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 »


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 »


Denton Ordinance Could Violate State Law

Proposed amendments to the natural gas drilling ordinance in Denton could conflict with state laws governing oil and gas permitting. According to Energy In Depth, the amendments may change the terms of a company’s natural gas drilling permit, a move that is prevented by Texas’ local government code in order to allow companies to accurately… More »


Cuomo Approves NY Fracking Ban

Following the release of a long-awaited study on the public health impacts of hydraulic fracturing in New York State, Governor Cuomo announced on December 17 that he would move to formally ban fracking. For months prior to the announcement, Cuomo had been under intense pressure to announce a ban on fracking from environmentalist protestors who… More »