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 »

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 »

Denton, Texas Voters Approve Fracking Ban

Yesterday, Denton voters approved a ban on fracking within city limits by a margin of 59% to 41%. In the case of a ban, mineral rights holders announced that they were prepared to challenge the measure in court. Delays in permitting have already made the city a target of legal action. The Associated Press reports that… More »

Ohio Well Ruptures Week Before Voters Decide Fracking Fate

A fracking well in Bloomingdale, Ohio ruptured early last week, forcing about 400 families to evacuate their homes until air tests around the well were completed. The well is run by a subsidiary of American Energy Partners, who brought in Halliburton-owned emergency team to shut down the well and prevent gas leaks. As of October… More »