Category Archives: Legislation/Regulation

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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This Week’s Top Fracking Related Legal News

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This Week’s Top Fracking Related Legal News

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  1. North Carolina Sets Distances Between Drilling and Homes and Streams
  2. Virginia to Expand Chemical Disclosures
  3. Proposed Fracking in George Washington National Forest Is Met With Vigorous Opposition
  4. New York Landowners Threaten Another Lawsuit Arising Out of Fracking Delays 
  5. New York Will Not Issue Fracking Permits Until At Least March 2015

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PA’s Highest Court Strikes Down Controversial Fracking Law

In August 2012, Shale Watch reported on a challenge to Pennsylvania’s controversial Act 13, a natural gas development law that prevented municipalities from utilizing zoning restrictions to limit where natural gas drilling could take place within their boundaries and granted state agencies sole authority to determine where fracturing should occur.  Last Thursday, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court affirmed the Commonwealth Court’s ruling and found that Act 13 unconstitutionally restricted the power of municipalities to govern gas drilling in their own jurisdictions. The most divisive provision of…

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Lawsuit Against New York DEC Imminent

With New York’s hold on high volume fracking having entered its sixth year, Thomas West of the West Law Firm has stated that his office was “actively finishing up papers” and planning to file a lawsuit against the New York Department of Environmental Conservation on Wednesday of this week. In a letter to the DEC Commissioner earlier this month, West had demanded that the state respond by Tuesday with a timetable for completing its review on the safety of fracking, known as the Supplemental Generic…

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