U.s. Crude Oil Exports Essay

1561 Words Apr 19th, 2016 7 Pages
With most state legislative sessions in recess and federal legislative action unlikely until after the November 2016 election, it was no surprise that there were only a handful of new developments in the fracking world during the final quarter of 2015. New regulatory requirements were promulgated by the federal Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”), the Texas Railroad Commission and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. We also provide updates on new rules issued by the Department of Interior (“DOI”), the Federal Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”) new standards for crude-to-rail transportation, local bans in Oklahoma, and enforcement procedures in Pennsylvania. Finally, at the end of last year, the President signed a budget resolution ending the decades-old ban on U.S. crude oil exports. In many instances, we carry forward text from our prior information updates to provide context, although we encourage readers to refer to previous installments for a more in-depth analysis.
On December 29, 2015, a Wyoming federal judge denied the DOI’s request to bifurcate the case1 involving challenges to BLM’s recent Fracking Rules (see OMM October 20, 2015, Client Alert, and Current Developments Affecting Hydraulic Fracturing Operations). DOI sought bifurcation to settle the question of whether the Department has legal authority over fracking, arguing that jurisdiction is a purely legal matter that requires no examination of the administrative record. Judge Scott…

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