Sidley Shale and Hydraulic Fracturing Report

Vol. 6, No. 5

Topics discussed in this week’s Report include:

  • Trump administration put rules on hold, including those in the environmental and energy arenas
  • In reversal of Obama administration, Trump administration encouraged Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipeline projects to move forward
  • Oklahoma released 2016 earthquake statistics
  • University of Alberta study alleged connection between hydraulic fracturing and organ damage in rainbow trout

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Energy Enforcement Update

In this enforcement update, we cover:

  • CFTC’s enforcement division issues new advisories on cooperation;
  • FERC and ETRACOM file briefs regarding scope of review in district court;
  • FERC revises PJM FTR forfeiture rule and discusses cross-product manipulation;
  • Citigroup Global Markets Inc. settles spoofing charges with the CFTC;
  • DOJ settles with Duke Energy for violating premerger notification and waiting period requirements; and
  • TOTAL files motion for leave to respond and response in FERC proceeding.

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Sidley Shale and Hydraulic Fracturing Report

Vol. 6, No. 4

Topics discussed in this week’s Report include:

  • Montana’s chemical disclosure rule challenged.
  • New PHMSA rule amended pipeline incident notification requirements.
  • Gas pipeline projects received FERC approval.

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Sidley Shale and Hydraulic Fracturing Report

Vol. 6, No. 3

Topics discussed in this week’s Report include:

  • Court rejected stay of BLM methane rule.
  • Proposed resolution would block EPA oil and gas methane regulations.
  • EPA proposed release disclosures for gas processing plants.
  • PHMSA to evaluate crude oil shipping rules.
  • EIA expects higher U.S. oil production.
  • Pennsylvania court disallowed daily penalties for Clean Streams Law.
  • Environmental groups called for ban on new Louisiana pipelines.
  • Landowners alleged fraud over Dakota Access Pipeline.

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Energy Enforcement Update

Happy New Year!  In our first enforcement update of 2017, we cover:

  • FERC increases maximum civil penalties for violations for 2017;
  • City Power and FERC file joint stipulation requesting referral to mediation; and
  • TOTAL files supplemental authority and FERC responds in declaratory judgment action in Fifth Circuit.

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Secretary of Energy Moniz provides insights on the Obama Administration’s energy legacy and importance of national laboratories at National Press Club

On Wednesday, January 11, 2017, outbound Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz spoke at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., in what he said was his final major speaking appearance in the capital city. Secretary Moniz emphasized the importance of the U.S. Department of Energy National Laboratories and Technology Centers, and the many research and development accomplishes of the Obama administration, of which he was a part for nearly the last four years.

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Sidley Shale and Hydraulic Fracturing Report

Vol. 6, No. 2

Topics discussed in this week’s Report include:

  • Argument in challenge to BLM hydraulic fracturing rule delayed until March.
  • Colorado: NGOs filed lawsuit to overturn BLM oil and gas drilling leases due to ozone pollution.
  • Maryland: Legislature halted hydraulic fracturing regulations and contemplates extending ban.

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Sidley Shale and Hydraulic Fracturing Report

Vol. 6, No. 1

Topics discussed in this week’s Report include:

  • Consent decree set deadline for EPA to determine whether to revise existing regulations governing disposal of solid waste from oil and gas production under RCRA.
  • Wyoming district court allowed claims related to alleged contamination of drinking water by hydraulic fracturing to go forward.
  • FERC issues positive draft environmental impact statement for Atlantic Coast pipeline project.
  • Brazilian state imposed 10-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing.

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