Category Archives: Legislation/Regulation

Ohio Seismic Activity Connected To Fracking

Ohio’s regulators have released a preliminary study which connects recent seismic activity with hydraulic fracking.  Specifically, the report states that there is “geological evidence” suggesting that a fracking well near an underground fault caused a series of earthquakes over the last year. Based on the report, Ohio is expected to ban fracking in certain areas and at certain depths, including near the Precambrian basement rock level (a depth that begins at 9,184 ft).  Ohio will also likely require companies to review geologic data prior to…

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EPA Limits Findings in Report To Exclude Marcellus Shale

At a recent House of Representatives Subcommittee hearing, Environmental Protection Agency officials limited its prior draft report regarding claimed linkage between certain chemicals used in fracking and groundwater in Pavillion, Wyoming.  The prior draft report had heavily criticized by the energy industry and, at the same time, it was the source of ammunition for anti-fracking groups trying to prevent the practice. At the contentious hearing (the movie maker of Gasland was arrested), the EPA released hundreds of documents from its study and otherwise defended the…

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Ohio Considering Additional Legislation Related to Fracking

Ohio lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have recently discussed studies and proposed legislation dealing with fracking.  Among the proposals being discussed by some are additional taxes on the energy industry with proceeds going towards education, a “bill of rights” for property owners to require disclosure of chemicals used in the fracking process, and a tax break to encourage the hiring of Ohioans for fracking work. The requirements for disclosure of chemicals used in fracking is a common theme being debated at the state…

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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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