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California Releases Proposed Fracking Regulations

Last Friday, California’s Department of Conservation released a set of proposed fracking regulations scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2015 after a public comment period. The proposed regulations would require companies to apply for a permit, disclose information regarding the prospective well’s casing and a list of chemicals to be used, provide written notice to all neighbors of the proposed project at least 30 days in advance,  conduct an analysis of nearby wells and earthquake faults, and pressure-test the well and all equipment to…

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Interior Secretary Defends Proposed Fracking Regulations

As reported by Shale Watch, in May 2013 the Department of the Interior issued proposed rules for the federal regulation of fracking.  This week, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell defended those proposed regulations before the House Natural Resources Committee. Republican lawmakers opposed to federal regulation of fracking argued that the states are already regulating the industry and are much better suited to do so as they have a more keen understanding of local geology and practices. But Jewell argued that a baseline is necessary because…

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Study Completion Anticipated in 2016

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will not complete its ongoing study of the effects of fracking on water quality and the environment before 2016, according to one EPA official. The Seattle Post Intelligencer has reported that Jeanne Briskin, coordinator of hydraulic fracturing research at the EPA, told those assembled at a conference in Cleveland this week that the study involves “complex research” and that while the agency could have a preliminary report ready late next year, the final results of the comprehensive government study…

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Bureau of Land Management Extends Comment Period for Federal Regulations

Bureau_Land_Mgmt[1]The BLM extended the public comment on its proposed regulations (43 CFR Part 3160) for hydraulic fracturing on federal and Indian trust lands.  The extension is for a period for 60 days.
Public comments can be made at this portal. According to BLM Deputy Director Neil Kornze, “Extending the comment period ensures that we’ll have greater input from the public and from key stakeholders, including industry and environmental groups, Indian tribes, as well as other people who have hydraulic fracturing operations in…

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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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