Domestic Shale Production: Good for America/Bad for OPEC

By | Fracking Insider | May 16, 2017
There are lots of reasons to be happy about strong America’s shale resources, but here’s one more – it’s putting a hurting on OPEC!   According to U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimates, in 2016, “members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) earned about $433 billion in net oil export revenues (unadjusted for inflation). View Full Post
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Energy Related Hearings This Week

By | Fracking Insider | May 15, 2017
House Foreign Affairs — Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere hearing on “Energy Opportunities in South America.” Date: Wednesday, May 17, 10 a.m. Place: 2172 Rayburn Bldg. Witnesses: Jorge Pinon, director of the Latin America and Caribbean Program in the University of Texas at Austin’s Jackson School of Geosciences Lisa Viscidi, director of Inter-American Dialogue’s Energy, Climate Change, and Extractive Industries Program Jason Bordoff, professor and director of Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy, School of International and Public Affairs Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on the nomination of David Bernhardt to be deputy Interior secretary. View Full Post
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Environmental Organization Challenges Constitutionality of the Congressional Review Act

By | Fracking Insider | May 10, 2017
As we previously reported on this blog, Congress and the Trump administration have revived the Congressional Review Act (CRA) and set about rescinding a series of regulations promulgated during the Obama presidency.  Congress’ authority to invalidate an executive agency rule is rooted in Article I of the Constitution, which vests “[a]ll legislative Powers [t]herein granted” in Congress.  View Full Post
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Energy-Related Hearings This Week

By | Fracking Insider | May 1, 2017
Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on federal payments to local governments provided through the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act and the Payment in Lieu of Taxes program and the need to provide greater fiscal certainty for resource-dependent communities with tax-exempt federal lands. View Full Post
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Federal Court Defers to Oklahoma Oil and Gas Oversight, Rejects Sierra Club Bid for Federal Regulation

By | Fracking Insider | April 24, 2017
This post was originally posted on WLF Legal Pulse. In 2016, the Sierra Club filed suit in Oklahoma alleging that use of state-permitted deep wastewater injection wells was causing increased seismic activity—both in frequency and severity.  Sierra Club v. Chesapeake Operating, LLC, et al. View Full Post
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Hearings This Week

By | Fracking Insider | April 24, 2017
  Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing on “A Review of the Technical, Scientific, and Legal Basis of the WOTUS (Waters of the United States) Rule.” Wednesday, April 26, 10 a.m. 406 Dirksen Bldg.   House Transportation and Infrastructure — Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials hearing on “Building a 21st Century Infrastructure for America: The State of Railroad, Pipeline, and Hazardous Materials Safety Regulations and Opportunities for Reform.” Wednesday, April 26, 10 a.m. View Full Post
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Burdens and Regulations Under Review at EPA

By | Fracking Insider | April 17, 2017
The internal memorandum from Administrator Pruitt to his senior staff at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) was recently released to the press.  The memo provides the road map for implementing Executive Order 13777, which directs agencies to take steps to repeal, replace, or modify unduly burdensome regulations.  View Full Post
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