A vote taken by the Los Angeles City Council last week could set the stage for a city-wide ban on hydraulic fracturing.
Last Friday, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court declined reconsideration of its December 19, 2013 decision striking down a number of provisions in the State’s 2011 hydraulic fracturing law known as Act 13.
On February 12, 2014, Ohio House Ways and Means Committee Vice-Chair Rep. Gary Scherer offered a substitute House Bill 375 to the Ways and Means Committee, including significant amendments from the prior version of House Bill 375 previously reported here.
EPA Clarifies Underground Injection Control Requirements Under Safe Drinking Water Act for Fracking Operations
Hydraulic fracturing involves injection of large volumes of fluids at high pressure into a well to create fractures in the source rock formation. This technique was designed to improve oil and gas production.
Safety Alerts and Other Recommendations in the Wake of Rail Accidents Involving Bakken Formation Crude Oil
Recent accidents involving rail cars transporting crude oil from the Bakken shale region have resulted in the heightened interest of rail industry regulators and other federal agencies, including the Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration (PHMSA), the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).
Home Rule On Display in Los Angeles: First Oil-Producing City in California to Enact a Moratorium On Hydraulic Fracturing
It was only a matter of time before a city banned hydraulic fracturing in California – a “home rule” state, where cities and localities are permitted by constitutional amendment to enact and enforce their own zoning laws as they see fit, so long as those laws stay within the bounds of state and federal constitutions.
On January 11, 2014, CBS News released a news story regarding the recent increase in earthquakes seen in the small town of Azle, Texas. Since November 2013 alone, the Barnett Shale area where Azle is located has recorded 32 earthquakes, with the strongest earthquake measuring a magnitude of 3.7.
Oral Argument Recap: Ohio Supreme Court Considers Home Rule in Challenge to Zoning Ordinances Restricting Drilling
On Wednesday, the Ohio Supreme Court held oral argument to determine the scope of Ohio’s constitutional guarantee of municipal “home rule.”
Colorado voters may have yet another anti-fracking statewide ballot initiative to consider this November.
Two State Senators Try Enacting a Fracking Moratorium in California: What Are the Chances When the Last Effort Recently Failed?
The California Assemblymembers who sought a moratorium on all well stimulation activities early last year (vis-à-vis failed bills AB 1301, AB 1323, and AB 649) are seeking yet another moratorium, this time by amending SB 4, which went into effect on January 1, 2014 (and which we have extensively analyzed – see Stoel Rives’ SB 4 Resources Page here).