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  • V&E presents a webcast on the SEC’s final rules on resource extraction payments disclosure requirements; to request access, follow this link.

Recently Held V&E Fracking Events

  • On Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015, V&E hosted the Fifth Annual Hydraulic Fracturing Symposium in Houston, TX
  • V&E partner Marc Rose participated in the panel discussion, “Shale Revolution Survival Guide for Dealmakers,” at The University Of Texas’ 10th Annual Mergers and Acquisitions Institute on Thursday, October 16th, in Dallas, TX.
  • V&E presented the Fourth Annual Hydraulic Fracturing Symposium, Wednesday, October 15th, in Houston, TX.
  • On Thursday, July 17, V&E presented “Energy Reform in Mexico,” part of the V&E Energy Series. Speaking at the event were V&E lawyers Boyd Carano, Larry Nettles, and Tim Tyler. (You can request access to this webinar here.)
  • V&E partner James Olson spoke at Opening Global Markets to Booming U.S. Shale Gas and NGL Production, June 25, 2014, in Houston, TX.

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The Vinson & Elkins Shale and Fracking Tracker

Our Shale and Fracking Tracker focuses on legal, regulatory and other newsworthy developments that affect our clients involved in recovering oil and gas from the emerging shale plays using the critical techniques of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

Our Fracking Tracker is a product of our Shale and Fracking Practice Group, a cross-disciplinary and international team led by senior members of our Litigation, Environmental, Transactional, and Intellectual Property practice groups. Visit our V&E Fracking Practice Group page to learn more about our attorneys and our practice in this dynamic area.


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January 8, 2016 - Pennsylvania DEP Releases Proposed Oil and Gas Well Requirements for Surface Activities

On January 6, 2015, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection released a package of proposed regulations that would place new requirements on surface activities at conventional and unconventional oil and gas well sites. The proposed Chapter 78 and 78a rules would require secondary containment for regulated substances, ban the use of temporary waste storage pits at unconventional well sites, and require reporting of gas production and waste generation. Well permit applications would also be required to identify potentially impacted public resources located within a certain distance of the well, and applicants would be required to notify agencies responsible for those resources. According to the state’s regulatory analysis form, the new rules could cost the unconventional oil and gas industry up to $73.5 million in initial costs, and up to $31.1 million in annual costs. In addition, the rules could cost conventional operators up to $634,500 in initial costs and $28.6 million in annual costs. Trade groups have suggested that the actual costs of these regulations may be even higher. The state’s Environmental Quality Board is currently scheduled to consider adopting the rules at a meeting on February 3, 2016.

December 23, 2015 - Wyoming DEQ Draft Final Report Concludes that Upward Migration of Fracturing Fluids at Depth Is Unlikely

The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (“WDEQ”) has released its draft final report in response to resident concerns alleging a link between well water taste and odor issues in the Pavillion Gas Field and hydraulic fracturing activity. In contrast to a 2011 draft report by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”), which concluded that hydraulic fracturing fluids may have impacted groundwater in the Pavillion Gas Field, WDEQ’s draft final report concludes that “[i]t is unlikely that hydraulic fracturing fluids have risen to shallower depths intercepted by water-supply wells.” This finding is consistent with EPA’s 2015 draft hydraulic fracturing study, which did not identify any instances where fluids migrated from the factures made in rock formations more than a mile below the surface up into aquifers that could be potential sources of drinking water. Like other recent studies, WDEQ further concludes that well construction issues present the “most probable pathway for gas or other fluids to reach shallow depths” via seepage along the wellbore. WDEQ is accepting public comment on its draft final report through March 18, 2016. Read WDEQ’s draft final report in full here.

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Hydraulic Fracturing Fluid Disclosure Requirements

Vinson & Elkins’ Shale & Fracking Practice Group has updated its comprehensive Hydraulic Fracturing Fluid Disclosure Requirements chart that summarizes state law for both current and proposed hydraulic fracturing fluid disclosure requirements. The chart updates the hydraulic fracturing fluid disclosure laws for Ohio, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania. States that currently require disclosures related to hydraulic fracturing fluids include Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, Michigan, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, and West Virginia and Wyoming. States with proposed disclosure requirements include California, Idaho, Illinois, Nebraska, and New York. Additionally, Michigan is currently considering legislation to change its disclosure requirements. The chart also covers the Bureau of Land Management’s proposed hydraulic fracturing fluid disclosure requirements for drilling on federal lands.

The chart notes required disclosures, any trade secret or proprietary information protection provisions in the disclosure requirements, how the disclosure must occur, and when operators must make the required disclosures. Click here to view the chart. We will update the chart as new rules are proposed and adopted, so please check the website periodically for updates.

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Larry Nettles Named to National Petroleum Council

Larry Nettles recently served on the National Petroleum Council’s policy subgroup where he helped develop recommendations to the U.S. Department of Energy for prudent deployment of hydraulic fracturing technologies

Jim Thompson Named to Geosciences Council

Jim Thompson was named to the Advisory Council for the College of Geosciences at Texas A&M University.

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