Hydrofracking: A Legal Issues Guide: Legislation & Hearings
STATE LEVEL LEGISLATIVE RESOURCES:
Resources for the Future, Center for Energy Economics and Policy, have conducted an analysis of shale gas regulations by state. This resource includes an analysis of regulations of:
- Site development and preparation
- Well drilling and production
- Wastewater storage and disposal
- Well plugging and abandonment
- Well inspection and enforcement
In addition to the RFF analysis, you can also search state and municipal codes by searching for the particular jurisdiction online, and adding the word 'code' to your search. For example, if you wanted to find information about hydrofracking in the code of the state of Texas, type in "Texas" and "code" into your search bar to discover the Texas state website.
Look for a search option on the state's site, and type in the variations of hydraulic fracturing (found on the first page of this guide) to find if the state has passed any legislation on the topic.
FEDERAL LEVEL LEGISLATIVE RESOURCES:
Current Legislation Related to Hydrofracturing:
H.R.1084 : Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals Act of 2011
Sponsor: Rep DeGette, Diana [CO-1] (introduced 3/15/2011) Cosponsors (71)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 3/21/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy.
H.R.1425 : Creating Jobs Through Small Business Innovation Act of 2011
Sponsor: Rep Ellmers, Renee L. [NC-2] (introduced 4/7/2011) Cosponsors (26)
Committees: House Science, Space, and Technology; House Small Business; House Armed Services
House Reports: 112-90 Part 1, 112-90 Part 2
Latest Major Action: 7/1/2011 Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 85.
H.R.2133 : FUEL Act
Sponsor: Rep Matheson, Jim [UT-2] (introduced 6/3/2011) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Natural Resources; House Science, Space, and Technology; House Agriculture
Latest Major Action: 6/27/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy, and Forestry.
H.R.4322 : To clarify that a State has the sole authority to regulate hydraulic fracturing on Federal land within the boundaries of the State.
Sponsor: Rep Gohmert, Louie [TX-1] (introduced 3/29/2012) Cosponsors (35)
Committees: House Natural Resources; House Agriculture; House Transportation and Infrastructure; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 4/30/2012 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy.
H.AMDT.1292 to H.R.4480 An amendment numbered 2 printed in House Report 112-540 to exclude hydraulic fracturing activities within 1,000 feet of a primary or secondary school.
Sponsor: Rep Polis, Jared [CO-2] (introduced 6/20/2012) Cosponsors (None)
Latest Major Action: 6/20/2012 House amendment not agreed to. Status: On agreeing to the Polis amendment (A002) Failed by voice vote.
S.587 : FRAC Act
Sponsor: Sen Casey, Robert P., Jr. [PA] (introduced 3/15/2011) Cosponsors (11)
Committees: Senate Environment and Public Works
Latest Major Action: 4/12/2011 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Committee on Environment and Public Works. Hearings held with the Subcommittee on Water and Wildlife.
S.2248 : Fracturing Regulations are Effective in State Hands Act
Sponsor: Sen Inhofe, James M. [OK] (introduced 3/28/2012) Cosponsors (9)
Committees: Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 3/28/2012 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
Below is a sample of federal hearings from the last few years from the Government Printing Office.
To run a real-time search, go to the Government Printing Office FDSys advanced search, select "Congressional Hearings," the appropriate year, and type in your search terms.
Congressional Hearings. General. Science, Space, and Technology. Wednesday, May 11, 2011.
...112 Congress] REVIEW OF HYDRAULIC FRACTURING TECHNOLOGY AND PRACTICES...Technologies, Greenhouse Gas, and HydraulicFracturing, Apache Corporation Oral...Technologies, Greenhouse Gas, and Hydraulic Fracturing, Apache... More Information
Congressional Hearings. General. Oversight and Government Reform, Subcommittee on Technology, Information Policy, Intergovernmental Relations and Procurement Reform. Thursday, May 31, 2012.
...OF NEW FEDERAL RED TAPE ON HYDRAULIC FRACTURING AND AMERICAN ENERGY INDEPENDENCE...Tribal Consultation on BLMHydraulic Fracturing Regulations...Land Management's Proposed Hydraulic Fracturing...
Congressional Hearings. General. Transportation, Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment. Wednesday, November 16, 2011.
...Hearing, 112 Congress] HYDRAULIC FRACTURING OF SHALE BEDS: ENSURING...TIFF OMITTED] T1234.010 HYDRAULIC FRACTURING OF SHALE BEDS: ENSURING...opening statement dealing with hydraulic fracturing. First of all,...
Congressional Hearings. General. Oversight and Government Reform. Friday, May 6, 2011.
...TO ENERGY INDEPENDENCE: HYDRAULIC FRACTURING AND OTHER NEW TECHNOLOGIES...TO ENERGY INDEPENDENCE: HYDRAULICFRACTURING AND OTHER NEW TECHNOLOGIES...Independence and, particularly, on Hydraulic Fracturing and Other New...
Congressional Hearings. General. Energy and Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Water and Power. Thursday, October 20, 2011.
...Technologies, Greenhouse Gas, and Hydraulic Fracturing Apache Corporation...shale gas production and hydraulic fracturing have on water resources...Technologies, Greenhouse Gas, and Hydraulic Fracturing for the Apache...
Congressional Hearings. Oversight. Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources. Thursday, June 4, 2009.
...combined with the safe, longstanding practice of hydraulic fracturing--demonstrated that this unconventional fuel...it has raised concerns about the practice of hydraulic fracturing. Hydraulic fracturing has been used by the oil and...
Congressional Hearings. General. Energy and Natural Resources. Monday, November 14, 2011.
...shale. New technology like hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling...chemical additives used in a hydraulic fracturing process. Similarly NETL...environmental performance of hydraulic fracturing. The subcommittee...
Congressional Hearings. General. Energy and Natural Resources. Wednesday, October 28, 2009.
...this year (Figure 2). Hydraulic fracturing, or ``fracking,'' shatters...rapidly into the well bore. Hydraulic fracturing is a common procedure in...of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing technologies to...