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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 […]

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 […]

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 13

California’s Fracking Moratorium Bill Placed on Suspense File and Continued to August 16 Hearing

Today, California’s Senate Appropriations Committee conducted a hearing on AB 972, a bill that would impose a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” until new regulations are adopted that would govern the practice. For more information about AB 972, see our prior posts here and here. Noting that the bill was a candidate for the committee’s […]

Aug 01

California Department of Conservation Conducts Final Fracking Workshop in Preparation for Rulemaking Process

California’s Department of Conservation (DOC) and its Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOG) recently conducted the seventh and final workshop in a series of public workshops designed to seek public input on the practice of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” in the state. The July 25 workshop was held at the California Environmental Protection […]

Jul 31

HGA Attorney Eric Adair Featured in Pacific Coast Business Times Story on Fracking

Hinson Gravelle & Adair LLP attorney Eric Adair was featured in a July 13, 2012, story in the Pacific Coast Business Times. The interview of Mr. Adair, conducted by legal reporter Stephen Nellis, addressed the legal and environmental impacts of the practice of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” in California. With permission from the Business Times, […]

Jul 23

Final California Fracking Workshop Scheduled for July 25 in Sacramento

On July 25, the California Department of Conservation (DOC) and its Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOG) will conduct the seventh and final workshop in a series of public workshops designed to elicit public comment on the practice of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in California. Wednesday’s concluding workshop is scheduled to begin at 7:00 […]

Jun 14

California Legislator Proposes Fracking Moratorium

Today, California Assembly Member Betsy Butler proposed legislation that would impose a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in the state pending adoption of regulations governing the oil and gas drilling practice. The new bill, Assembly Bill 972, would add two new sections to the state’s Public Resources Code. The first, Section 3017, would provide […]

May 11

California Department of Conservation to Conduct Fracking Workshops

California’s Department of Conservation will conduct a series of workshops at locations throughout the state over the next three months to discuss hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” The purpose of the workshops is to gather information as the Department considers the adoption of regulations governing fracking. Various news sources have reported on recent legislative action directed […]

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