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 »

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 »