Shale Law in the Spotlight: BLM Releases Final Rule on Waste Prevention, Production Subject to Royalties, and Resource Conservation
January 12, 2017
On November 18, 2016, Bureau of Land Management published its Final Rule on Waste Prevention, Production subject to Royalties, and Resource Conservation applicable to onshore oil and gas leases. One of the main objectives of the new legislation is to update the current “outdated” regulations codified at 43 CFR Part 3160 to take into account new technologies that could boost the country’s energy efficiency. Furthermore, the rule sets out new royalty rates in order to ensure competitive leasing processes.
Shale Energy Production Fluids Management Trends discussed in January’s Shale Webinar
January 9, 2017
Concerns about water quality impacts and induced seismicity linked to oil and gas development and associated production fluid (brine) disposal wells have been in the media in the past years. With oil and gas development, these production fluids are a byproduct that need to be carefully managed. What options and what trends are on the horizon for recycling or disposing of these fluids in an environmentally friendly manner?