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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2016 Environmental Year in Review

This Environmental Year in Review summarizes many of the significant court rulings, regulatory changes and policy developments that occurred during 2016. As 2016 was the final year of the Obama administration, change is in the air. The commencement of the Trump administration promises to bring with it shifts in policy focus, rule changes and inevitably litigation.

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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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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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Energy Enforcement Update

This week’s enforcement update covers:

  • Fifth Circuit schedules oral argument, and FERC and TOTAL file pleadings regarding Appointments Clause;
  • Plaintiffs in class action against TOTAL file response related to oral argument;
  • CME Group Exchanges expand reach of manipulation and fraud rules;
  • FERC and Silkman file joint discovery plan in district court, and court sets scheduling conference; and
  • Judge holds motion hearing in FERC district court case against Barclays.

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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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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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