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BLM Must Take a “Hard Look” at Fracking Impacts

by Stoel Rives LLP on

On September 6, 2016, a federal Judge issued an Order finding that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”) failed to take a “hard look,” as required under the National Environmental Policy Act (“NEPA”), at the potential...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - May 2016 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Proceeds from cap-and-trade auction fall far short of targets - Los Angeles Times - May 25 - The latest auction in California’s cap-and-trade market for greenhouse gases fell...more

BLM Fights Back Against Activists’ Criticisms of CA Resource Management Plan

by Stoel Rives LLP on

The Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”) recently filed a Motion for Summary Judgment in a lawsuit brought by a coalition of environmental activists who have challenged the BLM’s Resource Management Plan (“RMP”) for public lands...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - August 2015

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus: Coastkeeper's suit against water agency dismissed - San Diego Union-Tribune - Jul 31: A San Diego superior court judge ruled against an environmental group on July 30, rejecting its...more

Activists ask Court to Scrap EIR and Stop Fracking

by Stoel Rives LLP on

Today, July 30, the Center for Biological Diversity (“CBD”) filed a complaint in Sacramento County Superior Court against the Division of Oil, Gas & Geothermal Resources (“DOGGR”). CBD claims, among other things, that DOGGR...more

Hydraulic Fracturing: State Regulatory Roundup Vol. 43

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Fracking Insider Readers: We are pleased to bring you Volume 43 of our State Regulatory Roundup, including updates in California, New York, and Ohio. As we explained in earlier volumes, we designed the Roundup to provide...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - July 2015 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - California Approves Drought Curb on Sacramento River Flows - Sacramento Bee - Jul 8: California regulators gave final approval on Tuesday to a controversial drought plan to restrict the...more

DOGGR Releases Final Well Stimulation EIR

by Stoel Rives LLP on

Yesterday, July 1, 2015, pursuant to Senate Bill 4 (“SB 4”) the State Oil & Gas Supervisor Steven Bohlen, head of the Department of Conservation’s Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (“DOGGR”), certified a Final...more

Yet Another Lawsuit Seeking to Limit California Oil Development

by Stoel Rives LLP on

The clamor over hydraulic fracturing continued Wednesday as environmental activists filed another lawsuit to limit oil and gas development in California. The lawsuit, filed by Earthjustice on behalf of the Center for...more

California Publishes Two Statutorily Mandated Studies on Fracking and Other Oil and Gas Stimulation Methods

On January 14, 2015, the State of California released two anticipated studies concerning hydraulic fracturing, also known as “fracking,” in California pursuant to Senate Bill 4 (SB 4) enacted in 2013. The California Natural...more

Big Developments for Oil and Well Producers Utilizing Well Stimulation Treatments

by Stoel Rives LLP on

Today saw two significant developments for oil and gas operators utilizing well stimulation treatments in California. Pursuant to SB 4, the Department of Conservation’s Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources...more

“Final” May Be a Misnomer for California’s Final Fracking Regulations

by Morgan Lewis on

The California Department of Conservation, Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources recently issued a “final” set of rules for regulating hydraulic fracturing in California that replace the interim rules that have been...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - August 2014 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Appellate court upholds environmental work for high-speed rail via Pacheco Pass: Fresno Bee - Jul 24 -- State appeals justices on Thursday upheld a lower court's approval of an...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - August 2014

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Richmond approves massive Chevron refinery project with $90 million in community benefits: Contra Costa Times - Jul 30: Chevron's five year-plus quest to initiate a $1 billion upgrade...more

BLM Agrees to Complete Hydraulic Fracturing EIS for Leases in California

by BakerHostetler on

A recent agreement between environmentalists and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) may open the floodgates to challenges of the sufficiency of Environmental Assessments (EA) or Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) for oil...more

California's New Hydraulic Fracturing Regulations: Implications and Next Steps

by Holland & Knight LLP on

California's Senate Bill 4 (SB 4) is one of the first laws in the United States to regulate hydraulic fracturing (or "fracking"). On November 15, 2013, the state's Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) issued...more

The EU looks at fracking: regulations taking shape

by DLA Piper on

Hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," to extract shale gas from deep rock formations, has recently been much in the news in Europe. In October, the European Parliament, which was considering proposals for a revision of...more

California Department of Conservation Publishes Notice of Proposed Regulations for Well Stimulation

by Stoel Rives LLP on

On November 15, 2013, the California Department of Conservation (“DOC”) published the notice of proposed rulemaking action regarding draft regulations for well stimulation. These proposed regulations will implement SB 4,...more

The Real Cost of Doing Business - Fracking Industry May Feel a Big Hit from OSHA's Proposed Silica Exposure Rule

by Stoel Rives LLP on

In early September, OSHA issued a proposed rule that will limit permissible exposure to 50 micrograms of respirable crystalline silica per cubic meter of air. (See September 9, 2013 post.) This is approximately half of the...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - October 18, 2013

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus: Supreme Court to Hear Challenge to EPA Rules on Gas Emissions - New York Times - Oct 18: The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to hear a major case challenging Environmental Protection...more

Environmental Groups Set Stage for Litigation Challenging BLM’s Proposed Hydraulic Fracturing Rulemaking with Claim That BLM Is...

by BakerHostetler on

Eighteen environmental organizations – lead by the Sierra Club – are claiming that the Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”) will violate the National Environmental Policy Act (“NEPA”) if it finalizes its proposed rulemaking...more

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

by Stoel Rives LLP on

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

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - April 17, 2013

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - California needs to bolster regulation of fracking, report says: Los Angeles Times - Apr 12 - California needs to strengthen regulation of hydraulic fracturing, according to a UC...more

BLM Fails to Review Fracking Impacts of Oil & Gas Leases in California

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

The U.S. District Court in San Jose recently found that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) failed to adequately review the environmental impacts of fracking on four oil and gas leases it recently auctioned off in the...more

New York State Assembly Votes to Extend Hydraulic Fracturing Moratorium

by BakerHostetler on

The New York State Assembly voted on March 6 to suspend the issuance of drilling permits for high-volume hydraulic fracturing in the Marcellus and Utica formations until May 15, 2015. The vote came as the state’s de facto...more

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