The recent technological development of combining hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling to produce large quantities of natural gas and liquids from shale formations in the United States has significantly impacted energy production—influencing not only the price of hydrocarbons, but also the economics of alternative energy development. The economic potential of these resources has attracted massive investment from domestic and foreign companies.

At the same time, the prospect of conducting drilling activities, particularly in densely populated areas where current residents are unfamiliar with oil and gas operations, has focused attention on potential environmental and other risks associated with these activities. As is discussed in Mayer Brown’s white paper, “Shale Gas Issues: Squeezed Between Necessity and Reality,” the predictable result has been controversy and uncertainty surrounding potentially one of the most dramatic developments in energy in recent decades.

In a series of three teleconferences, we will address the following areas:

Feb 22 - Hydraulic Fracturing—Drainage and Contamination from the Rule of Capture: An Old Tool Applied to a New Problem

Feb 29 - A Potential Unforeseen Consequence of Hydraulic Fracturing: Security Regulation Concerns

Mar 7 - Environmental Concerns and the Rise of Regulation in Hydraulic Fracturing

On February 22, please join Mayer Brown lawyer James Tancula as he discusses Hydraulic Fracturing—Drainage and Contamination from the Rule of Capture: An Old Tool Applied to a New Problem. This teleconference will specifically address:

  • Rule of capture and discussion of case law
  • Predictions for how courts will treat trespass cases
  • Mitigating risk

William H. Knull, III
James E. Tancula

Wednesday, February 22, 2012
11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. EST
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. CST
9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. MST
8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. PST

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For additional information, please contact Gigi Zientek at or +1 713 238 2613.

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