Michael Mills

Michael Mills

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Drilling Bill Fails in Assembly

SB 1096 (Jackson), which sought to foreclose the possibility of oil drilling in state waters from wells that could be drilled at Vandenberg Air Force Base, was defeated in the Assembly on Tuesday...more

8/28/2014 - Coastal Real Estate Legislative Process Oil & Gas Well Drilling

SB-1281 Amended to Remove Requirement for Oil, Gas Drillers to Use Recycled Water

SB-1281 faced strong industry opposition due to the bill’s requirement that oil and gas drilling companies use recycled water for new operations during drought emergencies. Industry representatives have stated that such...more

8/27/2014 - Drought Oil & Gas Pending Legislation Recycling Water Well Drilling

Zinc: It's Not Just for Lifeguards

Minerals Make Life - an initiative created by the National Mining Association - has recently developed an infographic explaining the importance of the mineral zinc....more

8/18/2014 - Minerals Natural Resources

Full Steam Ahead for Eminent Domain Actions after High Speed Rail Authority Negotiations End in Impasse

The State Public Works Board (the “Board”) adopted four Resolutions of Necessity approving the High-Speed Rail Authority’s (the “Authority”) use of eminent domain for public necessity to acquire four parcels in Fresno and...more

8/18/2014 - Eminent Domain High-Speed Rail Infrastructure Public Projects Takings

SB 1281 (Pavley): Oil & Gas Production; Water Use Reporting

SB-1281 was amended in the Assembly Committee on Appropriations on August 4, 2014. A scheduled hearing on August 6 was postponed and held on suspense under Joint Rule 62(a). As of this writing, a hearing has not yet been...more

8/15/2014 - Energy Environmental Policies Fracking Oil & Gas Water

Court Signals Green to $8.6bn California High-Speed Rail Bond Issuance

The Third District Court of Appeal reversed a Sacramento Superior Court Judge’s ruling that prohibited the High Speed Rail Authority (HSRA) from selling bonds under Proposition 1A to construct the High Speed Rail Project...more

8/6/2014 - Bonds High-Speed Rail HRSA Infrastructure Railways

Report Recommends Update of USEPA UIC Program Citing Hydraulic Fracturing Concerns

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) released a report yesterday, July 28, 2014, that presents a need for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“USEPA”) to update the Underground Injection Control class II...more

7/30/2014 - Energy Fracking GAO Oil & Gas Popular USEPA

U.S. House Hearing Supports Legislation for Development of Domestic Minerals (H.R. 761)

On Wednesday, July 23, 2014, the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held an oversight hearing, titled "American Metals and Mineral Security: An examination of the domestic critical...more

7/28/2014 - Legislative Agendas Minerals Mining Mining Contracts Proposed Legislation

Industry Group Sues Compton for Moratorium on Hydraulic Fracturing

The City of Compton is being sued for its ordinance banning hydraulic fracturing, effective on April 22, 2014. (Western States Petroleum Association v. City of Compton, et al., Case No.BC552272.) Although Compton is not...more

7/28/2014 - DOGGR Fracking Fracking Bans Oil & Gas Popular Western States Petroleum Association

USDOT Proposes New Rules for Rail Transport of Fossil Fuels

On Wednesday, July 23, 2014 the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (“Administration”), an agency within the U.S. Department of Transportation (“USDOT”), issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NOPR”) for...more

7/25/2014 - Department of Transportation Ethanol Oil & Gas Railroads Railways Rulemaking Process Storage Tanks

DOGGR to Review Well Stimulation Regulations to Ensure Compliance with Safe Drinking Water Act

On Friday, July 18, 2014, the Department of Conservation’s Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (“DOGGR”) announced that it will review California’s Underground Injection Control (“UIC”) Program to ensure compliance...more

7/23/2014 - DOGGR Drinking Water EPA Oil & Gas Proposed Regulation Public Comment Safe Drinking Water Act Underground Injection Wells Wastewater

DOGGR Well Stimulation Regulations Implementation Extended to July 1, 2015

On Friday, June 20, 2014, Governor Jerry Brown signed a public resources “trailer bill:” Senate Bill 681 (“SB 681”). Section 5 of the Bill extends the implementation deadline for the Department of Conservation’s Division of...more

7/18/2014 - DOGGR Energy Policy Geothermal Energy New Legislation Oil & Gas Public Comment

EPA Delays Potential Fracking Chemical Disclosure Mandates

On Friday, July 11, 2014 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“USEPA”) extended the public comment period for its advanced notice of proposed rulemaking (“ANPR”) for hydraulic fracturing chemical disclosure rules. The...more

7/16/2014 - Chemicals Disclosure Requirements EPA Fracking Public Comment Rulemaking Process TSCA

Water Board Announces Meeting to Develop SB 4 Groundwater Monitoring Criteria

On Wednesday, July 9, 2014, the State Water Resources Control Board (“Water Board”) announced that it will be holding a “Stakeholder Meeting to Develop Groundwater Monitoring Model Criteria for Oil & Gas Areas.” The meeting...more

7/11/2014 - Environmental Policies Groundwater Water Water Resources Control Board

Department of Conservation Issues Revised, Proposed Well Stimulation Treatment Regulations

On June 13, 2014, the Department of Conservation (“Department”) issued a public notice and posted the latest version of the proposed regulations for the use of well stimulation in oil and gas production (“Revised Proposed...more

6/18/2014 - Conservation Energy Fracking Oil & Gas

Yet Another Proposed Moratorium on Hydraulic Fracturing Fails: SB 1132 (Oil and gas: well stimulation treatments)

Yesterday, Senate Bill 1132 failed in the Senate. In a 18-16 vote, SB 1132 fell three votes short of the necessary majority. The bill was introduced by Senators Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) and Mark Leno on February 20,...more

5/30/2014 - Energy Energy Policy Fracking Fracking Bans Natural Gas Oil & Gas Shale Gas

Oil Severance Tax Law (SB 1017) Dies in the Senate Appropriations Committee

Last Friday, May 23, 2014, Senate Bill 1017, the Oil Severance Tax Law, failed to pass through the Senate Appropriations Committee. As a result, the bill is effectively dead for the year. SB 1017 was introduced by Senator...more

5/28/2014 - Business Taxes Corporate Taxes Energy Oil & Gas Severance Tax

Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors Approves Moratorium on All Oil and Gas Activities

This past Tuesday, May 20, the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to approve a permanent moratorium on oil and gas exploration and development. Santa Cruz becomes the first county in the state of...more

5/27/2014 - Energy Energy Policy Environmental Policies Fracking Fracking Bans Moratorium Oil & Gas

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

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

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