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Fracking Hearings Set to Begin in North Carolina

This Wednesday in Raleigh will see the first of four upcoming public hearings in North Carolina over the state’s proposed fracking rules. The hearings are part of the final phase of rule making, coming after two years of...more

New York's Highest Court Holds that Zoning Laws of New York Towns Banning Fracking Are Enforceable — A Brief Analysis of the Oral...

A non-profit, Food & Water Watch, reports that 421 measures against fracking have been passed by state and local governments and that communities across the nation are lobbying their local and state elected officials because...more

Energy Newsletter - July 2014

In This Issue: - Russia's Second Renewable Energy Auction Gives Both Glimmer of Hope and Cause for Concern - Tanzania Publishes First Draft of a Long-Awaited Local Content Policy - New York's Highest...more

North Carolina Enacts Criminal Penalties for Disclosure of Fracking Trade Secrets

North Carolina is officially open for fracking, after lifting a ban on the practice—and enacting criminal penalties for spilling trade secrets associated with it. With passage of the Energy Modernization Act...more

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

Anti-Fracking Bill Defeated in California Senate

Yesterday, the California State Senate rejected a bill that would have put a moratorium on fracking until a state-commissioned study determined that it was safe. The bill, Senate Bill 1132, would have prohibited all “well...more

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

The Senate Passes Energy Modernization Act

When I was a child, and daring, "frack" was my risky substitute cuss word; but not substitute enough.... Well it's back at the General Assembly this summer as lawmakers set the stage for hydraulic fracturing "fracking" in...more

The Shale Play Today - May 2014

In This Issue: - Climate Action Plan Breathes New Life into Oil & Gas Air Regulations - Major Natural Gas Power Plant Announcement Indicates Different Uses for Marcellus & Utica Shale Gas - Natural Gas Expanding...more

Fracking Heats Up in California: Moratoria and Earthquakes

The last several weeks have seen some interesting developments suggesting an increase in temperature in the debate over hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” in California. First, a couple of jurisdictions took actions...more

Shale Development Organization Announces Voluntary Compliance Program

The Center for Sustainable Shale Development, an organization dedicated to promoting collaboration between the oil and gas industry and environmental groups, has announced it is accepting applications for its new voluntary...more

2014 Top Energy & Environmental Regulatory Issues

In This Issue: - Environmental Protection Agency ..NAAQS ..Tier 3 & 4 Standards ..Stormwater Control ..Hydraulic Fracturing Regulation ..Clean Water Act Expansion ..Renewable Fuels...more

Energy Newsletter - January 2014

In This Issue: - Argentina: A Step-by-Step Walk on the Road toward the Shale Miracle? Although with caution, investors are responding to shale oil and gas projects in the "Vaca Muerta" play located in the...more

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

Texas Environmental Update - December 4, 2013

We are pleased to provide you with this issue of Bracewell's Texas Environmental Update, offering the latest news about permitting, enforcement, regulatory developments, and other matters of interest to the regulated...more

White House Threatens Veto Of House Bill Giving States Primacy Over Federal Regulation Of Hydraulic Fracturing On Federal Lands

On November 20, the U.S. House of Representatives began floor debate on a bill giving state law primacy over federal regulation of hydraulic fracturing on federal lands: H.R. 2728 (“Protecting States’ Rights and Preventing...more

EU Environment Report - September/October 2013

In This Issue: *Chemicals: - Biocides Regulation enters into force - Germany authorised to maintain national limit value on certain chemicals - Commission proposes to amend the definition of nanomaterials...more

South Africa Seeks Safety and Clarity with New Shale Gas Regulations

A sluggish economy, a desire to cut back on the use of coal-powered electricity, and a worldwide focus on new oil and gas recovery techniques have pushed the South African government to take steps toward diversifying its...more

UK Shale Gas - the next instalment

The UK government are currently considering responses to the consultation paper issued last month into their proposals to revise the current requirements relating to planning applications for onshore oil and gas in England....more

As Energy Industry Observers Debate Impact of Shale Boom, Some See Additional Opportunities for Growth

After the recent release of a new drilling productivity report, some energy industry observers are calling on the U.S. to learn from the missteps of other oil-dependent economies, while other analysts have expressed doubts...more

Exploring Michigan’s Economic/Environment/Energy Future

For three days, November 1-3, leaders from business, industry, government, and non-profits will discuss the future of energy, the economy, and the environment of Michigan. National and international speakers will touch on...more

Fracking Trade Secret Rules: A Tug Of War Without Winners

In the approximately 31 states with known reserves amenable to hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” a tug of war is being waged between an oil and gas industry seeking to protect its proprietary processes and environmental...more

Future of Hydraulic Fracturing in Europe Remains Uncertain after France’s High Court Upholds Law Banning Fracturing Activity

Following two years of litigation, France’s Constitutional Council—the highest court in France — upheld the country’s ban on hydraulic fracturing, ruling that the 2011 law “conforms to the constitution” and is not...more

Energy And Environment Update -- October 8, 2013

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Agriculture; Department of Energy; Department of Interior; Department of Justice; Department of State; Department of Treasury;...more

The Moratorium Continues…

The environmental review of proposed regulations that, if adopted, would permit high-volume hydraulic fracturing gas drilling (“fracking”) in New York State, has been slow. New York State Department of Environmental...more

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