Calif. Anti-Fracking Ordinances On Shaky Legal Ground

Law360, New York (August 29, 2014, 10:43 AM EDT) -- Since Beverly Hills garnered notoriety in April for enacting California’s first municipal ban on hydraulic fracturing, the state’s municipalities have continually pushed the envelope on legally unstable prohibitions of decades-old advanced well-stimulation techniques for oil and natural gas production. Fracking offers substantial benefits for the state and is but one of many advanced well-stimulation techniques used for conventional well work in the industry. Fracking and other advanced techniques promise to unlock previously inaccessible oil and natural gas from California’s shale formations, which are possibly the largest deep-shale reserves on the planet.

Yet, the growth of fracking and other well-stimulation techniques has...

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