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Legal and Regulatory Issues in Oil and Gas

May 5: HalfMoon Seminars, Santa Barbara, CA

John Harris and Rachel Feiertag will present a three-hour session titled, "Permitting and Governmental Approvals for Oil and Gas Exploration and Production Operations in California" as part of a full-day program on Legal and Regulatory Issues in Oil and Gas. The session will cover the information below.

The decision tree for selecting drill sites in California State and local agency permitting of oil and gas exploration and production facilities and operations

  • Local agency vs. Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) jurisdiction over drilling and production siting
  • Local zoning regulations
  • Permitting process
  • California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and role of lead agency in permitting
  • Role of state environmental agencies
  • Issues unique to unconventional exploration operations in California – horizontal wells and hydraulic fracturing

Other exploration and production siting issues

  • Conservation easement issues
  • Williamson Act issues
  • Endangered Species Act and habitat conservation issues
  • Vested rights
  • Split estate and other surface rights and ownership issues

Midstream issues

  • Pipeline permitting and regulation – federal, state and local
  • Pipeline franchises

For more information and registration, visit the HalfMoon Seminars website.