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May 14

UPDATED: Vintage Production Responds to Allegations of Disposal of Fracking Waste

On April 9, 2013, we reported (here) on allegations that Vintage Production California had improperly disposed of wastes from hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, into a sump at a well near Shafter, California. Those allegations, which stemmed from a YouTube video, led to an order (pdf) from the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board (Board). That […]

May 13

HGA Attorney Eric Adair to Speak at LSI’s Hydraulic Fracturing Conference

Hinson Gravelle & Adair LLP attorney Eric Adair will speak at Law Seminar Institute’s conference on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in California. The conference is scheduled for July 29-30 at the DoubleTree Guest Suites Hotel in Santa Monica (map). Mr. Adair’s presentation — “Update on Regulatory Initiatives and Activities at the Division of Oil, Gas, […]

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 […]

May 02

Fracking Legislation Approved by Senate Environmental Quality Committee

Legislation that would govern the well stimulation technique of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, continues to meet with success in the California legislature, as the Senate Committee on Environmental Quality approved two fracking-related bills, SB 4 (pdf) and SB 395 (pdf), at a hearing on May 1, 2013. We have previously summarized SB 4 (here and […]

Apr 09

Water Board Orders Investigation Into Disposal of Fracking Waste

On April 4, 2013, California’s Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board (Board) issued an investigative enforcement order to Vintage Production California (Vintage) arising out of allegations of improper disposal of fluids from hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” The order (pdf) arises out of an October 6, 2012, video recently posted to YouTube. The video (below) […]

Apr 07

DOGGR Schedules Further Fracking Workshops in Santa Barbara and Monterey

On April 5, 2013, California’s Division of Oil, Gas & Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) announced two additional stakeholder workshops to seek input on the “discussion draft” of proposed regulations (pdf) on hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” Having already conducted such workshops in Los Angeles, Bakersfield, and Sacramento, DOGGR will now conduct workshops in Santa Barbara and Monterey […]

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 […]

Feb 28

DOGGR Schedules Second Fracking Workshop in Bakersfield

On February 27, 2013, California’s Division of Oil, Gas & Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) announced the second in a series of at least three stakeholder workshops to seek input on the “discussion draft” of proposed regulations (pdf) on hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” The workshop, which is designed to receive input from industry, the environmental community, other regulators, […]

Feb 28

New Fracking Legislation Proposed in California

Two new bills have been introduced in California to regulate the practice of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” in the state. The first bill, Senate Bill 395 (pdf), was introduced on February 20, 2013, by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, a Democrat representing Senate District 19. The bill would add two sections to California’s Health and Safety Code […]

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 […]

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