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Voters in three Colorado cities ban hydraulic fracturing for five years

On November 5, 2013, Colorado voters in Boulder, Fort Collins and Lafayette agreed to ban hydraulic fracturing within their communities for the next five years while, in Broomfield, a close vote to allow hydraulic fracturing (a difference of 13 votes) is being re-counted. In Boulder, 77% of the voters agreed to extend a one-year moratorium … Continue reading

Colorado Supreme Court asked to review Appeals Court decision overturning Lone Pine order

On August 29, 2013, the oil and gas company defendants (Antero Resources Corporation, Antero Piceance Corporation, Frontier Drilling LLC, and Calfrac Well Services Corporation) in Strudley v. Antero Resources Corporation, et al, 12CA1251, ___ P.3d ___, 2013 WL 3427901, 2013 COA 106, filed a Petition for Writ of Certiorari with the Colorado Supreme Court requesting … Continue reading

Lone Pine order overturned by intermediate Appellate Court in Colorado fracking lawsuit

On July 3, 2013, the Colorado Court of Appeals (Case No. 2013 COA 106) overturned a Lone Pine order and a dismissal order issued by the lower court in the case of Strudley v. Antero Resources Corporation, Antero Resources Piceance Corporation, Calfrac Well Services, and Frontier Drilling LLC (Case No. 2011-cv-2218, Denver County District Court), … Continue reading

Colorado Requires Testing Near Fracked Wells

On January 7, 2013, Colorado’s Oil & Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) approved new groundwater protection rules. Operators must sample all available water sources (to a maximum of four) located within one-half mile of the drilling site, both before and after drilling activities. There must be one pre-drilling sample and two subsequent samples (one within 6 … Continue reading

Survey of Flaring Regs for Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wyoming

Natural gas production is booming in the United States. Operators, aided by advances in hydraulic fracturing, have ramped up production, whether by reworking old oil wells or exploiting new formations altogether. However, just because an operator has the ability to produce natural gas does not necessarily mean that it can sell the gas; compressors, pipelines, … Continue reading

Colorado Governor Creates Hydraulic Fracking Task Force

On February 29, 2012, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper issued an executive order on the intersection between state and local regulations concerning oil and gas development. This executive order was, among other reasons, executed “in large part due to horizontal drilling combined with hydraulic fracturing that together are launching new shale oil and gas plays in … Continue reading

Texas Railroad Commission Adopts Hydraulic Fracturing Chemical Disclosure Rule, Effective February 1, 2012

On December 13, 2011, the Railroad Commission of Texas adopted the Hydraulic Fracturing Chemical Disclosure Rule, pursuant to HB 3328 passed by the Texas Legislature in June 2011.[1] Although the Legislature required the regulations to be adopted by July 1, 2013, the Railroad Commission issued proposed regulations and approved the Rule in less than six … Continue reading