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

more+
less-

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 the state of California.

On April 8, the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee voted to move the measure along, achieving the minimum of five votes to advance a bill.  Some more moderate Democrats abstained from the bill, hoping to give Senator Fran Pavley’s SB 4 a chance to work before more extreme measures, such as a moratorium, are taken.

As discussed in our February 24, 2014 post, despite SB 4’s clear language allowing well stimulation to occur under a permit program, the sponsors are moving forward with a proposed indefinite ban on well stimulation until the completion of the independent scientific study, currently due January 1, 2015.  In addition to that deadline, in order to allow operators to conduct well stimulation treatments after the completion of the scientific study, that study would need to conclude that there are no risks to the public health or welfare from well stimulation practices.

 

Written by:

Published In:

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

© Stoel Rives LLP | Attorney Advertising

Don't miss a thing! Build a custom news brief:

Read fresh new writing on compliance, cybersecurity, Dodd-Frank, whistleblowers, social media, hiring & firing, patent reform, the NLRB, Obamacare, the SEC…

…or whatever matters the most to you. Follow authors, firms, and topics on JD Supra.

Create your news brief now - it's free and easy »

All the intelligence you need, in one easy email:

Great! Your first step to building an email digest of JD Supra authors and topics. Log in with LinkedIn so we can start sending your digest...

Sign up for your custom alerts now, using LinkedIn ›

* With LinkedIn, you don't need to create a separate login to manage your free JD Supra account, and we can make suggestions based on your needs and interests. We will not post anything on LinkedIn in your name.
×
Loading...
×
×