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  • October 05, 2021

    Fracking Pipeline Company Seeks U.S. High Court Stay Of Order Halting Construction

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — A hydraulic fracturing pipeline company on Oct. 4 filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court seeking a stay of a circuit court’s ruling that vacated an order issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that had granted the company a certificate of public convenience and necessity authorizing it to build the pipeline.

  • October 04, 2021

    U.S. Supreme Court Denies Petition On Arbitration Of Gas Terminal Dispute

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 4 refused to hear an oil company’s petition in which it contends that the Delaware Supreme Court “broke from precedent” and misapplied the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) when it enjoined the company from pursuing a second arbitration against an energy company in the parties’ dispute over a gas terminal.

  • October 01, 2021

    Arizona Federal Judge Awards Partial Remediation Costs For Lack Of Documentation

    PRESCOTT, Ariz. — On a natural gas company’s motion to enforce judgment for payroll costs incurred to remediate numerous uranium mine sites on tribal land, an Arizona federal judge on Sept. 22 agreed to award more than $65,000 in payroll costs incurred for two experts’ work overseeing the cleanup and advising the company on its obligations to the federal government. However, the judge denied the company’s bid for more than $104,000 in costs due to insufficient documentation of three experts’ activities.

  • September 29, 2021

    Federal Agency Withdraws Trump-Era Fracking Royalty Rule For Federal Leases

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) on Sept. 28 announced that it haswithdrawna rule passed in the waning days of the Trump administration for the payment of royalties by hydraulic fracturing companies that operate on federal land, returning to the former method of calculating royalties, which the DOI estimates will result in a $64 million increase in royalty collections.

  • September 28, 2021

    Halliburton Takes Aim At Patented Fracturing System In New Petition

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The Patent Trial and Appeal Board should cancel eight claims of a patented hydraulic fracturing system, which relies on automation as a point of novelty, Halliburton Energy Services Inc. asserts in a Sept. 23 petition for inter partes review.

  • September 28, 2021

    Fracking Company To Pay $6.15M For Underpaying Royalties On Federal Leases

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) on Sept. 27 announced that it has reached a $6.15 million settlement with a hydraulic fracturing company to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by underpaying and underreporting natural gas royalties related to fracking operations on federal land in Wyoming and New Mexico.

  • September 28, 2021

    Shareholder Alleges Securities Violations In Fracking Merger Due To SEC Filing

    NEW YORK — A stockholder on Sept. 15 sued an energy company, its board of directors and a hydraulic fracturing operator in New York federal court contending that they violated federal securities laws when then approved a merger on grounds that the transaction followed “an insufficient process in which the Board failed to conduct a market check for potentially interested third parties.”

  • September 28, 2021

    Stockholder:  Energy Company’s Prospectus Lacked Material Information, Violated Law

    PHILADELPHIA — A stockholder on Sept. 16 sued the officers of an energy company in Pennsylvania federal court contending that they violated federal securities laws when they approved a merger between the company and a hydraulic fracturing operator, which depended upon a prospectus that the stockholder says failed to disclose material information.

  • September 28, 2021

    Canadian Study:  Fracking Increases Exposure To Volatile Organic Compounds

    TORONTO — A study by researchers at the University of Toronto published Sept. 14 found that pregnant women living in an area of “intense” hydraulic fracturing activity have increased levels of exposure to volatile organic compounds (VOCs), as compared with the exposure levels for the general Canadian population.

  • September 28, 2021

    Class Seeks Certification In Fracking Securities Fraud Case Involving Pipeline

    PHILADELPHIA — Plaintiffs in a securities fraud class action on Sept. 17 moved in Pennsylvania federal court seeking class certification of their case against a hydraulic fracturing pipeline company, which investors contend misled them about whether it had lawfully obtained valid permits for construction, when the company actually “exerted undue pressure on regulators and government officials” to secure permits “despite hundreds of known deficiencies” in the permit applications.

