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Dimock Battle Heats Up: Sanctions Sought Against Attorneys Assisting Pro Se Fracking Plaintiffs

While most of the dozens of property and personal injury plaintiffs in the Dimock cases settled their cases against energy companies last year, one holdout has decided to continue their alleged groundwater claims pro se. According to a recent report, however, the decision to continue  pro se may land Plaintiffs in some early hot water.  According to the defendants, the pro se plaintiffs were not entirely proceeding pro se, but instead accepted free legal help from two environmental attorneys, one of whom…

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Allegheny County Legislator Seeks Three Year Ban

sealAs natural gas continues to expand in Western Pennsylvania, including the area in and around the great City of Pittsburgh, an Allegheny County councilwoman seeks a three year ban on fracking with respect to the county’s parks.  Specifically, the bill states the law will enforce a three year hold on drilling, exploration, of surface or subsurface development relating to natural gas extraction on any property located within the boundary of any County park. Under no circumstances shall County Council authorize any such activities prior to

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Peer Review Study: Emissions from Drilling Less Than EPA Estimates

University of TexasFracking critics are probably not too happy to read the New York Times article detailing a peer reviewed study from the University of Texas which found, among other things, that methane release from fracking wells was less than the EPA had estimated and far less than fracking critics had claimed.  The study was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. As stated by the Environmental Defense Fund as to whether fracking emissions can be regulated and contained:  “Can we control it?  …

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Lone Pine Issue Presented to Colorado Supreme Court

UnknownThe defendants in the Colorado groundwater contamination case Strudley v. Antero Resources requested that the Colorado Supreme Court revisit the Appellate Court’s July 3, 2013 decision that vacated a trial court’s issuance of a Lone Pine order. The trial court had issued the Lone Pine order and required the Plaintiffs to establish a causal connection between the defendants’ fracking activities and Plaintiffs’  claimed personal injuries.  The trial court ultimately granted  summary judgment based on Plaintiffs’ failure to procure admissable expert testimony on the issue of…

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Wyoming to Seek Exemption from Federal Regulations

UnknownThe State of Wyoming is seeking to be exempted from proposed Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management regulations governing fracking on federal lands.  Wyoming claims that the federal regulations would overlap existing state regulations, specifically including chemical disclosure obligations related to fracking fluids.  Wyoming also claims that the federal standards will impede business development in the state. Proposed DOI regulations were released for public comment in May 2013. According to the DOI, the federal government seeks to work with states to specifically avoid…

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