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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

  • 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.


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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September 18, 2015 - The Clock has Started on EPA’s Newly Proposed Rules for the Oil and Gas Sector

On September 18, 2015, EPA published two proposed rules for the oil and gas sector in the Federal Register: (1) New Source Performance Standards for methane and volatile organic compound (“VOC”) emissions, and (2) new methods of defining the terms “source” and “adjacent” that that may significantly affect the applicability of major source permitting programs to activities in the oil and gas sector. This publication is significant because it starts the clock for the 60-day public comment period, which will close on November 17, 2015. The date is also significant because once the rules are finalized they will apply retroactively to any oil or gas “affected facility” built or modified after September 18th. More information about these proposals and the impacts that they could have on the oil and gas sector is available here and here.

June 24, 2015 - Federal Court Prevents New BLM Hydraulic Fracturing Regulations From Going into Effect

The U.S. Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM)’s new hydraulic fracturing regulations for Federal and Indian lands will not go into effect today as originally planned. In a challenge to the rule led by the State of Wyoming, the district court has stayed the effective date of the new rule until BLM submits its administrative record for the rule and the parties are able to cite to the record in their arguments. The district court will then determine whether the rule should be further stayed from going into effect until the resolution of this lawsuit. While the judge indicated that he is likely to rule on whether to extend the stay by the end of the summer, the new rule will not be in effect for at least the next few weeks. More information about BLM’s new rule is available here.

The case is State of Wyoming v. United States Department of the Interior Secretary, No. 2:15-cv-00043 (D. Wy.).


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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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