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Legal News
30 Jun 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The New York Department of Environmental Conservation (NYDEC) [official website] released a final environmental impact statement [report, PDF] on the dangers of fracking on Monday, which carries the force of law and officially bans fracking in the state. Signed by NYDEC Commissioner Joseph Martens [official profile], the report cited … [read more]


Legal News
25 Mar 2015
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] Maryland's House of Delegates [official website] approved [legislative materials] a bill [HB449 text, PDF] Tuesday that would place a three-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in the state. The bill, HB449, passed on a third reading by a vote of 93 to 45, and will now go before the Senate … [read more]


Features
21 Mar 2015

The unconventional gas well fee of Act 13 ("impact fee") sparked heated discussion. Under Section 2302 of Act 13, the governing body of a county may elect to impose a fee on each individual unconventional gas well drilled (or "spudded") in the county. The oil and gas industry considers the … [read more]


Features
21 Mar 2015

Pennsylvania has long incorporated its advantageous position atop deposits of oil and coal into its economy. As technological advancement in the 21st century meant greater access to - and utilization of - natural gas reserves trapped in shale, Governor Tom Corbett advocated for changes to Pennsylvania's long-standing Oil and Gas … [read more]


Features
21 Mar 2015

On February 14, 2012, then-Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett signed Act 13 [PDF] into law. It amended Title 58 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes to include a fee for individuals or corporations extracting natural gas from geologic formations such as Marcellus Shale. The purpose of the act was to encourage stronger … [read more]


Legal News
21 Mar 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] US Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell [official profile] on Friday announced the publication of a rule regulating fracking on federal land [text, PDF]. The rule is intended to ensure [press release] that wells are properly constructed to protect water supplies, to make certain that the fluids that flow … [read more]


Legal News
17 Feb 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Ohio [official website] on Tuesday ruled [opinion, PDF] in a 4-3 decision that local drilling and zoning regulations are preempted by state laws governing oil and gas drilling activities. In 2011 Beck Energy Corporation obtained a permit from the Ohio Department of Conservation and Natural … [read more]


Legal News
29 Jan 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] Scotland announced a moratorium on the granting of permits for unconventional oil and gas extraction, including fracking, on Wednesday amid environmental and health concerns. Energy minister Fergus Ewing [official website] told the Scottish parliament [statement] that the moratorium will give the government time to investigate the effects of the … [read more]


Legal News
6 Jan 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] Environmental conservation group, Haw River Assembly [advocacy website], filed a lawsuit in the Wake County Clerk of Superior Court [official website] in Raleigh, North Carolina, on Monday, seeking to vacate new rules adopted to regulate hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in North Carolina, claiming that the lawmaking panel that developed … [read more]


Legal News
19 Dec 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] New York Governor Andrew Cuomo [official website] and his administration said Wednesday that they will block hydraulic fracturing [report, PDF] across the state. Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking [JURIST backgrounder] is a controversial method of tapping natural gas deposits with high pressurized water. The method, commonly used in the local … [read more]


Legal News
14 Sep 2014
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Alaska [official website] on Friday ruled [opinion, PDF] that a lawsuit claiming that officials have failed in their obligations to address climate change was rightfully dismissed in 2012, but not for the reasons cited by the lower court. The plaintiffs in the case were six … [read more]


Legal News
7 Aug 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] Texas oil drilling company Dan A. Hughes Co. submitted legal responses Wednesday in response to a lawsuit, revoking their drilling permits [notice of revocation, PDF] in Collier County, commenced [press release] by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) [official website]. The drilling company filed two motions in the … [read more]


Legal News
1 Jul 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The New York Court of Appeals [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday that towns can use zoning laws to ban hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking [JURIST backgrounder], within their town lines. In a 5-2 decision, the court ruled in favor [USA Today report] of the towns of Dryden and … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jan 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] New legislation has been proposed to tighten regulations on chemical storage facilities following a chemical spill that contaminated the water supply for 300,000 West Virginia residents. 7,500 gallons of coal-cleaning chemicals leaked from an above-ground storage tank in Charleston owned by Freedom Industries and entered the Elk River on … [read more]


Legal News
20 Dec 2013
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] The Pennsylvania Supreme Court [official website] on Thursday ruled [opinion, PDF] that portions of Act 13 of 2012 [materials, PDF], a statute amending the Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Act [text], are unconstitutional. Specifically, the court found that the act violated the Pennsylvania Constitution by placing zoning rights regarding hydraulic … [read more]


Legal News
26 Nov 2013
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] A New Zealand High Court [official website] judge on Tuesday held that two Kiribati citizens, could not be granted refugee status [decision, PDF] based on the effects of climate change on Kiribati. Ioane Teitiota and his wife moved to New Zealand from the island nation of Kiribati in 2007 … [read more]


Legal News
3 Nov 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] President Barack Obama [official website] on Friday established by Executive Order [text] a Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience. The task force, with members including state, local and tribal officials and executive agencies, is to advise the federal government [White House fact sheet] on how to respond to … [read more]


Legal News
11 Oct 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] France Constitutional Council [official website, in French] on Friday upheld [text, in French] France's ban on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking [JURIST feature], finding that banning the controversial natural gas extraction process is a valid means of protecting the environment. The issue was brought before the council by representatives of … [read more]


Legal News
20 Aug 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] A judge for Michigan's Barry County Circuit Court [official website] on Monday dismissed a fracking lawsuit by Michigan Land Air Water Defense (MLAWD) [advocacy website] against the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) [official website]. MLAWD sought [press release] a declaratory ruling nullifying the MDNR auctions of mineral rights … [read more]


Features
21 Jul 2013

Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, has been at the center of much debate in the past decade. The process has had an enormous impact on the energy industry in the US, particularly with regard to natural gas markets. Natural gas will continue to play an important role in the energy future … [read more]

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