Sidley Shale and Hydraulic Fracturing Report

Vol. 6, No. 22

Topics discussed in this week’s Report include:

  • States urged PHMSA to establish vapor pressure limits for shipping oil by rail.
  • Arkansas: Eighth Circuit reversed district court, reviving challenge to contamination from waste water disposal well.
  • New York pursued new limits on methane emissions.
  • Canada announced plans to regulate methane emissions from the oil and gas industry.

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Sidley Shale and Hydraulic Fracturing Report

Vol. 6, No. 21

Topics discussed in this week’s Report include:

  • District of Columbia Circuit granted the EPA’s request to hold in abeyance litigation over final rule governing methane emissions from new and modified oil and gas sources.
  • Property owners sued FERC and Nexus Gas Transmission to stop Ohio natural gas pipeline.
  • Colorado: Agency appealed intermediate court ruling that state Oil and Gas Conservation Act requires oil and gas development to proceed in a manner protective of the environment.
  • New York: New York State unveiled plan to reduce methane emissions.

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Energy Enforcement Update

This week’s Enforcement Update covers:

  • Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee to consider FERC nominees;
  • Ninth Circuit affirms dismissal of RICO class action against JPMVEC;
  • FERC to host technical conference on developments in natural gas index liquidity and transparency; and
  • Plaintiffs appeal dismissal of class action against TOTAL.

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Sidley Shale and Hydraulic Fracturing Report

Vol. 6, No. 20

Topics discussed in this week’s Report include:

  • U.S. Senate blocked repeal of Interior Department’s methane emissions rule.
  • FERC blocked certain natural gas pipeline work following mud spill in Ohio wetland.
  • Settlement extended moratorium on oil and gas leases on public land in California.

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Sidley Shale and Hydraulic Fracturing Report

Vol. 6, No. 19

Topics discussed in this week’s Report include:

  • Environmental groups sued to block drilling in Ohio national forest.
  • Pipeline companies took on “Buy American” directive.
  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court declined review of homeowner’s groundwater contamination claims.
  • Ohio legislature moved to take over oil and gas commission.
  • Colorado appealed ruling on drilling permit petition.
  • Pennsylvania named environmental prosecutor.

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Energy Enforcement Update

This week’s Enforcement Update covers:

  • Judge in Barclays case denies FERC motion to affirm civil penalties;
  • CFTC orders civil penalties and trading bans for former Citigroup Global Markets Inc. traders in spoofing case;
  • CFTC Acting Chairman Giancarlo appoints James McDonald as Enforcement Director;
  • FERC Enforcement and City Power reach settlement agreement; and
  • Judge dismisses plaintiffs’ class action complaint against TOTAL.

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Sidley Shale and Hydraulic Fracturing Report

Vol. 6, No. 18

Topics discussed in this week’s Report include:

  • Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service to review oil and gas regulations.
  • Department of Energy approved LNG export terminal in Texas.
  • Oklahoma panel recommended reuse of hydraulic fracturing wastewater as an alternative to underground disposal.
  • Study found no evidence of groundwater contamination due to hydraulic fracturing.
  • Total S.A. announced plans to invest US$500 million in Argentina shale gas formation.

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