Sidley Shale and Hydraulic Fracturing Report

Vol. 5, No. 13

Topics discussed in this week’s Report include:

  • OSHA issued final silica rule.
  • Government, NGOs file opening briefs in hydraulic fracturing appeal.
  • NGOs criticize federal agencies’ draft study finding hydraulic fracturing can be done offshore without significant environmental impacts.
  • Industry trade association challenges Pennsylvania regulations.
  • Colorado bill would establish earthquake liability for drillers.
  • Selling water to oil and gas company could lead to prison.
  • EIA drilling report predicts a decrease in oil production in 2016 and 2017.
  • NGO issues report on 0il- and gas-related spills in Colorado.

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Sidley Shale and Hydraulic Fracturing Report

Vol. 5, No. 12

Topics discussed in this week’s Report include:

  • PHMSA proposes new rules for natural gas pipelines.
  • University study finds no relationship between groundwater methane and oil and gas development.
  • International study finds that agriculture is the primary cause of spike in anthropogenic methane emissions.

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Energy Enforcement Update

This week’s enforcement update covers ETRACOM’s answer to FERC’s Order to Show Cause, FERC Enforcement’s reply to Coaltrain’s de novo review election, and items from FERC’s monthly open meeting.

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Energy Enforcement Update

This week’s enforcement update covers filings in the ETRACOM show cause proceeding at FERC, FERC enforcement actions in federal court and FERC’s 2015 State of the Markets Report.

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Sidley Shale and Hydraulic Fracturing Report

Vol. 5, No. 11

Topics discussed in this week’s Report include:

  • Tenth Circuit allows appeal of preliminary injunction of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) hydraulic fracturing rule to move forward.
  • United States and Canada announce further plans to reduce methane emissions from oil and gas operations.
  • Louisiana: State intermediate appellate court holds that state law pre-empts local zoning ordinance prohibiting a hydraulic fracturing project.
  • Pennsylvania: Jury awards plaintiffs $4.24 million in tort suit against oil and gas company for alleged drinking water contamination in Dimock.
  • Ohio: Oil and gas production increased, as did wastewater disposed by underground injection.
  • Oklahoma: Oklahoma issues second plan to reduce oil and gas wastewater injection in the state.

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Sidley Shale and Hydraulic Fracturing Report

Vol. 5, No. 10

Topics discussed in this week’s Report include:

  • Court dismisses challenge to new federal crude-by-rail regulations.
  • Environmental group’s suit targets gas pipeline approval process.
  • West Virginia votes down bill to allow pipeline companies on private lands.
  • Utica shale development has no impact on groundwater.
  • Environmental group asserts low natural gas prices will incentivize industrial growth that will increase U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.

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Energy Enforcement Update

This week’s enforcement update covers enforcement proceedings before FERC and in the district courts, as well as actions related to private rights of action for market manipulation claims.

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Sidley Shale and Hydraulic Fracturing Report

Vol. 5, No. 9

Topics discussed in this week’s Report include:

  • Department of the Interior (DOI) issues draft programmatic environmental assessment (EA) regarding the use of hydraulic fracturing on the Southern California Outer Continental Shelf.
  • Tenth Circuit will allow appeal of preliminary injunction staying Bureau of Land Management (BLM) hydraulic fracturing regulations but declines to expedited schedule.
  • North Dakota proposes new regulations for gathering pipelines.
  • Kansas considering expansion of disposal restrictions for oil and gas wastewater.
  • Colorado House committee votes down bill that would have compensated mineral royalty owners who lose their development rights due to local bans on hydraulic fracturing.

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