The invitation starts out ominously enough: “Friends of Fracking Insider.”
Fracking Insider? Oh please, don’t make me feel so important.
In a nutshell: Kelley Drye & Warren LLP, an Environmental & Natural Resources and Government Relations law firm, is hosting a bunch of industry bigwigs for a breakfast event at their K Street offices and invited reporters. But now a White House official is coming and reporters have been nixed. Sorry, scribes, forget free breakfast. The White House is coming!
We phoned and emailed Kelley Drye’s Washington office. A woman in the public relations department remarked of the reporters being dis-invited, “That sounds right, but let me check with the guy handling the event. I’ll get back to you.” Somehow this slipped her mind. It took awhile to explain to her that no, we don’t care about attending the event, we are covering the media members who are covering the event. Regardless, no callback.
Moving on…their now non- invitation:
“I hope you will consider joining us on Friday, April 19th as Kelley Drye’s Environmental & Natural Resources and Government Relations practice groups gather government and industry leaders to discuss important issues surrounding the federal regulation of natural gas in the U.S. and its implications for U.S. manufacturers and energy consumers.
As unconventional shale plays across the United States transform the nation’s economic and energy future, federal regulators have been examining their statutory authority to regulate unconventional drilling techniques like hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling.
(We need a translator for the above paragraph, but we think there’s something seriously unconventional going on here. Noteworthy though: Shale is always unconventional and “hydraulic fracturing” is so has been.)
The Environmental Protection Agency and the Bureau of Land Management have initiated rulemaking that would profoundly affect natural gas development, as well as the industries that are increasingly benefitting from this country’s natural gas supplies, either as consumers of the feedstock or suppliers to the natural gas market. Additionally, EPA, either on its own accord or in response to petitions for rulemaking, is examining the potential for further regulation of hydraulic fracturing under numerous environmental statutes.
At the second in Kelley Drye’s seminar series entitled “Hydraulic Fracturing, Natural Gas and the U.S. Manufacturing Renaissance” we will address the federal regulatory outlook and examine some of the rules under consideration. Speakers from the administration and several regulatory agencies will join members of Kelley Drye & Warren’s Environmental & Natural Resources practice to brief audience members on what to expect as the debate over the nation’s energy future intensifies.
Space is limited | Register HERE | Cost: Free (Breakfast Provided).”