News Releases

OGFJ: Hydraulic Fracturing and the Shale Gas Boom

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 18, 2011 -- In the April 2011 issue of Oil & Gas Financial Journal, Baker Botts L.L.P. lawyers Dan Steinway and Tom Jackson write about how despite a long history of successful regulation of hydraulic fracturing operations by the states, and the safe and effective use of the technology in the United States, increased production of shale gas has given rise to concerns among environmental and citizen groups.

Notwithstanding the absence of any hard evidence that hydraulic fracturing used in the production of shale gas has impacted drinking water resources, regulators and legislators at both the federal and state levels have taken steps to address these concerns by imposing additional regulatory requirements on hydraulic fracturing.

These new requirements “could significantly impact the nation’s energy security,” Dan and Tom note in their article.

The complete article is available here.

About Baker Botts L.L.P.
Baker Botts is an international law firm with over 725 lawyers and a network of 13 offices around the globe. Based on our experience and knowledge of our clients’ industries, we are recognized as a leading firm in the energy, technology and life sciences sectors. Throughout our 170-year history, we have provided creative and effective legal solutions for our clients while demonstrating an unrelenting commitment to excellence. For more information, please visit

Related Professionals