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Natural Gas Extraction – Hydraulic Fracturing – US EPA (United States Environmental Protection Agency)
EPA is working with states and other key stakeholders to help ensure that natural gas extraction does not come at the expense of public health and the environment. The Agency’s focus and obligations under the law are to provide oversight, guidance and, where appropriate, rulemaking that achieve the best possible protections for the air, water and land where Americans live, work and play. The Agency is investing in improving our scientific understanding of hydraulic fracturing, providing regulatory clarity with respect to existing laws, and using existing authorities where appropriate to enhance health and environmental safeguards.
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Oil and Natural Gas Air Pollution Standards – US EPA Regulatory Actions
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Fracking Regulations by State – A compilation by ALS Global
With the oil and gas industry’s intensive development of the prominent shale plays and the use of hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”), concerns over the environmental impact of these operations has increased. The direct impact on aquifers, surface water, and groundwater; particularly those that related to drinking water sources, has increased.
State regulations related to these operations typically focus on site design, drilling procedures, well design and specifications, regulatory oversight/monitoring, and handling of materials and wastes. Although portions of these regulations are intended for protection of the environment, they often do not include analytical testing requirements. Additionally, the Federal government has not enacted new regulations. Some states are implementing regulations that require some level of analytical testing.
Four components of fracking operations are generally addressed in states’ regulations. These are 1) pre-drilling, 2) groundwater and surface water impact, 3) liquid wastes and fluids, and 4) solid wastes.

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Documentation of oil wells at the national conservation office:
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THE STATE OF STATE SHALE GAS REGULATION – Resources for the Future, May 2013
Authors: Nathan Richardson, Madeline Gottlieb, Alan Krupnick, and Hannah Wiseman
Experts in RFF’s Center for Energy Economics and Policy analyzed 25 regulatory elements related to shale gas development in 31 states that have actual or potential development activity, offering the most comprehensive review of state shale gas regulations to date.
A key finding of the report is the regulatory heterogeneity among the states. States regulate different elements with different types of regulatory tools and varying levels of stringency. This heterogeneity does not necessarily mean some states lag while others lead; local conditions may justify very different rules. However, preliminary analysis in the report has revealed limited evidence of the sources of heterogeneity

Fracking regulations – Sourcewatch Article

Hydraulic Fracturing Legislative and Regulatory Materials (Date last updated: October 30, 2013) – Provided by the international law firm Arnold & Porter LLP

Hydraulic Fracturing Case Chart (Date last updated: December 2, 2015) – Provided by the international law firm Arnold & Porter LLP
The law firm of Arnold & Porter maintains an extensive case chart of both anti-fracking and pro-fracking litigation: Hydraulic Fracturing. The chart includes the following categories of litigation:
– Civil tort actions
– Citizen suites
– Government enforcement actions
– Freedom of Information lawsuits
– Challenges to municipal bans
– Challenges to agency actions
– Challenges to state and federal laws and regulations
– Oil & gas lease disputes
– Other land use disputes
– Defamation and SLAPP suits

Hydraulic Fracturing Legal Update | Publications and Presentations – Provided by the international law firm Arnold & Porter LLP

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