The battle for control over the regulation of oil and gas activities, particularly fracking, between state and local governments has played out in courtrooms and legislatures across the country in recent months.
Last week, North Carolina became the 34th state to allow hydraulic fracturing.
Last Friday, the Department of Interior released its final rule updating the regulations that govern hydraulic fracturing on federal public and American Indian lands.
Less than one week after the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released its Final Rule governing hydraulic fracturing practices on federal lands, North Dakota will proceed to explore the state’s legal options for challenging the new regulations.
On Tuesday, March 10, California Environmental Protection Agency Secretary Matthew Rodriquez and California Natural Resources Agency (“CNRA”) Secretary John Laird testified before a joint State Senate committee hearing.
The Obama Administration has finally released guidelines for fracking on federal land, but the biggest battle will continue to wage on at the state level.
Monday Morning Regulatory Review: White House Transparency Regulations; Federal Fleet Pollution; Federal Fracking; & H-2B Vacatur & Emergency Regulations
Prioritizing last week’s interesting regulatory affairs proves a little difficult because the affairs are so diverse, so this post may seem random.
Today, Friday, March 20, the Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”), an agency within the Department of the Interior, published regulations for hydraulic fracturing on Federal and Indian lands. The Final Rule becomes effective in 90 days and will impact about 2,800-3,800 wells each year.
After a regulatory review process lasting more than three years, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) issued today a final rule purporting to govern hydraulic fracturing on federal and Indian lands.
On Tuesday, March 11, 2015, the Texas Legislature’s 84th Session gained another bill directed at combating future local and municipal fracking bans. State Rep. Drew Darby (R-San Angelo), Chairman of the Texas House Energy Resources Committee, filed House Bill 40 (HB40), which seeks to amend Chapter 81 of the Texas Natural Resources Code and expressly preempts the authority of “a municipality or other political subdivision” to regulate an “oil and gas operation” and gives exclusive jurisdiction to regulate an “oil and gas operation” to the state of Texas, specifically the Railroad Commission.