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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

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 […]

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

California to Prepare EIR for Fracking and Other Well Stimulation Treatments

Yesterday, the California Department of Conservation (DOC) and its Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) released a Notice of Preparation of Environmental Impact Report (pdf). The EIR is required by Public Resources Code Section 3161(b)(3) and (4), which was recently enacted as part of SB 4, California’s comprehensive hydraulic fracturing (fracking) statute. DOGGR […]

Nov 15

California Releases Proposed Fracking Regulations; Formal Rulemaking Process Begins

Today, the California Department of Conservation (DOC) and its Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) released the text of proposed regulations (pdf) that will govern the practice of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in the state. The release of the proposed regulations formally commences the rulemaking process (see our post here), and was accompanied […]

Aug 18

Report on LSI Hydraulic Fracturing Conference

As previously noted here on the blog, Hinson Gravelle & Adair LLP attorney Eric Adair recently spoke at LSI’s hydraulic fracturing conference in Santa Monica. Mr. Adair’s topic was “Update on Regulatory Initiatives and Activities at the Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR).” The two-day conference brought together a variety of speakers and […]

May 21

California’s Fracking Regulations: What Happens Next?

On May 17, 2013, the California Department of Conservation (Conservation) and its Division of Oil, Gas & Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) issued the following update on the status of the draft regulations on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, currently under development: The California Department of Conservation and its Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources conducted five […]

May 06

UPDATED: California Fracking Workshop Videos

California’s Department of Conservation and its Division of Oil, Gas & Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) recently conducted a series of stakeholder workshops around the state to seek input on the “discussion draft” regulations that will govern the practice of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The Department recently posted videos from workshops conducted in Los Angeles on February […]

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