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Nov 17

Report: Advanced Well Stimulation Technologies in California: An Independent Review of Scientific and Technical Information

As one who has written extensively and spoken at more than a dozen conferences on the subject of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, I am often asked about the environmental and human health risks that may be associated with fracking. The questions I am most frequently asked include: Will fracking contaminate groundwater or surface water? Are […]

Nov 14

HGA Attorney Eric Adair to Address Ventura County Bar Association on Hydraulic Fracturing

Hinson Gravelle & Adair LLP attorney Eric Adair has been invited to address the Natural Resource Section of the Ventura County Bar Association on the topic of “Hydraulic Fracturing: An Update on the Regulation of Fracking in California” on November 19, 2014. As noted in the program flyer (below), hydraulic fracturing has produced more controversy […]

Nov 14

Environmental Groups Sue DOGGR Claiming That Drilling Permits Violate CEQA

Three environmental groups sued California’s Division of Oil, Gas & Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) earlier this week, contending that DOGGR’s issuance of more than 200 oil drilling permits violates the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The suit (pdf) charges DOGGR with “turning a blind eye” to the claimed risks associated with oil drilling and associated hydraulic […]

Nov 14

Los Angeles Fracking Ordinance Stalls in Planning Department

A proposed ban on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in the City of Los Angeles recently stalled in the Department of City Planning. The proposed ban arose from a pair of motions adopted by the City Council earlier this year. The first motion, sponsored by Council Members Paul Koretz and Mike Bonin and adopted on February 28 […]

Nov 02

LACBA Environmental Law Section Fall Symposium – November 7

The Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Environmental Law Section will host its 13th annual Fall Symposium on Friday, November 7, 2014, from 11:30am to 4:30pm, at the Hotel InterContinental in Century City. The Fall Symposium, titled “Water, Air, and Earth – Protecting and Conserving Southern California’s Vital Natural Resources,” will focus on the natural resources that […]

Oct 10

HGA Attorney Eric Adair to Speak on Fracking at Yosemite Environmental Law Conference

Hinson Gravelle & Adair LLP attorney Eric Adair will speak on hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” at the State Bar of California’s Environmental Law Conference at Yosemite ® on October 19, 2014. The conference, which opens on October 16 and continues through October 19, is nationally recognized as the largest and most prestigious gathering in California of leaders in […]

Oct 10

California Releases Revisions to Proposed Fracking Regulations

Yesterday, the California Department of Conservation (DOC) and its Division of Oil, Gas & Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) released a second set of revisions to the proposed regulations that will govern hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” The revisions and the associated public notice are available here (pdf) and here (pdf), respectively. SB 4, California’s landmark legislation governing […]

Dec 11

California Releases Proposed Emergency Fracking Regulations

Today, the California Department of Conservation (DOC) and its Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) released additional “emergency” regulations governing the practice of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and other well stimulation activities. The proposed regulations may be found here, and the accompanying Notice of Proposed Emergency Rulemaking Action may be found here. These […]

Nov 18

HGA Attorney Eric Adair to Speak on Fracking at Land Use Conference

Hinson Gravelle & Adair LLP attorney Eric Adair will speak at the 2014 California Land Use Law & Policy Conference, scheduled for January 9-10, 2014, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Sacramento. Mr. Adair will participate in a panel discussion of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, entitled “To Frack or Not to Frack? Potential Land Use […]

Nov 16

Central Valley Water Board Settles Fracking-Related Claim Against Vintage Production

Yesterday, California’s Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board (CVRWQCB) announced (pdf) a settlement with Vintage Production California LLC, under which Vintage Production will pay a $60,000 penalty for discharging hydraulic fracturing (fracking) fluids into an unlined sump in violation of the California Water Code. The settlement agreement may be found here (pdf). The settlement […]

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