Sidley Shale and Hydraulic Fracturing Report

Vol. 5, No. 8

Topics discussed in this week’s Report include:

  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) panel updates review of EPA’s draft assessment of hydraulic fracturing.
  • U.S. Coast Guard retracts proposed policy concerning bulk shipments of hydraulic fracturing wastewater on barges.
  • Oklahoma: Oklahoma Corporation Commission (the Commission) releases plan to reduce volume of underground oil and gas wastewater disposal.
  • North Dakota: Oil production declines in response to lower oil prices.

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Sidley Shale and Hydraulic Fracturing Report

Vol. 5, No. 7

Topics discussed in this week’s Report include:

  • President’s proposed budget includes new taxes, fewer subsidies.
  • Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announces plan to cancel oil and gas leases in Thompson Divide.
  • Representatives push to end fossil fuel leases on federal lands.
  • Wyoming issues new flaring reporting rules.
  • Pennsylvania House entertains new gas severance tax.
  • As new pipelines come online, Bakken producers shifting from crude-by-rail transport.

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Energy Enforcement Update

With the passing of Justice Scalia, we wonder how a revamped Supreme Court will approach FERC’s anti-manipulation authority.  Scalia rendered notable dissents in Oneok, Inc. v. Learjet and FERC v. EPSA, which speak to the role of FERC.  The Commission’s anti-manipulation authority will one day come before the Supreme Court – the Court’s composition then will be interesting to see vis-à-vis FERC’s enforcement power.

This week’s enforcement update covers Lincoln Paper, and FERC’s stats on enforcement from the Commission’s annual budget request and performance report.

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Sidley Shale and Hydraulic Fracturing Report

Vol. 5, No. 6

Topics discussed in this week’s Report include:

  • Science Advisory Board (SAB) panel continues to debate Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) assessment of hydraulic fracturing.
  • Pennsylvania Court grants plaintiffs access to certain emissions data in hydraulic fracturing lawsuit.
  • Pennsylvania adopts new oil and gas regulations subject to final review by state regulatory review board.

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Energy Enforcement Update

As Super Bowl 50 wraps up, a quick update on enforcement this week, including FERC and CFTC actions in federal district court:

  • Barclays and traders file opposition to FERC motion to affirm civil penalties, as well as reply in support of motion for a stay.
  • CFTC files motions opposing Kraft’s affirmative defenses and interlocutory appeal.

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Sidley Shale and Hydraulic Fracturing Report

Vol. 5, No. 5

Topics discussed in this week’s Report include:

  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalizes voluntary program for existing oil and gas sources to reduce methane emissions.
  • EPA proposes additional monitoring method to satisfy greenhouse gas reporting obligations.
  • The U.S. Department of the Interior agrees to perform environmental assessment of offshore hydraulic fracturing in the Pacific Ocean.
  • Oklahoma: Corporation Commission and Sandridge Energy enter agreement on disposal wells.

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