Author Archives: Andrew J. Scholz

Regulations To Be Forthcoming for Fracking on Public Lands Says Department of the Interior

Following from President Obama’s State of the Union address, the Department of Interior is taking the next steps forward in fracking on federal lands.  The DOI announced that it will issue regulations for the practice on public lands.  The announcement is significant for a number of reasons.  First, the regulations would be the first federal regulations to be implemented by the federal government and, accordingly, some view that the federal regulations may be seen as a model to states, such as New York, which are…

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In State of the Union Address, President Obama Touts Fracking

During his State of the Union Address, President Obama, for the first time, stated his support for hydraulic fracturing in the United States. In doing so, the President stated that fracking will create as many as 600,000 jobs in the next decade and would significantly promote economic growth. The President further noted that there is enough natural gas “that can last America nearly 100 years, and my administration will take every possible action to safely develop this energy.” The President’s embrace of fracking is significant…

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The City of New York and EPA Make Recommendations for Regulations Concerning Fracking As The DEC Comment Period Ends

On Jan. 11, 2012, the New York State DEC closed its extended comment period to proposed regulations for hydraulic fracking in New York.  The DEC now moves into the final decision-making process regarding fracking in New York.   For the last few months, the DEC has held state-wide hearings and received a tens of thousands of comments from environmental groups, towns, citizens and the business community.    The United States Environmental Protection Agency’s last-minute submission to the DEC is among the most notable.   In it, the EPA…

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EPA Report on Wyoming Fracking Criticized by Energy Company and Others

In a widely publicized draft report, the Enviornmental Protection Agency (EPA) potentially linked groundwater contamination with fracking in Pavillion, Wyoming.  It is the first report claiming that chemicals consistent with those used in fracking were found in groundwater. Meanwhile, Encana Oil & Gas issued a response to the EPA’s draft report. Encana strongly criticized the EPA in numerous respects.  First, Encana states that the EPA mistakenly released the draft report before its findings were final and subjected to peer review.  Encana also claims that, given…

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New Jersey Committee Prohibits Treatment of Fracking Wastewater In New Jersey

New Jersey’s moratorium on fracking is now likely to extend to treating wastewater from fracking operations in other states.  New Jersey’s Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee recently voted to prohibit sewage treatment plants from treating fracking wastewater from Marcellus Shale drilling.   The committee’s vote is not binding legislation.  Proponents of fracking point out that New Jersey’s moratorium on fracking as well as treating any of the wastewater will result in New Jersey missing out on a potential economic boom for the region.…

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