Energy Enforcement Update

This week’s enforcement update includes a new class action against TOTAL, as well as filings in the City Power, ETRACOM and TOTAL proceedings.

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Sidley Shale and Hydraulic Fracturing Report

Vol. 5, No. 17

Topics discussed in this week’s Report include:

  • Energy Department approves application to export natural gas.
  • Environmental NGOs petition President Obama to halt the export of crude oil.
  • North Dakota: Number of active drilling rigs is down, but production remains relatively stable.
  • Pennsylvania: Agency approves new oil and gas regulations.
  • Brookings Institution recommends that Pennsylvania and Ohio establish hydraulic fracturing trust funds.

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Energy Enforcement Update

This week’s enforcement update includes rulings in the Lincoln Paper/Silkman demand response proceeding and the spoofing case against Michael Coscia, as well as filings in the TOTAL and Powhatan/Chen proceedings in federal district court.

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Sidley Shale and Hydraulic Fracturing Report

Vol. 5, No. 16

Topics discussed in this week’s Report include:

  • Government: Producers lack standing to allege unreasonable permitting delays.
  • BLM reports 7,500 drilling permits unused.
  • Pennsylvania legislators move to stop new oil and gas regulations.
  • Pennsylvania intends to use general public interest requirements to increase disposal well scrutiny.
  • NETL claims new fracture data could improve production.
  • Researchers believe injection wells plausible cause of 2012 Texas earthquake.

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Sidley Shale and Hydraulic Fracturing Report

Vol. 5, No. 15

Topics discussed in this week’s Report include:

  • BLM proposes to approve requested utility rights-of-way to provide access to proposed oil shale project.
  • Oklahoma: Judge dismisses lawsuit challenging oil and gas permits on tribal lands.
  • EIA projects continued growth in ethane production.
  • Researchers report evidence of endocrine-disrupting chemicals found near oil and gas disposal wells.
  • EDF reports that study finds oil and gas well pads contribute significant methane emissions.

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Sidley Shale and Hydraulic Fracturing Report

Vol. 5, No. 14

Topics discussed in this week’s Report include:

  • USGS releases report forecasting risks from earthquakes, including induced seismicity.
  • GAO report asserts that the EPA oversight of underground injection of oil and gas wastewater is insufficient.
  • The public submitted comments on Wyoming DEQ report on alleged groundwater contamination near Pavillion.
  • Nebraska: New statute imposes disclosure obligations on operators of injection wells for oil and gas wastewater.

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Energy Enforcement Update

Lot of developments in enforcement this week, including a new FERC enforcement settlement plus related criminal charges by the United States and Massachusetts.  We also cover the Fifth Circuit’s denial of a private right of action in the GDF Suez case (remember the pending SPP exemptive relief application), filings in the Powhatan/Chen, Maxim Power and Barclays proceedings in federal district court, and the ETRACOM proceeding at FERC.

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