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State and Federal Regulation of Hydraulic Fracturing
Practical tips for navigating a dynamic regulatory environment

October 26, 2011
Call in from Anywhere!
TeleBriefing starts at 12:00 pm Pacific / 3:00 pm Eastern

Who Should Dial In

Attorneys, energy company executives, government officials, oil and gas services industry professionals, risk managers, insurance brokers & underwriters, environmental adjusters, permitting and regulatory compliance managers, land use professionals, water companies, petroleum engineers, and environmental consultants.

Why You Should Dial In

The energy industry has undergone a tectonic change with the advent of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") utilized to develop oil and gas from shale deposits located in numerous states and foreign countries. The impact of fracking on local and regional economies has been enormous, but these developments have not been without controversy: witness the developing scrum between industry proponents, environmentalists, landowners, and elected representatives at the local, state and national levels. The controversy centers on the impact of drilling operations on water quality and landowner rights.

This one-hour TeleBriefing is designed to give participants a practical understanding of hydraulic fracturing and the dynamic regulatory environment surrounding its application and growth. The fracas surrounding fracking includes disputes with state and federal regulatory agencies, as well as disputes between those agencies and property owners and residents. At least three federal agencies are weighing in on this debate, as are the state regulatory agencies and local governments who believe they should have primacy on the regulatory issues.

The panelists are practicing attorneys in the Marcellus Shale states (e.g. New York and Pennsylvania) and Texas (e.g. Barnett Shale, Haynesville Shale and Eagle Ford Shale). They will also speak to other shale developments, and the associated regulatory issues, in other states.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

12:00 pm

State and Federal Regulation of Hydraulic Fracturing

Practical implications of state and federal regulatory initiatives in Texas, the Northeast, and other areas of the country

Thomas E. Kurth, Esq., Moderator
Haynes and Boone, LLP / Dallas, TX

Regulatory framework, state and federal, in the Northeastern Shale states

Russell L. Schetroma, Esq.
Steptoe & Johnson PLLC / Meadville, PA

Todd D. Kantorczyk, Esq.
Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox LLP / Bala Cynwyd, PA

Environmental and landowner impacts, including water usage, waste disposal, induced seismic events, contamination risks, air emissions and chemical disclosure

James D. Bradbury, Esq.
James D Bradbury, PLLC / Fort Worth, TX

1:00 pm

Q & A (for up to 30 minutes)



$125 to dial in

$175 to dial in and receive continuing education credit

$50 for each additional person on the line who wishes to receive credit

Financial aid is available to those who qualify. Contact our office for more information.

Cancellation & Substitution

You may substitute another person at any time. If you are unable to join the call, you can download the audio and materials later or we'll send you an audio CD and written materials for an additional $10.

Continuing Education Credits

This TeleBriefing qualifies for 1.0 CLE credit in most states. We will apply for credits in the following states: AK, AL, AZ, AR, BC, CA, GA, IL, IN, KS, LA, ME, MN, MO, MS, NC, ND, NE, NM, NV, NY, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, and WY.

You can self-apply for credits in: CO, FL, HI, ID, MT, NJ, and OK.

CLE credits currently are not available in: DE or OH.

If you need other types of credits, please call (206) 567-4490.

Dial In Info

The dial-in number and a link to the materials will be emailed to you the day before the TeleBriefing. All orders are processed within one business day of receipt.

If You Cannot Attend

You may download the entire audio and materials for $125 or obtain an audio CD and printed materials for an additional $10. Both options include the written materials. Downloads are available within 48 hours after the TeleBriefing or from the date we receive payment. We will ship a CD order via UPS ground within two weeks after the TeleBriefing or from the date we receive payment.
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Our Distinguished Panel

Thomas E. Kurth, partner at Haynes and Boone, LLP, has 39 years of experience as a trial lawyer. His trial practice has spanned such diverse areas as commercial and transactional litigation, debtor/creditor disputes, disputes in the oil and gas industry, land use disputes, labor-management disputes, products liability litigation, aviation litigation and medical malpractice defense. He wrote "American Law and Jurisprudence on Fracking," with Michael Mazzone, Mary Mendoza, and Christopher Kulander, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Journal, Vol. 47, No. 2, 2010. Mr. Kurth is listed in "Best Lawyers in America" - Commercial Litigation; Oil and Gas Law (2008-2012) and is a Texas Super Lawyer.

James D. Bradbury is an attorney in private practice with offices in Fort Worth and Austin, Texas who advises clients on business disputes, eminent domain, land, water and environmental issues. He served as chair of the Forestry Board for the City of Fort Worth and also served on the City of Fort Worth Urban Gas Drilling Task Force that negotiated and developed the Fort Worth Shale Drilling and Pipeline Ordinance. Currently he is serving on the Fort Worth Air Quality Committee, which is guiding a unique comprehensive evaluation of the contributions of shale gas production to air quality. Mr Bradbury is familiar with developments in regulatory approaches to shale production taking place in the Barnett Shale and other places, including best management practices, pipeline placement and the municipal regulation of production activities.

Todd D. Kantorczyk, partner at Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox LLP, has extensive experience advising clients on issues related to regulatory compliance, litigation, and transactional matters, particularly in the areas of air, climate change, and energy, including issues related to natural gas production in the Marcellus Shale. Mr. Kantorczyk has represented natural gas industry players on cutting edge, complex air and waste issues affecting natural gas production in the Marcellus Shale, such as single source aggregation, nonroad engine operation, GHG reporting, and beneficial reuse of flowback water and other drilling fluids. He has repeatedly been listed in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers as a "Rising Star" in the category of environmental law.

Russell L. Schetroma, member, Steptoe & Johnson LLP, focuses his practice in the areas of energy and oil and gas law. Mr. Schetroma has represented oil and gas exploration and production companies in all aspects of their Pennsylvania operations including lease and other document design, negotiations, permitting, administrative proceedings, joint operating agreements, farmouts, acquisitions, dispositions, due diligence reviews, title examination and reporting, financing and litigation in state and federal courts. He is listed in "The Best Lawyers in America" and "Super Lawyers".