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New Rules In Ohio Address Seismic Monitoring At Drill Sites

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) has released strict new guidelines for monitoring seismic activity at drill sites in the state. The new rules come as state officials publically acknowledge the “probable” connection between drilling operations and a series of small earthquakes that shook northeast portions of the state last month. Previous studies have found connections between the underground injection of fracking wastewater and tremors, but this latest study marks the first time that drilling operations have been linked to earthquakes in the state.…

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Ohio Court Grants Neighboring Landowners Standing to Sue to Stop Fracking

Last week, Judge Timothy Horton of Ohio’s Franklin County Court of Common Pleas granted standing to Leatra Harper and Steven Janstro of Guernsey County, who recently brought suit against the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD), the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, and the drilling company Antero Resources in an effort to stop fracking in the vicinity of Ohio’s Senecaville Lake. The couple filed suit back in October, eight months after MWCD and Antero Resources entered into a $40.3 million lease of the subsurface mineral…

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Arkansas Families Blame Fracking Operations for Earthquakes

In a new lawsuit, two families blame fracking operations for thousands of earthquakes that damaged property in central Arkansas in 2010 and 2011. On February 12, 2014, Daryl and Nicole Davis and Joel and Terri Van Pelt filed suit in the USDC for the Eastern District of Arkansas, Western Division, against Chesapeake Operating Inc. and BHP Billiton Petroleum, claiming the defendants’ fracking operations “caused thousands of earthquakes in mini-clusters and swarms in central Arkansas in 2010 and 2011.” The plaintiffs claim their homes and property…

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Exxon Mobil Subsidiary to Face Criminal Charges

A subsidiary of Exxon Mobil Corp. will face criminal charges for allegedly dumping thousands of gallons of fracking waste at a Marcellus Shale drilling site in 2010. Following a preliminary hearing, Pennsylvania Magisterial District Judge James G. Carn ruled last week that all eight charges levied against XTO Energy, including violations of both the state Clean Streams Law and the Solid Waste Management Act, were supported by sufficient evidence to continue. Pennsylvania’s Attorney General filed criminal charges back in September based on allegations that XTO…

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Pennsylvania Appeals Ruling on State Fracking Law

The state of Pennsylvania has appealed a recent decision from the state Supreme Court that struck down parts of a 2012 law governing oil and gas drilling within the State. In December, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court voted 4-2 that key provisions of Act 13 were unconstitutional. That decision expanded the rights of local governments to restrict fracking within their city limits. On appeal, the State is asking the Supreme Court to remand the case to a Pennsylvania court for further fact finding. The State Department…

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