Courts

DOJ Scrambles, Asks Court to Stay Water Rule After Panel Denies Centralization

The Obama administration appears to have started a complex process of asking district courts across the nation — beginning in North Dakota on Tuesday — to halt proceedings over the controversial Clean Water Rule (CWR), thereby giving the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Sixth District in Cincinnati time to decide whether it has jurisdiction over a multitude of legal challenges.

October 14, 2015

Chesapeake Reneged on Texas Leasehold Contract, Says Fifth Circuit

Chesapeake Energy Corp. failed to persuade a federal appeals court to overturn a lower court’s decision that the operator must pay $121 million after reneging on a transaction in Texas.

May 2, 2014

FERC Prepared for Possible Government Shutdown

In the event of a potential government shutdown beginning at 12:00 a.m. (EST) on Oct. 1, FERC said the majority of its approximately 1,500 employees would be furloughed, while it would continue to inspect liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects, monitor energy markets for manipulation or other violations of Commission rules and potential threats to energy infrastructure.

October 1, 2013
Controversy Gushes from Reservation in Bakken

Controversy Gushes from Reservation in Bakken

Lawsuits have been filed in federal and state courts over a part of North Dakota’s prosperous Bakken Shale that lies under the Fort Berthold Reservation, which according to the state’s latest statistics makes up nearly 20% of the play’s ever-growing oil production.

February 27, 2013

Groups Attack Gas Pipe Projects in Courts, at FERC

Natural gas pipeline expansion projects came under attack last week in the courts and at FERC, including a New Jersey group of pipeline opponents that petitioned a federal appeals court in Washington, DC, to review Commission orders with respect to Spectra Energy’s New Jersey-New York Expansion. Tennessee Gas Pipeline and Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line (Transco) projects were the favorite target of environmentalists as well.

December 10, 2012

Two Federal Court Shale Lease Decisions Go Chesapeake’s Way

Two separate decisions in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York came down mostly on the side of shale play giant Chesapeake Energy Corp. in a year-old dispute over the extension of leases from landowners at below-market prices. Landowners in parts of four counties in New York state’s portion of the Marcellus Shale filed lawsuits against the Oklahoma-based shale operator.

April 9, 2012

Study: Marcellus Boom Not Driving Up Crime Rates

The Marcellus Shale boom does not appear to be driving up crime rates in Pennsylvania, but more research is needed to gauge the actual impact, according to a Pennsylvania State University report.

February 29, 2012

Aboriginals, Greens Threaten Lawsuits Against Mackenzie Pipeline

Grounds are being staked out for appeals to the courts even before the National Energy Board (NEB) finishes its forthcoming decision on Canada’s arctic natural gas production and pipeline project.

November 30, 2010

Mackenzie Project Overcomes Another Hurdle

Barring appeals to the courts, the last regulatory hurdle has been removed from obstructing an approval ruling on Canada’s entry in the Arctic pipeline race, the C$16.2 billion Mackenzie Gas Project (MGP).

October 18, 2010

Mackenzie Project Overcomes Another Hurdle

Barring appeals to the courts, the last regulatory hurdle has been removed from obstructing an approval ruling on Canada’s entry in the Arctic pipeline race, the C$16.2 billion Mackenzie Gas Project (MGP).

October 18, 2010