Sidley Shale and Hydraulic Fracturing Report

Vol. 4, No. 43

Topics discussed in this week’s Report include:

  • National Park Service plan would increase regulations and costs for oil and gas activities.
  • Pennsylvania: Office of Environmental Justice will monitor shale gas.
  • California: State shuts down 33 underground injection wells.
  • Oklahoma: State Commission shuts down three more wells for seismic activity
  • North Dakota: Well blowout under control.
  • Report links historic underground injections to Oklahoma earthquakes.

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Sidley Shale and Hydraulic Fracturing Report

Vol. 4, No. 42

Topics discussed in this week’s Report include:

  • Oklahoma: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends restrictions on injection wells to reduce seismicity.
  • Marcellus shale states: States announce collaborative program to promote shale gas development and manufacturing.
  • Texas: Commission announces plans to expand capability to evaluate wells for potential links to seismic activity.
  • Pennsylvania: Federal court finds township ban on disposal of hydraulic fracturing wastewater invalid.
  • Poland: Shale gas exploration declining.
  • Study shows underground injection at hydraulic fracturing sites poses little risk of water contamination.
  • Oil development in Bakken Shale poses challenges for grassland birds.

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Sidley Shale and Hydraulic Fracturing Report

Vol. 4, No. 41

Topics discussed in this week’s Report include:

  • House passes legislation to end crude-oil export ban.
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports methane emissions from oil and gas operations have dropped for three years in a row.
  • Pennsylvania: New legislation encourages use of mine water in hydraulic fracturing.
  • Pennsylvania: State House votes down governor’s proposed tax on natural gas production.
  • Texas: In FY 2015, regulators issue more penalties to oil and gas operators while enforcement actions drop.

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Energy Enforcement Update

Last week, in the FERC v. Barclays court case, the judge issued a scheduling order.  This order gets at the “de novo review” and sets forth how the case will proceed – including whether Barclays gets the right to supplement the record.

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Sidley Shale and Hydraulic Fracturing Report

Vol. 4, No. 40

Topics discussed in this week’s Report include: 

  • Court blocks Bureau of Land Management (BLM) hydraulic fracturing regulations.
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issues new ozone standards.
  • BLM rule would alter royalty calculations from oil development.
  • Non-governmental organizations threaten suit to stop Virginia crude rail terminal.
  • Virginia: Court holds landowner permission not required for pipeline surveys.
  • North Carolina: County imposes moratorium on hydraulic fracturing.
  • Pennsylvania: State expands seismic monitoring network.
  • Colorado: Commission proposes local “home rule” regulations.
  • State regulators issue report on seismic activity.
  • U.S. oil production drops, but prices stay firm.

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