Last Friday, California’s Department of Conservation released …a set of proposed fracking regulations scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2015 after a public comment period.
The proposed regulations would require companies to apply for a permit, disclose information regarding the prospective well’s casing and a list of chemicals to be used, provide written notice to all neighbors of the proposed project at least 30 days in advance, conduct an analysis of nearby wells and earthquake faults, and pressure-test the well and all equipment to be used.
- November 14, 2013
- EPA Extends Deadline for Public Comment for Fracking Study.
- Michigan DEQ Issues New Proposed Fracking Regulations.
- Environmental Group Commences Lawsuit Against Pennsylvania Wastewater Treatment Plant.
- Colorado lawsuit challenging local zoning regulations set for August 2014 trial.
- European Union to Require Environmental Impact Assessment for Shale Gas.
- Pennsylvania Senator To Propose Bill Restricting Fracking …
- November 11, 2013
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The EPA has extended the public comment period to further inform EPA’s on-going research “on the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing” to November 15, 2013. The EPA’s forthcoming progress report… will examine the EPA’s examination of the interplay between fracking and drinking water. It is expected to be released and peer reviewed in 2014.
According to the federal register, the EPA is seeking up-to-date literature from the public to further inform its preliminary findings:
the EPA is soliciting relevant data and scientific literature specific to
The United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania has dismissed a doctor’s lawsuit challenging a Pennsylvania’s Oil and Gas statute that prohibits doctors from disclosing frac fluid information outside the confines of treatment. Specifically, in Rodriguez v. Krancer…, Plaintiff, a nephrologist, claimed that Pennsylvania’s chemical disclosure statute– a statute that permits disclosure of the content of frac fluid to a doctor who treats a patient on an emergency basis but, at the same time, restricts the doctor from disclosing said content– violates his
Last month, the Pennsylvania Attorney General announced that it was filing criminal charges against XTO Energy Inc., a subsidiary of ExxonMobil, for illegally discharging more than 50,000 gallons of fracking waste water from a Marcellus Shale gas well site in Penn Township. According to an Attorney General press release…, a “grand jury found that XTO hired a company to recycle waste water at the Marquardt site from Nov. 4, 2010 through Nov. 11, 2010. After that one-week period, XTO directed that company to remove their processing equipment from