Sidley Shale and Hydraulic Fracturing Report

Vol. 4, No. 39

Topics discussed in this week’s Report include: 

  • Interior Department concludes that Endangered Species Act (ESA) listing not warranted for sage grouse.
  • Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) staff recommends extension of limits on wastewater injection.
  • North Dakota extends deadlines to reduce natural gas flaring.
  • University of Michigan issues report describing options for hydraulic fracturing.

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Energy Enforcement Update

On Friday, FERC filed an opposition to Maxim’s motion to dismiss.  FERC contends none of Maxim’s motion meets the requirements for dismissing a complaint.

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Energy Enforcement Update

Yesterday, FERC issued a Notice of Alleged Violation naming Total and two traders.

Staff alleges that the scheme involved making largely uneconomic trades for physical natural gas during bid week designed to move indexed market prices in a way that benefited the company’s related positions. Staff also alleges that the West Desk implemented the bid week scheme on at least 38 occasions during the period of interest.  Staff further alleges that Therese Nguyen and Aaron Hall each implemented the scheme and supervised and directed other traders in implementing the scheme.

FERC Notice of Alleged Violations

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Sidley Shale and Hydraulic Fracturing Report

Vol. 4, No. 38

Topics discussed in this week’s Report include: 

  • Ohio: State Supreme Court Issues Two Decisions on Ballot Proposals Which Seek to Ban Use of Hydraulic Fracturing.
  • North Dakota: Regulators Weigh Rule Changes in Reaction to Industry Downturn.
  • Study Finds that Hydraulic Fracturing Water Use Totals Less Than One Percent of Industrial Water Use Nationwide.
  • Report Estimates Releases From Hydraulic Fracturing in West Texas.
  • Monthly Total U.S. Crude Oil Production Has Fallen Slightly.

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Sidley Shale and Hydraulic Fracturing Report

Vol. 4, No. 37

Topics discussed in this week’s Report include:

  • Texas: EnerVest Cleared of Seismic Activity.
  • Pennsylvania: Cabot Appeals Claims of Water Supply Contamination.
  • Wastewater Spills an Increasing Concern.

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Energy Enforcement Update

Many developments on the enforcement front:

  • New NAV for UTC traders.
  • FERC complaint against Maxim challenged by motion to dismiss.
  • New DOJ Guidance Puts Emphasis on Identifying Culpable Individuals in Corporate Internal Investigations.

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Sidley Shale and Hydraulic Fracturing Report

Vol. 4, No. 36

Topics discussed in this week’s Report include:

  • District Court Overturns Endangered Species Act Listing for Lesser Prairie Chicken.
  • Texas: Hearing Examiners Find Insufficient Evidence to Establish Link Between Injection Well and Seismic Activity
  • EIA Report Concludes That Lifting Oil Export Ban Would Help Producers and Consumers, but Adversely Affect Refiners.

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