Fracking Regs Clear NC Rules Review Commission

New fracking regulations written by the North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission passed through the Rules Review Commission on December 17, despite concerns from commission staff that three of the rules failed to meet state standards and require public review, according to News Observer. The commission rejected this analysis and proceeded to approve the rules… 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 »

December 2014 Fracking Report

  New this month: Colorado: State officials have notified the federal Fish & Wildlife Service of Colorado’s intent to sue the agency over its decision to list the Gunnison sage-grouse as a “threatened” species under the Endangered Species Act. Maryland: Outgoing Democrat Governor O’Malley’s administration released its final report on Marcellus Shale development and a… More »

MD Gov. to Introduce Fracking Regulations

Outgoing Democratic Governor Martin O’Malley announced that natural gas fracking will move forward in Maryland, but only under a set of strict regulations that he is set to propose next month. From The Washington Post: “[The regulations] draw upon the ‘best practices’ of other states and nations where hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” takes place, administration… More »