Category Archives: Regulatory

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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EPA Extends Deadline for Public Comment to November 15

EPA LogoThe EPA has extended the public comment period to further inform EPA’s on-going research “on the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing” to November 15, 2013.  The EPA’s forthcoming progress report will examine the EPA’s examination of the interplay between fracking and drinking water.  It is expected to be released and peer reviewed in 2014. According to the federal register, the EPA is seeking up-to-date literature from the public to further inform its preliminary findings: the EPA is soliciting relevant data and scientific literature specific 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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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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No Forecast For A Decision on Fracking In New York

30109-cuomo-103p.photoblog600As Tom Petty said , “the waiting is the hardest part.”   After years of delays and, as some opine, indecision, New York is still studying whether and how to permit hydraulic fracturing. To remind our readers, there have been many times over the past five years when New York was expected to formally announce whether or not to permit hydraulic fracturing and, to the extent permitted, how it would be regulated.   Anti-fracking groups led by celebrities have vocally opposed any fracking under any circumstances. Months…

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