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EU Court of Justice Clarifies that the Exploratory Drilling of Petroleum and Natural Gas May Be Subject to an Environmental Impact Assessment

Recently, the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) held that EU Member States are not obliged to require an environmental impact assessment for all exploratory drillings.  However, the Court’s decision can also be interpreted as requiring Member States to demand such impact assessment if the drillings can be classified as “deep drillings” and, … Continue Reading

Large EU Member States Take National Divergent Measures on Shale Gas Extraction

Member States continue to adopt national and divergent rules on hydraulic fracturing across Europe.  Last week, the United Kingdom facilitated hydraulic fracturing operations by adopting its Infrastructure 2015 Act.  In contrast, Germany is considering the adoption of a legislative proposal that is intended to be more restrictive than the European Commission’s Recommendation on Hydraulic Fracturing. … Continue Reading

California Finalizes New Fracking Regulations

On December 30, 2014, the California Office of Administrative Law approved permanent regulations issued by that state’s Department of Conservation, Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (“Division”) governing fracking.  The regulations follow the Division’s final interim regulations (effective January 1, 2014), which we discussed here, and further implement California’s fracking statute (SB 4), which … Continue Reading

UK Parliament Announces Tighter Planning Guidance for Onshore Oil and Gas Applications

In the first blog of this two-part series, we considered the potential impact of the 14th Round on the commercialisation of the shale gas in the UK in light of recent developments in this industry. This second blog post focusses on the additional planning guidance for licence applications in National Parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural … Continue Reading

The New European Commission’s Communication and Recommendation on Shale Gas

On January 22, 2014, the European Commission published its Communication and Recommendation on Shale Gas.  The documents finally published are essentially the same as the draft versions that we reported in our blog post of January 17, 2014 and only introduce minor changes. Among other things, the Recommendation now confirms that it “neither implies that … Continue Reading

The Upcoming European Commission’s Recommendation on Shale Gas: A Transitional Political Compromise?

The European Commission is expected to adopt a communication and recommendation on the exploration and production of unconventional hydrocarbons (especially shale gas).  The draft communication and recommendation, which are still subject to change, are being discussed among the cabinets of the 28 Commissioners of the European Commission as part of the 2030 climate change package, … Continue Reading

California Issues New Interim Fracking Regulations

California’s Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources just issued final interim regulations (effective January 1, 2014) to implement California’s new fracking statute (SB 4), with permanent rules to follow by January 2015.  For an overview of the fracking statute, see our September E-Alert. The Division’s interim regulations are supported by a narrative description that provides … Continue Reading

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Invalidates State Law Encouraging Fracking

A divided Pennsylvania Supreme Court invalidated portions of a law designed to encourage economic development through hydraulic fracturing (commonly known as “fracking”).  Robinson Township v. Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (December 19, 2013).  The case involved challenges to a recently-enacted commonwealth law known as “Act 13,” which was intended to promote energy projects involving fracking by … Continue Reading
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