The oil and gas industry in the United States is ever conscious of a shifting body of regulations that can affect production. Each state has its specific challenges, and some regulatory tussles spawn lawsuits. Other issues, such as seismic activity, bring calls for more regulations. Local referendums have become a looming issue as some municipalities have voted to place limits on hydraulic fracturing. Other communities have set election dates.

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<a href=""">"><img src=""">" alt="Hydraulic Fracturing and Safety" width="600" height="2444" border="0"/></a><br /><small><a href=""">">Hydraulic Fracturing and Safety</a>, to learn more about hydraulic fracturing and whats happening in the different shale plays visit the <a href=""">">Unconventional Oil and Gas Center</a>, a Hart Energy publication.</small>