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  • March 10, 2022

    Government Indicts Oil Company For Deaths Caused By Leaked Hydrogen Sulfide Gas

    MIDLAND, Texas — The U.S. government on March 3 filed a criminal indictment against an oil and gas company and its affiliates in Texas federal court, saying that the defendants’ release of hazardous gas related to drilling operations resulted in the deaths of an employee and his wife.

  • March 07, 2022

    Cross-Appeals In Dispute Over Fracturing Patent Resolved By Panel

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — A final written decision by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board confirming as patentable some claims of a hydraulic fracturing patent while declaring other claims anticipated or obvious will stand, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled March 4.

  • March 07, 2022

    Federal Agencies Will Conduct More NEPA Analysis Under Fracking Lease Settlement

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Environmental groups and federal agencies on March 4 reached a stipulated settlement in District of Columbia federal court under which the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will conduct additional analysis under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) related to federal hydraulic fracturing leases on public lands in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming.

  • March 07, 2022

    Split Ohio High Court:  State Commission Can Restrict Mineral Rights Transfer

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — A split Ohio Supreme Court on Feb. 23 ruled that the state’s Public Works Commission can restrict the transfer of mineral rights for drilling natural gas on land purchased from the Clean Ohio Conservation Fund and that a community development corporation violated land-transfer restrictions that were included in a deed that it sold to a hydraulic fracturing company.

  • March 04, 2022

    Panel Affirms Division Of Mineral Rights Between Parties Based On Deed Language

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — An Arkansas appeals panel on Feb. 16 affirmed a lower court’s ruling and held that it properly dismissed a mineral rights claim against an estate of a deceased woman on grounds that, despite differing methods of analysis between the trial court and the appellate panel, the trial court’s division of the rights between the parties was correct.

  • March 04, 2022

    Briefly:  Hearing Scrutinizes FERC Policy Changes On Gas Pipelines

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — A March 3 hearing before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources with regard to recent regulations passed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on natural gas pipelines opened with the chairman and a ranking member accusing FERC of undermining the country and its national security.

  • March 04, 2022

    Energy Company Files Putative Class Action For Lack Of Payment Of Oil Proceeds

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. — An energy company on Feb. 8 sued an oil and gas purchasing company in Wyoming federal court contending that it is liable for ongoing violations of Wyoming’s law pertaining to interest owed on the untimely payments of proceeds derived from the sale of oil and gas production.

  • March 04, 2022

    Government Indicts Man For Ponzi Scheme Related To Fracking Sand Investment

    MIDLAND, Texas — The U.S. government on Feb. 23 filed a criminal indictment in Texas federal court against a man accused of running a Ponzi scheme by allegedly offering investment opportunities in a company that was purportedly involved in buying and selling sand used in hydraulic fracturing operations.

  • March 04, 2022

    Residents:  Fracking Company’s Counsel Should Be Disqualified For Harassment

    HARRISBURG, Pa. — Residents who allege that the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) erred in finding that a hydraulic fracturing company did not contaminate their water supply on Feb. 24 filed a brief with the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board (EHB) arguing that the attorneys for the fracking company, which is an intervenor, should be disqualified and should not be given “another opportunity to harass, intimidate and retaliate” against the residents by being permitted to file a sur-reply brief.

  • March 04, 2022

    Agency:  Notice To Oil Company Prohibiting Wastewater Injection Was Proper

    SAN JOSE, Calif. — A California environmental agency on Feb. 9 filed a brief in a state appeals court asking the court to reverse a trial court’s decision that denied the agency’s motion to strike a petroleum company’s complaint against the agency related to the agency’s notice and enforcement of regulations prohibiting the injection of wastewater from oil extraction activities into a local aquifer.

  • March 04, 2022

    Texas Panel Reverses, Says Jurisdiction For Fracking Injury Case Is Lacking

    HOUSTON — A Texas appellate panel on Feb. 24 reversed a trial court ruling and held that jurisdiction was lacking for a man’s injury lawsuit against the hydraulic fracturing company he worked for, concluding that the company is incorporated in Delaware and has its principal place of business in Oklahoma.

  • March 03, 2022

    Fracking Company’s Proxy Statement Violated Securities Laws, Shareholder Says

    NEW YORK — A shareholder in a hydraulic fracturing company on March 2 sued the company seeking preliminary and injunctive relief, alleging that the company violated securities laws in connection with allegedly misleading and materially incomplete statements issued by the company that the plaintiff says were intended to convince shareholders to vote in favor of a proposed merger.

  • February 28, 2022

    Company Seeks Dismissal Of Fracking Securities Case, Cites ‘Inflammatory Rhetoric’

    HOUSTON — An energy company on Feb. 15 argued in Texas federal court that a class of investors uses “inflammatory rhetoric” to allege securities fraud but that dismissal is required “where the inference that the defendants act with scienter is not ‘cogent and at least as compelling’ as the inference that they did not.”

  • February 22, 2022

    Justices Deny Certiorari For Environmental Analysis Of Dakota Access Pipeline

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — A District of Columbia Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling vacating the easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) so a federal environmental study for the project can be conducted stands after the U.S. Supreme Court on Feb. 22 denied the pipeline developer’s petition for certiorari in a case filed by four Indian tribes.

  • February 18, 2022

    Municipality:  Federal Board’s OK Of Rail Line For Fracking Should Be Vacated

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — A municipality in Colorado on Feb. 10 filed a petition in the District of Columbia Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals seeking review of a decision by a U.S. government agency related to a proposed rail line in Utah that would carry, among other things, products related to hydraulic fracturing to and from the shale formation in the Uinta Basin.  The municipality maintains that the decision violates federal law and should be vacated.

  • February 18, 2022

    Panel Says Ordinance Allowing Fracking In Residential Areas Is Not A Violation

    HARRISBURG, Pa. — A Pennsylvania appellate panel on Jan. 24 affirmed a lower court’s decision and held that a change to a municipal zoning ordinance that allowed hydraulic fracturing in certain residential districts did not violate substantive due process.

  • February 18, 2022

    Study:  Pennsylvania Fracking Harms Drinking Water And Infant Health

    HARRISBURG, Pa. — A study released online Feb. 17 and scheduled to be published in the March issue of the “Journal of Health Economics,” found “consistent and robust evidence that drilling shale gas wells negatively impacts both drinking water quality and infant health,” in Pennsylvania.

  • February 18, 2022

    Oilfield Services Company: Equipment Supplier Liable For Fraud, Breach Of Contract

    MARSHALL, Texas — An oilfield services company on Jan. 31 sued an equipment supplier and its affiliates in Texas federal court contending that the supplier committed fraud when it misrepresented to the oilfield services company that a portion of its payment for fracking tanks would be refunded as per the parties contractual agreement.

  • February 15, 2022

    Briefly:  Consultant Sues Pennsylvania Pipeline Company For Misconduct

    WILMINGTON, Del. — On Feb. 14, a consulting company filed a derivative action in Delaware state court on behalf of pipeline company Energy Transfer LP and its subsidiaries, asserting multiple breaches of good faith and fair dealing against the general partner controlling the management of Energy Transfer, contending that its “misconduct” and “egregious and willful violations” have damaged the consultant.

  • February 15, 2022

    Fracking Trade Group Seeks Expedited Appeal Of Ruling Vacating Federal Leases

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Petroleum Institute (API), which is an intervenor-appellant, on Feb. 11 asked the District of Columbia Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to expedite consideration of its appeal of a lower court’s ruling that vacated and remanded the record of decision reached by federal agencies to support a lease sale for hydraulic fracturing in the Gulf of Mexico.

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