Energy Enforcement Update

This week’s Enforcement Update covers:

  • Judge in Barclays case denies FERC motion to affirm civil penalties;
  • CFTC orders civil penalties and trading bans for former Citigroup Global Markets Inc. traders in spoofing case;
  • CFTC Acting Chairman Giancarlo appoints James McDonald as Enforcement Director;
  • FERC Enforcement and City Power reach settlement agreement; and
  • Judge dismisses plaintiffs’ class action complaint against TOTAL.

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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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EPA Seeks Stakeholder Comments on Reforming Existing Regulations

*This article originally appeared in Washington Legal Foundation’s Counsel’s Advisory at wlf.org on April 21, 2017.

President Trump has made regulatory reform a priority for his Administration. Among other actions, on February 24, 2017, the President issued Executive Order 13777 on Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda, which mandates that each agency establish a Regulatory Reform Task Force to “evaluate existing regulations … and make recommendations to the agency head regarding their repeal, replacement, or modification, consistent with applicable law.”

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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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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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