Author Archives: Andrew J. Scholz
Environmental groups recently filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Fort Myers Division, seeking to challenge the National Park Service, Department of the Interior, and others, with respect to the recent approval of seismic testing. Seismic testing is utilized to identify oil and gas. Specifically, the plaintiffs allege that the testing threatens the Big Cypress national preserve: “Big Cypress is an extraordinary and unique national treasure. It is an extension of the Everglades hydrologic system and provides…Continue Reading....
- April 25, 2016
After considerable debate, Pennsylvania is one step closer to approving new regulations for hydraulic fracturing. Specifically, on April 21, the Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC) held a lengthy hearing with respect to the new proposed regulations. The IRRC then approved the new proposed regulations. Among other things, the new regulations (1) ban waste pits for unconventional gas drilling, (2) requires permits and water management plan for certain drillers, (3) requires vandal proofing of tanks, and (4) requires well site restoration within nine months of drilling…Continue Reading....
- August 15, 2015
An Illinois appellate court has upheld a lower court’s denial of injunctive relief to certain landowners who sought to enjoin Illinois, via its regulatory body, from enforcing newly adopted hydraulic fracturing regulations in the state. Specifically, in Smith v. Dep’t of Resources, NO. 5-14-0583, 2015 Ill. App. LEXIS 536 (Ill. 5th Dist. App. July 10, 2015), Plaintiffs commenced an action against the Illinois Department of Resources, among others, seeking a preliminary injunction to stop the state from implementing the regulations recently adopted by the state. …Continue Reading....
- May 27, 2015
- North Carolina Fracking Permits Hit Lawsuit Snag
- New York Unveils Its Fracking Prohibition Regulations
- Utah Joins Other States That Seek To Challenge BLM Regulations
- SMU Releases Study Related To Seismic Activity and Hydraulic Fracturing
The Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management has released federal regulations regarding hydraulic fracturing on federal lands. Here are some of the highlights of the regulations, which go into effect in approximately 60 days:
- Chemical Disclosure Requirements: Within 30 days of completed operations, companies are required to disclose the additives used for frac fluids. Companies are to use FracFocus as the vehicle for those disclosures. If the additives contain trade secrets and therefore they should not to be disclosed, a process, including