New Laws, Technologies Lead to Continuing Increase in Oil and Gas Litigation


The past few years have seen a dramatic increase in the number of unconventional oil and gas-related lawsuits, with Texas seeing the most activity, followed by Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Louisiana. New trends and areas of litigation have also emerged over the past few years, and industry participants will continue to confront the challenge of adapting to emerging and often differing state laws, as well as a continually evolving legal landscape as landmark cases are decided by the courts.
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My Mom and Proof of Reasonable Risk Associated with Hydraulic Fracturing


Often faced with one of her children’s’ tortured explanations, my mother would quip, “well, anything is possible.” In the same breath, she would quickly add, “but is it likely?” With regard to hydraulic fracturing, and the recent, largely unsupported claims associated with seismicity, I would add, “even if it is possible, is the risk significant/”
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Newest Bans Offer Important Insight


One thing the oil and gas industry has a lot of is money.
 
So, if all it took was big money, every proposed fracking ban would be roundly defeated.
 
Yet, in Richmond, CA, an estimated $3 million in outside funding failed to dissuade voters from imposing a proposed ban.
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Shaky Claims: Hydraulic Fracturing Is Causing Earthquakes


The term “fracking”—short for hydraulic fracturing—has become a buzzword throughout the United States. Proponents of the technology celebrate oil and natural gas production as a means of reducing energy prices and stimulating economic growth, while opponents of the well-completion technique voice environmental concerns, among them the fear hydraulic fracturing will usher in a new era of manmade earthquakes.
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