Category Archives: Legislation/Regulation

Pennsylvania Commission Approves New Regulations

After considerable debate, Pennsylvania is one step closer to approving new regulations for hydraulic fracturing.   Specifically, on April 21, the Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC) held a lengthy hearing with respect to the new proposed regulations.   The IRRC then approved the new proposed regulations. Among other things, the new regulations (1) ban waste pits for unconventional gas drilling, (2) requires permits and water management plan  for certain drillers, (3) requires vandal proofing of tanks, and (4) requires well site restoration within nine months of drilling…

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BLM Promulgates Regulations and A Lawsuit Is Filed

Bureau_Land_Mgmt[1]The Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management has released federal regulations regarding hydraulic fracturing on federal lands.  Here are some of the highlights of the regulations, which go into effect in approximately 60 days:

  • Chemical Disclosure Requirements:   Within 30 days of completed operations, companies are required to disclose the additives used for frac fluids.  Companies are to use FracFocus as the vehicle for those disclosures.  If the additives contain trade secrets and therefore they should not to be disclosed, a process, including

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Top Fracking Related Legal Stories of the Week

imagesHere are the top fracking related legal stories of the week:

  1.        North Carolina fast tracking fracking regulations.
  2.        DOI and BLM Named In Navaho Reservation Related Lawsuit.
  3.        Bill Introduced In House of Representatives To Compensate 
    Landowners For Fracking Bans.
  4.        Study Ties Hydraulic Fracturing to Seismic Activity.
  5.       Antitrust Lawsuit Filed Related to Marcellus Shale Gas Royalties

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Hydraulic Fracturing Banned in New York

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…

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Cuomo Delays Fracking Decision Until After Election

In May 2013, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo told the Syracuse Post-Standard that he intended to make a decision on whether to support fracking in New York State before the November 2014 gubernatorial election.  Now that the election is only a few short weeks ago, Governor Cuomo has backed off that time line stating that he will make the decision after state Health Commissioner Howard Zucker and Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joseph Martens have concluded their studies, which should be by the end of the year.…

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