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Subsidiary of ExxonMobile Faces Criminal Charges Related to Fracking Spill

Last month, the Pennsylvania Attorney General announced that it was filing criminal charges against XTO Energy Inc., a subsidiary of ExxonMobil, for illegally discharging more than 50,000 gallons of fracking waste water from a Marcellus Shale gas well site in Penn Township.  According to an Attorney General press release, a “grand jury found that XTO hired a company to recycle waste water at the Marquardt site from Nov. 4, 2010 through Nov. 11, 2010. After that one-week period, XTO directed that company to remove…

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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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NY Landowners Consider Takings Suit if DEC Misses Fracking Deadline

A group of landowners in New York are considering filing a lawsuit if the state fails to meet its February 27, 2013 deadline to release hydraulic fracturing regulations. The Joint Landowner’s Coalition of New York released a statement last Friday saying that they are “laying the ground work for a lawsuit against New York State for a de facto taking in case [Governor Andrew Cuomo] decides to delay the release yet again.” The Takings Clause of the Fifth Amendment provides that the government may not…

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