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Presidential Monument Power May Allow Obama to Unilaterally Restrict Access to Public Lands

Posted in Regulatory
The final mid-term election of a presidency typically represents the last election of consequence for the President, and the point where Presidents demonstrate an increased willingness to take actions that are politically unpopular or controversial. While Presidential pardons are perhaps the most notable of these politically unpopular lame-duck actions, the President’s monument designation authority is … Continue Reading

Virginia Announces New Joint Fracking Review Process

Posted in Regulatory
Virginia recently announced a special joint review process between the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (“DMME”) and Department of Environmental Quality (“DEQ”) of applications to use hydraulic fracturing in the commonwealth’s Coastal Plain.  The Coastal Plain provides about half of the freshwater used by Virginia residents, and one company has already proposed drilling in … Continue Reading

Department of Energy No Longer Issuing Conditional Approvals of LNG Export Licenses

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The Department of Energy (“DOE”) has announced that it will no longer be issuing conditional approvals of export licenses for liquefied natural gas (“LNG”).  DOE will instead wait until the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) has approved environmental reviews for the projects, including rehearing requests, allowing DOE to focus its efforts on the applications of … Continue Reading

Study Finds Artificial Earthquakes Weaker

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A recently released study has found that artificial earthquakes resulting from the use of disposal wells for produced waters and other oil and gas wastewaters are less intense, and in general about sixteen times weaker, than naturally occurring earthquakes. The peer-reviewed paper included analysis of eleven earthquakes occurring between 2011 and 2013 in Arkansas, Colorado, … Continue Reading

Agreement Leads to Withdrawal of Anti-Fracking Measures in Colorado

Posted in Regulatory
A group pushing two anti-fracking measures in Colorado has withdrawn the initiatives after reaching a deal with Gov. John Hickenlooper (D), who agreed to create a task force to make recommendations on how to minimize land-use conflicts in siting oil and gas facilities. The task force will consist of equal representation from energy companies, environmental … Continue Reading

Commerce Department Places Severe Restrictions on Fracking Equipment Sales to Russia

Posted in Key Documents, Regulatory
This post was prepared by guest bloggers Eric McClafferty (202-342-8841) and Michael Dobson (202-342-8517), attorneys in Kelley Drye & Warren’s Export Controls and Compliance Practice. Earlier today, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published a Federal Register notice (79 Fed. Reg. 151, 45675-82) describing expanded export controls on Russia. BIS previously implemented severe restrictions on licensable … Continue Reading

Hydraulic Fracturing: State Regulatory Roundup Vol. 33

Posted in Key Documents, Litigation, Regulatory
Fracking Insider Readers: We are pleased to bring you Volume 33 of our State Regulatory Roundup, including updates in Colorado, Oklahoma, and Virginia. As we explained in earlier volumes, we designed the Roundup to provide quick overviews on state regulatory activity. If you have any questions on any of these summaries, please do not hesitate … Continue Reading

EPA Releases Guidance for Hydraulic Fracturing Using Diesel Fuels

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The EPA on Tuesday released its final guidance document for permitting of hydraulic fracturing operations when diesel fuels are added to the fracking fluid. The guidance is intended to be used by EPA permit writers administering the Safe Drinking Water Act’s Underground Injection Control (UIC) Program.  Hydraulic fracturing was exempted from the jurisdiction of UIC … Continue Reading

Fracking Insider Contributors Published in Unconventional Oil & Gas Report

Posted in Legislative, Regulatory
Fracking Insider authors Wayne D’Angelo and Andrew McNamee have published a piece in the Unconventional Oil & Gas Report, a product of the Oil & Gas Journal. Their piece, “Fracing faces legal and regulatory challenges in 2014,” was published on February 2nd, and provides an analysis of regulatory issues likely to be faced by the … Continue Reading

Report Calls On Environmentalists to Support Hydraulic Fracturing

Posted in Regulatory
A recently released report warns environmental activists that their opposition to hydraulic fracturing is “a tragic mistake,” and asserts that shale gas provides a solution to two global environmental concerns: air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. The report calls shale gas “a wonderful gift that has arrived just in time,” and advocates for its use … Continue Reading

Hydraulic Fracturing: State Regulatory Roundup Vol. 29

Posted in Legislative, Regulatory
Fracking Insider Readers: We are pleased to bring you Volume 29 of our State Regulatory Roundup, including updates in California, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. As we explained in earlier volumes, we designed the Roundup to provide quick overviews on state regulatory activity. If you have any questions on any of these summaries, please do not hesitate … Continue Reading

Hydraulic Fracturing: State Regulatory Roundup Vol. 28

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Fracking Insider Readers: We are pleased to bring you Volume 28 of our State Regulatory Roundup, including updates in Colorado, Illinois, and Pennsylvania. As we explained in earlier volumes, we designed the Roundup to provide quick overviews on state regulatory activity. If you have any questions on any of these summaries, please do not hesitate … Continue Reading

Hydraulic Fracturing: State Regulatory Roundup Vol. 27

Posted in Key Documents, Regulatory
Fracking Insider Readers: We are pleased to bring you Volume 27 of our State Regulatory Roundup, including updates in California, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. As we explained in earlier volumes, we designed the Roundup to provide quick overviews on state regulatory activity. If you have any questions on any of these summaries, please do not hesitate … Continue Reading

Coast Guard Proposes to Allow Bulk Transport of Hydraulic Fracturing Wastewater

Posted in Economic, Key Documents, Regulatory
The U.S. Coast Guard issued a proposed policy letter on October 30th that puts forward a process to issue endorsements to barge owners to transport shale gas extraction wastewater in bulk. The letter creates specific conditions that barge owners would have to meet to obtain a certificate of inspection endorsement allowing wastewater transport. Barge owners … Continue Reading

OSHA Proposes Crystalline Silica Rule, Could Affect Hydraulic Fracturing Operations

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In late August, the Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) proposed a long-awaited rule that is intended to limit workers’ exposure to crystalline silica. OSHA claims that exposure to crystalline silica kills hundreds of workers and sickens thousands more each year through lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and kidney disease… Continue Reading

Rule for Determining Economic Impacts of Critical Habitat Designations Takes Effect Next Month

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On August 23rd, Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) jointly issued a final rule requiring draft economic impact analyses to be issued along with proposed critical habitat designations, limiting the types of economic impacts that may be considered when making such designations. The final rule interpreting the Endangered Species Act … Continue Reading
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