Category Archives: Legislation/Regulation

New York State To Approve Fracking

CBS News reports that New York, after a lengthty review process, will give final approval of hydraulic fracturing.   The DEC’s regulations, as currently reflected, will be among the most comprehensive in the country.   As previously reported by the New York Times, New York will limit hydraulic fracturing to certain counties along the Southern Tier and will be prohibited from counties where there are major aquifers serving New York City.  It is unclear how many permits will be given for 2012.   …

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Feds Argue that Environmental Impact Statement for Fracking Rules Not Required

A federal court judge heard arguments on Tuesday regarding whether New York State can sue the U.S. Government and the Delaware River Basin Commission.  The case (State of New York v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers et al., No. 1:11-cv-02599, E.D.N.Y) was commenced by New York in an effort to force a complete environmental impact assessment of regulations that could allow hydraulic fracturing in the Delaware River basin. New York is alleging that the DRBC’s failure to undergo a complete review violates the…

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Potential Budget Fight Over Fracking Looms for NY Budget in 2013

According to experts, Gov. Andrew Cuomo may encounter a budget fight next year if his administration expands fracking and opposing lawmakers conclude that insufficient resources are being allocated to regulate the process in NY.  This comes at about the same time as a report from the non-profit organization Earthworks, which concludes that 75 % of existing oil and gas wells in New York were not inspected in 2010 and that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (“DEC”) is not equipped with sufficient recources…

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Top Developments Beginning The Week of July 16

  • Duke study providing ammunition to both sides of the water contamination debate.  (Timesleader.com)
  • Insurer announces it will not underwrite fracking.  (Wall Stret Journal)
  • New 1,230 underground natural gas pipeline being constructed to run from Pennsylvania to the Gulf Coast.  (Dayton Daily News)
  • Tennessee to consider fracking regulations this week.  (Knoxvillebiz.com)

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Fracking Authorized in North Carolina Based on Mistaken Vote by Lawmaker

Earlier this week, a mistaken vote by a North Carolina House Democrat (mistakenly pushing the green “Aye” button as opposed to the red “No” button) cast the deciding vote which authorized fracking in the State of North Carolina.  The mistaken vote by N.C. Rep. Becky Carney was just enough to meet the 60-percent majority required to override the governor’s veto of a bill that authorizes fracking in the state.  Notably, under House rules, a mistaken vote may be changed unless the vote proves to be…

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