SLIDES: Best Management Practices for Oil and Gas Development and Comparative Water Quality Database of Regulations Relating to Shale Oil and Gas
Presenter: Matt Samelson, J.D., Attorney, Consultant for Intermountain Oil and Gas Best Management Practices (BMP) Project, Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy and the Environment, University of Colorado Law School
Samelson, Matt and University of Colorado Boulder. Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy, and the Environment. Intermountain Oil and Gas BMP Project, "SLIDES: Best Management Practices for Oil and Gas Development and Comparative Water Quality Database of Regulations Relating to Shale Oil and Gas" (2014). Fracking, Water Quality and Public Health: Examining Current Laws and Regulations (March 20).
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Improved technology developments in directional drilling and hydraulic fracturing, more commonly known as "fracking," have resulted in an oil and gas production boom nationwide. Fracking involves pumping pressurized water, sand, and chemicals down wells to crack bedrock, freeing petroleum and natural gas. Wastewater discharges, hydraulic fracturing fluid releases, and other accidental spills pose potential water quality risks, sparking concern for public health.
This webinar will examine the laws and regulations governing water quality issues related to fracking, recent state court decisions affecting regulations, and implications for public health.