Hickenlooper Abandons Special Session, Future of CO Fracking Uncertain

Last Wednesday morning Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper announced that he is foregoing plans to hold a special session focused on passing oil and gas regulation in an effort to head off votes on state-wide ballot measures to ban fracking this November. “Despite our best efforts and those of other willing partners, we have not been… More »

Testimony Concludes in Longmont Fracking Ban Challenge

The Longmont Times-Call reports that on Monday arguments concluded in a case that would determine the legality of a fracking ban in Longmont, Colorado. Representatives from the Colorado Oil and Gas Association, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission and TOP Operating are challenging the ban in a Boulder District Court on the grounds that… More »

MD Releases Health Impact Study

The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene released on June 28 its Marcellus Shale Public Health Report to a crowd of 50 attendees at Garrett College.  The report concluded that health dangers from fracking include potential contamination from fracking fluid and increased truck traffic and its associated pollution. The report included a series of… More »

New York Court Approves Local Fracking Bans

This week the New York Court of Appeals upheld the right of localities to limit fracking through zoning laws, complicating any potential repeal by Governor Cuomo of the state-wide fracking moratorium. The verdict “may invigorate local challenges to fracking in other states and convince the industry to stay out of New York even if Cuomo… More »