Robin Seifried

Robin Seifried

Stoel Rives LLP

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Study Suggests EPA Underestimated Natural Gas Methane Emissions, But Not for Fracking, and EPA Releases Study Examining Fracking...

In several recent studies on methane emissions relating to the natural gas industry, scientists concluded that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) underestimated the quantity of methane the industry releases to the...more

4/18/2014 - Carbon Emissions EPA Fracking Methane Natural Gas Oil & Gas Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC)

EPA Releases Final Guidance for Fracking Using Diesel Fuels

Last week, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued final Permitting Guidance for Oil and Gas Hydraulic Fracturing Activities Using Diesel Fuels under its Underground Injection Control (UIC) program. The final...more

2/13/2014 - Diesel Fuel Drinking Water EPA Fracking Oil & Gas

California Legislature Passes Fracking Bill

Just hours after the California Assembly passed the remaining bill on hydraulic fracturing, SB 4, the California Senate voted to concur with the Assembly amendments...more

9/13/2013 - Fracking Jerry Brown New Legislation

Assembly Passes Fracking Bill

Today the California Assembly passed a controversial bill regulating hydraulic fracturing, SB 4. The bill has been criticized by both industry groups and environmental organizations. Industry argues that the bill is...more

9/12/2013 - CEQA DOGGR Environmental Policies Fracking Fracking Bans Moratorium New Legislation

Judge Upholds DOGGR's Application of UIC Fracking Exemption

Last week, a judge in Alameda County Superior Court denied the Center for Biological Diversity’s motion for summary judgment in a case arguing that DOGGR is obligated to regulate hydraulic fracturing activities under the...more

9/10/2013 - DOGGR Drinking Water Energy Policy Exemptions Fracking Underground Injection Wells

OSHA Proposes Silica Rule Affecting Fracking Workers

Last week, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) proposed a rule to decrease the permissible exposure limits (PELs) for crystalline silica. OSHA indicated that the inhalation of silica dust can increase...more

9/10/2013 - Fracking Hazardous Substances OSHA Toxic Exposure

Assembly Committee Advances Fracking Bill to the Floor

At the end of last week, the Assembly Committee on Appropriations advanced the remaining bill regarding hydraulic fracturing, SB 4, to the Assembly Floor. After delaying the first scheduled vote on the bill, Appropriations...more

9/5/2013 - Fracking Legislative Agendas Natural Resources Resource Extraction

Still No Agreement on Remaining Fracking Bill

The Assembly Committee on Appropriations failed to reach a decision at yesterday’s hearing on SB 4 - the lone surviving bill relating to hydraulic fracturing in the California Legislature. Appropriations delayed a vote on...more


BLM Announces an Environmental Assessment to Address Fracking in California

Last week, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) issued a notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to address hydraulic fracturing on federal lands...more

8/13/2013 - Bureau of Land Management Environmental Assessments Fracking Natural Gas NEPA Resource Extraction Shale Gas

DOGGR Delays Release of Draft Fracking Rules Pending Possible Instruction from Lawmakers

At a conference in Los Angeles at the end of July, the chair of the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB), Felicia Marcus, noted that the Department of Conservation’s Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources...more

8/9/2013 - DOGGR Environmental Impact Report (EIR) Environmental Liability Environmental Policies EPA Fracking Fracking Bans Natural Gas Oil & Gas Pollution Control Proposed Legislation Shale Gas State Water Project Water

House Committee Advances Bill to Override BLM Fracking Regulations in Favor of State Rules

Last Week, the U.S. House of Representatives’ Natural Resources Committee advanced a bill that would require the Department of Interior (DOI) to defer to state rules regulating hydraulic fracturing on federal lands. HR 2728,...more

8/6/2013 - Bureau of Land Management Department of the Interior Fracking Government Land Shale Gas

DOE Study Finds Fracking Does Not Contaminate Drinking Water Sources in Marcellus Shale

Last week, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) told The Associated Press that the preliminary results of its study indicated that that fracking chemicals did not reach drinking water sources at a well site in the Marcellus...more

7/23/2013 - Contamination DOE Fracking Marcellus Shale Pollution Control Water

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