Many oil and gas companies operate within incredibly tight margins and subject to ever-volatile commodity market prices. In such a competitive sector, the ability to innovate with improved extraction and transmission techniques can be make-or-break. As we have previously written, one way to gain an advantage in the process of hydraulic fracturing is to use specially chosen or designed chemical additives that can make a frack job more successful than it otherwise may be. Oil and gas companies often rely on trade secrecy to protect these special fracking fluid compositions. As can be expected, many environmental groups express concern that these chemicals could contaminate groundwater and, in turn, argue that landowners and the public have a right to know if potentially harmful chemicals are being injected into the ground. READ MORE
Tyler J. Hall
Tyler J. Hall is a member of Orrick’s Energy and Infrastructure Group in the firm’s Global Operations Center in Wheeling, West Virginia.
Within his practice group, Mr. Hall’s work focuses primarily on energy and infrastructure-related projects, including project financings, project development, mergers and acquisitions, and other miscellaneous investor arrangements in all phases of the development, financing, construction, and operation of energy and infrastructure projects.
Mr. Hall was a summer associate with Orrick in 2015, and he is a 2016 graduate of The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law, where he was Executive Articles Editor of the Ohio State Law Journal, and a finalist in both the Lawrence Negotiation Competition and the Representation in Mediation Competition. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, magna cum laude, in Political Science and German.Array
Posts by: Tyler J. Hall
It is no secret that America’s energy industry depends upon the trade secret status of its products, techniques, and procedures for much of its continued success. As oil prices remain volatile, trade secret and intellectual property protection continues to be a key component of ensuring profitability. But the law in this area may be evolving quicker than industry insiders would like. READ MORE
Several of our previous posts have covered the trade secrets implications of laws that require disclosure of hydraulic fracturing fluid ingredients. As today’s method of hydraulic fracturing combined with horizontal drilling in shale formations rose to prominence in recent years, so too did the public’s concern over chemicals contained within fracturing fluid. Even before the existence of state mandatory disclosure laws, like the one enacted in Wyoming in 2010, there was a fair amount of general information publicly available about the composition of hydraulic fracturing fluid. However, much information remains confidential as trade secrets. READ MORE