Fracking Insider provides focused insight and analysis of key regulatory, legislative, legal, and economic developments related to the use of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in the natural gas industry.
The United States is in the midst of a 21st century gold rush—a natural gas boom, driven in large part by the discovery of vast amounts of gas in unconventional plays. Recovery of gas in these often deep geologic formations typically requires the use of fracking, and has been made possible by new advances in technology. In recent months, a spotlight has been shone on the practice of fracking—which has been in use for more than 60 years—and it is quickly becoming one of the most highly visible and controversial environmental issues of the day. As the legal, regulatory, economic, and legislative landscape related to fracking receives national attention and becomes increasingly complex, FrackingInsider.com provides clients and interested parties with timely legal coverage of the most critical developments.
John Wittenborn specializes in environmental regulatory and litigation matters at the federal and state levels throughout the United States. Mr. Wittenborn has more than 30 years of experience providing a wide spectrum of strategic advice, counseling, and litigation services to individual corporate clients, major national trade associations, and government agencies. His work has included regulatory compliance and enforcement defense on behalf of several major oil companies on a variety of environmental issues pertaining to refinery and terminal operations. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Wittenborn served as assistant chief in the Environmental Enforcement Section of the United States Department of Justice, supervising all federal enforcement litigation in Regions I, II, and VI of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). He also previously served as chief of the Environmental Law Division in the Office of the Judge Advocate General of the United States Air Force.
Wayne D’Angelo counsels clients on a wide array of environmental and energy matters, specializing in issues surrounding hydraulic fracturing, conventional and non-conventional fuels, resource extraction, greenhouse gas regulation, and stationary and mobile sources issues under the Clean Air Act. Prior to joining Kelley Drye, Mr. D’Angelo served as counsel to the American Petroleum Institute, where he managed and advanced the organization’s most critical issues, including climate change and greenhouse gas regulatory issues and litigation, numerous federal and state hydraulic fracturing regulatory and legal actions, energy access issues, including leasing, NEPA reviews, and ESA/MMPA actions, and waste and remediation issues under RCRA and CERCLA.
Mark Robeck is a partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office and co-chair of the Energy practice. He focuses his practice on complex energy and commercial litigation, and arbitration and corporate investigations. Mr. Robeck has represented clients before state and federal courts throughout the country, in domestic and international arbitrations, and before state and federal regulatory agencies, including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Public Utilities Commission of Texas. Mr. Robeck is a frequent writer and speaker on legal issues affecting the oil & gas industry.
Bill Guerry focuses his practice on mobile source/engine emissions and renewable and alternative fuels. Mr Guerry created and serves as General Counsel of the Low Carbon Synthetic Fuels Association which represents Gas-to-Liquids (GTL) and Biomass-to-Liquids (BTL) fuel and energy technology providers. For the last 25 years, Mr. Guerry has represented corporate clients and national trade associations on major environmental matters before the United States Congress, United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Energy, the Texas and California Agencies that regulate air and energy issues, and the federal courts. For the last 10 years, Mr. Guerry has served as lead outside counsel on all legal issues to the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), which represents manufacturers of lawn and garden equipment and small engines.
Catherine Wilmarth counsels clients on energy, environmental, and occupational safety and health issues. She has represented corporate clients and national trade associations in multiple areas, including oil and gas production; mobile source vehicles, parts, and equipment; and the steel industry. Ms. Wilmarth works frequently on matters under the Clean Air Act, Endangered Species Act, and a number of other environmental statutes and regulations. She previously served as a law fellow with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Air Enforcement Division.
Travis Cushman is an associate in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. His practice focuses on environmental and energy issues, where he counsels clients in complex commercial litigation and regulatory concerns. Mr. Cushman has represented corporate clients and public utilities in multiple areas, including contract litigation, environmental law, intellectual property, and antitrust.
Andrew McNamee monitors and researches federal policy, tracks federal and state laws and regulations, and writes about the business implications of governmental actions for clients. His focus areas include natural resource development, energy efficiency and security, international trade, and political law. Mr. McNamee holds a master of government degree from the Johns Hopkins University and has significant experience monitoring and reporting on Congressional actions.