Category Archives: Litigation

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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Top Fracking Legal Stories For The Week

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Pennsylvania Doctor Lacks Standing To Challenge Chemical Disclosure Statute

Middle District PennsylvaniaThe United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania has dismissed a doctor’s lawsuit challenging a Pennsylvania’s Oil and Gas statute that prohibits doctors from disclosing frac fluid information outside the confines of treatment.  Specifically, in Rodriguez v. Krancer, Plaintiff, a nephrologist,  claimed that Pennsylvania’s chemical disclosure statute– a statute that permits disclosure of the content of frac fluid to a doctor who treats a patient on an emergency basis but, at the same time, restricts the doctor from disclosing said content–…

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Subsidiary of ExxonMobile Faces Criminal Charges Related to Fracking Spill

Last month, the Pennsylvania Attorney General announced that it was filing criminal charges against XTO Energy Inc., a subsidiary of ExxonMobil, for illegally discharging more than 50,000 gallons of fracking waste water from a Marcellus Shale gas well site in Penn Township.  According to an Attorney General press release, a “grand jury found that XTO hired a company to recycle waste water at the Marquardt site from Nov. 4, 2010 through Nov. 11, 2010. After that one-week period, XTO directed that company to remove…

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