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Petition Challenges Short-Term Water Approvals in B.C.

On November 13, 2013, two environmental organizations filed a petition that challenges the lawfulness of the BC Oil and Gas Commission’s (OGC) practice in granting approvals for the short-term use of water in hydraulic...more

PA Supreme Court Holds Portions of Oil and Gas Act Unconstitutional

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently held that several provisions of Act 13 of the Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Act are unconstitutional as it gives Marcellus Shale and natural gas drillers unfettered access to drilling...more

California Proposes New Regulations on Hydraulic Fracturing Operations

California has recently issued proposed regulations that will significantly impact oil and gas extraction in the State. Oil and gas producers that use well stimulation techniques, including hydraulic fracturing (HF), should...more

Envirnomental Regulatory Update: Environmental Progress & Sustainable Energy - Volume 32, Issue 3 - October 2013

Oil and Gas Update - Hydraulic Fracturing Regulations - Bureau of Land Management: On May 16, 2013, the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released a Supplemental Notice of Proposed...more

The Shale Play Today - September 2013

In This Issue: - Deeper Resources: Rotruck Joins Spilman - EQB Proposes Substantial Increases in Permit Fees for Unconventional Wells - Oil & Gas Lessees Retain Important Rights in W.Va. - Pa. Shale Industry...more

It's Said and Done -- Governor Brown Signs SB 4 into Law

On Friday, September 20, 2013, just days after indicating his support for the bill, Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 4, which establishes a permitting system for the fracking of new oil and gas wells. The Department of...more

California Regulators Examine Offshore Fracking

Regulators from the California Coastal Commission have opened an investigation into hydraulic fracturing after a recent Associated Press report that the practice has occurred offshore for the past two decades....more

Illinois Hydraulic Fracking Bill Becomes Law

After a nearly unanimous vote by the Illinois legislature, on June 17, 2013, Governor Pat Quinn signed the Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act ("HFRA") into law. Citing the need for jobs in southern Illinois and the need to...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - April 11, 2013

Environmental and Policy Focus - ..Court rules CEQA streamlining provision unconstitutional: CourtHouse News - Apr 3 - A section of a California law aimed at streamlining construction projects by moving...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - April 8, 2013

In This Issue: Environmental and Policy Focus - EPA proposes rules to lower sulfur in fuel; Home Depot pays $8 million to settle California paint lawsuit; Center for Biological Diversity sues federal government over...more

Texas Railroad Commission Amends Fracturing Fluid Recycling Rules to Encourage Water Conservation

Under rules adopted by the Texas Railroad Commission (Commission) on March 26, 2013, effective April 15, 2013, Texas hydraulic fracturing operators may recycle fracturing fluids on their own leased or owned land used for...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - March 7, 2013

In This Issue: Environmental and Policy Focus - Little unity over California's cap-and-trade program; California cancels carbon permit reserve sale after no bids; Obama names McCarthy to top EPA post; Peninsula cities...more

DEC Groundhog Sees Shadow - More Delay for New York Natural Gas Development - But Permits for High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing May...

Like the famous Punxsutawney Phil seeing his shadow, DEC has not timely emerged from its long-running study of environmental and health impacts of High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing (“HVHF”), suggesting that there will be at...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

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - January 10, 2013

In This Issue: Environmental and Policy Focus - Supreme Court rejects Ninth Circuit ruling on County of L.A. storm water discharges; Federal judge halts major Lake Tahoe ski resort expansion; Lawsuit seeks to stop Rose...more

Hydraulic Fracturing News Flash: December 2012 - California’s Proposal to Regulate Hydraulic Fracking

On December 18, 2012, California’s Department of Conservation, Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) released its long-awaited draft of hydraulic fracturing regulations (Fracking Regulations). The...more

New York DEC Releases Draft Hydraulic Fracturing Regulations, Extends Rulemaking Process

Yesterday the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) filed with the New York Department of State a revised draft of its proposed regulations governing hydraulic fracturing in the state....more

Ohio, Pennsylvania Issue New Injection Well Permits

In the past several weeks, state regulators in Ohio and Pennsylvania have begun to approve long-stalled permit applications for proposed disposal wells. The wells, known in regulatory parlance as Class II underground...more

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