Shale Gas Permitting Webinar

April 26, 2012 at 12:00pm1:30pm
Webinar

Dinsmore’s Kip Power, Mary Ann Poirier and Mike Gray will be speaking about shale gas permitting issues at an upcoming event hosted by Electric Utility Consultants, Inc. (EUCI).

Overview

With the increasing use of hydraulic fracturing technology to tap into deep oil and gas reserves, such as the Marcellus and Utica Shales, states have been playing “catch-up” by implementing new legislation and regulations to address the unique issues that arise with the use of the new technology. All this makes for an ever evolving regulatory landscape as both the operators and regulators encounter issues not associated with traditional oil and gas reserves.

This webinar will focus on significant regulatory changes made in Ohio and West Virginia, two states particularly affected in recent years by increased oil and gas activity thanks to hydraulic fracturing technology and the shale reserves located in those states. Ohio and West Virginia both have recently implemented and proposed a host of new statutes and regulations aimed at imposing more detailed permitting requirements, enhancing surface and mineral owner rights, and expanding inspection and enforcement regimes. This webinar, presented by attorneys with substantial experience in addressing issues under Ohio, West Virginia and federal regulatory programs, will review some of the key aspects of these new state requirements, with a special focus on what it takes to get a drilling permit and approval for hydraulic fracturing, as well as discussion of water pollution control (NPDES) permitting issues associated with Shale gas wells.

Who Should Attend

  • Attorneys 
  • Regulators and regulatory affairs personnel 
  • Business development professionals 
  • O&G company executives 
  • Consultants

Learning Objectives

  • Review the current state of Shale gas drilling and estimated reserves 
  • Define the scope of both state and federal agency authorities 
  • Describe the legislative and regulatory changes in Ohio and West Virginia 
  • Analyze how the regulations affect the well permit application process and planning horizon 
  • Identify necessary legal resources 
  • Strategize how to streamline permitting

Program Agenda

  • Overview of Shale Gas Operations, Fracturing Process
    • Basic information regarding the Shale resources 
    • Overview of the basic fracking process, as well as the primary steps between the wellhead and market. 
    • Overview of some of the economics 
  • Ohio Regulatory and Permitting Requirements 
    • Overview of recent changes in Ohio’s oil and gas law 
    • Open issues not yet fully addressed by the regulators 
    • Other environmental issues (beyond the well permit requirement) 
  • West Virginia Regulatory and Permitting Requirements 
    • Overview of recent changes in West Virginia’s oil and gas law 
    • Open issues not yet fully addressed by the regulators 
    • Other environmental issues (beyond the well permit requirement) 
  • How the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permitting Requirement Applies to Shale Gas Operations 
    • Basics of Clean Water Act NPDES Requirements 
    • How Ohio implements the NPDES program as to oil and gas activities 
    • How West Virginia implements the NPDES program as to oil and gas activities 
    • Open issues