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EPA Evaluates Fracking Chemicals
Posted on 23 Jul 2014 by Jenner & Block Corporate Environmental Lawyer

The EPA recently initiated a process that may result in the first federal regulation of chemicals used in fracking, a drilling technique that has significantly enhanced energy production and development in the United States. In a response to a citizen... Read More

New York Lawyer Wins Green Nobel Prize
Posted on 13 May 2014 by Dianne Saxe

By Meredith James and Dianne Saxe. Helen Slottje, a lawyer in Ithaca, New York, was recently awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize for her work “helping towns across New York defend themselves from oil and gas companies by passing local bans... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal Legislative Updates: Hunting Bison in Montana and Deer in Indiana
Posted on 22 Apr 2013 by State Net

ENVIRONMENT: The MONTANA House rejects SB 143, a bill that would have increased the number of hunting licenses for bison and prohibited the future relocation of the animals (HELENA INDEPENDENT RECORD]). • The INDIANA House approves SB 487, a bill... Read More

The Legal and Regulatory Landscape of Hydraulic Fracturing - Purchase It Today
Posted on 3 Apr 2014 by LexisNexis Legal Newsroom Staff

_________________________________________________________________________________________ Keep pace with the latest developments on fracking, a hotly contested and rapidly evolving area of the law. _________________________________________________________________________________________... Read More

State Net Environmental Law News: California, Washington and Oregon Sign Climate Pact
Posted on 4 Nov 2013 by State Net

CA, WA AND OR SIGN CLIMATE PACT: The governors of California, Washington and Oregon signed a pact with the Canadian province of British Columbia last week that commits the four governments to coordinate their policies to battle global climate change.... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal Legislative Updates: Brown Has Golden State Thinking Big Even In Tough Times
Posted on 6 Aug 2012 by State Net

Brown Has Golden State Thinking Big Even In Tough Times During the 30-plus years Barbara O'Connor has known California Gov. Jerry Brown (D), she says the man once derided as "Gov. Moonbeam" has developed a well-deserved reputation as... Read More

Marten Law: California Issues Draft Hydraulic Fracturing Rule--Alaska and South Dakota Also Announce New Regulations
Posted on 4 Feb 2013 by LexisNexis Environmental Law Community Staff

By Daniel K. Kolta , Associate, Marten Law PLLC In the absence of comprehensive federal regulations governing hydraulic fracturing, several states have begun to adopt their own rules. In this Emerging Issues Analysis, Daniel Kolta of Marten Law PLLC... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal Legislative Updates: Ohio Governor Signs Law Requiring Lake Erie Water Permits
Posted on 11 Jun 2012 by State Net

ENVIRONMENT: The NORTH CAROLINA Senate approves SB 820, legislation that would legalize the natural gas drilling process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in the Tar Heel State. The measure moves to the House (NEWS & OBSERVER [RALEIGH])... Read More

GAO Finds EPA Needs to Better Protect Drinking Water from Fracking Activities
Posted on 27 Aug 2014 by Jenner & Block Corporate Environmental Lawyer

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released a report entitled “ Drinking Water: EPA Program to Protect Underground Sources from Injection of Fluids Associated with Oil and Gas Production Needs Improvement ,” in which the GAO... Read More

USEPA Seeking to Obtain Information on Hydraulic Fracturing Chemicals and Mixtures
Posted on 28 May 2014 by Babst Calland

By Meredith Odato Graham The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) has announced the availability of an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) to solicit public comments on “the information that should be reported or disclosed... Read More

EPA Report Finds No Evidence That Hydraulic Fracturing Causes Widespread Impacts On Drinking Water
Posted on 4 Aug 2015 by DLA Piper

By Robert J. Alessi and Jeffrey D. Kuhn This client alert is part of an ongoing series by DLA Piper attorneys on the legal, regulatory and policy issues related to hydraulic fracturing and shale gas production in the US and internationally. The... Read More

Public Comment Period on PA Department of Environmental Protection's Oil and Gas Rulemaking Closes May 19
Posted on 7 May 2015 by Pepper Hamilton Environmental Law Practice Group

Environmental Client Alert The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP’s) rulemaking regarding surface activities for oil and gas wells, Environmental Protection Performance Standards at Oil and Gas Well Sites (Chapters... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal Legislative Updates: Wyoming Approves Hunting of Wolves
Posted on 11 May 2012 by State Net

ENVIRONMENT The WYOMING Game and Fish Commission approves a plan to allow hunters to kill up to 52 wolves in the Equality State this fall (IDAHO STATESMAN [BOISE]). • The HAWAII House gives final approval to HB 2296, which would bar the import... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal Legislative Updates: Natural Gas Fracking in Ohio and New York
Posted on 18 Jun 2012 by State Net

KASICH SIGNS OH FRACKING BILL: Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) signed sweeping energy legislation last week (SB 315) that among many provisions establishes new rules regulating natural gas drilling procedures in the Buckeye State. But some Republican lawmakers... Read More

Arnold & Porter: Hydraulic Fracturing – Legislative and Regulatory Materials and the Comprehensive Case Chart
Posted on 3 Aug 2012 by J. Cullen Howe

By J. Cullen Howe, Environmental Law Specialist, Arnold & Porter LLP Hydraulic fracturing (fracking), a process used by the oil and gas industry for more than 60 years, has attracted the national spotlight. By injecting fluids and other materials... Read More