Sidley Shale and Hydraulic Fracturing Report

Vol. 6, No. 17

Topics discussed in this week’s Report include:

  • EPA announced review of final rule governing methane emissions from new and modified oil and gas sources.
  • New York: Intermediate appellate court dismissed challenge to state’s hydraulic fracturing ban on standing grounds.

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EPA Seeks Stakeholder Comments on Reforming Existing Regulations

*This article originally appeared in Washington Legal Foundation’s Counsel’s Advisory at wlf.org on April 21, 2017.

President Trump has made regulatory reform a priority for his Administration. Among other actions, on February 24, 2017, the President issued Executive Order 13777 on Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda, which mandates that each agency establish a Regulatory Reform Task Force to “evaluate existing regulations … and make recommendations to the agency head regarding their repeal, replacement, or modification, consistent with applicable law.”

Sidley Shale and Hydraulic Fracturing Report

Vol. 6, No. 16

Topics discussed in this week’s Report include:

  • Landowners continue challenge to Delaware River Basin Commission’s authority to prohibit hydraulic fracturing.
  • New York denied permits for proposed Northern Access Pipeline.
  • Oklahoma class action alleging wastewater injection caused earthquakes remanded to state court.

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Sidley Shale and Hydraulic Fracturing Report

Vol. 6, No. 15

Topics discussed in this week’s Report include:

  • Federal agencies moved to dismiss NEPA challenge to use of offshore hydraulic fracturing.
  • Government, NGOs moved for summary judgment in Big Cypress hydraulic fracturing challenge.
  • Pennsylvania town’s wastewater disposal ban ruled unconstitutional.
  • Court dismissed Oklahoma earthquake litigation.
  • New trial ordered for hydraulic fracturing tort case.
  • China surpassed Canada as largest customer of U.S. crude oil.

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Sidley Shale and Hydraulic Fracturing Report

Vol. 6, No. 14

Topics discussed in this week’s Report include:

  • President Trump signed Energy Independence executive order requiring agencies to review oil and natural gas regulations.
  • Interior Department to repeal valuation rule for fossil fuels produced on federal land.
  • California Air Resources Board approved methane regulations for oil and gas operations.
  • Maryland to permanently ban hydraulic fracturing.

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President Issues Executive Order on Energy and Climate

On March 28, President Donald Trump issued an executive order called Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth (Order). The Order charts a new course for United States energy policy by directing agencies to reverse actions taken by the Obama administration to address climate change, including the Clean Power Plan. Specifically:

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