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Colorado Royalty Litigation: 20 Dismissed Cases − Is There A Good-Faith Basis For Filing Such Cases In District Court?
On April 24, 2018, Colorado state district courts solidified judicial recognition of the Colorado General Assembly's delegation of primary jurisdiction ...
United States
2 May 2018
Colorado Royalty Litigation: Exhaustion Of Administrative Remedies Before The Colorado Oil And Gas Conservation Commission
Few areas of the law have seen such substantial evolution in a three-year span as Colorado case law on oil and gas royalty litigation.
United States
23 Mar 2018
Independent Oil And Gas Producers Defeat Federal Hydraulic Fracturing Rule
On June 21, 2016, United States District Judge Scott Skavdahl granted BakerHostetler's petition for review of final agency action and declared the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM's) hydraulic fracturing rule unlawful.
United States
30 Jun 2016
Oil And Gas: Managing Personnel Reductions And Asset Sales Under Increasing Government Audit And Enforcement Scrutiny
As oil enters the ninth month of sub-$50 per barrel prices – and natural gas languishes below $3 per MMBtu – the oil and gas industry confronts a challenging time of transition.
United States
2 Jun 2016
Crude-By-Rail Update: Largest West Coast Terminal Proposal Suffocating Under Delay
The largest proposed crude-by-rail (CBR) transloading facility on the West Coast recently survived a major hurdle to its ultimate construction and operation—a lease extension.
United States
25 Apr 2016
Off The Tracks: Quantifying Potential Monetary Exposure From Crude-By-Rail Incidents
This article is the second in a three-part series that began with "Off the Tracks: A Data-Driven Analysis of Crude-by-Rail Liability Factors, Exposure, and Potential Solutions," which was published on December 19, 2015.
United States
11 Mar 2016
Off The Tracks: A Data-Driven Analysis Of Crude-By-Rail Liability Factors, Exposure, And Potential Solutions
Crude oil prices are now approaching what pundits believe is likely to be the bottom phase in the current market cycle.
United States
31 Dec 2015
Crude-By-Rail Update: Siting A Crude Oil Transloading Terminal In California? Developers Should Seek Old Industrial Sites And Proactively Embrace The Environmental Impact Review Process
Proposed crude-by-rail (CBR) projects in California increasingly face opposition lawsuits designed to stall and derail the terminals.
United States
26 Nov 2015
Crude-By-Rail Update: PHMSA Rejects Administrative Challenges To CBR Rule
Despite challenging oil prices and a decrease in the volume of crude oil traveling by rail, recent events have renewed the spotlight on crude-by-rail (CBR) transportation.
United States
20 Nov 2015
Migratory Bird Treaty Act: Question Of Unintentional "Take" Primed For Potential Fifth Circuit En Banc Or Supreme Court Review
Recently, industry won a major legal victory regarding liability—or lack thereof—for unintentional and indirect bird deaths under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA).
United States
12 Oct 2015
Federal Judge Grants Preliminary Injunction Blocking Enforcement Of New BLM Hydraulic Fracturing Rules
On September 30, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the District of Wyoming granted a motion for a preliminary injunction preventing enforcement of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's (BLM)...
United States
12 Oct 2015
Illinois Appellate Court Concludes No Irreparable Harm From Implementation Of New Hydraulic Fracturing Rules
The nascent Illinois shale oil and gas industry won a preliminary victory in the courtroom last week.
United States
17 Jul 2015
Wyoming Federal District Court Stays BLM's Hydraulic Fracturing Rule
On June 23, a coalition of industry, states, and tribal interests convinced a federal judge to stay the effective date of the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) hydraulic fracturing rule.
United States
1 Jul 2015
Independent Producers Seek To Halt Federal Hydraulic Fracturing Rule
BakerHostetler today filed a request for preliminary injunction against the final rule the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) issued to regulate hydraulic fracturing on federal and Indian lands.
United States
19 May 2015
Crude-By-Rail Update: The DOT's Final Rule Is Out—How Can Producers And Midstream Transporters Comply With The New Classification Standards?
On May 1, the Department of Transportation—through its operating agencies the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration and the Federal Railroad Administration—issued its final crude-by-rail rule.
United States
12 May 2015
State Of North Dakota Intervenes In Wyoming’s And Independent Producers’ Challenge To Hydraulic Fracturing Rule
The state of North Dakota moved to intervene yesterday in the state of Wyoming’s challenge to the Bureau of Land Management’s new hydraulic fracturing regulations.
United States
15 Apr 2015
State Of Wyoming Joins Independent Producers In Opposition To Federal Hydraulic Fracturing Rule
The Wyoming Attorney General's Office filed a complaint today in Wyoming federal district court asking the court to set aside recently finalized federal regulations related to hydraulic fracturing...
United States
7 Apr 2015
Bakerhostetler's Shale Oil And Gas Industry 2014 Year In Review And 2015 Look Forward
Once again, shale oil and gas production dominated energy headlines in 2014, with a number of key economic, political, and legal developments making news across the country.
United States
4 Mar 2015
Crude-By-Rail Update: What To Expect From Recent Crude Oil Derailments
These are uncertain and stressful times for all involved in the transportation of crude oil by rail.
United States
23 Feb 2015
Crude-By-Rail Update: Municipalities In The Bakken Push Back Against Increasing Train Traffic
Throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries, towns in the western United States grew and thrived around the railroad.
United States
21 Jan 2015
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