  • September 28, 2021

    8th Circuit Sends Indians’ Pipeline Trespass Claims To Bureau Of Indian Affairs

    ST. LOUIS — Native Americans’ trespass claims against oil companies over a pipeline that runs across a reservation should be stayed, not dismissed, under the primary jurisdiction doctrine to allow the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) to rule on the dispute, the Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals held Sept. 13 in reversing and remanding.

  • September 24, 2021

    Briefly: Pipeline, New Jersey Stipulate To Dismissal Of Dispute About Land

    PHILADELPHIA — The Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Sept. 22 officially remanded to district court the lawsuit between PennEast Pipeline Co. LLC and the state of New Jersey for a stipulated voluntary dismissal related to 42 parcels of land that the company had sought for construction of its pipeline to carry hydraulically fractured gas.

  • September 22, 2021

    Agencies:  Fracking Lease Sale Postponement Is In Accord With Federal Law

    BISMARCK, N.D. — The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) on Sept. 20 filed a brief in North Dakota federal court arguing that the decision to postpone the sale of hydraulic fracturing leases to prepare “a more robust” analysis under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is in accord with governing law and, therefore, there is no basis for the state of North Dakota’s attempt to compel the DOI to hold lease sales for public lands.

  • September 21, 2021

    Groups:  Agencies’ Allowance Of Fracking In Alaska’s Northern Slope Violates Law

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska — On Sept. 16, environmental advocacy groups sued federal agencies alleging that they violated multiple laws when they issued what is referred to as an incidental take regulation (ITR) allowing the Alaska Oil and Gas Association to “take” polar bears and walruses in relation to activities that support oil and gas exploration through hydraulic fracturing in Alaska’s Northern Slope.

  • September 20, 2021

    Stockholder:  Company Violated Securities Law With Proxy Statement About Merger

    NEW YORK — A stockholder on Sept. 17 sued an energy company in New York federal court contending that its officers violated federal securities laws when they approved the sale of the company to a hydraulic fracturing operator and published a “misleading” proxy statement.

  • September 20, 2021

    Patent Board Must Revisit Finding That Borehole Plugging Patent Is Obvious

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a Sept. 16 holding, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals left intact a construction by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board of the disputed claim term “tool” as it is used in a system for plugging a borehole in an oil or gas well, but said the board ran afoul of the Administrative Procedure Act in its final written decision.

  • September 13, 2021

    Judge:  Stay Of Discovery Not Warranted In Fracking Securities Lawsuit

    PITTSBURGH — A federal judge in Pennsylvania on Sept. 9 posted a note to the docket in a securities class action against a hydraulic fracturing company indicating that he had denied the company’s motion to stay discovery on grounds that the company did not sufficiently meet its burden of showing good cause for a stay at this time.

  • September 10, 2021

    Landowners:  Nonparty’s Motion To Quash Fracking Subpoenas Has ‘No Merit’

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. — On Sept. 9, landowners filed a brief in Wyoming federal court opposing a nonparty’s motion to quash subpoenas in an antitrust lawsuit pertaining to the monopolization of mineral rights related to hydraulic fracturing in local shale plays, contending that the motion to quash has no merit because the landowner’s counsel has worked with all parties to obtain compliance.

  • September 10, 2021

    Judge Denies Extension Of Discovery In Fracking Drinking Water Dispute

    HARRISBURG, Pa. — A judge on the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board (EHB) on Aug. 24 denied a motion to extend the discovery period in a dispute between a hydraulic fracturing company and residents who argue that it is liable for water contamination issues, ruling that the residents failed to comply with the EHB’s rules governing procedural motions.

  • September 10, 2021

    Mineral Rights Owners Sue Fracking Operator For Underpayment Of Royalties

    CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — A group of mineral rights owners on Aug. 25 filed a putative class action against a hydraulic fracturing operator in West Virginia federal court contending that it has breached its agreement by underpaying the royalties it owes them.

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