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Major trends in upstream oil and gas regulation from an environmental perspective


The North American oil and gas boom of the past decade has been enabled by the creative deployment of evolving technology in old and new fields across the continent. Regulations addressing unconventional oil and gas development are progressing through a process of continuous improvement with considerable variety across jurisdictions. This presentation will provide a qualitative and quantitative update on evolving U.S. state and Canadian provincial regulation of upstream oil and gas development from an environmental perspective, with a focus on major trends in rules protecting groundwater and surface water. Topics include well integrity, water and waste management, life cycle management, and public reporting, as well as emerging issues like recycling, water sampling, and induced seismicity.