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