Class Action Alleges Damages from Induced Seismicity

On November 17, 2016, a class action lawsuit alleging damages from induced seismicity was filed in Oklahoma state court.  The lawsuit, filed in Pawnee County, alleges that Oklahoma injection wells caused an induced seismic event on September 3, 2016, resulting in damages to the plaintiff class.  … Read more

USGS Estimates Size of Wolfcamp

On November 15, 2016, the U.S. Geological Survey estimated that the Wolfcamp shale in the Permian Basin contains 20 billion barrels of oil, 16 trillion cubic feet of associated natural gas, and 1.6 billion barrels of natural gas liquids.  The USGS estimate makes the Wolfcamp shale the largest… Read more

Commissioner Sitton Joins CISR

On November 15, 2016, Texas Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton announced that he will join the Bureau of Economic Geology Center for Integrated Seismicity Research ("CISR").  According to the press announcement, CISR conducts "fundamental and applied research to better understand both naturally… Read more

Western Energy Alliance, IPAA Challenge BLM Methane Regulations

On November 15, 2016, the Western Energy Alliance and the Independent Petroleum Association of America filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Wyoming, challenging the Bureau of Land Management's final rule; "Waste Prevention, Production Subject to Royalties, and Resources… Read more

Railroad Commission Amends Rule 15

On November 15, 2016, the Railroad Commission of Texas announced final amendments to Rule 15 (“Surface Equipment Removal Requirements and Inactive Wells”), which will take effect January 1, 2017.  Generally, Rule 15 requires that operators who assume responsibility for an inactive oil or natural… Read more