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Apr 07

Update on Proposed California Fracking Legislation

The California legislature has been very active in the current session in proposing legislation that would regulate, directly or indirectly, the oil well stimulation technique known as hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” We have previously reported on certain of the bills pending in the current session. (See here and here.) The level of legislative activity in […]

Apr 07

LACBA Environmental Law Super Symposium – April 12, 2013

The Environmental Law Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association will present its 27th annual Super Symposium, “Future Perfect — What’s Happening Now in Environmental Law,” on Friday, April 12, 2013, at the Sheraton Los Angeles Downtown, located at 711 South Hope Street, Los Angeles, California 90017 (map). Register for the symposium here. This full-day […]

Feb 09

Upcoming Hearings on California’s Proposed Fracking Regulations

Two important events will take place over the next ten days in California’s ongoing efforts to regulate the oil and gas well production stimulation technique of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” First, on Tuesday, February 12, the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water and the Senate Committee on Environmental Quality will meet in joint session to […]

Jan 01

HGA Attorney Eric Adair Quoted in Platts Report on California’s Proposed Fracking Regulations

Hinson Gravelle & Adair LLP attorney Eric Adair was interviewed for and quoted in a December 18, 2012, Platts report (subscription required). The report, which discussed the draft hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” regulations (pdf) recently proposed by California’s Division of Oil, Gas & Geothermal Resources (DOGGR), is reprinted below. For more information regarding California’s proposed fracking regulations, […]

Dec 18

California Releases “Discussion Draft” of Fracking Regulations

On December 18, 2012, California’s Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) released a “discussion draft” of its long-awaited regulations governing the oil and gas well stimulation technique known as hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” The regulations may be found here on the blog (pdf) and on the Division of Conservation website (DOC). DOGGR also released […]

Oct 16

Environmental Groups File CEQA Action to Enjoin California Regulators from Permitting Fracking

On October 16, 2012, four environmental groups filed a state court action alleging that California’s Division of Oil, Gas & Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) has failed to comply with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) in the permitting process for oil and gas operations, including hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” in the state. A copy of the […]

Sep 19

Details Begin to Emerge About California’s Proposed Fracking Regulations

California’s Division of Oil, Gas & Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) yesterday revealed details about the regulations it is currently drafting to govern hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” in the state. Speaking at a September 18, 2012, symposium sponsored by the South Coast Air Quality Management District (which we summarized here), the state’s oil and gas supervisor Tim […]

Sep 19

South Coast Air Quality Management District Promises Leadership Role on Fracking

On September 18, 2012, California’s South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) sponsored a technology symposium on “Hydraulic Fracturing in the South Coast Basin” (pdf). Speaking at the conclusion of the symposium, SCAQMD’s Executive Officer Barry Wallerstein stated that the agency will assume a “leadership role” on hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” as it regulates air […]

Aug 20

HGA Attorney Eric Adair Featured in EnergyWire Story on California Fracking Legislation

EnergyWire recently interviewed Hinson Gravelle & Adair LLP attorney Eric Adair for an August 17 story on hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” The story, “Fracking bills derailed in committee” (subscription required), recounts the failure of two California Assembly bills – AB 591 and AB 972 – to make it out of the Senate Appropriations Committee for […]

Aug 16

California Fracking Legislation Stalls in Senate Appropriations Committee

Today, the California Senate Appropriations Committee conducted a further hearing on AB 591 and AB 972, two Assembly bills that seek to regulate hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” in the state. Both bills had been placed on the committee’s suspense file in prior votes. But today, the bills stalled in committee and were not referred out to […]

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