Arkansas Families Blame Fracking Operations for Earthquakes

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In a new lawsuit, two families blame fracking operations for thousands of earthquakes that damaged property in central Arkansas in 2010 and 2011. On February 12, 2014, Daryl and Nicole Davis and Joel and Terri Van Pelt filed suit in the USDC for the Eastern District of Arkansas, Western Division, against Chesapeake Operating Inc. and BHP Billiton Petroleum, claiming the defendants’ fracking operations “caused thousands of earthquakes in mini-clusters and swarms in central Arkansas in 2010 and 2011.” The plaintiffs claim their homes and property…
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Landowner Group Sues NY Over Fracking Delay

On Friday, the Joint Landowners Coalition of New York (“JLCNY”) filed an Article 78 petition… in Albany County Supreme Court seeking an end to the five year de facto moratorium on fracking in the state.  Specifically, the petition requests that the court compel NY’s Department of Environmental Conservation to issue the final supplemental generic environmental impact statement with associated findings and render a final decision on whether and under what circumstances fracking will be permitted in the state. In September 2012, DEC Commissioner Joseph Martens requested that the State Department
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Second Fracking Lawsuit Threatened By New York Landowners

3a8732966c7469fdb38314b42f55d848A second lawsuit is reportedly… being threatened against the State of New York by a number of landowners who believe that the Department of Environmental Protection has abused its discretion with respect to its on-going health review of hydraulic fracturing in New York. According to reports, a letter has been sent to the DEC stating that the agency is in violation of various state statutes (i.e., the New York Environmental Quality Review Act and the Environmental Conservation Law) because the statutes require that the health
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This Week’s Top Fracking Related Legal News

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  1. North Carolina Sets Distances Between Drilling and Homes and Streams
  2. Virginia to Expand Chemical Disclosures
  3. Proposed Fracking in George Washington National Forest Is Met With Vigorous Opposition
  4. New York Landowners Threaten Another Lawsuit Arising Out of Fracking Delays 
  5. New York Will Not Issue Fracking Permits Until At Least March 2015

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Researchers: An Unlikely “Romance” to Decrease the Radioactivity of Fracking Wastewater

Duke University researchers believe that mixing the wastewater from fracking operations with the hazardous drainage from mining operations, or any other salty water, may decrease the radioactivity of the fracking wastewater.  By blending fracking wastewater from the Marcellus shale with acid drainage from mines, researchers had hypothesized that the salts, metals, and radium would combine so they could be removed as solids, leaving behind water clean enough to be used in another fracking operation.  After two days, they examined the chemical and radioactive levels of 26 different mixtures that they had created and found that within the…
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