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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 January 8, 2014, V&E partner Jay Kolb spoke at the PKU-Columbia Shale Gas Workshop in Beijing, China.
      • On November 22, 2013, V&E partner Christopher S. Collins spoke at the 2nd Midstream Oil & Gas Law Conference in Houston, TX.
      • V&E partner Peter Mims spoke at the 3rd Oilfield Services Law Conference on October 7, 2013, in Houston, TX.
      • Vinson & Elkins presented its Third Annual Hydraulic Fracturing Symposium, Wednesday, June 26, 2013, in Houston, Texas.

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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 10, 2014 - Ohio Issues New General Permits With Additional Fugitive Emissions Detection Requirements

The Ohio EPA’s Division of Air Pollution Control issued revised Model General Permits for oil and gas well sites on April 4, 2014. The revised general permits include requirements aimed at reducing fugitive emissions of methane by requiring more frequent leak detection inspections and quick repair of detected leaks. It allows operators to use infrared cameras or portable sampling instruments to detect leaks. For more information on the new general permits, visit the Ohio EPA webpage here.

January 11, 2014 - California Offshore Drillers Must Disclose Hydraulic Fracturing Chemicals

EPA issued a new General NPDES permit for offshore oil and gas operations off the coast of Southern California on Thursday, January 9, 2014, that requires drillers to maintain an inventory of chemicals used for well treatment, completion, and workover fluids (including hydraulic fracturing fluids) and report the chemical formulation for any discharge of such fluids in their quarterly discharge monitoring reports. To see EPA’s published notice of availability of the final NPDES general permit, click 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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