Category Archives: Regulatory

New York DEC Delays Issuance of Advisory Report on Fracking

Facing withering pressure from environmental groups, vocal citizens and localities, the DEC indicated that it is slowing down its process of issuing final regulations and associated permits for fracking within the state.  DEC Commissioner Joe Martens recently indicated that its advisory panel will not timely issue its final report and that it may take several months to finish the process. The DEC, however, indicated that it expects to issue drilling permits next year under new proposed regulations. Public hearings before the DEC panel are scheduled…

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Hydrofracking Chemicals: Pennsylvania Considering Public Disclosure Requirements; Federal Disclosure Regs Forthcoming

Pennsylvania To Consider Legislation Requiring Public Disclosure of Chemicals Used In Fracking Process Pennsylvania State Representative Garth Everett announced that he plans to introduce legislation that would require oil and gas companies to reveal additional information regarding the chemicals used in the hydraulic fracking process. The information would be provided to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection for posting on its website. If the legislation is passed, Pennsylvania would join Texas, Montana and other states that have adopted public disclosure of the chemicals used in…

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New York Doctors and Health Care Professionals Send Letter to Governor Cuomo to Study Health Effects Related to Fracking

As the New York State Assembly holds a hearing to receive public comment on the Department of Environmental Conservation’s latest impact statement with proposed permit guidelines for fracking within New York’s Marcellus Shale, hundreds of doctors have signed a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo demanding a comprehensive health study of potential health effects associated with fracking and possible air and water pollution. The letter claims that the DEC’s latest impact statement contains an “oversight” because there is no requirement that a comprehensive health study be…

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