Category Archives: Litigation

Penn. AG Files Criminal Charges for Illegal Dumping of Fracking Waste

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.…

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This Week’s Top Fracking Related Legal News

  • 136000087456h8zNorth 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

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This Week’s Top Legal Related Fracking News

  • 136000087456h8zColorado 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)

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Texas Jury Awards $2.95 Million To Texas Homeowners

UnknownA jury in a Texas hydraulic fracturing case rendered a $2.95 million verdict to homeowners who claimed that an energy company’s fracking activities contaminated their drinking water.   Essentially, the 6 member jury, voting 5-1, found that the energy company’s activities were “intentional” thereby creating a “private nuisance” under Texas law. The nuisance claim was the only count on the verdict form.  The original Complaint asserted numerous other claims against the defendant.   According to the Verdict Form, $275,000 of the total verdict related to claimed…

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Anti-Fracking Protester Fights Injunction Preventing Her From Tresspassing Onto Private Lands

In a heated battle concerning land rights of lessees and property owners to be free of tresspassers versus First Amendment rights of protestors, the Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas heard arguments as to whether to modify an existing injunction against a Pennsylvania resident from travelling onto privately owned and leased land.   The resident is a vocal opponent of hydraulic fracturing and had sought to have the injunction lifted or modified.  She had reportedly given tours of drilling sites and piplines to anti-fracking activists, including celebreties.   …

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