Monthly Archives: April 2012

Recent Studies Unclear As To Hydraulic Fracturing’s Impact on Seismic Activity

Several recently-released studies have examined whether any link exists between hydraulic fracturing activities and recent seismological events.  Rather than shaking up common industry understandings, these studies create confusing rumblings from media outlets reporting on the studies.  These incomplete media reports create needless confusion as to the tenuous link between hydraulic fracturing operations and seismic activity.  … Continue Reading

U.S. EPA Issues Air Emission Rules for Oil and Natural Gas Industry

On April 17, 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) issued final regulations revising the NSPS and NESHAP for the Oil & Natural Gas Production source category (40 C.F.R. Part 60, Subparts KKK and LLL).  As we described earlier this month, USEPA issued the proposed rules on August 23, 2011 and thereafter extended the timeframe for promulgating … Continue Reading

New York Senate Environmental Committee Chairman Introduces 5 Bills Addressing Wastewater from Hydraulic Fracturing

New York State Senator Mark Grisanti, chairman of the Senate Committee on Environmental Conservation, introduced five bills concerning the disposal of wastewater from the hydraulic fracturing process. As currently drafted, the bills would: Prohibit POTWs from accepting wastewater associated with the exploration, delineation, development, or production of natural gas (Senate Bill 6893); Prohibit the use … Continue Reading

Utica Shale Congress 2012

Baker Hostetler is an Official Sponsor for the Utica Shale Congress 2012 that will be held April 30 – May 1 in Columbus, Ohio. The chair of Baker Hostetler’s Energy and Environmental team, Ben L. Pfefferle III, will lead a panel discussion focused on regulatory issues at the conference. The Utica Shale Congress 2012 is the … Continue Reading

Pennsylvania Bill Introduced to Address Subsurface Rights

On April 5, 2012, House Bill 2308 was introduced in the Pennsylvania General Assembly.  The bill addresses actions to quiet title involving subsurface rights.  Specifically, in an action to quiet title involving subsurface rights to real property, failure by any person claiming to hold the subsurface rights, other than the surface owner of the real … Continue Reading

FERC Approves Remainder of Marcellus Shale Natural Gas Pipeline

This blog previously reported on a challenge by environmental groups to the construction of parts of a 39-mile natural gas pipeline in northeast Pennsylvania that will transport natural gas extracted from the Marcellus Shale to a larger interstate pipeline.   On April 3, 2012, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) issued a letter order approving the … Continue Reading