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Hydraulic Fracturing

18 October 2016

Sidley Shale and Hydraulic Fracturing Report

Vol. 5, No. 42

Topics discussed in this week’s Report include:

  • Railroad industry criticizes DOT’s rules for oil and ethanol trains in response to GAO report.
  • FERC approves second LNG export plant for Cheniere Energy.
  • Pennsylvania: New hydraulic fracturing regulations take effect.
  • Pennsylvania: State senators seek to intervene in lawsuit challenging Delaware River Basin Commission’s authority to regulate hydraulic fracturing.

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11 October 2016

Sidley Shale and Hydraulic Fracturing Report

Vol. 5, No. 41

Topics discussed in this week’s Report include:

  • EPA issues deadline for compliance with its rule governing discharge of wastewater from unconventional oil and gas production facilities to POTWs.
  • PHMSA adopts rules addressing natural gas pipeline emergencies.
  • Oklahoma: EPA recommends that Oklahoma Corporation Commission consider a moratorium on a subset of underground injection of oil and gas wastewater.
  • United Kingdom approves first oil and gas project using both hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling.
  • EPA states that the oil and gas sector’s methane emissions decreased last year.

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10 October 2016

British government overrules local objections to allow hydro-fracturing of new shale wells

On October 6, 2016, Sajid Javid, U.K.’s Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, overruled local objections by granting Cuadrilla Resources permission for up to four horizontally-drilled, high-volume hydraulically-fractured wells to produce natural gas from shale formations in North Lancashire, U.K. The decision marks Britain’s first approval of new wells using the controversial method to produce natural gas from shale since Cuadrilla’s exploratory drilling was halted due to seismic activity in 2011. Earlier this year another producer was granted permission to “frack” a well it had already drilled in 2013.

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04 October 2016

Sidley Shale and Hydraulic Fracturing Report

Vol. 5, No. 40

Topics discussed in this week’s Report include:

  • Additional states and business groups file briefs supporting challenges to BLM’s hydraulic fracturing rule.
  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturns additional sections of state hydraulic fracturing rule as unconstitutional.
  • United Kingdom receives first shipment of U.S. shale gas.
  • Environmental groups advocate revisions to U.S. EPA hydraulic fracturing study.

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27 September 2016

Sidley Shale and Hydraulic Fracturing Report

Vol. 5, No. 39

Topics discussed in this week’s Report include:

  • Environmental groups criticize FERC pipeline permitting process.
  • Groups push EPA for zero discharge hydraulic fracturing in the Gulf.
  • Maryland Department of the Environment will miss deadline for regulations.
  • Pennsylvania extends drilling moratorium in state forests.
  • New Oklahoma seismologist wades into disposal well issues.
  • Researchers use satellite data to attribute Texas seismicity to disposal wells.

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20 September 2016

Sidley Shale and Hydraulic Fracturing Report

Vol. 5, No. 38

Topics discussed in this week’s Report include:

  • D.C. Circuit stays construction of contested portion of Dakota Access pipeline.
  • Oklahoma regulators close 32 more disposal wells.
  • Ohio: Supreme Court upholds decision to keep anti-hydraulic fracturing measures off the ballot in November.
  • Total S.A. to acquire Chesapeake Energy Corp.’s Barnett Shale assets.

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13 September 2016

Sidley Shale and Hydraulic Fracturing Report

Vol. 5, No. 37

Topics discussed in this week’s Report include:

  • Federal agencies block construction of Dakota Access pipeline pending further agency review, despite federal court order authorizing work to proceed.
  • Federal court holds that BLM violated NEPA in allowing hydraulic fracturing on federal lands in California.
  • EPA and state regulators adjust restrictions on wastewater disposal wells in Oklahoma in response to earthquake.
  • Projections for U.S. oil production overall improve, while oil and gas production in Ohio trend in opposite directions.

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30 August 2016

Sidley Shale and Hydraulic Fracturing Report

Vol. 5, No. 35

Topics discussed in this week’s Report include:

  • Advocacy groups challenged federal oil and gas leasing.
  • EIA projected tight oil production will continue its decline until 2017 turnaround.
  • Environmental groups sued to place hydraulic fracturing ban on Ohio ballots.
  • Texas Sunset Advisory Commission issued a report recommending changes to Texas Railroad Commission and regulation of oil and gas development.
  • Oklahoma Corporation Commission acted in response to earthquakes and U.S. EPA issued a report on seismic activity in Texas.

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24 August 2016

Sidley Shale and Hydraulic Fracturing Report

Vol. 5, No. 34

Topics discussed in this week’s Report include:

  • EPA releases new report on the potential effect of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water.
  • Group of trade associations files petition for DOT rulemaking to confirm primary role of PHMSA in establishing tank car standards.
  • Oklahoma: Landowner files lawsuit challenging BIA approval of oil and gas leases for Ceja Corp.

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