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V&E Fracking Events

  • 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

  • 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.
  • On January 8, 2014, V&E partner Jay Kolb spoke at the PKU-Columbia Shale Gas Workshop in Beijing, China.

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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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April 24, 2015 - BLM ANPR on royalty rates, rental payments, bonding requirements, and civil penalties

On April 21, 2015 the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) published an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking seeking guidance on whether to amend a number of fiscal policies related to oil and gas leasing on federal lands, many of which have not been updated for decades. Specifically, BLM has asked whether it should (1) increase the royalty rates for new competitive bids on non-Indians lands from the current rate of 12.5%; (2) increase the annual rent payments; (3) increase the minimum acceptable bid from its current rate of $2 per acre; (4) increase the lease bonding requirements; and (5) increase the civil penalties for trespassing in or unauthorized drilling on Federal onshore oil and gas leases, refusing to allow BLM inspection, and providing false information. The current regulations set these amounts at their statutory minimums, so any changes would increase costs to lessees, sublessees and operators. BLM has not yet suggested new amounts for any of these areas. Instead, it will accept 45 days of public comments on whether and how it should revise its regulations.

April 3, 2015 - Natural Gas Industry Associations Comment on Draft NEPA GHG Guidance

On March 25, 2014, the Natural Gas Council and several other natural gas associations submitted a joint comment letter to the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) urging the agency to withdraw its recent draft guidance on considering greenhouse gas emissions and the effects of climate change under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Federal agencies must undertake NEPA analyses for “major Federal actions” significantly affecting the quality of the human environment, which can include issuing permits for private development. The new CEQ guidance states that agencies should consider (1) the potential effects a proposed action will have on climate change as a result of its greenhouse gas emissions and (2) the impact of future climate change on the proposed action, such as sea level rise or the increased frequency of severe weather events. The Natural Gas Council’s comment letter argues that CEQ’s new guidance “could have serious impacts on the development of our nation’s critical natural gas infrastructure” and “would create unnecessary litigation delays, costs and inefficiencies in the permitting of natural gas infrastructure projects while providing only speculative environmental benefits.”

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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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