Archive for posts tagged ‘fracking’

Oil and gas producers likely to face tougher regulation in 2015

Barely a week into the new year, a myriad of new regulations have already been proposed for the oil and gas industry. This is hardly surprising given widespread concern about the rise in hydraulic fracturing (fracking) – whereby water, mixed with sand and chemicals, is injected underground at high pressure to release oil and gas… Full Story

Seismic Activity and Hydraulic Fracturing

Earlier this month, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallon created a new entity – the Coordinating Council on Seismic Activity—to connect legislators with researchers exploring the relationship between seismicity and hydraulic fracturing. The month before, a resident of Prague – a small town about 60 miles due east of Oklahoma City – filed a complaint in state… Full Story

Texas Railroad Commission on track to address quakes

Over 30 earthquakes jolted the area in and around the City of Azle, Texas —20 miles north of Fort Worth—last November through January.  In response to citizen concerns, the Texas House Committee on Energy Resources created a Subcommittee on Seismic Activity, to investigate whether there was a link between earthquakes and increased oil and gas… Full Story

Looking Ahead at State-Local Conflicts Over Fracking

A recent UT Energy Center Law Blog post by Samantha Blons focused on a case brought by a natural gas producer against the City of Dallas, after the city denied the company a natural gas production permit.  (A new city ordinance restricts production within the city limits.)  The Dallas case is an early example of… Full Story

BLM Fracking Rules and Water Supply

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) currently regulates hydraulic fracturing (fracturing) through a rule that was adopted three decades ago and last revised in 1988.  43 C.F.R. § 3160.  Because of its age, the existing rule does not account for the risks or opportunities that have resulted from innovations in horizontal drilling and fracturing technology…. Full Story

California Magistrate Finds BLM Fracking Leases Violate NEPA

Oil and gas producers have tagged California as the next great fracking frontier.  The state has a storied history in the energy sector and remains the fourth largest oil producer in the country, with pumpjacks still scattered around Los Angeles and even hidden within a luxury shopping mall. Its Monterey Shale formation is estimated to contain more than 15 billion barrels of oil – about 64… Full Story

Psychological and Cultural Biases Distort Fracking Debates

Energy law is the product of energy politics, and politics can be emotional and contentious.  At the same time, many energy policy disputes turn on questions amenable to scientific study — the fight over acid rain in the 1980s, the long-running battle over climate change, and the current fight over hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”), to name… Full Story