Category Archives: Legislation/Regulation

New York’s Revises Its Proposed Regulations

New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation issued newly revised proposed regulations regarding fracking.   The revisions include, among other things, removal of a security cap imposed on drillers for future well plugging, more stingent chemical disclosures, time limits for public comments for well permits, and requirements for blow-out preventers. The public comment period ends January 11, 2013.  Activists, who continually voice opposition to fracking through the press releases and through the threat of legal action, were quick to announce their opposition to the lastest, revised regulations. …

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New York To Officially Miss November 29 Deadline For Fracking Regulations

New York has once again  punted on any final fracking decision in the state.  After four years of scientific study, review of tens of thousands of public comments and while numerous other states within the Marcellus shale and other shale regions have passed regulations governing the practice, New York will continue its study of the issue before it finalizes regulations.  Specifically, at a November 20 press conference, New York’s Governor Cuomo announced that New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation (“DEC”) will miss its November 29…

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Environmental Groups Sue California Over Fracking Policies

On Tuesday, several environmental groups, including Earthjustice and the Sierra Club, filed a lawsuit against the State of California aimed at requiring more stringent oversight of hydraulic fracturing practices. The lawsuit, filed in Alameda County Superior Court, alleges that California’s Department of Conservation is approving oil and gas drilling permits without requiring preliminary environmental reviews or adequately monitoring possible consequences. The environmental groups are seeking a court order declaring that fracking violates current state law and prohibiting any new permits from being issued without a…

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Texas RCT Publishes Proposed Fracking Regulations

The Railroad Commission of Texas, the state agency responsible for protecting groundwater from contamination by oil and gas, published a set of proposed rules aimed at setting tougher safety standards for fracking near sources of water. The proposed rules would require fracking wells closest to underground water sources to utilize cement casing to protect from contamination.  The cement casing would be required where there is less than 1000 feet between the base of the water formation and the top of the formation to be…

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NY Governor Will Not Pressure DEC to Release Fracking Regulations

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday said that he will not pressure the NY Department of Environmental Conservation into making a decision on the safety of fracking.  The DEC, after a lengthy review process, is expected to release final regulations on fracking in the near future. However, Gov. Cuomo told an Albany radio station “When it’s done, and when they’re prepared —that’s when we’ll announce the decision.” “And, remember, the announcing of the decision is not going to be the conclusion,” Cuomo continued. “I promise you,…

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