Hydraulic Fracturing: Litigation, Enforcement and Regulatory Developments

Navigating New EPA Rules, Lease Negotiations, Environmental Issues and Other Legal Challenges

First federal air standards for hydraulic fracturing projects effective this summer

Recording of a 110-minute CLE webinar with Q&A

Conducted on Tuesday, June 12, 2012

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Program Materials

This CLE webinar will prepare counsel to companies involved in shale gas drilling for the new EPA air pollution rules—in addition to a briefing on regulatory, legislative and litigation developments. The panel will offer best practices for addressing the legal challenges in lease negotiations and environmental issues.


Shale gas production developments continue to rock the energy industry with estimates that 46% of all U.S. oil and gas mergers and acquisitions in the third quarter of 2011—$22.6 billion worth—were related to shale gas.

Big production increases and concerns by environmentalists have prompted responses by state and federal regulators. Now, the EPA has issued the first federal air standards for hydraulically fractured natural gas wells.

Implementing shale gas operations and procedures entails potential litigation challenges that counsel must understand and anticipate. Lease negotiations involve issues of royalty fees and environmental indemnification.

Listen as our panel examines the new EPA air standards affecting shale gas production in addition to other legislative and regulatory developments, and outlines best practices for addressing legal challenges in lease negotiations and environmental issues.



  1. Legislative and regulatory developments
  2. Lease negotiations
    1. Royalty payments
    2. Surface use protections and reclamation
    3. Environmental indemnity
  3. Litigation developments
  4. Environmental issues
    1. Land
    2. Air emissions
    3. Groundwater contamination
    4. Endangered species issues


The panel will review these and other key questions:

  • What are the new federal air standards affecting hydraulic fracturing projects?
  • What environmental concerns have been raised concerning shale gas development and what is the best response to these challenges?
  • What factors should be considered when negotiating leases for shale gas drilling?

Following the speaker presentations, you'll have an opportunity to get answers to your specific questions during the interactive Q&A.


R. Trent Taylor
R. Trent Taylor


Mr. Taylor focuses on defending complex tort and products liability cases with an emphasis on public and private...  |  Read More

Seth v.d.H. Cooley
Seth v.d.H. Cooley

Duane Morris

He represents clients in environmental matters arising under an array of federal and state programs including the...  |  Read More

Jonathan T. Blank
Jonathan T. Blank


Mr. Blank is Department Chair for the firm's Business and Securities Litigation Department, former office managing...  |  Read More

David M. DeSalle
David M. DeSalle


He focuses his practice on energy law, advising clients on a variety of transactional and regulatory issues and...  |  Read More

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