• 5 minutes Trump will capitulate on the trade war
  • 7 minutes China 2019 - Orwell was 35 years out
  • 12 minutes Glory to Hong Kong
  • 15 minutes ABC of Brexit, economy wise, where to find sites, links to articles ?
  • 3 hours Is Eating Meat Worse Than Burning Oil?
  • 6 mins Diplomatic immunity
  • 51 mins China & Coal: China's 2019 coal imports set to rise more than 10%: analysts
  • 7 hours Canada Election Deadlock?
  • 8 hours Wonders of US Shale: US Shale Benefits: The U.S. leads global petroleum and natural gas production with record growth in 2018
  • 29 mins ‘If it saves a life’: Power cut to 1.5 million Californians
  • 22 hours Devaluing the Yuan
  • 12 hours Russia Predicts The Death Of U.S. Shale
  • 16 hours Nigeria Demands $62B from Oil Majors
  • 7 hours AOC vs Wells Fargo CEO on Dakota Access
  • 1 day Fareed Zakaria: Canary in the Coal Mine (U.S. Dollar Hegemony)
  • 12 hours IMO 2020:
  • 16 hours The Ultimate Heresy: Technology Can't Fix What's Broken
Alt Text

The Best Thing About The Death Of Coal

Fracking has taken its fair…

Alt Text

Putin’s Plan To Take Control Of The Middle East

Russia is taking advantage of…

Dave Forest

Dave Forest

Dave is Managing Geologist of the Pierce Points Daily E-Letter.

More Info

Premium Content

U.S. Shale Producers Just Won Their Biggest Legal Case In Years

Fracking is once again becoming a hot topic in the oil and gas world., with Germany moving Tuesday to impose an indefinite ban on the unconventional drilling technique.

But in the U.S. this week the story was the opposite. Oil and gas drillers won a critical legal victory over the future of fracking in America’s shale plays.

That came in Wyoming, where a District Judge struck down a set of tougher rules on fracking that had been implemented by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) early last year.

Last March, the BLM came down hard on the U.S. shale industry. Imposing a slate of requirements for stronger well casing and wastewater storage on fracking operations conducted on federal and native lands.

The BLM rules also required drillers to reveal what chemicals were used in each frack job. A measure that has been resisted by the industry because of concerns over proprietary techniques perfected for individual shale plays.

But the new rules were quickly challenged by a number of industry groups — as well as state governments such as oil-rich North Dakota. These opponents won a stay on the implementation of the BLM rules last September, pending the outcome of a full court challenge, and this week that outcome became clear — the BLM rules are out. Related: Musk May Have Gone Too Far With His SolarCity Buyout

Judge Scott Skavdahl ruled that the BLM does not have authority to make such wide-ranging rules for the national oil and gas sector.

Skavdahl noted that the U.S. Congress has never explicitly given the BLM power to regulate fracking, and without such authorization, he said, the BLM has overstepped its bounds.

As such, it appears this major threat to the shale industry will fall by the wayside for the time being. Watch to see if the BLM attempts to appeal the decision — or if the U.S. government makes alternative attempts to regulate the fracking business.

Here’s to staying within the lines,

By Dave Forest

More Top Reads From Oilprice.com:




Download The Free Oilprice App Today

Back to homepage



Leave a comment

Leave a comment




Oilprice - The No. 1 Source for Oil & Energy News
Download on the App Store Get it on Google Play