Water Act A “WIIN” For Infrastructure

Drought Dries Up California Groundwater Sources

Last month, in a strong display of bipartisanship in an otherwise tense post-election political climate, Congress passed the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act.

Fracking In California Under Spotlight As Some Local Municipalities Issue Bans

In last week’s post, we discussed the rapid development of the hydraulic fracturing industry in the United States, and some of the innate risks presented by those operations.

Fracking In California Under Spotlight As Some Local Municipalities Issue Bans

Since the beginning of the fracking boom, the potential impact of fracking operations upon groundwater has been a hotly contested area.


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on December 19, 2014, issued a much anticipated and certain to be controversial final rule under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) on the RCRA regulatory status of coal combustion residues (CCRs) from coal-fired power plants. EPA issued the final rule largely in an effort to protect communities from coal ash impoundment failures, like the Kingston, Tennessee spill in 2008. The rule establishes the first-ever federal regulations for the management of CCRs and is intended to prevent groundwater contamination and air emissions from coal ash disposal. In the final rule, however, EPA chose to regulate CCRs as non-hazardous solid waste under RCRA, opting to not regulate the large volumes of CCRs as hazardous waste.

With AFP Story by Veronique DUPONT: US-E

Yesterday, Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bills 1168 and 1319 (both Pavley, D-Agoura Hills) and Assembly Bill 1739 (Dickinson, D-Sacramento), which together establish the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. The Act comprehensively regulates groundwater for the first time in California’s history.

USGS Methane 2

  Although debunked for having nothing to do with natural gas development or hydraulic fracturing, anyone familiar with the internet has likely seen the now-famous clip of someone lighting tap water on fire in the activist documentary Gasland. In an effort to obtain baseline drinking water data in New York’s portion of the Marcellus Shale… Keep reading →

California's Fertile Central Valley Suffers From Statewide Drought

How far below the ground surface do property rights extend? This question is being addressed in Texas Supreme Court and could result in the emergence of a new field of law. The case involves contamination from an oil and gas wastewater injection well that appears to have migrated onto adjacent farmland, according to a New… Keep reading →

Protests Continue At The West Sussex Fracking Site

Opposition to hydraulic fracturing of shales has become ‘hip’, embraced by students, long-time activists and the usual Hollywood suspects.  Unfortunately, this generates a lot more noise than signal, as claims ranging from false to outrageous get the most attention. Politicians regularly respond to hysteria, but frequently with gestures and profound announcements of concern, and only… Keep reading →