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Troutman Sanders LLP: New York Moves To Allow, While New Jersey May Ban, Shale Fracking

On Friday, July 1, 2011, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation ("DEC") released its draft supplemental generic environmental impact statement ("SGEIS"), a proposal that would grant access to more than 80% of the shale formations within the state of New York. Notably...

Environmental Groups Sue Over Natural Gas Drilling Regulations

NEW YORK - (AP) Environmental groups filed a lawsuit Thursday in New York City to force federal officials to conduct an environmental review before issuing final regulations on natural gas drilling in the Delaware River Basin because of concerns over the method used to remove the gas. The lawsuit asks...

DiNapoli Proposes New York Gas Drilling Protection Fund

ALBANY N.Y. - (AP) New York Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli proposed Tuesday establishing a fund supported by fees from drillers to clean up environmental damage from natural gas drilling using high-volume hydraulic fracturing. The program, which would require legislation and also apply to current drilling...

USGS Boosts Amount Of Marcellus Shale Gas Reserves

PITTSBURGH - (AP) The U.S. Geological Survey said Tuesday that the Marcellus Shale region contains some 84 trillion cubic feet of undiscovered, recoverable natural gas, far more than thought nearly a decade ago. Tuesday's figure is much higher than the last government assessment in 2002, which suggested...

Steptoe & Johnson: Pennsylvania PUC Clarifies Public Utility Criteria

Continuing developments in the Laser Northeast gathering proceeding impact the regulation of gathering and midstream companies operating in Pennsylvania. By Kurt L. Krieger Background: Laser Northeast proposes to construct a gathering system in Pennsylvania extending into New York where it is...

Pennsylvania Would Let Counties Set Natural Gas Drilling Fees

PITTSBURGH - (AP) Gov. Tom Corbett released a plan for Pennsylvania's natural gas boom Monday that would allow the state's counties to impose a fee on drilling to help pay to regulate it and fix environmental damage in communities where it is happening. The fee, which could be as high as $160...

Fulbright Briefing: Texas, Other States Move Forward With Hydraulic Fracturing Disclosure Regulations

By Barclay Richard Nicholson and Andrea Fair Earlier this year, Texas became the latest state to draft regulations requiring the disclosure of chemicals used in the hydraulic fracturing process. Michigan and Montana issued similar regulations over the summer, joining Arkansas, Wyoming, and Pennsylvania...

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: New York Court of Appeals Upholds Local Zoning Restrictions on Oil and Gas

On June 30, 2014, the New York Court of Appeals ruled that under the “Home Rule” principle, towns may ban oil and gas production activities, including but not limited to hydraulic fracturing, through the use of local zoning laws in the case of Wallach v. Town of Dryden . The Court ruled that...

Babst Calland: New York’s Highest Court Upholds Right of Municipalities to Ban Oil and Gas Activities

By Michael C. Murphy Today the New York Court of Appeals issued an opinion affirming local zoning laws adopted by two upstate towns that prohibited oil and gas-related activities within their borders. Specifically, the Court ruled that there was nothing within the plain language, statutory scheme...

Duane Morris LLP: Electricity Policy Shifts Are Gaining Momentum In New York

In what is likely to be a harbinger of changes to status quo retail electricity markets, services and grid planning, the New York State Public Service Commission (New York PSC) adopted a new policy framework that would significantly influence the development of the electricity industry for years to come...

Ballard Spahr LLP: New York, Connecticut Establish Community-Based Renewable Energy Programs

New York and Connecticut recently joined at least 13 other states, including Hawai’i and Maryland, in establishing measures that could significantly expand access to renewable energy generation in those states through community-based renewable energy programs. Because certain federal tax credits...

Duane Morris LLP: New York Public Service Commission Staff Supports Continuation of Net Metering

By statute, New York state utilities are required to offer net metering of electricity to generators of certain renewable energy resources, depending on the size of the project. Net metering means that, to the extent that there is surplus energy that is not used by the utility customer on behalf of whom...