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Texas Lawsuit Alleges Fracking Caused Earthquakes

Two Texas homeowners filed suit last week against several energy companies that own fracking wells near their homes in Johnson County, Texas.  The lawsuit, filed in Johnson County District Court, alleges that the fracking process has caused a sharp increase in the frequency of earthquakes in the area, which has lead to severe property damage. During a two month period in 2012, Johnson County, where earthquakes are typically rare, experienced nine.  At least one study has linked fracking to an increase in seismic activity. “We…

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Interior Secretary Defends Proposed Fracking Regulations

As reported by Shale Watch, in May 2013 the Department of the Interior issued proposed rules for the federal regulation of fracking.  This week, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell defended those proposed regulations before the House Natural Resources Committee. Republican lawmakers opposed to federal regulation of fracking argued that the states are already regulating the industry and are much better suited to do so as they have a more keen understanding of local geology and practices. But Jewell argued that a baseline is necessary because…

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New Duke Study: Link Exists Between Proximity to Fracking Well and Methane

duke[1] Duke University professors released a third study, this time linking the proximity to a fracking well with groundwater.  The study analyzed 141 drinking  wells across northeastern Pennsylvania, examining concentrations of methane, ethane, and propane (three components of natural gas) as related to proximity to fracking wells.   Methane was detected in 82% of drinking water samples, with average concentrations six times higher for homes with one kilometer of a fracking well.  Ethane levels were 23 times higher in homes within one kilometer of a…

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Cuomo: NY Will Make Fracking Decision by November 2014

Andrew-CuomoNew York Governor Andrew Cuomo told the editorial board of the Syracuse Post-Standard this week that he intends to make a decision on whether to allows fracking in New York State before the November 2014 gubernatorial election. Governor Cuomo indicated that he will make the decision after receiving New York Health Commissioner Dr. Nirav R. Shah’s report on the issue, which he had expected by now.  Governor Cuomo also said that he now expects to receive Shah’s report in the next several weeks.…

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Texas Appeals Court Allows Countersuit for False Fracking Claims

The Texas Second Court of Appeals in Fort Worth held on Tuesday that Range Resources Corp. (“Range”) can pursue claims for defamation and business disparagement against Steven and Shyla Lipsky. In June 2011, the Lipskys sued Range, and several other defendants, alleging that Range’s drilling, including hydraulic fracturing, had caused the water from the well on their property to become flammable.  As a result, the Lipskys claimed, they could no longer reside at their home.  Range countersued for civil conspiracy, aiding and abetting, defamation, and…

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