Upcoming Fracking Vote in Burns, NY

Despite a current moratorium on drilling in New York state, the town of Burns is looking to pass a ban on hydraulic fracturing before the end of the year. The Evening Tribune reports that “Vote counters believe there are at least three voting members in favor of the fracking ban, although there is currently a… More »

NC Oil and Gas Hearings Conclude on Friday

This Friday is the fourth in a series of public hearings that the North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission is having regarding the state’s proposed oil and gas regulations. According to the Asheville Citizen-Times, “Each of three previous hearings held in the Piedmont to discuss rules drew hundreds of people, and Friday’s hearing has been… More »

St. Tammany Votes to Boost Legal Funding

Worries of inadequate legal representation in the fight against fracking led the St. Tammany Parish Council to increase funding for legal counsel by $100,000 last week. The council had originally allocated $25,000 for a court hearing scheduled next month to argue for the parish’s right to prohibit fracking through zoning ordinances. Some community members, however,… More »

Illinois Revises Fracking Regs

In August, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR) submitted an extensive draft of rules regulating high-volume oil and gas drilling to the Illinois legislature’s Joint Committee on Administrative Rules. The committee has 77 days to approve the rules after they are submitted. The regulations contain modifications that have raised concerns from both anti-fracking activists… More »