Topic: Utica shale

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PA federal judge strikes down municipal fracking ban

Late last month, a federal magistrate judge in Pennsylvania struck down a township’s ban on fracking activities. The ban, which prevented the injection of fracking waste into a well underlying the town, was preempted by state and federal law, said the judge. The judge ruled that the ban was preempted by the federal Safe Drinking … Continue reading

PA DEP addresses possible link between local earthquakes and fracking

Pennsylvania’s environmental regulators last month addressed a potential link between a string of small local earthquakes and hydraulic fracturing in the Utica Shale. The state’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) released a report in February analyzing together four small-scale earthquakes, which occurred in April 2016 in Lawrence County, and fracking operations in the surrounding area. … Continue reading

Quarterly Legislative Action Update: Marcellus and Utica Shale Region

Our Norton Rose Fulbright Pittsburgh-Southpointe practice tracks legislative activity that we believe may impact oil and gas development within the Marcellus and Utica shale regions (Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio). This Quarterly Update contains all of the relevant legislative activity occurring in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio during the third quarter of 2015. The next issue … Continue reading

Legislative Update: Ohio Bill Regarding Emergency Response Plans

OH Senate Bill 166 – Horizontal wells-emergency response plans Sponsor: Lou Gentile (Democrat – 30th Senate District) Overview: Requires owners of horizontal wells to develop and implement emergency response plans in order to respond to emergencies at the surface location of their wells that threaten public health or safety. The plan must establish response actions to be … Continue reading

University of Michigan’s Technical Reports on Hydraulic Fracturing in the State

On September 5, 2013, the University of Michigan released seven technical reports concerning hydraulic fracturing.  These Michigan-focused reports conclude the first phase of a two-year University project entitled Hydraulic Fracturing in Michigan Integrated Assessment. Public comment on these reports may be submitted through October 7, 2013. A brief description of each report follows. Technology: In view … Continue reading

Ohio voters reject proposal to ban hydraulic fracturing in northeast Ohio

In February 2013, the City Council of Youngstown, Ohio agreed to include on its ballot a proposal to ban hydraulic fracturing within the city limits after an anti-fracking organization, Frackfree Mahoning Valley, collected sufficient signatures for a successful petition. The unofficial results of the election held on May 7, 2013 show voters rejected this proposal … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading
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