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EPA Releases Guidance for Hydraulic Fracturing Using Diesel Fuels

Posted in Regulatory
The EPA on Tuesday released its final guidance document for permitting of hydraulic fracturing operations when diesel fuels are added to the fracking fluid. The guidance is intended to be used by EPA permit writers administering the Safe Drinking Water Act’s Underground Injection Control (UIC) Program.  Hydraulic fracturing was exempted from the jurisdiction of UIC … Continue Reading

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

Report Calls On Environmentalists to Support Hydraulic Fracturing

Posted in Regulatory
A recently released report warns environmental activists that their opposition to hydraulic fracturing is “a tragic mistake,” and asserts that shale gas provides a solution to two global environmental concerns: air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. The report calls shale gas “a wonderful gift that has arrived just in time,” and advocates for its use … Continue Reading

Hydraulic Fracturing: State Regulatory Roundup Vol. 29

Posted in Legislative, Regulatory
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: State Regulatory Roundup Vol. 28

Posted in Regulatory
Fracking Insider Readers: We are pleased to bring you Volume 28 of our State Regulatory Roundup, including updates in Colorado, Illinois, and Pennsylvania. 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: State Regulatory Roundup Vol. 27

Posted in Key Documents, Regulatory
Fracking Insider Readers: We are pleased to bring you Volume 27 of our State Regulatory Roundup, including updates in California, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. 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

Coast Guard Proposes to Allow Bulk Transport of Hydraulic Fracturing Wastewater

Posted in Economic, Key Documents, Regulatory
The U.S. Coast Guard issued a proposed policy letter on October 30th that puts forward a process to issue endorsements to barge owners to transport shale gas extraction wastewater in bulk. The letter creates specific conditions that barge owners would have to meet to obtain a certificate of inspection endorsement allowing wastewater transport. Barge owners … Continue Reading

OSHA Proposes Crystalline Silica Rule, Could Affect Hydraulic Fracturing Operations

Posted in Regulatory
In late August, the Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) proposed a long-awaited rule that is intended to limit workers’ exposure to crystalline silica. OSHA claims that exposure to crystalline silica kills hundreds of workers and sickens thousands more each year through lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and kidney disease… Continue Reading

Rule for Determining Economic Impacts of Critical Habitat Designations Takes Effect Next Month

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On August 23rd, Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) jointly issued a final rule requiring draft economic impact analyses to be issued along with proposed critical habitat designations, limiting the types of economic impacts that may be considered when making such designations. The final rule interpreting the Endangered Species Act … Continue Reading

Hydraulic Fracturing: State Regulatory Roundup Vol. 25

Posted in Regulatory
Fracking Insider Readers: We are pleased to bring you Volume 25 of our State Regulatory Roundup, including updates in California, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. 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 … Continue Reading

Hydraulic Fracturing: State Regulatory Roundup Vol. 21

Posted in Regulatory
Fracking Insider Readers: We are pleased to bring you Volume 21 of our State Regulatory Roundup, including updates in California, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. 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

EPA Abandons Investigation into Alleged Groundwater Contamination from Hydraulic Fracturing

Posted in Regulatory
The Environmental Protection Agency has abandoned its investigation into alleged groundwater contamination from hydraulic fracturing operations near Pavillion, Wyoming. The investigation will be continued by the state, funded by a $1.5 million grant from Encana Oil & Gas, Inc., the company that had been accused of contaminating the water. The agency will provide support to … Continue Reading

Webinar: Federal Regulatory Pressures on Hydraulic Fracturing

Posted in Regulatory
Join the authors of Fracking Insider for this informative one-hour webinar Wednesday, June 19, 2013                                                    1:00 pm Eastern/3:00 Pacific Register HERE* In recent years, technological advances in hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling have led to dramatic growth in natural gas development, with tremendous economic potential for state and local economies as well as the possibility … Continue Reading

Heartland vs. Northeast on Federal Regulation of Methane Emissions from Oil & Gas Operations

Posted in Litigation, Regulatory
In a May 12th letter, thirteen state attorneys general warned the EPA not to negotiate with seven Northeastern states on the subject of potential federal regulation of methane emissions from oil and gas operations, including those employing hydraulic fracturing. The states argue in their letter that the threatened lawsuit is without merit, and that any … Continue Reading
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