Category Archives: Legislation/Regulation
Recent events arising out of New York’s moratorium on fracking, as well as localalities’ outright bans on said practice, are causing a rapid uptick in land-use litigation. For example and as had been expected, an appeal has been filed with respect to recent decision from the Supreme Court– New York’s trial level court–that dismissed challenges by landowners and others to continued delays by the State of New York with respect to whether to permit hydraulic fracturing. Those that have followed New York’s regulatory history…Continue Reading....
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane recently filed 64 criminal charges against fracking waste hauler Minuteman Environmental Services, Inc. The charges, filed against Minuteman’s owner and numerous family members, include allegations that the company illegally dumped solid waste from well drilling operations and overbilled nearly every client that it contracted with. The grand jury report outlines multiple counts of fraud and criminal conspiracy allegedly perpetrated against fracking companies like Cabot Oil & Gas, Chesapeake Energy, Halliburton, and XTO.…Continue Reading....
- North Carolina Governor signs a bill into law lifting the 2012 moratorium on fracking and paving the way for new permits to be issued as soon as next Spring. This comes just two weeks after the North Carolina legislature introduced a bill which would impose criminal penalties to those persons that publicly disclose fracking chemicals that are deemed trade secrets.
- New York’s highest court hears oral arguments in two cases concerning whether towns can use zoning regulations to ban fracking.
- Rural Nevada county files administrative
The North Carolina legislature has introduced a bill that, among other things, would impose criminal penaties to those persons that publicly disclose fracking chemicals that are deemed trade secrets. There are numerous exceptions to the bill, such as allowing doctors and first responders to obtain such trade secret information during emergencies. In most jurisdictions that permit and regulate hydraulic fracturing, a number of chemical ingredients are recognized as industry trade secrets exempt from public disclosure. North Carolina’s proposed law is among the most progressive in…Continue Reading....
- Colorado public finances bolstered by oil and gas taxes and fees (Denver Post)
- Santa Cruz County bans fracking (Reuters)
- North Carolina Senate passes fracking laws, sending to the house (Fayotville Observer)
- EPA initates public rulemaking on chemical fluid reporting (National Law Review)
- New York senator introduces bill seeking to ban wastewater from being transproted into the state. (Think Progress)
- Pennsylvania rabbit breeder sues energy company over low flying helicopters. (Allentown Morning News)