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Hydraulic Fracturing Divides U.S. Congress

Lawmakers are heavily divided when it comes to the regulation of hydraulic fracturing. Currently, there are twelve bills in Congress that address the regulation of oil and natural gas operations (four in the Senate and eight in the House). On one side are legislators who believe the federal government needs to play a larger role … Continue Reading

BLM Issues New Draft Fracking Regulations

On Thursday, May 16, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) issued its latest proposed fracking regulations.  The proposed regulations would require wider disclosure of fracking chemicals.  The regulations also require water management plans for flow back water and rules to assure wellbore integrity.  Chemicals used in the process would be disclosed to, an online … Continue Reading

South Dakota, Alaska Propose Revisions To Hydraulic Fracturing Regulations

In the past few weeks, two states in key shale regions joined the chorus of states that have updated their oil and gas rules to address the unique issues posed by high volume hydraulic fracturing operations.  On December 18, South Dakota’s Board of Minerals & Environment (a subdivision of its Department of Environment & Natural Resources) proposed … Continue Reading

California Releases Draft Hydraulic Fracturing Regulations

On December 18, 2012, California’s Department of Conservation (Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources) issued a “discussion draft” of regulations that would govern hydraulic fracturing practices in the state.  Although DOC’s formal rulemaking process is not slated to begin until 2013, its discussion draft is intended to encourage comment and discussion between regulators and … Continue Reading

New York DEC Releases Draft Hydraulic Fracturing Regulations, Extends Rulemaking Process

Yesterday the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) filed with the New York Department of State a revised draft of its proposed regulations governing hydraulic fracturing in the state.  According to reporting by the New York Daily News and other outlets, DEC faced a deadline of yesterday by which to file the draft rules in order to … Continue Reading

Ohio Legislators Introduce Bills To Revise New Chemical Disclosure And Setback Requirements

Northeast Ohio legislators introduced legislation yesterday to amend chemical disclosure provisions passed last spring as part of SB 315 and to require new wells be located further from an occupied dwelling. Companion bills SB 379 and HB 596 would require as part of an oil and gas permit application, the disclosure of all chemicals used … Continue Reading

Drilling Through The Bureaucracy: Disclosing The Rules For Fracturing

Baker Hostetler Environmental Partner Ben Pfefferle, Litigation Partner Tom Stilwell, Environmental Associate Jason Yearout and Houston Litigation Associate Cassie Dallas published “Drilling through the bureaucracy: disclosing the rules for fracturing” in the August 2012 issue of the Oil & Gas Financial Journal. In the wake of increased shale gas exploration and production, many states have … Continue Reading

Interior Department Extends Comment Period on Hydraulic Fracturing Rules

Earlier we analyzed proposed rules issued by the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) that would regulate hydraulic fracturing activities on public and Indian lands.  In this morning’s Federal Register, the BLM announced that it is extending by 60 days the period for public comment on its proposed rules.  Comments are now due … Continue Reading

Oklahoma Amends Regulations To Require Disclosure of Hydraulic Fracturing Fluids

Several states with key shale resources beyond those in the Utica and Marcellus shale plays are now tackling important regulatory challenges associated with increased hydraulic fracturing activities in their states.  Oklahoma is the most recent example of this trend — earlier this week the Oklahoma Corporation Commission (OCC) finalized amendments to its oil and gas … Continue Reading

Ohio Legislature Passes SB 315; Bill Heads to Governor’s Desk

UPDATE (May 25, 2012):  Late last night the Ohio Senate accepted the House’s version of SB 315, passing it on a 21-8 vote.  The bill now heads to Governor John Kasich’s desk for signature (the Governor issued a statement praising passage of the legislation). May 24:  Earlier this evening the Ohio House of Representatives and … Continue Reading

Mixed Reactions to BLM Hydraulic Fracturing Rules Proposal; Public Comment Period Now Open

On Monday we analyzed the proposed rules announced last Friday by the Bureau of Land Management that would govern hydraulic fracturing on public and Indian lands.  Public and industry reaction to BLM’s proposal has been mixed at best. Editorials in the Utica and Marcellus Shale regions characterizing the proposed rules as “weak” and “hardly proactive” can be … Continue Reading

Bureau of Land Management Proposes Rules Regulating Hydraulic Fracturing on Public Lands

UPDATE (May 11, 2012):  Today BLM’s proposed rules were published in the Federal Register, triggering a public comment period of sixty (60) days.  The public comment period ends on July 10, 2012.  Comments on BLM’s proposed rules may be submitted electronically at the following link, or by mail, fax, email, or hand delivery per the … Continue Reading