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Fracking, Methane And Drinking Water

By Dianne Saxe, Ontario Environmental Lawyer The Ernst v. Encana fracking lawsuit gained strength last month with the publication of Rob Jackson's peer-reviewed paper: Methane contamination of drinking water accompanying gas-well drilling and hydraulic fracturing . Jackson is a professor at Duke...

Energy Secretary's Advisors Recommend Major Changes to Improve Regulation of Shale Gas Fracking

By Dianne Saxe, Ontario Environmental Lawyer Advisors to US Energy Secretary, Stephen Chu, have recommended major changes to improve regulation and environmental performance of shale gas fracturing (fracking) in the US. Public consultation is continuing, and the final report will be released in November...

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Final NSPS for Oil and Gas Industry Published in Federal Register

By Armando F. Benincasa The final New Source Performance Standard (NSPS) for the oil and natural gas sector was published in the Federal Register and will become effective on October 15, 2012. The key component of the final rules is a requirement to use "reduced emissions completion"...

Babst Calland: Environmental Advocacy Groups Call for National Methane Emission Standards

By Holly A. Pisanelli On September 18, 2014, sixteen of the nation’s largest environmental advocacy groups joined forces in a letter to President Barack Obama calling for national standards aimed at reducing methane emissions from oil and gas operations. The letter urged the U.S. Environmental...