Sidley Shale and Hydraulic Fracturing Report

Vol. 4, No. 35

Topics discussed in this week’s Report include:

  • NGOs Seek to Compel New Regulation of Oil and Gas Drilling Waste.
  • EPA Schedules Public Hearings on Proposed Oil and Gas Rules.
  • Former Disposal Well Operator Indicted Under Safe Drinking Water Act.
  • Florida: State Senators Reintroduce Bill to Ban Hydraulic Fracturing.
  • Ohio: County Drops Youngstown’s Proposed Anti-Oil and Gas Charter Provision From Election Slate.

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Sidley Shale and Hydraulic Fracturing Report

Vol. 4, No. 34

Topics discussed in this week’s Report include:

  • EPA Proposes to Extend Its Regulation of Oil and Gas Operations.
  • EPA Issues Oil and Gas Ozone Control Techniques Guidelines.
  • EPA Proposes New Interpretation of “Aggregation” for Oil and Gas.
  • Court Rejects Bid to Block New Mexico Permitting.
  • Moab Master Leasing Plan Would Limit Oil and Gas Development.
  • Federal Court Finds Crude Tanker Shipment Information Is Not Confidential.
  • Colorado: State Court of Appeals Passes on Challenges to Municipal Laws.
  • Pennsylvania: Governor Wants New Regulations for Crude Oil Rail Transport.
  • New York: Second Circuit Affirms Moratorium Was Not a Force Majeure for New York Leases.
  • Ohio: Activists File Suit to Get Municipal Bans Back on Ballots.
  • American Energy Partners Eyes Australia.
  • Schlumberger Sells Consulting Business.

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Sidley Shale and Hydraulic Fracturing Report

Vol. 4, No. 33

Topics discussed in this week’s Report include:

  • North Dakota: Health Department Approves Plan for Disposal of Low-Level Radioactive Waste.
  • Pennsylvania: DEP Issues Final Draft Regulations for Oil and Gas Wells.
  • Ohio: Hydraulic Fracturing Ban Initiatives Removed from November Ballot.
  • United Kingdom: Proposed Rules Would Give National Government Control over Hydraulic Fracturing Permits.
  • Report Evaluates Potential Impact of Hydraulic Fracturing in Delaware River Basin.

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Energy Enforcement Update

Yesterday, Presiding Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Carmen A. Cintron issued the Initial Decision in FERC’s enforcement case against BP.  The decision finds that BP violated the Natural Gas Act and FERC’s anti-manipulation rule with regard to BP’s trading of next-day, fixed-price natural gas at the Houston Ship Channel (HSC) from September 18, 2008 through November 30, 2008.

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Sidley Shale and Hydraulic Fracturing Report

Vol. 4, No. 32

Topics discussed in this week’s Report include:

  • EPA Final Clean Power Plan Is Less Favorable to Natural Gas.
  • Oklahoma: State Regulator Restricts Underground Injection of Wastewater.
  • Texas: Denton Amends Gas Well Regulations.
  • Iran Deal May Impact Market Quickly.

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Energy Enforcement Update

Today, the U.S. District Judge presiding over the FERC v. Barclays case (Judge Nunley) issued an order requesting supplementary briefing in the case.  This order appears to indicate the judge is amenable to accepting FERC’s view of proceedings before the court.

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Energy Enforcement Update

On Friday, July 31, FERC sued Powhatan, et al in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia – Richmond Division.  The EDVA is one of the fastest courts in the federal system, typically averaging under 12 months from complaint to resolution (often by trial).  This is the court and division in which U.S. prosecutors brought the corruption cases against former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife.

FERC Complaint Against Powhatan

 

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Sidley Shale and Hydraulic Fracturing Report

Vol. 4, No. 31

Topics discussed in this week’s Report include:

  • NGO Notifies DOT of Intent to Sue Over Pipeline Safety Regulations.
  • Senate Committee Approves Bill to End Crude Oil Export Ban.
  • California: NGOs Sue to Block California Hydraulic Fracturing Regulations.
  • Iowa: Landowners Challenge Pipeline Eminent Domain.
  • North Dakota: Fort Berthold Tribe Eyes Drilling Rule Reforms.
  • Oklahoma: Injection Wells Agree to Shut Down Pending Investigation After Earthquakes North of Oklahoma City.
  • AFBF Report: More Oil Pipelines Would Help Grain Shipments.
  • SABIC Eyeing U.S. Shale Gas Investments.
  • Oil Production up in Permian Despite Losses and Layoffs.

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