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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 […]

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

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 […]

Aug 28

Water Board Issues Draft Environmental Impact Report for Remediation of Hinkley Chromium Contamination

Last week, the California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Lahontan Region (LRWQCB), issued a Draft Environmental Impact Report (Draft EIR) in its role as lead CEQA agency in connection with its ongoing investigation of chromium-contaminated groundwater near Hinkley, California. According to the Draft EIR, PG&E’s Hinkley Compressor Station is used to transport natural gas along pipelines […]

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