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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 […]

Sep 11

California Assembly Approves Legislation on Hydraulic Fracturing

Today, the California Assembly voted to pass Senate Bill 4 (pdf), legislation proposed by Senator Fran Pavley of California’s Senate District 27. The bill, which will regulate hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in the state, now returns to the Senate for its anticipated concurrence and, if approved by the Senate, will be presented to Governor Jerry […]

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 17

Four Fracking Bills Advance in California Legislature

On April 15, 2013, four bills that would regulate hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in California received passing votes in the Assembly Committee on Natural Resources. We previously summarized each of the four bills under consideration – AB 7 (Wieckowski), AB 288 (Levine), AB 669 (Stone), and AB 982 (Williams). Since that summary, Assembly Member Wieckowski substantially […]

Apr 09

Senator Pavley’s Fracking Bill Moves to Committee on Environmental Quality

In a hearing conducted today, Senator Fran Pavley’s comprehensive fracking bill, SB 4 (pdf), survived its first test before the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water. The bill received a favorable 6-2 vote (Democrats Pavley, Evans, Hueso, Jackson, Monning, and Wolk in favor, Republicans Cannella and Fuller opposed) and will now move to the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Dec 07

HGA Attorney Eric Adair Quoted in Oilgram News Report on California Fracking Legislation

Hinson Gravelle & Adair LLP attorney Eric Adair was interviewed for and quoted in a December 7, 2012, Oilgram News story (subscription required). The story, which discussed California’s recently-introduced legislation on hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” is reprinted below. For more information regarding California’s proposed legislation, please see our analysis here. * * * * * […]

Dec 03

California Legislators Introduce Fracking Legislation

On December 3, 2012, Senator Fran Pavley of California’s 27th Senate District and Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski of the 25th Assembly District introduced separate but virtually identical bills that would regulate hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” in the state. Commenting on her bill, Senate Bill 4 (pdf), Senator Pavley stated that the legislation “would direct the California […]

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