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New York State Assembly Passes Three-Year Fracking Moratorium – Senate Vote Unlikely

On Monday, the New York State Assembly voted 89-34 in favor of a three-year statewide moratorium on hydraulic fracturing.  But with the legislative session ending in just a few days, the Senate appears unlikely to take up the bill, rendering the vote largely symbolic. Speaker Sheldon Silver emphasized the need for caution in exploring New … Continue Reading

Aubrey McClendon’s American Energy Partners LP Announces Agreements to Purchase over $4 Billion of Shale Acreage in Utica, Marcellus, and the Permian Basin.

In two press releases Monday, American Energy Partners LP announced agreements to purchase shale acreage in the Utica and Marcellus shale for $1.75 billion, and acreage in the Permian Basin in Texas for $2.5 billion. The deals are expected to close in the next 60 days. American Energy Partners CEO Aubrey McClendon formed the company … Continue Reading

Pennsylvania Legislators Propose Gas Drilling Tax

A bipartisan group of Pennsylvania state legislators have proposed a law that would require energy developers to pay a 4.9% severance tax on natural gas produced within the commonwealth.  As proposed, the law would tax the actual value of any extracted natural gas resources.  This new scheme is intended to supplant the current system of … Continue Reading

Severance Tax Debate Continues

Through the summer and leading up to the adoption of Ohio’s biennial budget, changes to Ohio’s severance tax were discussed in the General Assembly and in the media.  Severance tax provisions were cut from discussions fairly early in the budget process, and the budget became law without any change to the severance tax.  Still, those … Continue Reading

Voters in Youngstown, Ohio Once Again Vote No on Anti-fracking Measure

For a second time in less than a year voters in Youngstown, Ohio have rejected an amendment that would prohibit fracking in the city of Youngstown, this time by a margin of 55 percent to 45 percent.  This margin mirrors the previous vote in May which failed as well by a 57 percent to 43 … Continue Reading

Local Fracking Bans Tested In Court While New York State Remains Undecided

After five years of “health impact analysis” on the effects of fracking, the New York State Department of Health (“NYSDOH”) has still offered no timeline for completion of the study.  The NYSDOH study was commissioned by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, an agency controlled by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The NYSDOH issued a … Continue Reading

Pennsylvania Drillers May Soon Face Tightened Environmental Regulations

Oil and gas drillers in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale formation may soon find themselves subject to more stringent environmental protection standards under regulations proposed by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (“the Department”).  The Department announced on August 27, 2013 that the proposed regulations were approved by the state’s Environmental Quality Board.  The proposal now moves … Continue Reading

From the Ohio River to the Marcellus and Utica Hydraulic Fracturing Sites – Company to Build Pipeline for Water Transport

As oil and gas companies across the country face increasing pressure to decrease their use of fresh water for fracking operations, new and innovative solutions are sought. Some companies are turning to the recycling of frack water (see our previous discussion here); others are building pipelines to ensure that there is a reliable and cost-effective … Continue Reading

Federal Government Study Confirms Hydraulic Fracturing Does Not Contaminate Drinking Water

            The Department of Energy (“DOE”), after a year-long study at a western Pennsylvania drilling site, has concluded that there is no evidence that chemicals used during the hydraulic fracturing process have contaminated drinking water aquifers adjacent to the drilling site.  According to DOE geologist Richard Hammack, the study found that hydraulic fracturing fluids remained … Continue Reading
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