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Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Pennsylvania DEP Finds No Link Between Hydraulic Fracturing and Methane Contamination
Posted on 3 May 2013 by LexisNexis Communities Staff

By Armando F. Benincasa, Brian J. Pulito and Thomas J. Sengewalt After a 16-month investigation, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection announced Monday that hydraulic fracturing for natural gas by WPX Energy, Inc. was not responsible... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal: Ohio's $500 Billion Oil Resource Frustrating Drillers
Posted on 14 May 2013 by State Net

The Utica Shale formation in eastern Ohio grabbed the national spotlight two years ago when the state's Department of Natural Resources estimated it held 5.5 billion barrels of recoverable oil, more than twice Yemen's oil resource and worth nearly... Read More

Fulbright & Jaworski LLP: New EPA Report Again Ties Wyoming Water Pollution To Fracking
Posted on 5 Nov 2012 by Norton Rose Fulbright

On October 10, 2012, as a follow-up to its December 2011 draft report concerning allegations of groundwater contamination in Pavillion, Wyoming, the EPA released the methodology and results for additional water samples collected from two monitoring wells... Read More

California Energy Group Defends Oil and Gas Leasing
Posted on 8 Jul 2013 by William Perry Pendley

DENVER - A California nonprofit, non-partisan trade association that represents some 450 independent crude oil and natural gas producers, royalty owners, and service and supply companies on Juje 25 filed its brief with a California federal district court... Read More

Fulbright & Jaworski LLP Fracking Blog: Federal vs. State Regulation
Posted on 8 Nov 2012 by Norton Rose Fulbright

On September 10, 2012, members of the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Natural Resources wrote to Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, requesting that the Bureau of Land Management's proposed regulations governing hydraulic fracturing... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Ohio Attorney General Rules Counties May Sell Water to Oil and Gas Operators
Posted on 15 Jun 2013 by LexisNexis Communities Staff

The Ohio Attorney General's office was recently asked to give its opinion on a county's authority to sell water that is available to oil and gas drillers in need of large quantities of water for hydraulic fracturing purposes. Specifically, Harrison... Read More

Fulbright & Jaworski Releases 'Analysis of Hydraulic Fracturing and Shale Drilling Litigation'
Posted on 6 Mar 2013 by Norton Rose Fulbright

By Barclay Richard Nicholson and Stephen C. Dillard Over the last four years, with the continued development and production of natural gas from shale formations throughout the country, lawsuits involving hydraulic fracturing activities have increased... Read More

AP Enterprise: Lowball Natural Gas Drilling Leases Haunt Pennsylvania
Posted on 28 Jul 2011 by LexisNexis Emerging Issues Community Staff

FORKSVILLE, Pa. - (AP) A few short years after agreeing to lease their land to a natural gas company for $2 an acre, Dave and Karen Beinlich could do little but watch, and wait, as an overnight drilling boom turned fellow Pennsylvania landowners into... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Mechanical Integrity Assessment in Pennsylvania
Posted on 22 Nov 2013 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Stephen C. Smith Well operators in Pennsylvania must inspect each operating well at least quarterly to ensure it is in compliance with the well construction and operating requirements as required by Pa. Code title 25, § 78.88 . At a minimum... Read More

William A. Ruskin: Among Environmentalists, Hydrofracking is Not a 'Yes or No' Issue
Posted on 15 Apr 2013 by William A. Ruskin

By William A. Ruskin On April 10, 2013, I participated in " Justice Speaks ," an event sponsored by the Justice Action Center at New York Law School on hydraulic fracturing. Joining me on the podium was Daniel Raichel , a Project Attorney... Read More

DLA Piper Energy Alert: With Revised Proposed Regulations, 'Fracking' Returns to the Fore of New York State's Energy Policy
Posted on 12 Dec 2012 by DLA Piper

By Robert J. Alessi and Jeffrey D. Kuhn New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's administration has issued revised proposed regulations for high-volume hydraulic fracturing (fracking or HVHF) in New York State, a move that will avoid sending the entire... Read More

EPA Releases Rule Changes For Oil and Gas Drillers That Use Hydraulic Fracturing
Posted on 12 Aug 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

EPA has released rule changes that will require oil and gas drillers that use hydraulic fracturing to use new or improved processes and equipment in an attempt to reduce the level of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other air pollutants emitted during... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal: Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper Proposes New Colorado Drilling Regulations
Posted on 23 Nov 2013 by State Net

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) last week proposed new rules to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from oil and gas drilling operations in the Centennial State. His proposals include a first-in-the-nation call to force drillers to reduce the emission... Read More

Babst Calland: Proposed EPA Rules Governing Air Emissions Would Impact Oil, Gas Industry
Posted on 2 Sep 2011 by Babst Calland

On August 23rd, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a package of proposed rules governing air emissions from the oil and natural gas industry, which includes the EPA's first air standards targeting emissions from gas... Read More