Hearings on NC Oil and Gas Regs Begin

A series of hearings on North Carolina’s proposed oil and gas drilling regulations begin this week. There are four scheduled hearings, the first of which will take place in Raleigh on Wednesday, followed by hearings in Sanford, Reidsville, and Cullowhee.   From the News and Observer: “Even though the rule set runs 174 pages, most… More »

Researcher: Fracking Caused Ohio Quakes

Evidence has emerged that implicates fracking as the cause of a series of small earthquakes in Harrison County, Ohio in late 2013. Ohio.com reports that:   “The nearly 500 micro-quakes occurred from early October to mid-December near Clendening Lake in an area with no recorded earthquakes, according to seismologist Paul A. Friberg of the New… More »

Public Forum on Fracking Ban Held in Norman, OK

Hundreds gathered in Norman, Oklahoma gathered to listen to a panel explain the basics of fracking and how municipalities can work to ban the practice. David Slottje with the Community Environmental Defense Council was present to explain how organizers in places like New York have instituted local fracking bans. According to StateImpact Oklahoma, “that’s when… More »

MI Town Bans Fracking, Drilling Still Regulated by State Law

The Board of Trustees of Pittsfield Township, Michigan recently approved a resolution that bans fracking within town limits. There are no oil and gas projects planned in Pittsfield, but the resolution is “largely symbolic as local municipalities were stripped of their ability to block drilling within their borders by a 2011 amendment to the Michigan… More »