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 gas production and allows for recovery from otherwise impenetrable tight shale formations. However, recent concerns over air, groundwater and soil contamination have prompted EPA, state regulators and environmental groups to call for renewed scrutiny of the practice. Given the growing reliance on natural gas, any changes to the political, legal and regulatory landscape will have a significant impact on the industry and the nation.
Recognizing that much of the activity surrounding fracking is occurring at the state level, Arnold & Porter LLP is actively tracking emerging legal, legislative and regulatory developments. For more information, please see our Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Chart or our Case Chart. The firm also provides a monthly summary of statutes, regulations, judicial decisions and case filings on hydraulic fracturing around the United States. To sign up to receive this free update service, or to send us additional cases or complaints for posting, please e-mail Cullen Howe.
Arnold & Porter attorneys have a long history of counseling energy companies on regulatory compliance and defending their interests in enforcement proceedings and litigation. Information about the firm's experience with hydraulic fracturing is available here.
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