Hydraulic Fracturing: Just Add Water?


    Hydraulic fracturing has revolutionized oil and gas drilling operations, as well as opened up significant parts of the country to energy exploration and development. Yet even with its prospects for new economic opportunities, hydraulic fracturing raises a variety of new challenges, particularly as related to the acquisition, management and disposition of the significant volumes of water involved in the hydraulic fracturing of shale formations. A panel of knowledgeable Locke Lord attorneys will present a wide-ranging discussion of the legal complexities associated with the management of water used in the hydraulic fracturing process. This discussion will benefit anyone who seeks an overview of these water-related issues, a deeper understanding of the potential pitfalls, or key insight for developing business strategies in this rapidly changing area.

    Webinar Highlights

    • Overview on the ownership of water sources, water rights, permitting, and regulatory limits on fresh water withdrawal
    • Regulatory pros and cons of various water disposal options, and potential liabilities if things go wrong

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    Ben Cowan (Houston, Partner): Ben’s environmental practice is focused heavily on the energy sector, with extensive experience in energy project development and compliance counseling for midstream, E&P, and oilfield service companies. He regularly counsels companies engaged in hydraulic fracturing on environmental compliance, risk management, and strategic planning.

    Richard Franchek (Dallas, Senior Counsel): Richard is involved in a wide variety of environmental regulatory matters that include issues associated with water rights, NEPA compliance, air emissions, wastewater discharges, storm water runoff, wetlands, and solid/hazardous waste and water rights.

    Jerry Higdon (Houston, Partner): Jerry has over 20 years of experience in the practice of environmental law. His practice routinely includes advising members of the energy industry regarding management of environmental issues affecting the upstream, midstream, downstream, and renewables/alternative energy sectors, enforcement defense, environmental risk assessment, environmental permitting, response to citizen protest actions, and brownfields redevelopment.


    This program is pending approval for 1.0 hour MCLE credit. Please specify the state from which you would like to receive credit when registering.

    Who Should Attend

    In-house counsel, government affairs professionals, and other persons interested in this technology and the current water issues associated with fracturing. Please feel free to forward this invitation to others at your company who might be interested in attending this webinar.


    Please contact Emily Brinkman at ebrinkman@lockelord.com or 214-740-8821 for any webinar-related questions.

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