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ISBA Conference – Fracking in Illinois: Facts and Myths Explained

Arnstein & Lehr attorney Matthew E. Cohn

Matthew E. Cohn

Arnstein & Lehr attorney William J. Anaya

William J. Anaya

Matthew Cohn and William Anaya recently spoke and moderated at the Illinois State Bar Association’s CLE Conference titled Fracking in Illinois: Facts and Myths Explained. The event was held in Springfield on September 17, 2013. Over 65 attorneys and environmental professional listened to speakers that included attorneys, geologists, and engineers. Representatives of organizations involved in the development and implementation of Illinois’ Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act spoke and attended. Included among the speakers were officials from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, the Illinois Office of the Attorney General, and the United States Environmental Protection Agency, as well as representatives from the Illinois Oil and Gas Association and the Illinois Farm Bureau. The conference covered the following topics:

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Four-Part Article Series: Hydraulic Fracturing in Illinois

William Anaya and Matthew Cohn have prepared a four-part article series on Hydraulic Fracturing in Illinois.

  • Illinois Governor Signs “Fracking” Law provides a broad overview of the main features of Illinois’ Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act signed into law on June 17, 2013. Discussed are the various technical and regulatory requirements for new oil and gas wells that utilize hydraulic fracturing technology. This article also discusses the administrative process associated with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ permitting program presently being developed.
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William Anaya authors article on hydraulic fracturing for Indiana newspaper

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Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Partner William J. Anaya authored an article for the Daily Clintonian, a newspaper that reaches an audience in Southern Indiana and Illinois, titled, “Hydraulic fracturing: What’s an owner to do?” His article, published on August 28, discusses how hydraulic fracturing affects residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural land owners in various ways.

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William Anaya authors article on hydraulic fracturing for Illinois new

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Chicago Partner William J. Anaya authored an article for The Southern Illinoisan, a newspaper that reaches an audience in Southern Illinois, titled, “Fracking in Illinois: What’s an owner to do?” His article, published on August 22, discusses how hydraulic fracturing affects residential, commercial,  industrial and agricultural land owners in various ways.

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Oil and Gas Alert- Recycling wastewater from fracking: Regulatory oversight imminent

As discussed in our Energy Forum earlier this year, Water challenges in the oil and gas industry,”  the procurement and disposal of water are persistent challenges for the budding natural gas industry. Each horizontal well requires millions of gallons of chemically treated water in order to fracture the shale and produce oil and gas. Much of that water flows back to the surface (flowback), along with brine that is produced after fracturing is complete and production commences. All of this flowback and produced brine has to go somewhere, often to a Class II Injection Well. However, the drilling waste disposal landscape is beginning to change as injection wells are more frequently the target of concern, criticism and regulation.

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Zoning Ban On Fracking: OK in NY, But Maybe Not OK In PA

Local bans on hydraulic fracturing continue to be fiercely debated as the use of hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas development of shale reserves increasingly gains in popularity. Grassroots opponents of  hyraulic fracturing increasingly stress the non-environmental social impacts that have become associated with hyraulic fracturing in certain rural communities.

On May 2, 2013, two Appellate Division cases in New York came down that upheld the use of local zoning ordinances to ban fracking. Unless the New York Court of Appeals takes a different path, the law established in these cases – Norse Energy Corp. v. Town of Dryden, No. 515227, 2013 N.Y. Slip OP. 03145 (3d Dept. 5/2/13)and Cooperstown Holstein Corp. v. Town of Middlefield, No. 515498, 2013 Slip Op. 03148 ((3d Dept. 5/2/13), will allow towns to use zoning to ban fracking in their communities.

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William Anaya continues to publish on Illinois’ hydraulic fracturing issue

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Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Partner William J. Anaya recently authored two additional articles on hydraulic fracturing, which currently continues to be a popular topic in the state of Illinois.

Mr. Anaya’s first article, titled “Bill Anaya: Administrative record key in fracking permit process” was published in Springfield’s The State Journal-Register newspaper. The article discusses the challenges that are being faced during the mandated registration and application process through permit issuance and denial. To read this article in full, please click here.

Mr. Anaya’s second article, titled “Hydraulic fracturing in Illinois” was published July 13 in The News-Gazette of Champaign-Urbana. This article was an opportunity for readers in east central Illinois to gain insight in to the Illinois Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act, which Governor Pat Quinn signed into law last month. The article also discusses the various challenges this Act will face. To read this article in full, please click here.

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William Anaya garners attention for articles on new fracking regulations in Illinois

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Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Parnter William J. Anaya has gained local and statewide coverage for his writing on new legislation passed in Illinois regarding “fracking.” The Illinois Senate recently passed regulations on hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” which is a process that involves drilling a well to seek to recover buried energy in the form of natural gas or oil. This process is designed to support the interests of the oil and gas industry and to provide for responsible stewardship of the environment. Mr. Anaya’s articles outline what the new regulations entail, as well as what the potential legal challenges might be.

To read each article, please click on the links below:

“Fracking Regulations Passed in Springfield,” Chicago Tribune, May 31, 2013

“Guest Commentary: Fracking is here to stay in Illinois, Indiana,” The Times of Northwest Indiana, June 23, 2013

“Fracking law has safeguards,” The Southern Illinoisan, June 23, 2013

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Illinois Governor Signs “Fracking” Law

Article by: Arnstein & Lehr Attorneys William J. Anaya and Matthew E. Cohn, Environmental Practice Group


Article: Summary of the New Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Law

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After considerable debate involving dueling interests, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed the Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act into law in Illinois — providing Illinois with a remarkably new regulatory program designed to support the interests of the oil and gas industry and to provide for responsible stewardship of the environment.

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William J. Anaya discusses new Illinois fracking law in Chicago Tribune article

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Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Partner William J. Anaya offered his thoughts on the latest regulation on fracking that was passed in the Illinois State Senate on Friday. Illinois’ new fracking law is the product of a collaboration involving industry, labor, and environmental groups. This law in Illinois is remarkably different and more complicated than the law in other states.

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