You might recall our posts on litigation by states, counties, and cities blaming a host of calamities, real and imagined, past and future, on Big Oil. The producers tried their best to remove the cases to federal court. In a two-sentence ruling, the United States Supreme Court refused to consider defendants’ Hail-Mary to have the
Five Takeaways from the FTX Cryptocurrency Exchange Fallout
Authors Chris Davis and Joshua Smeltzer
Originally Published by the Texas Lawbook.
Cryptocurrency is in the news of late. Its relationship with Texas energy is significant. As reported by Ryan Dusek and Cooper Ligon at Opportune.com, its because of our abundant energy supply, a mix of oil and gas and renewables, and good government…
More Climate News You Don’t Often Hear
Its time again to report on climate-related news from a perspective other than the alarmists. I’ll leave it to those who know more than I.
First, have you wondered why all the news from your Google search seems to spell climate D-O-O-M? Maybe its because the UN has teamed up with the search engine to…
City of Dallas Owes $33+ Million for Drilling Permit Denials
Co-author Trevor Lawhorn
If you have ever wondered how many ways a cocktail of stupidity*, treachery and feckless government can inflict financial harm on the undeserving, including the citizens the feckless government leaders are supposed to serve, see City of Dallas v. Trinity E. Energy, LLC.
In 2008 during the Barnett Shale drilling boom…
California Climate Change Suit Returns to State Court
Co-author Brittany Blakey
In City of San Mateo, et al v. Chevron Corporation, et al, six California jurisdictions sued 13 energy company defendants for global warming-related claims.
The question in this round was whether the federal district court was wrong in remanding the suit to state court after it had been removed to federal…
What’s Up With Those West Texas Earthquakes?
If you dispose of produced water you are no-doubt aware of the intensive earthquakes being observed across the Midland and Delaware Basins. In West Texas Earthquake Observations, Implications for the Oil and Gas Industry, Scott Pinsonnault and John Shepherd of Ankura Consulting summarize the evolving situation and the Texas Railroad Commission’s response. They also…
Is the Oil and Gas Industry Worth Defending?
Of course it is. (Apologies for the clickbait.) If further reading would damage you, I recommend a subscription to the Guardian. Otherwise, consider these points of view when conversing with those in need of enlightenment. Counter-arguments abound, but they are not the purpose of this post.
The industry is subject to ad hominem attacks…
Texas Supreme Court to Review Approval of Injection Well Permit
Co-author Brittany Blakey
The Texas Supreme Court has granted petition for review of a 2019 decision in Dyer et al v. Texas Commission on Environmental Quality . At issue is whether rescission of a Railroad Commission no-harm letter before the TCEQ granted an injection-well permit rendered the permit void.
The Injection Well Act (Chapter 27 of the Texas Water Code) governs the permitting process for underground injection wells in Texas. The Act aims to maintain the quality of fresh water for the public and existing industries while trying to prevent injections that may pollute fresh water. Under the Act, a company seeking to construct and operate an injection well must apply to the TCEQ for a permit. The applicant must also provide a “no-harm” letter from the RRC stating that the injection well will not damage an existing oil or gas reservoir.
I’m an oil and gas guy. Why does this order concern me?
This case is about injection wells for industrial and municipal waste, not for oil and gas waste. But the court’s treatment of the Administrative Procedures Act and the effect of (dueling?) orders of state agencies could inform future actions and orders of both agencies.
The long and complicated timeline…
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Are There Other Ways to Look at the IPCC 6th Assessment?
I prepared this post before Ida. It might now be perceived as cynical, or unsympathetic to the plight of those affected in South Louisiana and the Northeast. Is the intensity of hurricanes exacerbated by global warming? Some say it is; some say it isn’t. Regardless, what to know and do about climate change…
Is There a Problem With Nuclear Energy?
From the “Not-my-circus-not-my-monkeys” department, after the 10th anniversary of the Fukishima disaster last March my curiosity ventured into the nuclear energy debate. See these observations from those who actually know something about the issue (read the articles themselves for the full story). Opinions vary widely:…
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