The International Law Firm of Fulbright & Jaworski - Western Lands & Energy
June 17, 2011 view as PDF
Serving the Many Masters: Understanding Local Regulations of Oil & Gas Operations
In states with active shale development, an increasing number of county governments are attempting to enforce county oil and gas regulations. These regulations address the same subject matter as the regulations of state oil and gas conservation authorities. This overlap always poses challenges for operators, because counties rarely adopt their own rules unless they believe that state regulation is inadequate.
Must the operator comply with both sets of rules? This article explains how the law has drawn the line so far between state and county regulation in Colorado, Wyoming, and North Dakota. Click here to read the full article.
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