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The Vinson & Elkins Shale and Fracking Practice Group

Our Shale and Fracking practice group focuses on a broad base of issues encountered in recovering oil and gas from the emerging shale using techniques that have revolutionized the oil and gas business. Our practice group is cross-disciplinary and international, led by senior members of our Environmental/Regulatory, Litigation, Transactional, Intellectual Property, and Occupational Safety and Health practice groups. We serve the needs of our broad base of worldwide oil and gas, oil service, midstream energy, investment and financial clients in this rapidly developing area. We hope to provide you with the latest legal, regulatory and newsworthy developments.

Members of our Shale and Fracking practice group stand ready to assist you on legal and regulatory matters that you may have. See more information about the group’s members below.

Fracking Practice Group Sections and Contacts:

Environmental/Regulatory Practice


V&E’s environmental and regulatory lawyers have an elite depth and breadth of knowledge in oil and gas operations and the environmental and regulatory issues facing the industry value chain from exploration and production, through transportation to the downstream sectors. V&E is actively engaged in advising clients on all manner of environmental and regulatory issues arising from unconventional oil and gas development and hydraulic fracturing operations. Our broad experience in these areas covers environmental counseling, permitting, enforcement defense, private-party litigation, and transactional matters.

Litigation Practice


V&E’s energy litigation team offers a unique combination of technical knowledge in energy operations with decades of experience as lead counsel in virtually all types of energy-related disputes. V&E has a long history of representing energy clients in litigation, arbitration, administrative proceedings, and enforcement actions arising from their operations, including matters related to unconventional oil and gas development and hydraulic fracturing. Our trial lawyers are intimately familiar with the technical aspects of unconventional resource development and hydraulic fracturing, and with our clients’ business operations in these areas.

Transactional Practice


V&E’s transactional practice groups serve clients in financing, development, acquisition, divestitures, and joint ventures to explore and develop shale formations and other unconventional oil and gas resources around the globe. Our knowledge of the business fundamentals of upstream, midstream, and downstream oil and gas operations makes us trusted legal advisors to our world-wide client base on all facets of their business, including financing options, operating agreements, acquisitions and divestitures, creation of joint ventures or partnerships, capital formation including securities offerings, oil and gas law, and tax.

Intellectual Property Practice


Our intellectual property (IP) practice group has served various oil and gas clients in connection with intellectual property issues and hydraulic fracturing technologies. We have experienced attorneys with a broad array of scientific and technical backgrounds associated with hydraulic fracturing who can assist our clients in identifying IP protection available for their hydraulic fracturing technologies, as well as minimizing IP risks in connection with hydraulic fracturing.

Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Practice


Lawyers in our OSH practice have represented oil field drilling and service companies on OSHA investigations and following accidents.  We have a crisis response team that quickly responds to incidents in the field. We publish information on OSHA practices including emphasis programs that have concentrated on the oil field and on specific issues, such as OSHA’s rules on silica, to help our clients stay ahead of the ever growing supply of OSH regulations that impact the shale oil industry.

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