AUSTIN, October 6, 2014 -- In a recent Q&A with Elisabeth Lisican of Water & Wastes Digest, Baker Botts Environment partner Molly Cagle discusses the regulation of water associated with hydraulic fracturing.
When asked about recent legal trends around the regulation of water associated with hydraulic fracturing, Cagle said, “On the supply side, some regulatory initiatives seek to better track the water footprint from oil and gas extraction... In some cases, tracking water usage has allowed the sector to show that the overall quantity of water used is minor compared with other traditional uses.”
Cagle also spoke on water management practice in oil- and gas-producing areas facing drought and/or increased competition for water: “It is extremely important for oil and gas producers to carefully plan both water supply and wastewater management issues up front and to be flexible as conditions change.”
“Regulation of water is constantly in flux, and as regulators become more aware of the best practices in regulating hydraulic fracturing, industry can expect water scarce jurisdictions to constantly evaluate how to manage water use associated with oil and gas production,” Cagle noted.
To read Cagle’s entire Q&A with Water & Wastes Digest, please click here.
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