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Gov. Brown Wants California to Consider Hydraulic Fracturing

At a renewable energy conference in San Francisco on March 13, 2013, Gov. Jerry Brown offered a qualified endorsement of hydraulic fracturing. Gov. Brown stated that “the fossil fuel deposits in California are incredible. The potential is extraordinary, but between now and development lies a lot of questions [concerning hydraulic fracturing’s effects on air and … Continue reading

New California Lawsuit Claims Recently Issued Drilling Permits Do Not Comply with State Environmental Regulations

Recently, the Center for Biological Diversity sued the California Department of Conservation, Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR), complaining that the DOGGR has issued permits for hydraulic fracturing that violate its Underground Injection Control (UIC) Program and “its statutory mandate to assure that hydraulic fracturing does not cause damage to life, health, property, … Continue reading

The Balancing Act Between Disclosure and Confidentiality Under California’s Proposed Hydraulic Fracturing Regulations

In July 2011, the U.S. Energy Information Administration prepared a report detailing the estimated amounts of readily recoverable oil and gas within all the shale deposits in the United States. See Review of Emerging Resources: U.S. Shale Gas and Shale Oil Plays, U.S. Energy Information Administration, July 2011. Their report estimates that the Monterey shale formation, consisting of … Continue reading

Fracking Bills Fail in California Legislature

Since February 2011, the California legislature has been considering two bills that would regulate hydraulic fracturing operations throughout the state. AB 591 would require operators to disclose fracking activities and the contents of all fracking fluids, subject to exemptions for proprietary and/or trade secret information. AB 972 would impose a moratorium on all fracking operations … Continue reading
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