Energy Enforcement Update

Recent developments:

  • Judge in FERC v. Powhatan/Chen case issues order setting prehearing conference.
  • FERC files Opposition to Barclays motion for discovery.
  • Shareholder files derivative complaint against J.P. Morgan for breaches of fiduciary duty related to FERC settlement.

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Sidley Shale and Hydraulic Fracturing Report

Vol. 4, No. 47

Topics discussed in this week’s Report include:

  • Intervenors seek immediate appeal of district court’s preliminary injunction of Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) hydraulic fracturing rules.
  • Maryland: Activists seek a permanent statewide ban on hydraulic fracturing.
  • North Dakota: Majority of oil now shipped by pipeline.
  • University study reports that Utica Shale will continue to support economy.

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Energy Enforcement Update

Recent developments:

  • FERC releases 2015 Report on Enforcement.
  • FERC terminates docket on proposed quarterly natural gas reporting.
  • FERC denies rehearing of Order No. 771 related to access to e-Tag data.
  • FERC requires reports on price formation in regional electric markets.
  • Parties seek rehearing of FERC market-based rate revisions.

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Energy Enforcement Update

Recent developments: 

  • Barclays files appeal to Ninth Circuit and motion for discovery in federal district court.
  • Powhatan and Chen file rebuttals to FERC opposition motions to dismiss.
  • FERC grants motion for technical conference and postpones comment deadline on Connected Entity NOPR.

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Sidley Shale and Hydraulic Fracturing Report

Vol. 4, No. 45

Topics discussed in this week’s Report include:

  • Texas Railroad Commission allows wastewater injection wells to keep operating.
  • Oklahoma: Environmental groups threaten lawsuit over alleged seismicity from wastewater disposal wells.
  • China poised to expand shale gas exploration.

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Energy Enforcement Update

Recent Developments:

  • FERC v. Barclays:  Judge Nunley denies motion for clarification and FERC files the administrative record in the Barclays proceeding.
  • FERC v. Powhatan:  FERC files opposition to Powhatan and Chen motions to dismiss.
  • FERC v. Berkshire Power:  FERC issues NAV against Berkshire Power Company LLC and Powerplant Management Services LLC.

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Sidley Shale and Hydraulic Fracturing Report

Vol. 4, No. 44

Topics discussed in this week’s Report include:

  • Advisory panel considers the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) draft report assessing hydraulic fracturing’s potential effects on drinking water.
  • Kansas: State Commission extends order limiting wastewater injection.
  • North Dakota: State ends program encouraging use of irrigation water for hydraulic fracturing.
  • Ohio: Commission reports that oil and gas severance tax is lower than in other states.

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