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U.S. Supreme Court Asked to Intercede in Dakota Access Legal Fight

U.S. Supreme Court Asked to Intercede in Dakota Access Legal Fight

Dakota Access LLC, operator of the eponymous crude oil conduit ensnared in a legal battle over its right to stay in operation after a federal judge vacated a critical easement, has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on its case. The questions presented by counsel representing the 1,172-mile Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) could…

September 22, 2021
Chesapeake Gains Approval for $6.3M Royalties Settlement with Pennsylvania Landowners

Chesapeake Gains Approval for $6.3M Royalties Settlement with Pennsylvania Landowners

After more than seven years, a federal court has given final approval to two class action settlements that would require Chesapeake Energy Corp. to pay Pennsylvania landowners more than $9 million for improperly calculating oil and gas royalties.  The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas certified two settlement classes this week. The…

August 25, 2021
U.S. Supreme Court Tosses Review of Minnesota County Fracture Sand Ban

U.S. Supreme Court Tosses Review of Minnesota County Fracture Sand Ban

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday denied a petition that sought to overturn a Minnesota county ordinance banning the mining of silica sand, which is used in some Lower 48 well completions. Minnesota Sands LLC, which filed its initial lawsuit in 2017, was challenging an adverse ruling by the Supreme Court of Minnesota regarding Winona…

January 11, 2021
Gulfport Accuses Midship Pipeline of Illegally Seizing $75.6M

Gulfport Accuses Midship Pipeline of Illegally Seizing $75.6M

Bankrupt Gulfport Energy Corp. has accused Cheniere Energy Inc.’s Midship Pipeline subsidiary of illegally seizing $75.6 million to hold it “hostage” during contract renegotiations in anticipation of the Chapter 11 filing, according to court filings. “To obtain leverage in ongoing contract negotiations and secure an advantageous cash position prior to Gulfport’s bankruptcy, Midship made false…

November 25, 2020
Dakota Access Secures Key Regulatory Nod to Ramp Up Bakken-Fueled Oil Capacity

Dakota Access Secures Key Regulatory Nod to Ramp Up Bakken-Fueled Oil Capacity

The controversial Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) secured the final regulatory approval needed to build a pump station and expand others in Illinois, projects that should help it nearly double oil capacity. The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) this week approved Energy Transfer LP’s plan to build a pump station in Hancock County, IL, and expand other…

October 15, 2020
EPA’s Rollback of Oil, Gas Methane Rules Paused by Court Amid Multiple Lawsuits

EPA’s Rollback of Oil, Gas Methane Rules Paused by Court Amid Multiple Lawsuits

A federal court on Thursday paused a rescission by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of Obama-era regulations to curb methane emissions from the oil and gas industry. Swift legal action against the sweeping rule change had been promised by environmental advocates, and judicial intervention had been widely anticipated by experts. The U.S. Court of…

September 18, 2020
U.S. Chamber Steps into Legal Fray to Defend Reforms Aimed at Speedier Approvals of Energy Infrastructure

U.S. Chamber Steps into Legal Fray to Defend Reforms Aimed at Speedier Approvals of Energy Infrastructure

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday said it would help defend Trump administration updates to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) that were designed to minimize reviews and hasten approvals of proposed infrastructure projects, including natural gas and oil pipelines. At issue is the White House Council of Environmental Quality (CEQ)’s overhaul of NEPA…

August 25, 2020
Citing Threats to Grouse and Climate, Enviros Sue BLM to Scrap Colorado Drilling Plan

Citing Threats to Grouse and Climate, Enviros Sue BLM to Scrap Colorado Drilling Plan

A coalition of environmental groups has filed a lawsuit to jettison a federal plan that would allow oil and gas drilling on public lands in southwestern Colorado. The six western U.S. groups filed the lawsuit against the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in U.S. District Court in Denver. The plaintiffs claim that…

August 20, 2020
Minnesota AG Claims ExxonMobil, API and Koch ‘Perpetuating Fraud’ Regarding Climate Change

Minnesota AG Claims ExxonMobil, API and Koch ‘Perpetuating Fraud’ Regarding Climate Change

Minnesota Attorney General (AG) Keith Ellison on Wednesday sought to prevent ExxonMobil, the American Petroleum Institute (API) and three Koch Industries entities from continuing “deceptive practices” regarding climate change.  In the complaint filed in Ramsey County, Ellison said he is seeking to hold the companies and API “accountable for perpetuating fraud against Minnesotans” regarding “claims…

June 25, 2020
California, Minnesota, Wisconsin AGs Join Michigan Fight to Shut Down Enbridge Line 5

California, Minnesota, Wisconsin AGs Join Michigan Fight to Shut Down Enbridge Line 5

The attorneys general (AG) of Minnesota, California and Wisconsin have formally lent their support to a lawsuit filed by Michigan AG Dana Nessel seeking to shut down Enbridge Inc.’s Line 5 light crude oil and natural gas liquids (NGL) pipeline across Michigan’s Straits of Mackinac.

November 20, 2019
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