Mealey's Fracking

  • February 22, 2017

    Parties Debate Fracking Permit Approval, Public Health At Colorado Appeals Court

    DENVER — The Colorado Court of Appeals on Feb. 21 heard oral arguments in a case brought by youth representatives of an environmental advocacy organization who have asked the Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) to refrain from issuing hydraulic fracturing permits unless “the best available science” demonstrates, and an independent third-party organization confirms, that drilling can occur in a way that does not adversely affect human health (Tamara Roske, et al. v. Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission, et al., No. 2014cv32637, Colo. App).

  • February 17, 2017

    Colorado Attorney General Sues County Of Boulder Over Fracking Moratorium

    DENVER — Colorado Attorney General Cynthia H. Coffman on Feb. 14 filed a lawsuit against Boulder County, Colo., seeking declaratory and injunctive relief invalidating the county’s moratorium on hydraulic fracturing on grounds it is “contrary to clearly established state law” (The People of the State of Colorado ex rel. Cynthia H. Coffman v. County of Boulder, Colorado, et al., No. N/A, Colo. Dist., Boulder Co.).

  • February 16, 2017

    Fracking Companies: Former Employee Stole Secrets As Part Of ‘Fraudulent Scheme’

    HOUSTON — Two hydraulic fracturing companies on Feb. 13 filed a lawsuit in Texas federal court against a former employee, his wife and the company they formed, alleging that they are liable for “willful and malicious trade secret misappropriation under federal and state law,” as well as other breaches as part of a “fraudulent scheme” (Reveal Energy Inc., et al. v. Matthew A. Dawson, et al., No. 17-459, S.D. Texas).

  • February 13, 2017

    Federal Judge Tosses Property Owner’s Claims Against United States, Oil Company

    TULSA, Okla. — A property owner on an Oklahoma Indian reservation cannot pursue claims that the federal government violated environmental law when it approved hydraulic fracturing oil leases for the land because he did not exhaust his administrative remedies, an Oklahoma federal judge ruled Feb. 9 (Lyman Gilbert Lenker v. Kevin Haugrud, et al., No. 16-cv-0532, N.D. Okla., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 18473).

  • February 13, 2017

    Maryland Legislators Propose Bill To Ban Hydraulic Fracturing Permanently

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Two lawmakers in Maryland have proposed two companion pieces of legislation that would permanently ban hydraulic fracturing in the state.

  • February 13, 2017

    Colorado Attorney General: Boulder County Faces Legal Action Over Fracking Ban

    DENVER — Colorado Attorney General Cynthia H. Coffman on Jan. 26 sent a letter to the commissioners of Boulder County, Colo., advising them that if the county government does not rescind its ban on hydraulic fracturing or if it “takes other steps to impede the efficient and responsible development of oil and gas resources,” she will take legal action against the county.

  • February 10, 2017

    Bankrupt Fracking Services Company: No Evidence For Claims Of More Than $33.83M

    HOUSTON — A company that provides well services to hydraulic fracturing companies and recently emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy filed a brief on Feb. 8, objecting to a creditor’s motion to prosecute $33,835,000 in claims against the reorganized company, contending that the motion should be “denied out of hand because it is not supported by any evidence” (In re:  CJ Holding Co., No. 16-33590, Chapter 11, S.D. Texas Bkcy.).

  • February 10, 2017

    Federal Law Would Give States Sole Authority To Regulate Fracking On Federal Land

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Republican congressman on Feb. 7 proposed legislation that would “clarify” that a state has the sole authority to regulate hydraulic fracturing on federal land within the boundaries of the state.

  • February 10, 2017

    Exxon Seeks To Intervene In Case Challenging Offshore Fracking Approval

    LOS ANGELES — Exxon Mobil Corp. on Feb. 8 moved for leave to intervene in a lawsuit brought by the state of California against the U.S. government challenging the final environmental assessments performed in relation to leases approved for offshore hydraulic fracturing in the Southern California Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), arguing that the company has “a significant, protectable interest in the litigation” (People of the State of California ex rel. Kamala D. Harris, et al. v. United States Department of the Interior, et al., No. 16-9352, C.D. Calif.).

  • February 10, 2017

    Bankrupt Fracking Services Company: No Evidence For Claims Of More Than $33.83M

    HOUSTON — A company that provides well services to hydraulic fracturing companies and recently emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy filed a brief on Feb. 8, objecting to a creditor’s motion to prosecute $33,835,000 in claims against the reorganized company, contending that the motion should be “denied out of hand because it is not supported by any evidence” (In re:  CJ Holding Co., No. 16-33590, Chapter 11, S.D. Texas Bkcy.).

