Chelsea Huffman

Chelsea Huffman

Stoel Rives LLP

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Second Chance at a Hydraulic Fracturing Moratorium Moves Past First Major Obstacle

Senator Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) and other supporters of SB 1132 cleared their first major hurdle in their renewed effort to place a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing and other forms of well stimulation treatment in...more

4/14/2014 - Energy Environmental Policies Fracking Fracking Bans Moratorium

Is There a De Facto Moratorium on Well Stimulation in California?

SB 4 did not place a moratorium on the use of hydraulic fracturing or other well stimulation treatments. SB 4 specifically states that so long as an operator complies with the notification and documentation requirements...more

4/8/2014 - DOGGR Fracking Fracking Bans Oil & Gas

New Information on Demand for Rare Earths Demonstrates Need to Increase Efficiency in U.S. Mining Permitting Processes

Minerals Make Life - a national, non-profit mining association - has recently developed an illuminating infographic indicating the increased demand for rare earth minerals. Presence of these minerals in the earth’s crust is...more

4/4/2014 - Mining Natural Resources Rare Earth Metals

Governor Brown's Promised SB 4 Amendments: Proposals Should Appease Environmental Critics by Closing Potential CEQA Loopholes

In his SB 4 signing message (see September 20, 2013 post), Governor Brown promised certain “clarifying” amendments for SB 4, and his administration has begun the process of seeking those amendments....more

3/27/2014 - CEQA CEQA Reform Environmental Liability Environmental Policies

Carson, California Bans All New Oil & Gas Drilling Activity - Takes LA's Hydraulic Fracturing Ban to the Next Level

The City Council of Carson, California has unanimously (by 5-0 vote) approved a moratorium on all new oil and gas drilling within its city limits. The moratorium is set to last 45 days for now, and the City Council will...more

3/21/2014 - Fracking Fracking Bans Oil & Gas

Home Rule on Display in Los Angeles: First Oil-Producing City in California to Enact a Moratorium on Hydraulic Fracturing

It was only a matter of time before a city banned hydraulic fracturing in California - a “home rule” state, where cities and localities are permitted by constitutional amendment to enact and enforce their own zoning laws as...more

3/4/2014 - Energy Fracking Fracking Bans Oil & Gas

Changing Leadership at DOGGR: Potential Impacts on the Most Productive County for Oil and Gas Operations in California

A new deputy district supervisor for District 4 of the Department of Oil, Gas & Geothermal Resources (“DOGGR”) will take the helm on May 1 of this year. Dan Wermiel - a geologist and previously DOGGR’s technical program...more

2/26/2014 - DOGGR Oil & Gas

Two State Senators Try Enacting a Fracking Moratorium in California: What Are the Chances When the Last Effort Recently Failed?

The California Assemblymembers who sought a moratorium on all well stimulation activities early last year (vis-à-vis failed bills AB 1301, AB 1323, and AB 649) are seeking yet another moratorium, this time by amending SB 4,...more

2/25/2014 - Energy Fracking Fracking Bans Natural Gas

Senator Landrieu Ready to Take Chair's Gavel on Powerful Senate Energy Committee: A Positive Outcome for the Oil and Gas Industry

Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) has confirmed today that she will take the position as Chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee as soon as next week. (See previous post dated December 31, 3013.)...more

2/12/2014 - Energy Natural Resources Oil & Gas

How SB 4 Will End Up Taxing the Oil and Gas Industry and Even California's Consumers: Looming Fee Hikes Will Cover State Water...

