Ohio Judge Upholds Class Action Suit, Denies XTO Motion to Intervene

Ohio Judge Upholds Class Action Suit, Denies XTO Motion to Intervene

An Ohio judge has upheld a class action lawsuit against a Utica Shale driller, a decision that could release hundreds of landowners from undeveloped oil and natural gas lease agreements.

February 28, 2013

Lawyer: Industry Should Follow Basin Issues, Especially at DRBC

Oil and natural gas companies looking to drill within regulated interstate river basins need to familiarize themselves with issues facing the local river basin commission and take those issues seriously before ultimately deciding whether to drill, an industry attorney said.

September 27, 2012

Ohio Governor’s Temporary Order Regulates Injection Wells

Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed an executive order on Tuesday temporarily giving the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) additional power to regulate wastewater injection wells used by oil and natural gas drilling operations.

July 13, 2012

CFTC Seeks to Define Elusive High-Frequency Traders

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) last week took a major step forward to regulate high-frequency trading (HFT) by proposing a definition for the term, which so far has proved to be elusive.

June 25, 2012

Fracking Proposals Advance in North Carolina

A series of legislative proposals that would allow hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and enact several other changes to North Carolina’s energy policies within two years have cleared an important hurdle and could come to a vote this summer.

May 18, 2012

EPA Issues Draft Guidance on Diesel Use in Fracking

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Friday released a draft of its long-awaited guidance to oil and natural gas producers on the use of diesel fuel in hydraulic fracturing (fracking).

May 7, 2012

Ex-BLM Director Calls Federal Fracking Rules ‘Senseless’

A former director of the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) under the last President Bush called the agency’s efforts to regulate hydraulic fracturing (fracking) of oil and natural gas production on public lands “senseless.”

May 3, 2012

Illinois Fracking Law Moving Faster than Shale Rush

Betting that a shale gas industry may develop in the state in the future, the Illinois Senate on Thursday passed 54-0 a measure (SB 3280) to regulate hydraulic fracturing (fracking), which would require the disclosure of chemicals used in fracking operations.

April 27, 2012

Maryland House of Delegates Passes Two Marcellus Bills

The Maryland House of Delegates passed two Marcellus Shale regulatory bills on Saturday, adding clarity to how lawmakers expect the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) to regulate oil and natural gas operators, as well as several aspects of their drilling activities.

March 21, 2012

Review Finds ‘Well Managed’ Arkansas Fracking Regulation

State regulation of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) practices in Arkansas is “well managed and professional” but has room for improvement in a few areas, a recent review found.

March 12, 2012
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