Fracking Natural Resources

Fracking is a non-technical term for Hydraulic Fracturing. Fracking or Hydraulic Fracturing is a method for retrieving, otherwise inaccessible, natural gas and petroleum by injecting pressurized fluid and... more +
Fracking is a non-technical term for Hydraulic Fracturing. Fracking or Hydraulic Fracturing is a method for retrieving, otherwise inaccessible, natural gas and petroleum by injecting pressurized fluid and chemicals into underground rock causing fissures. The fissures widen and expand allowing petroleum and gas to escape and flow to areas where it can be retrieved.  less -
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Drilling at depth – proposed changes to subterranean rights

The government’s consultation on underground drilling access for the extraction of gas, oil and geothermal energy came to an end on 15 August 2014. The consultation sought views on the government’s proposal to introduce new...more

What Remains of Act 13 in Pennsylvania after Robinson? Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Strikes Further Provisions of Act 13 as...

Earlier this year, we reported in our Client Alert dated January 15, 2014, on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision in Robinson v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, 83 A.3d 901 (Pa. 2013). In Robinson, the Supreme Court...more

Did an Ohio Spill Expose a Leak in Ohio’s Hydraulic Fracturing Disclosure Laws?

After a recent accident at an Ohio unconventional drilling site, Governor Kasich expressed concern about the state’s fracturing-fluids-disclosure laws. The June accident spilled chemicals ­– including the drilling company’s...more

The Eyes of Texas are upon a Subsurface Trespass Case

The Texas Supreme Court is now poised to decide whether subsurface migration of fluids from an approved injection well may constitute an actionable trespass under Texas common law. Recently accepting a petition for review in...more

Illinois Releases Proposed Hydraulic Fracturing Regulations

Nearly six months after passage of the much touted Illinois Hydraulic Fracturing Regulation Act (225 ILCS 732/1-1 et seq.) (the Act), the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) issued proposed regulations...more

The Oklahoma MLP Quarterly 3Q 2013

Colleagues and Friends, It is with great pleasure that we circulate to you the inaugural edition of T he Oklahoma MLP Quarterly — a publication focused on master limited partnerships, or MLPs, in our great state....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

Energy And Environment Update -- September 9, 2013

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Commerce; Department of Energy; Department of Interior; Environmental Protection Agency; International; States; Sustainability; and...more

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

TRANSACTIONAL: Corporate / London: The UK Government unveils proposals for tax breaks for shale gas extraction

In May we reported that the UK government, in its 2013 Budget, had announced a package of measures designed to encourage investment in the UK's shale gas industry. On 19 July the government honored its pledge to publish an...more

Department of Energy Report Indicates Fracking Has Not Contaminated Drinking Water in Western Pennsylvania

A recent study by the Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) indicates that chemical-laced fluids used in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, have not contaminated the drinking water at a test...more

Green belt open for shale gas exploration

The High Court has confirmed that hydrocarbon exploration works benefit from a key exception to planning policy restrictions on development proposals within the green belt. The judgment will come as welcome news to industry...more

Illinois’ Hydraulic Fracturing Tax Act

Prior to the Hydraulic Fracturing Tax Act, Illinois was one of the few drilling states not to impose any severance or gross production taxes on the extraction of its minerals. For oil and gas removed on or after July 1,...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - July 25, 2013

Environmental and Policy Focus: Interior Chief defends federal hydraulic fracturing regulations -- Bloomberg - Jul 18: Interior Secretary Sally Jewell drew on her experience as a former oil-industry engineer to defend...more

Illinois Set to Regulate Shale Oil and Gas

On June 17, 2013, Illinois P.A. 98-0022 (the Act), consisting of the Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act (225 ILCS 732/1-1 et seq. (2013)) (HFRA) and the Illinois Hydraulic Fracturing Tax Act (35 ILCS 450/2-5 et seq. (2013))...more

Risks and Rewards: Insurance Coverage for Fracking Operations

Hydraulic Fracturing, or "fracking", has been used as an extraction tool for natural gas and oil for several decades. Relatively recent developments in horizontal fracking technology have opened major new shale plays...more

DOE Statement on Marcellus Shale Hydraulic Fracturing Study

This is a revised alert reflecting updated information in a July 19 National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) media release, which clarified prior NETL statements on the hydraulic fracturing study contained in earlier...more

Recycling of Frack Water Likely to Grow

In Texas, where hydraulic fracturing operations use up more than fifty percent of water use in certain counties, recycling of frack water could significantly impact the stressed resource. To date, only a small fraction of the...more

Pending California Legislature Bill Aims to Increase Regulations on Hydraulic Fracturing

May 29, 2013, the California Senate passed the first bill attempting to regulate hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in this state. Senate Bill 4, headed by Sen. Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills), has since been sent to the...more

Colorado Ruling Raises Stakes in Fracking Litigation and Beyond

In an Independence Day gift to plaintiffs, the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled in Strudley v. Antero Resources Corp., No. 12CA1251 (July 3, 2013), that Colorado law does not allow pre-discovery Lone Pine orders, often used by...more

Colorado Court of Appeals Revives Fracking Case – Holds “Lone Pine” Order Not Allowed In Colorado

On July 3, 2013, the Colorado Court of Appeals held that the plaintiffs in a toxic tort case cannot be required to present prima facie evidence to support their claims prior to the initiation of full discovery....more

TRANSACTIONAL: Upstream Developments - Russia and former republics: Unconventional Russia

The unconventional hydrocarbon resource boom that hit the US and Europe had gone relatively unnoticed in Russia until recently. Ignoring the world’s fascination with the potential of unconventional resources, Russia...more

Discharge of Drilling Waste in Ohio Triggers Civil and Criminal Enforcement Actions; Heightens Scrutiny of State Regulatory...

A release of approximately 40,000 gallons of oil and gas operations waste into a Youngstown, Ohio area storm drain flowing into the Mahoning River is igniting a call for tighter regulatory oversight and more transparent...more

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