January 2015 Fracking Report

New this month: California: State regulators issued a draft environmental impact report that finds well stimulation in the state can be done with “less-than-significant” impact if mitigation measures are implemented. The report comes as regulators finalize new rules that will go into effect in July. Maryland: With the formal launch of a comment period on… More »

Lingonier, PA Introduces Draft Fracking Zoning Ordinance

Residents of Lingonier, Pennsylvania spoke out against a draft zoning ordinance that would allow fracking to take place in the town’s agricultural zones. The ordinance and zoning map are under review by the town’s planning commission, whose members did not comment on the draft plan when it was introduced at a December 16 meeting, according… More »

Helis Moves Forward on St. Tammany Project

Last week, Louisiana Department of Natural Resources issued a permit to Helis Oil & Gas to move forward on much-debated plans for a fracked well in the St. Tammany Parish. For the next step, Helis must receive a wetlands drilling permit for the area from the Army Corps of Engineers, who have already sent letters… More »

Fracking Regs Clear NC Rules Review Commission

New fracking regulations written by the North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission passed through the Rules Review Commission on December 17, despite concerns from commission staff that three of the rules failed to meet state standards and require public review, according to News Observer. The commission rejected this analysis and proceeded to approve the rules… More »