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Fulbright & Jaworski: Hydraulic Fracturing as a Subsurface Trespass, Part 1 in a Series of 5

This article is the first in a series of five posts. Hydraulic fracturing activities continue to rise, and are at the center of much debate and litigation focusing on the potential health risks associated with the process. But an emerging issue with fracturing activities, and one that only the...

Fulbright & Jaworski: Hydraulic Fracturing as a Subsurface Trespass, Part 2 in a Series of 5

This article is the second in a series of five posts. Hydraulic fracturing activities continue to rise, and are at the center of much debate and litigation focusing on the potential health risks associated with the process. But an emerging issue with fracturing activities, and one that only the...

Fulbright & Jaworski: Hydraulic Fracturing as a Subsurface Trespass, Part 3 in a Series of 5

This article is the third in a series of five posts. Hydraulic fracturing activities continue to rise, and are at the center of much debate and litigation focusing on the potential health risks associated with the process. But an emerging issue with fracturing activities, and one that only the...

Fulbright & Jaworski: Hydraulic Fracturing as a Subsurface Trespass, Part 4 in a Series of 5

This article is the fourth in a series of five posts. Hydraulic fracturing activities continue to rise, and are at the center of much debate and litigation focusing on the potential health risks associated with the process. But an emerging issue with fracturing activities, and one that only the Texas...

Fulbright & Jaworski: Hydraulic Fracturing as a Subsurface Trespass, Part 5 in a Series of 5

This article is the final post in a series of five posts. Hydraulic fracturing activities continue to rise, and are at the center of much debate and litigation focusing on the potential health risks associated with the process. But an emerging issue with fracturing activities, and one that only...

Dallas Men Indicted for Alleged Participation in Oil and Gas Ponzi Scheme

Two Dallas men were indicted for their participation in a $485 million oil and gas Ponzi scheme. Brendan Coughlin, 46, and Henry Harrison, 47, both of Dallas, were charged with one count of conspiracy and ten counts of mail fraud in connection with the collapse of Provident Royalties LLC ("Provident"...

Modern Legal Marketing: Pipeline Industry Grumbles over Texas Eminent Domain Ruling

The phones have been ringing nonstop at eminent domain attorney offices throughout Texas after a ruling against pipeline companies looking to develop on private property. The Texas Supreme Court recently sided with landowners in recent eminent domain case, giving them the power to challenge a pipeline...

William A. Ruskin on State Fracking Disclosure Requirements

By William A. Ruskin Opponents of fracking argue that it is necessary for the public, and health and safety professionals, to have full access to information on the constituents of hydraulic fracturing fluids and waste. In a report released on July 26, 2012 titled, " State Hydraulic Fracturing...

William A. Ruskin: Hydrofracking and The Battle Over Water in South Texas

By William A. Ruskin In an article titled, " Introduction to Hydraulic Fracturing Natural Gas Exploration ," Rebecca Jo Reser , an IADC member and partner at the San Antonio, Texas law firm of Davidson Troilo Ream & Garza, discusses the potential burden that hydraulic fracturing imposes...

Fulbright & Jaworski LLP: New Drilling and Recycling Regulations Proposed by Texas Railroad Commission Relating to Hydraulic Fracturing

In recent weeks, the Texas Railroad Commission (RRC) approved several amendments to the Administrative Code relating to drilling, casing, cementing, well control, and the commercial recycling of produced water and/or hydraulic fracturing flowback fluid. On August 21, 2012, the RRC proposed regulations...

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: OSHA: Coming to a Drilling Site Near You

By Lindsay M. Bouffard and David E. Dick In an effort to reduce fatalities in the oil and gas industry, OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) created an Oil and Gas Regional Emphasis Program . This program, implemented in 2012, applies to all worksites in Texas, among other states....

DLA Piper: Avoiding Multimillion-Dollar Liability For De Facto Partnership Breach Under Texas Law: One Useful Tip

By Ileana Blanco After a lengthy trial, a Dallas jury has found that a de facto partnership existed between Energy Transfers Partners, L.P. (ETP) and Enterprise Products Partners, L.P. “to market and pursue a pipeline project to transport crude oil from Cushing, Oklahoma to the Gulf Coast.”...

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Mineral Lessees Have Surface Rights Across Non-Producing Pooled Tracts

By Christina A. Denmark, Of Counsel, and Russell L. Schetroma, Member On June 20, 2014, the Texas Supreme Court held that a mineral lessee has the right to use a road to cross the surface of non-producing pooled tracts. This decision is critical for oil and gas producers , as it clarifies the ability...

State Net Capitol Journal: Renewable Energy Offsets Collapse Of Coal

The U.S. coal industry has endured a precipitous decline in recent years. A Duke University study indicated that the industry shed 49,530 jobs between 2008 and 2012. U.S. renewable energy, meanwhile, has surged. The Duke study found that wind and solar energy generation provided more than 79,000 direct...

State Net Capitol Journal: Politics Kills Clean Energy In Texas

A Texas rebate program for electric vehicles is ending on June 26 – only about a year after it began. Not because state leaders think green rebates are a waste of money or threaten the free market. In fact, a House committee unanimously passed a plan to extend the EV incentives until 2023 and double...

DLA Piper Energy Bulletin

This regular publication by DLA Piper lawyers focuses on helping clients navigate the ever-changing business, legal and regulatory landscape. • Railroad industry leader sees jump ahead in volume of crude-by-rail. Are oil companies fully prepared for the potential liability...