January 29, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
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 told the Scottish parliament that the moratorium will give the government time to investigate ...[read more]
December 19, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and his administration said Wednesday that they will block hydraulic fracturing across the state. Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking is a controversial method of tapping natural gas deposits with high pressurized water. The method, commonly used in the local Marcellus ...[read more]
October 31, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
Argentina's lower house of Congress on Thursday passed a highly criticized bill for a new Hydrocarbons law. The lower house, controlled by allies of President Cristina Fernandez, passed the bill with a vote of 130-116 with one abstention after 14 hours of debate. The bill seeks to promote foreign ...[read more]
December 20, 2013
by Kimberly Bennett
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that portions of Act 13 of 2012, a statute amending the Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Act, are unconstitutional. Specifically, the court found that the act violated the Pennsylvania Constitution by placing zoning rights regarding hydraulic fracturing or... ...[read more]
July 20, 2013
by Zachariah Rivenbark
Shale gas deposits have been identified across the US and drilling efforts had begun as early as the 1940s. As natural gas extraction intensified in the early twenty-first century and environmental concerns gained publicity, some landowners filed lawsuits, particularly in the northeast Marcellus ...[read more]
May 18, 2013
by Arjun Mishra
On May 18, 2012, Vermont became the first US state to ban hydraulic fracking when Governor Peter Shumlin signed Bill H. 464 into law. Hydraulic fracking is a method used by many major oil companies to extract natural gas and obtain shale oil and gas by using an extremely pressurized mixture of ...[read more]
April 27, 2013
by Matthew Pomy
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in a deed dispute over Marcellus shale gas rights that the gas is not considered a "mineral." The dispute dates back to an 1881 deed that conveyed partial mineral rights to the property holder. In the decision, the court reaffirmed Pennsylvania's " ...[read more]
February 4, 2013
by Zachariah Rivenbark
6/18/2013: Illinois governor signed strictest fracking law in nation 4/24/2013: Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that natural gas is not a "mineral" 3/6/2013: New York lawmakers approved two-year fracking moratorium 12/21/2012: EPA released progress report on study to better understand the ...[read more]
September 5, 2012
by Matthew Pomy
Attorneys for Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Public Utility Commission (PUC) filed a brief with the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Tuesday arguing that the appellate court erred in overturning portions of Pennsylvania's Act 13. The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court ...[read more]
July 30, 2012
by Elizabeth Hand
JURIST Associate Editor Garrett Eisenhour, University of Pittsburgh School of Law Class of 2014, is a law clerk at the Center for Coalfield Justice. He explores the regulation and safety concerns surrounding gas pipelines, and argues that the costs may outweigh the benefits...Amidst an expanding ...[read more]

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