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Regulatory: Federal agencies take coordinated steps to regulate hydraulic fracturing

Proposed regulations require public disclosure of chemicals used in “fracking”

On May 4, two federal agencies took coordinated steps to regulate the exploding and controversial drilling method of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” used for multiple purposes in oil and natural gas exploration, including stimulating gas wells and recovering gas from sources such as coal beds and shale gas formations. 

In the spirit of a Memorandum of Understanding signed by the U.S. Departments of Energy (DOE) and Interior (DOI) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on April 13, the agencies will collaborate on research concerning hydraulic fracturing within their areas of expertise. The agencies initiated their collaboration on May 4 with the issuance of complimentary rulemaking and guidance applicable to hydraulic fracturing activities.

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Barbara Lichman

Barbara Lichman, Ph.D., is of counsel in the Orange County office of Buchalter Nemer representing public entities, land developers, airlines, airport owners/sponsors, municipalities, ports,...

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