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Dakota Access Shutdown Avoided (For Now) as Appeals Court Grants Administrative Stay

Dakota Access Shutdown Avoided (For Now) as Appeals Court Grants Administrative Stay

Crude oil can continue to flow on the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued an administrative stay of a lower court’s July 6 order vacating the pipeline’s water-crossing permits. The purpose of the stay, according to the appeals court, “is to give the court sufficient opportunity…

July 15, 2020

Latest Act 13 Ruling Seen Having Few Implications For PA Oil/Gas Industry Operations

A decision from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Wednesday that again struck down parts of the state’s oil and gas law, known as Act 13, was applauded by environmental advocates, while the energy industry and others met it with indifference, saying the opinion won’t have much effect on daily operations.

September 29, 2016

MA Court Ruling Sets Off New Round of Debate at FERC Over Access Northeast

The Aug. 17 Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) ruling that invalidated contracts on the Access Northeast pipeline expansion has set off a new round of debate as the project’s backers vie for FERC approval of a crucial tariff revision.

August 30, 2016

Second California Utility Accused of Ex Parte Violations With Regulators

A regulatory commission judge in California on Wednesday issued a ruling accusing a second major utility, Edison International’s Southern California Edison Co. (SCE), of up to 10 unreported ex parte communications over a 15-month period. It could result in up to nearly $34 million in fines for the utility.

August 6, 2015

Supreme Court Rejects BP, Anadarko Appeal Regarding Macondo Penalties

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal by BP plc and Anadarko Petroleum Corp. over federal water fines related to the 2010 Macondo oil spill, which means the producers face billions in fines that could be levied any day.

June 29, 2015

Nebraska Supreme Court Ruling Removes Keystone XL Roadblock

Developments over the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline continued on Friday, after the Nebraska Supreme Court ruled that a law granting Gov. Dave Heineman the power to approve the pipeline’s route through the state could stand.

January 9, 2015

Early Test of Act 13 Finds Pennsylvania Residents Winning Drilling Challenge

In an early test of last year’s Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling that struck down parts of Act 13, a common pleas court judge has thrown out a conditional use permit issued by a township in Lycoming County that would have allowed drilling operations in a residential area.

September 4, 2014
Canadian Activity Seen Rising as Regulatory Commits to Efficiency, Access

Canadian Activity Seen Rising as Regulatory Commits to Efficiency, Access

As stronger natural gas prices rekindled industry activity in Canada’s chief supply province, its overhauled development watchdog vowed Thursday to enable improved access to production targets.

June 27, 2014

Judge Upholds Colorado City’s Fracking Ban

A narrowly passed ballot measure last November banning the use of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in the Colorado city of Broomfield was upheld by a state district court ruling last Thursday.

March 4, 2014

Pennsylvania Lawmakers Denied Legal Standing in Act 13 Case

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Tuesday denied two leading Republican state lawmakers a chance to argue as interested parties in favor of the General Assembly’s role in passing comprehensive oil and gas legislation into law in 2012.

January 23, 2014
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