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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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08 March 2017

Sidley Shale and Hydraulic Fracturing Report

Vol. 6, No. 10

Topics discussed in this week’s Report include:

  • EPA withdrew information collection request regarding methane emissions from the oil and gas sector.
  • USGS survey predicted reduction in human-induced seismicity.
  • Ohio expanded methane leak detection monitoring in oil and gas sector.
  • Pennsylvania: WPX Energy Appalachia fined $1.2 million for waste water spill.

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28 February 2017

Sidley Shale and Hydraulic Fracturing Report

Vol. 6, No. 9

Topics discussed in this week’s Report include:

  • FERC issued guidance manual, which directed developers of natural gas pipelines on how to consider climate change in NEPA reports.
  • Oklahoma limited growth in future wastewater injection rates in Arbuckle formation.
  • Report concluded that spills at hydraulic fracturing sites are common.
  • Large surplus of global LNG is likely in the near future.

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21 February 2017

Sidley Shale and Hydraulic Fracturing Report

Vol. 6, No. 8

Topics discussed in this week’s Report include:

  • Senate confirmed Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as EPA administrator.
  • S. District Court rejected tribe’s request for Dakota Access temporary restraining order.
  • Ute Indian Tribe and Department of Interior scheduled to discuss settlement of BLM rule lawsuit.
  • Colorado Attorney General filed suit seeking rescission of Boulder drilling ban.
  • Pennsylvania DEP linked first series of earthquakes to hydraulic fracturing activity.

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07 February 2017

Sidley Shale and Hydraulic Fracturing Report

Vol. 6, No. 6

Topics discussed in this week’s Report include:

  • Ohio: Governor proposed increased tax on oil and natural gas development.
  • Texas: Appellate court reversed $3 million judgment in Barnett Shale nuisance case.
  • Analysts raised concerns that trade war with Mexico could reduce natural gas prices.
  • Consol Energy announced plans to exit coal mining in favor of natural gas.

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