Author Archives: Andrew J. Scholz
- March 16, 2015
- Government, Academic and Industry Studies and Reports,Land Use,Legislation/Regulation,Litigation,New York
- North Carolina fast tracking fracking regulations.
- DOI and BLM Named In Navaho Reservation Related Lawsuit.
- Bill Introduced In House of Representatives To Compensate
Landowners For Fracking Bans.
- Study Ties Hydraulic Fracturing to Seismic Activity.
- Antitrust Lawsuit Filed Related to Marcellus Shale Gas Royalties
- February 16, 2015
According to reports, another lawsuit has been filed in Louisiana by a locality seeking to stop fracking within its boarders. This time, the United States Corps of Engineers has been sued in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana for its permit approval of hydraulic fracturing activity in wetlands. The Town of Abita Springs claims that the Corps did not follow requisite protocol prior to issuing a permit, such as a public hearing. The permit allows an energy company the…Continue Reading....
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced today that he will prohibit high-volume hydraulic fracturing within the shale-rich state. The decision comes after years of debate and behind-the-scenes health studies. Health commissioner Howard Zucker reportedly said that he “cannot support” the practice and Governor Cuomo noted those statements are what led to his decision to ban fracking. According to the Wall Street Journal, the Governor said, “I don’t think I even have a role here.” It is unclear whether the decision can be overturned by…Continue Reading....
- December 8, 2014
The Eight Circuit, in a case involving a determination regarding the amount of damages to property owners purportedly caused by vibrations from drilling operations, has refused to order a new trial arising out of an energy company’s challenge to a jury verdict against it where the jurors discussed “fracking” and “earthquakes” even though there was no evidence at trial regarding those activities. Specifically, during jury deliberations in Ruby Hiser v. XTO Energy, 768 F.3d 773 (8th Cir. 2014), the jury inquired of the court: …Continue Reading....
- November 18, 2014
- Colorado court refuses to issue stay related to Court’s prior decision invalidating local fracking ban.
- Illinois landowners join lawsuit against the state regarding fracking permit delays.
- University of Colorado study indicates frac fluid contains materials that are common household substances
- North Carolina commission meets to finalize hydraulic fracturing regulations.