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 »

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 »

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 »