NY Town Renews Fracking Moratorium

On July 8, Springwater, NY voted unanimously to extend a moratorium on fracking within town limits. The move comes after the New York Senate failed to approve a state-wide ban on the practice, a measure that passed the New York Assembly 89 to 34 in June. From the Genesee Country Express: “With our proximity to… More »

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 »

Legal Challenges to NY Fracking Delay Dismissed

This week the New York Supreme Court dismissed two cases that called for an end to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s process of review of the impact of high-volume fracking. The Poughkeepsie Journal reports that “The Binghamton-based Joint Landowners Coalition of New York and Mark Wallach, the trustee for Norse Energy, had… More »

Denton City Council Defers Fracking Issue to Voters

The Denton, Texas City Council rejected a city-wide hydraulic fracturing ban in a 5-2 vote held early Wednesday morning after more than eight hours of public testimony. The question will now be posed to voters on the November ballot. The Denton Drilling Awareness Group, the organization that spearheaded the signature collection effort, argues that a fracking… More »