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Fracking and Hazardous Waste

Nova Scotia has followed Quebec, and has launched its own investigation into the potential environmental hazards of hydraulic fracturing to produce shale gas, especially the impacts on water. Meanwhile, the US EPA is anxious to formally start its own review. Its Science Advisory Board will hold two...

Fracking, Drinking Water and Regulation

Jessica Ernst has launched a multi million dollar lawsuit against Encana Corporation , the Alberta Energy Resources Conservation Board, and the Alberta government for contamination of her property and drinking water due to Encana's fracking program. Encana fractures rock to extract coal bed methane...

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...

Will Lawsuits Related to Shale Gas Drilling be the 'Next Big Thing?'

PHILADELPHIA - Shale drilling for natural gas is big business in several states, but will it be "the next big thing" for litigators? It may be too early to tell, but the plaintiff and defense bars are gearing up. About 110 attorneys, insurance professionals and gas industry reps from 22...

Fulbright Briefing: Texas, Other States Move Forward With Hydraulic Fracturing Disclosure Regulations

By Barclay Richard Nicholson and Andrea Fair Earlier this year, Texas became the latest state to draft regulations requiring the disclosure of chemicals used in the hydraulic fracturing process. Michigan and Montana issued similar regulations over the summer, joining Arkansas, Wyoming, and Pennsylvania...

Pennsylvania Decision Creates Uncertainty About Who Owns Shale Gas

By Erik M. Hume As many property owners throughout Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale counties have learned in recent years, ownership of the surface does not necessarily include ownership of what lies below. Title to the surface and subsurface can be "severed"; that is, owned by different parties...

Steptoe & Johnson: Pennsylvania Supreme Court Grants Appeal of Butler Case

By Russell L. Schetroma On April 3, 2012 in Butler v. Charles Powers Estate ex rel. Warren, 760 MAL 2011, 2012 Pa. LEXIS 716 (Pa. Apr. 3, 2012) [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], the Pennsylvania Supreme Court entered a per curiam order granting an Allowance of Appeal of the...

Study Concludes Hydraulic Fracturing Isn't Contaminating Groundwater; Poor Waste Management, Bore Wells Are

Prior posts have noted groundwater contamination associated with natural gas produced from deep shale deposits by hydraulic fracturing. A study by researchers (with no industry contributions) concludes that such pollution results not from liquids pumped down to the shale deposits to fracture the deep...

State Net Capitol Journal Legislative Updates: Fracking Remains a Hot Topic in Many States

FRACKING REMAINS A HOT TOPIC IN MANY STATES: The controversial process of hydraulic fracturing, also known as "fracking," has boiled over in numerous statehouses this year. The battle has often come down along party lines, with Republicans heavily supporting measures allowing the process over...

State Net Capitol Journal Legislative Updates: Ohio Governor Continues to Push for Shale Fracking Tax

KASICH CONTINUES PUSH FOR DRILLING TAX: Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) renewed his call to impose steeper oil and gas drilling taxes on out-of-state oil companies in order to pay for an income tax cut for Buckeye State residents, telling reporters, "The point is for out-of-state oil companies to pay...

Arnold & Porter's Regulatory Chart and Case Chart Provide Monthly Updates On Hydraulic Fracturing

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 into existing wells, fracking extends oil and natural...

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Opportunities in International Shale Gas Development

By Philip D. Vasquez In a recent white paper, I have outlined how India has proposed lucrative terms for foreign companies to come into India to help with shale gas development. As gas prices fall domestically, gas demands in countries such as India, China and Japan are at an all time high. The prolific...

Land Owner Concedes Strict Liability Claim in Compressor Station Case

Penn State Marcellus Shale Law Blog reports that the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania recently granted in part and denied in part Texas Eastern Transmission, L.P.’s motion to dismiss and or strike a personal injury complaint by a neighboring land owner. In Koziel v....

Babst Calland: Advocates From Pa., Ohio, West Virginia Urge Common Approach To Shale Gas Taxation

By Joshua F. Hall As reported by Pittsburgh’s NPR News Station, 90.5 WESA, three advocacy groups, Leaders of Policy Matters Ohio, the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, and the West Virginia Center on Budget & Policy, sent a letter to the governors of Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia...

A New LexisNexis Publication: "The Legal and Regulatory Landscape of Hydraulic Fracturing"

Perhaps no topic in energy and environmental law has been more controversial than the extraction of shale oil and gas from rock formations through hydraulic fracturing or “fracking.” It is the subject of vigorous debates over its purported economic benefits and environmental impacts. With...