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FERC, CFTC, and State Energy Law Developments

On September 27, 2011, Morgan Lewis presented the first part of a webinar series on hydraulic fracturing, "Hydraulic Fracturing—What You Need to Know," provided a brief summary of the technical process for fracking along with an overview of the many rules that serve to regulate and control aspects of fracking activity—from federal rules designed to protect drinking water, to state and local transportation rules, to local zoning regimes, to voluntary industry practices.

Hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as "fracking," involves drilling into deep rock formations and injecting fluids at high pressure to create fissures, or fractures, in underground formations that allow natural gas and oil to flow. Advances in drilling techniques have increased extraction rates, and fracking has become the subject of attention in the media and at government agencies. Understanding the technology of fracking as well as how it is regulated is becoming increasingly important for those in the energy industry.

See also:
Part Two: "Regulatory, Enforcement, and Legislative Trends in Hydraulic Fracturing"
Part Three: "Private Litigation and Hydraulic Fracturing"