Increased Oversight of Hydraulic Fracturing Operations Needed to Protect Water Resources

On July 16, 2015, the Office of Inspector General of the Environmental Protection Agency released the report Protecting America’s Waters: Enhanced EPA Oversight and Action Can Further Protect Water Resources from the Potential Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing. The report evaluated how the EPA and states use existing authorities to regulate […]

Unconventional Shale Regulation in China

China is zealously pursing the scaled production of its unconventional resources.  The Ministry of Land and Resources has been charged with seeing that happen.  This goal faces a steep curve.  The Ministry hosted a US Department of State delegation to Beijing this spring.  Over the course of several days, US […]

Some Quotes in the News this Week

As a sign of how pressing many of the policy considerations surrounding shale production, we were quoted a few time this week in publications. Industry in Need of a New Approach First, D Magazine CEO had a column on looking back at the Barnett, really a prism to view the […]

A Reckoning in the Shale

  We are off the rails.  Hydraulic fracturing horizontal wellbores has grown exponentially since George Mitchell first broke rock with water.  Massive fields have developed, from Fort Worth to the Haynesville in Louisiana, the Ozarks of Arkansas, Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, North Dakota and then back again to Texas in […]