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Fracking and Hazardous Waste

Nova Scotia has followed Quebec, and has launched its own investigation into the potential environmental hazards of hydraulic fracturing to produce shale gas, especially the impacts on water. Meanwhile, the US EPA is anxious to formally start its own review. Its Science Advisory Board will hold two...

Fracking, Drinking Water and Regulation

Jessica Ernst has launched a multi million dollar lawsuit against Encana Corporation , the Alberta Energy Resources Conservation Board, and the Alberta government for contamination of her property and drinking water due to Encana's fracking program. Encana fractures rock to extract coal bed methane...

Ulmer & Berne LLP Real Estate Advisor Law Blog: Marcellus Shale: The Next Gas and Oil Boom?

By Brad Kaplan If you thought the earth beneath your feet was solid; think again. Land owners and energy industry prospectors are busy in Eastern Ohio, West Virginia, New York and Pennsylvania looking for pockets of natural gas embedded in the Marcellus Shale buried deep beneath the surface. Named...

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...

Pennsylvania Gov. Corbett Gets Report From Panel On Marcellus Gas Drilling

HARRISBURG Pa. - (AP) A hand-picked panel on natural gas drilling gave Gov. Tom Corbett its recommendations on Friday, a report that included no surprises concerning what it sure to be a major topic of legislative debate this fall. The advisory panel recommended what it thinks will be the best ways to...

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...

Energy Secretary's Advisors Recommend Major Changes to Improve Regulation of Shale Gas Fracking

By Dianne Saxe, Ontario Environmental Lawyer Advisors to US Energy Secretary, Stephen Chu, have recommended major changes to improve regulation and environmental performance of shale gas fracturing (fracking) in the US. Public consultation is continuing, and the final report will be released in November...

Will Lawsuits Related to Shale Gas Drilling be the 'Next Big Thing?'

PHILADELPHIA - Shale drilling for natural gas is big business in several states, but will it be "the next big thing" for litigators? It may be too early to tell, but the plaintiff and defense bars are gearing up. About 110 attorneys, insurance professionals and gas industry reps from 22...

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Regulatory Lead Time an Important Consideration in Development of Ohio Drilling Units

By Kathy Milenkovski and Neal Pierce During the past year, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources has conducted hearings on three applications for unitized operation under Ohio Revised Code 1509.28. Additional hearings are on the schedule for January 2013. This statutory provision, part of the oil...

William A. Ruskin: Among Environmentalists, Hydrofracking is Not a 'Yes or No' Issue

By William A. Ruskin On April 10, 2013, I participated in " Justice Speaks ," an event sponsored by the Justice Action Center at New York Law School on hydraulic fracturing. Joining me on the podium was Daniel Raichel , a Project Attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council ("...