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EPA Extends Deadline for Public Comment to November 15

EPA LogoThe 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…

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Pennsylvania Doctor Lacks Standing To Challenge Chemical Disclosure Statute

Middle District PennsylvaniaThe 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–…

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Dimock Battle Heats Up: Sanctions Sought Against Attorneys Assisting Pro Se Fracking Plaintiffs

While most of the dozens of property and personal injury plaintiffs in the Dimock cases settled their cases against energy companies last year, one holdout has decided to continue their alleged groundwater claims pro se. According to a recent report, however, the decision to continue  pro se may land Plaintiffs in some early hot water.  According to the defendants, the pro se plaintiffs were not entirely proceeding pro se, but instead accepted free legal help from two environmental attorneys, one of whom…

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Allegheny County Legislator Seeks Three Year Ban

sealAs natural gas continues to expand in Western Pennsylvania, including the area in and around the great City of Pittsburgh, an Allegheny County councilwoman seeks a three year ban on fracking with respect to the county’s parks.  Specifically, the bill states the law will enforce a three year hold on drilling, exploration, of surface or subsurface development relating to natural gas extraction on any property located within the boundary of any County park. Under no circumstances shall County Council authorize any such activities prior to

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