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Marten Law: California Issues Draft Hydraulic Fracturing Rule--Alaska and South Dakota Also Announce New Regulations
Posted on 4 Feb 2013 by Daniel K. Kolta

By Daniel K. Kolta , Associate, Marten Law PLLC In the absence of comprehensive federal regulations governing hydraulic fracturing, several states have begun to adopt their own rules. In this Emerging Issues Analysis, Daniel Kolta of Marten Law PLLC... Read More

New Report Links Fracking to Potential Health Issues
Posted on 26 Mar 2012 by Steven M. Siros

By Steven M. Siros, Partner, Jenner & Block A recent study by the Colorado School of Public Health has linked hydraulic fracturing to elevated levels of petroleum hydrocarbons in the air near drilling sites. The study, to be published in Science... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal Legislative Updates: Natural Gas Fracking in Ohio and New York
Posted on 18 Jun 2012 by State Net

KASICH SIGNS OH FRACKING BILL: Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) signed sweeping energy legislation last week (SB 315) that among many provisions establishes new rules regulating natural gas drilling procedures in the Buckeye State. But some Republican lawmakers... Read More

Arnold & Porter: Hydraulic Fracturing – Legislative and Regulatory Materials and the Comprehensive Case Chart
Posted on 3 Aug 2012 by J. Cullen Howe

By J. Cullen Howe, Environmental Law Specialist, Arnold & Porter LLP Hydraulic fracturing (fracking), a process used by the oil and gas industry for more than 60 years, has attracted the national spotlight. By injecting fluids and other materials... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal Legislative Updates: Ohio Governor Continues to Push for Shale Fracking Tax
Posted on 30 Jul 2012 by State Net

KASICH CONTINUES PUSH FOR DRILLING TAX: Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) renewed his call to impose steeper oil and gas drilling taxes on out-of-state oil companies in order to pay for an income tax cut for Buckeye State residents, telling reporters, "The... Read More

Natural Gas Fracking Itself Is Not Contaminating Groundwater; Poor Waste Management and Bore Wells Are
Posted on 27 May 2012 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

Prior posts have noted groundwater contamination associated with natural gas produced from deep shale deposits by hydraulic fracturing. A study by researchers (with no industry contributions) concludes that such pollution results not from liquids pumped... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal Legislative Updates: New York Assembly Approves Moratorium on Fracking While Cuomo Delays Decision
Posted on 11 Mar 2013 by State Net

ENERGY: The NEW YORK Assembly approves AB 5424-A, a bill that would impose a two-year moratorium on the natural gas and oil drilling method of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. It is now in the Senate (STATE NET, BLOOMBERG). GOVERNORS IN BRIEF: NEW... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal Legislative Updates: Fracking Not A Watered-Down Topic
Posted on 9 Jul 2012 by State Net

FRACKING REMAINS A HOT TOPIC IN MANY STATES: The controversial process of hydraulic fracturing, also known as "fracking," has boiled over in numerous statehouses this year. The battle has often come down along party lines, with Republicans heavily... Read More

USEPA Promulgates New Fracking Air Rules
Posted on 2 May 2012 by Marc Karell

By Marc Karell, P.E., CEM, Principal, Climate Change & Environmental Services, LLC While the focus of the environmental controversy concerning hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") has been the alleged contamination of aquifers and other drinking... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal Legislative Updates: Vermont Bans Shale Gas Fracking
Posted on 22 May 2012 by State Net

ENVIRONMENT The ILLINOIS Senate approves HB 4119, which would ban the sale or possession of shark fins, a delicacy often used in Chinese cooking. The measure moves to Gov. Pat Quinn (D) for review (QUAD-CITY TIMES [DAVENPORT]). • VERMONT Gov... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal Legislative Updates: Cuomo Wants Fracking Health Review Before Allowing Hydraulic Fracturing
Posted on 1 Oct 2012 by State Net

CUOMO WANTS NY PRE-FRACKING HEALTH REVIEW: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said last week he will not issue a final decision on whether to allow hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," until the Empire State has further studied the potential impact... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal Legislative Updates: Ohio and California Legislatures Approve Measures for Regulation of Shale Gas Fracking
Posted on 5 Jun 2012 by State Net

ENERGY: The OHIO House and Senate approve SB 315, which requires greater disclosure of chemicals used in the hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, process to extract natural gas from underground shale deposits. The measure also requires water sampling within... Read More