Chelsea Huffman

Chelsea Huffman

Stoel Rives LLP

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Under Scrutiny from All Sides, Brown Taps Ph.D. in Geology to Lead the DOGGR: What This Means for the Industry and SB 4's Rollout

At last, the new Supervisor of the California Department of Conservation’s Division of Oil, Gas & Geothermal Resources (“DOGGR”) has been announced. Steven Bohlen, currently Program Director at the Lawrence Livermore...more

5/15/2014 - DOGGR Energy Energy Policy Geothermal Energy Oil & Gas

SMARA Amendments Moving Forward in State Senate

SB 1270, sponsored by State Senator Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills), survived the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water on April 29, 2014 by a 7-2 vote. ...more

5/9/2014 - Amended Legislation Mining Natural Resources SMARA Water

Current Status of Oil and Gas-related Bills in California's Legislature

There are a number of California State Senate and Assembly bills that could impact oil and gas operations this year, if passed. Stoel Rives has a dedicated team of professionals tracking these bills. Below you will find...more

5/6/2014 - Carbon Taxes Energy Fracking Legislative Agendas Oil & Gas State Taxes

Carson, CA City Council Refuses to Enact Two-Year Moratorium on Oil and Gas Activity, Including Well Stimulation

This past Tuesday, the Carson City Council voted against a local moratorium on new oil and gas activity within its city limits. Last month, Carson passed a 45-day ban on all oil and gas operations, as reported in our March...more

5/2/2014 - Environmental Policies Fracking Fracking Bans Oil & Gas

Baker Hughes' Policy to Disclose Chemical Components in Well Stimulation Fluids Designed to "Increase the Public Trust"

One of the largest oil-field services companies in the world, Baker Hughes, has revised its long-standing policies on disclosing the contents of hydraulic fracturing fluids on FracFocus.org - a non-profit database designed to...more

4/30/2014 - Baker Hughes Fracking Oil & Gas Public Disclosure

More Well Stimulation Bans in Southern California

The Los Angeles City Council voted to ban well stimulation treatments within city limits by a unanimous vote in February, and is in the process of drafting ordinances to put that decision into effect. Carson, California has...more

4/30/2014 - Environmental Policies Fracking Fracking Bans Oil & Gas

Amendments to SB 1132 Would Have Moratorium on Well Stimulation Treatments Extend Far Beyond 2014

As reported in our April 11, 2014 post, SB 1132 - the bill that seeks a moratorium on well stimulation during oil and gas development, thereby rescinding portions of SB 4, which was enacted just a few months ago - passed its...more

4/25/2014

A Resurgence in U.S. Manufacturing Requires a Sensible Mining Permitting Process

A new short video found at the website for Minerals Make Life - a National Mining Association initiative - illuminates the close ties between the widespread resurgence of manufacturing in the United States and the need for...more

4/24/2014 - Manufacturers Mining Natural Resources Permits

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

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