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  • 25
  • January
  • 2017

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Second Circuit Defers to EPA on Water Transfers Rule

On January 18, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit applied the Chevron doctrine of judicial deference to agency interpretations to find that EPA’s Water Transfers Rule exempting the transfer of water from one basin to another from discharge permits is a reasonable interpretation of the law and should be upheld. This decision reversed a March 2014 district court decision which would have required thousands of water transfer projects to obtain NPDES permits—a result that was particularly unpopular with many western states who believed the delays associated with the permitting process would hinder efforts to meet their water needs during droughts.

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  • 02
  • November
  • 2016

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California Study Finds Water Used in Fracking is Safe for Agricultural Uses

Officials in the Cawelo Water District (“Cawelo”), a public water agency in Bakersfield, California, recently commissioned an analysis of water quality and food crop data in order to assess the safety of utilizing blended produced water for agricultural irrigation purposes. Cawelo receives approximately 10.4 billion gallons of produced water a year from regional oil producers that thoroughly monitor and treat the produced water before sending it to Cawelo for agricultural use. The produced water is then blended with water from other groundwater and surface water sources and tested before being approved for agricultural use.

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  • 14
  • October
  • 2016

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Industry Advocates Sue Over Pennsylvania’s New Hydraulic Fracturing Rules

We recently posted an update on Pennsylvania’s new hydraulic fracturing regulations, noting that the new rules would likely be subject to legal challenges from the oil and gas industry. On Thursday, October 13, a trade group representing unconventional gas producers filed suit asking a Pennsylvania court to delay implementation of the rules until the appeal is decided.

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  • 12
  • October
  • 2016

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Pennsylvania’s New Fracking Regulations: Additional Requirements for Surface Water Protection and New Limitations on Wastewater Storage, Processing and Disposal

On October 8, 2016, the Pennsylvania Environmental Quality Board published a comprehensive set of new rules regulating hydraulic fracturing operations in the state. Discussion of these rules began in 2011 and resulted in significant opposition--including resistance at the Pennsylvania legislature. Pennsylvania’s rules governing above-ground operations at oil and gas well sites had not been updated since 2001, prior to the expansion of hydraulic fracturing in the state. Under the regime implemented by the new rules, Pennsylvania has bifurcated its regulation of conventional and unconventional wells; the regulations governing conventional operations appear at 25 Pa. Code Chapter 78, while the regulations governing unconventional operations appear at 25 Pa. Code Chapter 78a. Many fear that the new rules will stifle energy production at a time when production has already slowed due to uncertain commodity prices, while others argue that the rules provide changes to protect both public health and the state’s natural resources.

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  • 06
  • September
  • 2016

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State Representative Seeks Attorney General Opinion on Controversial San Saba River Management Plan

In an August 26 request for a formal opinion of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, State Representative J.D. Sheffield asked the Attorney General to weigh in on the constitutionality of the proposed Upper San Saba River Management Plan (“the Plan”), which would allow a private board to oversee all diversions of water from the upper portion of the San Saba River.

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