  • February 10, 2017

    Fracking Company: Royalty Owner Seeks ‘Two Bites At The Apple’ In Payment Dispute

    OKLAHOMA CITY — A hydraulic fracturing company filed a brief in Oklahoma federal court on Jan. 25, arguing that a company that purchases royalties and mineral rights is attempting to get “two bites at the apple” on its claim that the fracking company has underpaid royalties to a group of mineral rights owners (Chieftain Royalty Company v. SM Energy Company, et al., No. 11-177, W.D. Okla.).

  • February 10, 2017

    Fracking Company: Mineral Asset Seller Waived Right To Sue For Alleged Breach

    DENVER — A hydraulic fracturing company that purchased mineral assets from another oil and gas exploration company at an auction on Feb. 8 filed a brief in Colorado federal court arguing that the complaint filed by the company that sold the assets should be dismissed because the seller waived its right to a jury trial on its claims in the Purchase and Sales Agreements (PSAs) the parties entered (Branta LLC, et al. v. Newfield Production Company, No. 15-416, D. Colo.).

  • February 9, 2017

    Fracking Company: Mineral Asset Seller Waived Right To Sue For Alleged Breach

    DENVER — A hydraulic fracturing company that purchased mineral assets from another oil and gas exploration company at an auction on Feb. 8 filed a brief in Colorado federal court arguing that the complaint filed by the company that sold the assets should be dismissed because the seller waived its right to a jury trial on its claims in the Purchase and Sales Agreements (PSAs) the parties entered (Branta LLC, et al. v. Newfield Production Company, No. 15-416, D. Colo.).

  • February 9, 2017

    Wyoming High Court Reverses; Fracking Companies Have Right To Lease Analysis

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The Wyoming Supreme Court on Feb. 1 reversed a trial court and held that it had wrongly denied summary judgment to two oil and gas exploration companies that had sought an independent analysis of the language used in a state agency’s assignment of a mineral lease (Questar Exploration and Production Company v. Rocky Mountain Resources LLC, No. S-16-0026, Wyo. Sup., 2017 Wyo. LEXIS 10).

  • February 9, 2017

    Wyoming Man Sues Fracking Company For Injuries From Tank Explosion

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A man working on a hydraulic fracturing rig on Dec. 29 sued an oil and gas company and its affiliate, contending that they are liable for injuries he suffered when a tank battery exploded during fracking operations in what the man contends was “one of the most violent and destructive events in the history of oil and gas operations in the State of Wyoming” (Brandon L. Chadwick v. Encana Oil & Gas USA Inc., No. 16-318, D. Wyo.).

  • February 8, 2017

    Residents Seek To Amend Filings In Lease Dispute With Fracking Companies

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — A group of landowners on Feb. 8 filed a brief in Ohio federal court contending that they have satisfied the federal requirements necessary to file an amended answer, a counterclaim, a cross-claim and a third-party complaint against a group of hydraulic fracturing companies in ongoing litigation pertaining to oil and gas rights underlying their respective surface estates (Chesapeake Exploration LLC, et al. v. Kenneth Buell, et al., No. 12-916, S.D. Ohio).

  • February 8, 2017

    Fracking Alliance: Groups Repeat ‘Mischaracterizations’ In Lease Dispute Lawsuit

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A trade group representing hydraulic fracturing companies on Feb. 3 filed a brief in New Mexico federal court contending that it should deny a motion to stay a case filed by environmental advocacy groups that oppose the lease process for fracking on federal land, contending that the groups’ motion “repeats mischaracterizations of virtually every aspect of the Alliance’s lawsuit” (Western Energy Alliance v. Sally Jewell, et al., No. 16-912, D. N.M.

  • February 8, 2017

    Energy Commissioner: Shale Development ‘Controversial’; More Analysis Needed

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on Feb. 3 issued an order granting the abandonment and the issuance of certificates related to a natural gas pipeline in parts of Pennsylvania and New York while at the same time the agency’s commissioner made a point to say that the development of natural gas pipeline infrastructure related to the hydraulic fracturing of shale formations “has become increasingly controversial.”

  • February 8, 2017

    Manufacturing Company Says Fracking Operator Failed To Pay For Equipment

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A federal judge in Wyoming on Feb. 3 signed off on a stipulated protective order governing the production and disclosure of information in a hydraulic fracturing contract dispute because documents in the case may contain confidential information (Downhole Stabilization Rockies Inc. v. Reliable Field Services LLC, No. 15-226, D. Wyo.).

  • February 7, 2017

    Fracking Sand Supplier Cites Dip In Demand, Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

    WILMINGTON, Del. — A company that provides sand for energy companies that conduct hydraulic fracturing operations on Jan. 9 filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware, citing debts between $50 million and $100 million due to what it calls a petroleum recession that resulted in a decreased demand for fracking sand (In re: Chieftain Sand and Proppant LLC, et al., No. 17-10064, Del. Bkcy.).