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Fracking, Water Quality and Public Health: Examining Current Laws and Regulations

posted on Thu, Mar 20 2014 12:00 pm by The Network for Public Health Law

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Thursday, March 20 at 1 p.m. (ET)

Improved technology developments in directional drilling and hydraulic fracturing, more commonly known as "fracking," have resulted in an oil and gas production boom nationwide. Fracking involves pumping pressurized water, sand, and chemicals down wells to crack bedrock, freeing petroleum and natural gas. Wastewater discharges, hydraulic fracturing fluid releases, and other accidental spills pose potential water quality risks, sparking concern for public health. This webinar will examine the laws and regulations governing water quality issues related to fracking, recent state court decisions affecting regulations, and implications for public health.


  • Kathleen Hoke, J.D., Director, Network for Public Health Law — Eastern Region
  • Matt Samelson, J.D., Attorney, Consultant for University of Colorado’s Intermountain Oil and Gas Best Management Practices Project
  • Jill Krueger, J.D., Senior Attorney, Network for Public Health Law — Northern Region (Moderator)


This webinar is free for all attendees. Attendees may qualify for CLE credits.