Putting the pressure on hydraulic fracturing: an inside look on the latest government regulations and trends

In the last few years, we have discovered that natural gas is a much more abundant resource in the U.S. and globally than was previously recognized. The rapidly growing production from shale gas resources is the reason. The ability to achieve this dramatic growth in natural gas production is the result of the combination of two drilling technologies – horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing – along with continuous improvement in seismic and drilling technology.

Hydraulic fracturing is a controversial topic as of late. Commonly referred to as "fracking," this technology has raised environmental concerns, such as alleged contamination of ground water and risks to air quality. Results from related environmental impact studies are being hotly debated and the government, at all levels, is taking new steps to regulate this technology as it is applied to energy production.

This brief webinar, led by lawyers from Hogan Lovells' Environmental, Energy, and Legislative practices, will address recent government regulatory trends on this issue and its potential implications. To minimize the impact on your day, this program has been designed to provide a broad and efficient look at the regulatory outlook in a short amount of time. Among other things, we will discuss the following specific items:


  • The recent regulation and investigation efforts of the federal government, including the EPA, DOE, and DOI;
  • State-level examination and oversight;
  • Congress' focus on fracturing and related environmental and energy issues; and
  • The latest environmental studies and investigations on fracturing and compliance in the industry.


This 45-minute webinar will conclude with a 15-minute Q&A session to address any questions participants may have on this issue. We hope that you will be able to attend.


Who should tune in:

In-house counsel, investors, and regulatory affairs professionals working in the environmental and energy sectors.


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