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Steinway, Jackson Discuss ‘What’s Next For Hydraulic Fracturing’


WASHINGTON, D.C., September 1, 2010 -- In a guest column in the August 26, 2010 issue of Environmental Law360, Baker Botts lawyers Dan Steinway and Tom Jackson discussed how recent events in the Gulf of Mexico have spurred renewed discussion about the nation’s energy policy. While new concerns have been raised about off-shore drilling as a source of energy, there has been a dramatic change in America’s on-shore energy picture, they said.

“As a result of recent technological advances, vast new sources of natural gas trapped in shale formations deep underground have become accessible, making the U.S. the ‘Saudi Arabia of natural gas,’” they stated in their article. “The key to unlocking these extensive reservoirs of natural gas is hydraulic fracturing.”

While the technology has been used for 60 years to enhance production from oil and gas wells, today hydraulic fracturing is essential to making gas wells in many types of unconventional formations such as shales economically viable, they wrote.

“As a result, this long-standing practice holds the key to unlocking vast domestic reserves of natural gas that can contribute to America’s energy security while helping to address climate change concerns,” they said.

The complete Environmental Law360 guest column is available here.

Dan Steinway advises major corporate entities and trade organizations on all facets of civil and criminal environmental law. He provides representation in all aspects of environmental and health and safety (EH&S) litigation arising under federal and state statutes and common law causes of action.

Tom Jackson handles all aspects of environmental law, including client counseling, permitting, trial court and appellate litigation, administrative hearings and arbitrations and legislative matters. He also helps clients assess proposed rules and other public documents such as Environmental Impact Statements.

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