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Fracking Insider Contributors Published in Unconventional Oil & Gas Report

Posted in Legislative, Regulatory
Fracking Insider authors Wayne D’Angelo and Andrew McNamee have published a piece in the Unconventional Oil & Gas Report, a product of the Oil & Gas Journal. Their piece, “Fracing faces legal and regulatory challenges in 2014,” was published on February 2nd, and provides an analysis of regulatory issues likely to be faced by the … Continue Reading

Hydraulic Fracturing: State Regulatory Roundup Vol. 29

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Fracking Insider Readers: We are pleased to bring you Volume 29 of our State Regulatory Roundup, including updates in California, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. As we explained in earlier volumes, we designed the Roundup to provide quick overviews on state regulatory activity. If you have any questions on any of these summaries, please do not hesitate … Continue Reading

Hydraulic Fracturing: Federal Legislative Roundup

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Fracking Insider Readers: We are pleased to bring you the first volume of our Federal Legislative Roundup, including updates on three pieces of legislation currently under consideration in the House: “The Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act,” “The Federal Lands Jobs and Energy Security Act,” and “The North American Energy Infrastructure Act.” We designed the … Continue Reading

House Republicans Considering Hydraulic Fracturing Legislation

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A spokeswoman for the House Natural Resources Committee indicated in a statement that the committee may consider a hydraulic fracturing bill as part of a broad legislative push to promote domestic energy development. “The committee intends to advance multiple bills to reduce red-tape and harness our nation’s offshore and onshore energy resources. This may include … Continue Reading

Hydraulic Fracturing Benefits Touted and Regulations Discussed at House Appropriations Subcommittee Hearing on BLM Budget

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The House Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies held a hearing on Tuesday to discuss the FY2014 budget for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).  BLM manages over 700 million acres of federal lands and  is promulgating regulations for hydraulic fracturing on such lands. Neil Kornze, the Principal Deputy Director of the … Continue Reading

BREATHE, FRESHER Acts Cloud Future of Hydraulic Fracturing

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Two companion pieces of legislation recently introduced in the House of Representatives target hydraulic fracturing for more stringent federal regulation. H.R. 1154, the Bringing Reductions to Energy’s Airborne Toxic Health Effects Act, or BREATHE Act, was introduced by Rep. Polis (D-CO) on March 14th. The bill would require the aggregation of emissions from disparate oil … Continue Reading

Bipartisan LNG Export Legislation Proposed

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A bipartisan group of Senators has proposed legislation to expedite approval of LNG exports to NATO members, Japan, and to any other country to which the Secretaries of State and Defense determine export would promote U.S. national security interests. Currently, Section 3(c) of the Natural Gas Act requires expedited approval for export requests to countries … Continue Reading

Illinois Fracking Legislation Moves Forward

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After months of stalled negotiations, Illinois may be moving closer to passing hydraulic fracturing legislation. On February 21, 2013, bipartisan members of the Illinois House of Representatives introduced HB 2615, which proponents argue combines the nation’s strongest public health and safety regulations with the flexibility needed for the industry’s development.  Among its provisions, the bill … Continue Reading

Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee Discusses the Opportunities and Challenges Presented by the Abundance of Domestic Natural Gas

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On February 12th, the Senate’s Committee on Energy & Natural Resources held a hearing entitled “Opportunities and Challenges for Natural Gas.” The major themes of the hearing were that natural gas production techniques have led to an abundance in domestic natural gas supplies, that this abundance provides significant benefits to the U.S. economy, environment and … Continue Reading

EPA and BLM: Two Considerable Reconsiderations

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Last week, the Obama administration announced its intent to reconsider its two most aggressive programs to regulate hydraulic fracturing at the federal level.   On Tuesday, January 16th, EPA submitted an unopposed motion to the United State Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (“D.C. Circuit”) to put challenges to the Agency’s air rules … Continue Reading

Hydraulic Fracturing, Natural Gas and the U.S. Manufacturing Renaissance Conference Assembles Over 60 Industry Leaders to Discuss Emerging Issues in Natural Gas Development

Posted in Economic, Legislative, Regulatory
On October 23, 2012, Kelley Drye & Warren, LLP convened a conference of key members of the oil and gas industry and energy-intensive manufacturing industries.   The seminar, entitled Hydraulic Fracturing, Natural Gas and the U.S. Manufacturing Renaissance, took place at the Ronald Reagan Building and drew over 60 companies and trade associations involved in the … Continue Reading

Ohio’s New Oil & Gas Law: Hydraulic Fracturing Highlights

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On Monday, July 11, Governor John Kasich signed Senate Bill 315, which ushered in broad new requirements governing hydraulic fracturing and unconventional drilling operations in Ohio, which is home to portions of the Marcellus and Utica Shale formations.   The broad rules amend Ohio Revised Code Chapter 1509 to specifically define “horizontal drilling” and to cover … Continue Reading

White House Executive Order Supporting Development of Unconventional Natural Resources

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Today the President issued an Executive Order (insert) establishing an inter-agency working group to "facilitate coordinated Administration policy efforts to support safe and responsible unconventional domestic natural gas development." This is a welcomed respite from a series of otherwise misguided federal efforts to over-regulate hydrologic fracturing. By coordinating under the direction of the White House Domestic Policy Council the efforts of 13 federal agencies seeking to study, review or regulate unconventional gas development, and fracking in particular, the White House appears to be backing up the President's promise in his State of the Union speech to support domestic energy production and particularly development of unconventional natural gas resources… Continue Reading

Fracking – Four Key “D.C.” Issues Every Company Should be Watching

Posted in Economic, Legislative, Regulatory
The controversy over hydraulic fracturing has ushered in an unprecedented wave of scrutiny over the oil and gas industry from nearly every angle—new lawsuits, more state regulations, constant press (often misleading as captured well in this recent Forbes article), local protests, and city council moratoriums. At the same time the President has reeled off a … Continue Reading

Unconventional Oil and Natural Gas: Major Players In Job Council’s New Report

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President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, chaired by Jeffrey Immelt, released its report and recommendations on how to create jobs and improve America’s competitiveness Tuesday. The report highlights the critical importance of domestic energy supplies, and unconventional oil and natural gas in particular, to the current and future survival of America’s economy. The Council … Continue Reading

Fracking – Key Legal Trends For Companies to Watch

Posted in Legislative, Litigation, Regulatory
As the pace of natural gas and oil drilling in unconventional plays increases, the industry continues to be faced with a broad suite of environmentally-related legal concerns. These include multiple regulatory initiatives both at the Federal and State levels (including EPA’s and DOE’s ongoing studies) and federal legislation (including the Breathe and Frac Acts). As … Continue Reading
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