Most of the media has been consumed with talk of a proposed severance tax on oil and gas production, but meanwhile in Sacramento another tax on oil and gas production is being poised to take effect -- funding requests to...more

2/3/2014 - Oil & Gas State Budgets State Taxes Water Water Quality Control Boards

Challenge Against DOGGR Can't Stand Under SB 4: Alameda County Judge Throws Out Environmental Suit

Environmental groups will have to wait to challenge hydraulic fracturing activities in the state of California until the Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (“DOGGR”) issues its permanent regulations in 2015. ...more

1/28/2014 - CEQA DOGGR Fracking Geothermal Energy

It's in the Bag: San Fran Plastic Bag Ban Ordinance Survives Court Challenge

In Save the Plastic Bag Coalition v. City and County of San Francisco, et al. (“Plastic Bag III”) (December 10, 2013), the First District Court of Appeal affirmed the Superior Court’s denial of a petition for a writ of...more

1/16/2014 - CEQA Environmental Policies Plastic Bag Bans Substantial Evidence Standard

The Heat's Still On! - Offshore Operators Must Disclose Hydraulic Fracturing Fluid Chemicals

The Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) announced that starting on March 1, 2014, oil and gas operators performing offshore hydraulic fracturing operations must maintain an inventory of chemicals used to formulate frac...more

1/13/2014 - Chemicals Disclosure Requirements Environmental Policies EPA Fracking Oil & Gas

SB 4 Interim Emergency Regulations Contain Significant Changes Following Public Comment Period

After a five-day comment period over the Christmas and New Year's Day holidays, the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources' ("DOGGR") emergency regulations are final and now in effect. The revisions, while few, are...more

1/6/2014 - DOGGR Environmental Policies Groundwater Water

A Change at the Helm of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee? What That Could Mean for the Oil and Gas Industry

Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) is likely to become the chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (the “Committee”) in early 2014, replacing current panel chairman Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR). Many consider...more

1/2/2014 - Congressional Nominations Liquid Natural Gas Oil & Gas

DOGGR Interim Regulations Provide Operators Some Guidance on SB 4 Compliance

California’s Department of Conservation, Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (“DOGGR”) is moving full-steam ahead in its implementation of SB 4 with its most recent circulation of the SB 4 Interim Well Stimulation...more

12/24/2013 - DOGGR Energy Policy Environmental Policies Fracking Oil & Gas

Get Ready: SB 4 Compliance Begins Next Month!

Today, the Division of Oil, Gas, & Geothermal Resources ("DOGGR") released a Notice to Operators (the “Notice”), clarifying that some notification aspects of SB 4 will require compliance as early as the beginning of December...more

11/21/2013 - Compliance DOGGR Energy Fracking Oil & Gas

The Real Cost of Doing Business - Fracking Industry May Feel a Big Hit from OSHA's Proposed Silica Exposure Rule

In early September, OSHA issued a proposed rule that will limit permissible exposure to 50 micrograms of respirable crystalline silica per cubic meter of air. (See September 9, 2013 post.) This is approximately half of the...more

11/5/2013 - Environmental Impact Report Fracking Hazardous Substances OSHA Workplace Hazards

The Heat is On! - Offshore Fracking Activities Drawing Significant Opposition

Opposition is heating up against four offshore frac jobs permitted to occur off the Santa Barbara coastline. This year, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (“BSEE”) has permitted DCOR, LLC to utilize fracking...more

10/15/2013 - Environmental Review Fracking Offshore Drilling Oil & Gas

A Tale of Two Pipelines: This Week in the News

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…for two pipeline projects in the West. TransCanada was successful in the Tenth Circuit on Thursday in its continuing efforts to defend against a preliminary...more

10/14/2013 - Energy Keystone XL Pipeline Liquid Natural Gas Oil & Gas Oil Sands Pipelines Sierra Club TransCanada

It's Said and Done -- Governor Brown Signs SB 4 into Law

On Friday, September 20, 2013, just days after indicating his support for the bill, Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 4, which establishes a permitting system for the fracking of new oil and gas wells. The Department of...more

9/24/2013 - DOGGR Energy Exploration Fracking Jerry Brown Natural Gas New Legislation Oil & Gas Permits

Train Explosion Drives Federal Railroad Administration to Issue New Regulations Impacting the Transportation of Petroleum Products

On August 2, 2013 the Federal Railroad Administration ("FRA") released Emergency Order No. 28, Notice No. 1 and Safety Advisory 2013-06 in response to the July 2013 tragedy in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, Canada where a cargo train...more

8/14/2013 - Bodily Injury Canada Explosions Federal Railroad Administration New Regulations Oil & Gas Petroleum Public Transit Railways

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