Natural gas update: Federal developments

Vol. 44 No. 2

Kirsten Nathanson is a partner and Sarah Bordelon is a counsel with the firm of Crowell and Moring LLP where they practice in the Washington, D.C. office on energy and environmental matters.

It seems that each day the legal trade press is reporting a judicial or regulatory development that affects natural resources—and natural gas in particular. The boom in natural gas exploration and production activity in the United States over the past five years, due in large part to the technological advances in combining horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, has brought increased regulatory scrutiny and accompanying legal actions. This article will update readers on select recent natural gas developments from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and federal courts.

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