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Independent Oil and Gas Producers Defeat Federal Hydraulic Fracturing Rule

Wyoming U.S. District Court Declares Bureau of Land Management’s Hydraulic Fracturing Rule Unlawful On June 21, 2016, United States District Judge Scott Skavdahl granted BakerHostetler’s petition for review of final agency action and declared the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) hydraulic fracturing rule unlawful. The court’s judgment sets aside BLM’s hydraulic fracturing rule, and America’s … Continue Reading

ONRR Continues to Penalize Oil and Gas Companies With Federal Leases in Wyoming for Failure to Submit Production Reports

Today, the Department of the Interior’s Office of Natural Resources Revenue (“ONRR”) announced that it has issued a $6.9 million civil penalty to High Plains Gas, Inc., for failure to submit production reports for numerous federal leases in Wyoming.[1] This is the largest reported civil penalty ONRR has issued since December 2006 and appears to … Continue Reading

Independent Producers Seek To Halt Federal Hydraulic Fracturing Rule

BakerHostetler Files Injunction in Federal Court; Motion Follows Firm’s Initial Lawsuit Challenging Meritless Rule On May 15, 2015, BakerHostetler filed a request for preliminary injunction against the final rule the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) issued to regulate hydraulic fracturing on federal and Indian lands. The motion was filed in the United States District Court … Continue Reading

State of Wyoming Joins Independent Producers In Opposition To Federal Hydraulic Fracturing Rule

The Wyoming Attorney General’s Office filed a complaint today in Wyoming federal district court asking the court to set aside recently finalized federal regulations related to hydraulic fracturing on federal and public lands. Wyoming’s complaint requests the court set aside regulations the United States Department of the Interior announced last Friday, the same relief sought … Continue Reading

Independent Producers Lead Legal Challenge Against BLM’s Hydraulic Fracturing Rule

After a regulatory review process lasting more than three years, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) issued today a final rule purporting to govern hydraulic fracturing on federal and Indian lands. Given BLM’s failure to correct flaws in earlier versions of the rule – flaws that were addressed expressly in public comments responsive to the … Continue Reading

The Myth of the Regulatory Gap: BLM’s Proposed Hydraulic Fracturing Rule Compared to Existing State Law

For the better part of the last decade, oil and natural gas production from domestic wells has increased steadily. Technical advancements in identifying promising sources of oil and gas and extracting hydrocarbons from previously inaccessible formations has allowed domestic producers to reach production levels once thought impossible. Virtually all of this increased production has come … Continue Reading

Wyoming Supreme Court Remands Fracking Chemical Disclosure Case to District Court for Reconsideration

On March 12, 2014, the Wyoming Supreme Court issued a highly anticipated ruling in a case concerning the scope of trade secret protection available to exempt certain fracking chemical information—which Wyoming requires to be provided to the Wyoming  Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (Commission)—from public disclosure.  The decision, however, rested largely on technicalities and declined … Continue Reading

Wyoming Requests Exemption from BLM Hydraulic Fracking Final Rules

On August 19th, Senators Michael B. Enzi and John Barraso, M.D., as well as U.S. Representative Cynthia M. Lummis, wrote to the Secretary of the Interior, The Honorable Sally Jewell, requesting that the Department of the Interior exempt Wyoming, as well as other states currently regulating hydraulic fracturing, from the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) … Continue Reading

BakerHostetler Shale Symposium – Denver

BakerHostetler Shale Symposium The Niobrara Shale Play: Regulatory, Policy and Political Developments in Colorado and Wyoming The Denver Julesburg Basin has led to a long and prolific history of oil and gas production in both Colorado and Wyoming. The recent advances in horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing technologies have made it economically feasible to produce … Continue Reading
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