Topic: Marcellus Shale

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NYDEC Publishes Revised Proposed High-Volume Fracking Regulations

On Thursday, November 29, 2012, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (NYDEC) published revised proposed regulations relating to high-volume hydraulic fracturing (wells using more than 300,000 gallons of water as the base fluid).

The NYDEC developed these revisions and additions after receiving more than 66,000 public comments (most against hydraulic fracturing) on the original proposals that were released on September 28, 2011.

The 30-day public comment period on the revised proposed regulations begins on December 12, 2012, and allows a 90-day extension for completion of the New York Commissioner of Health’s review of the draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact … Continue Reading

Niagara Falls issues ban on hydraulic fracturing

On March 5, 2012, the City Council of Niagara Falls, New York, unanimously approved an ordinance banning hydraulic fracturing in Niagara Falls and the storage, transfer, treatment or disposal of water generated from natural gas exploration and production activities in the city’s wastewater treatment plant.

Ironically, the Marcellus Shale does not extend under the City of Niagara Falls.

Therefore, the ban on hydraulic fracturing likely will have little or no impact on natural gas drilling in the area.

However, the Niagara Falls Water Board previously had hoped to increase revenues by treating flowback and produced water generated in the … Continue Reading