Last Friday, a four judge panel of a New York appeals court upheld two local zoning laws that prohibit activities related to oil and gas exploration and development, including hydraulic fracturing. The decisions in Norse...more
On Monday, Texas’s Second District Court of Appeals partially affirmed a District Court order allowing Range Resources Corporation’s (“Range”) defamation and business disparagement claims against a landowner to...more
In recent weeks, both the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and Texas Railroad Commission (TRRC) have proposed rules that would ease requirements for operators.
On February 8, 2013, the TCEQ announced that...more
During 2012, several states adopted new statutory and regulation programs addressing the exploitation of shale resources within their boundaries. Continuing a common election year theme, Congress took no significant formal...more
In 2008, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) began investigating claims of groundwater contamination in private drinking water wells in and around Pavillion, Wyoming....more
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....more