Author Archives: Andrew J. Scholz

Peer Review Study: Emissions from Drilling Less Than EPA Estimates

University of TexasFracking critics are probably not too happy to read the New York Times article detailing a peer reviewed study from the University of Texas which found, among other things, that methane release from fracking wells was less than the EPA had estimated and far less than fracking critics had claimed.  The study was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. As stated by the Environmental Defense Fund as to whether fracking emissions can be regulated and contained:  “Can we control it?  …

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Lone Pine Issue Presented to Colorado Supreme Court

UnknownThe defendants in the Colorado groundwater contamination case Strudley v. Antero Resources requested that the Colorado Supreme Court revisit the Appellate Court’s July 3, 2013 decision that vacated a trial court’s issuance of a Lone Pine order. The trial court had issued the Lone Pine order and required the Plaintiffs to establish a causal connection between the defendants’ fracking activities and Plaintiffs’  claimed personal injuries.  The trial court ultimately granted  summary judgment based on Plaintiffs’ failure to procure admissable expert testimony on the issue of…

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Wyoming to Seek Exemption from Federal Regulations

UnknownThe State of Wyoming is seeking to be exempted from proposed Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management regulations governing fracking on federal lands.  Wyoming claims that the federal regulations would overlap existing state regulations, specifically including chemical disclosure obligations related to fracking fluids.  Wyoming also claims that the federal standards will impede business development in the state. Proposed DOI regulations were released for public comment in May 2013. According to the DOI, the federal government seeks to work with states to specifically avoid…

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Michigan Court Dismisses Anti-Fracking Lawsuit Against State

  Unknown   A Michigan Circuit Court decision dismissed a fracking-related lawsuit that was commenced by environmental groups, including the Michigan Land Air Water Defense and others.  The lawsuit sought a declaratory judgment stopping Michigan from awarding mineral rights within certain state lands.   The Court found that the state’s issuance of a lease does not present an imminent threat to the environment and, as a consequence, the State of Michigan did not violate the public trust. According to the Court, it was “not able to consider…

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ABA’s Blawg 100 – Nominations Due August 9th

The ABA Journal is putting together its annual list of the 100 best legal blogs, based on reader votes. As publishers of the Shale Watch, we are proud to be considered for this prestigious list — and we would be honored if you would help. If you enjoy visiting the Shale Watch, and believe it is worthy of industry recognition, please click here to visit the ABA Blawg 100 Amici page and nominate us before the August 9th deadline. Thank you!  …

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