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Ohio Natural Gas Production Reaches Historic Levels

Natural gas production in Ohio nearly doubled last year largely because of a surge in hydraulic fracturing operations in the state. Speaking at a conference earlier this month about oil and gas development in the state, the...more

7/17/2014 - Fracking Natural Gas Oil & Gas

California Issues Proposed Fracking Rules

On June 13, the California Department of Conservation released proposed regulations for oil and gas production activities in the state. The draft rules are being issued pursuant to legislation passed last year. They would...more

6/24/2014 - Energy Fracking Natural Gas Oil & Gas

Texas Jury Awards Damages for Fracking Nuisance Claim for the Second Time

Last Friday, a Texas jury awarded a Tarrant County couple $20,000 in damages after finding activities at a natural gas drilling site located 165 feet from their property constituted a temporary private nuisance. The verdict...more

5/29/2014 - Damages Fracking Jury Awards Natural Gas Nuisance Oil & Gas Well Drilling

Ohio House Passes Severance Tax on Drilling

A long-debated severance tax on hydraulic fracturing operations within the state passed the Ohio House of Representatives on Wednesday, setting the stage for a Senate vote on the issue later this year. House Bill 375, which...more

5/15/2014 - Energy Fracking Natural Gas Oil & Gas Severance Tax Shale Gas

White House Unveils Plan to Curb Methane Emissions

Last week, the White House announced its new plan to cut methane emissions, the tenants of which could have far reaching implications for the oil and gas industry. Titled the “Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions,” the plan...more

4/4/2014 - Climate Action Plan Climate Change Environmental Policies Greenhouse Gas Emissions Oil & Gas

Protestors Call for California Fracking Ban

Thousands of protestors converged on Sacramento on Saturday, urging Gov. Jerry Brown to institute a moratorium on fracking in California. The demonstration is believed to be the largest anti-fracking rally in state...more

3/18/2014 - Environmental Claims Fracking Fracking Bans

Los Angeles City Council Clears Way for Fracking Ban

A vote taken by the Los Angeles City Council last week could set the stage for a city-wide ban on hydraulic fracturing. During its session on Friday, February 28, the ten-member council unanimously approved a motion to draft...more

3/7/2014 - Fracking Fracking Bans Natural Gas Oil & Gas

New York Landowners Sue Governor Cuomo Over Fracking Review

A large group of New York property owners have filed suit against Governor Andrew Cuomo, demanding that the state concludes its five-year-long assessment of whether to allow high-volume hydraulic fracturing. The group, called...more

2/18/2014 - Andrew Cuomo Delays Department of Environmental Conservation Environmental Liability Fracking Land Owners

Shale Development Organization Announces Voluntary Compliance Program

The Center for Sustainable Shale Development, an organization dedicated to promoting collaboration between the oil and gas industry and environmental groups, has announced it is accepting applications for its new voluntary...more

1/24/2014 - Compliance Energy Energy Policy Environmental Policies Fracking Shale Gas Voluntary Standards

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Strikes Down Act 13

Last week, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court struck down a state law that required municipalities to permit oil and gas drilling in all zoning districts, including those designated exclusively for residential use. In a 4 to 2...more

12/26/2013 - Fracking Fracking Bans Oil & Gas Shale Gas

Pennsylvania Legislators Propose Gas Drilling Tax

A bipartisan group of Pennsylvania state legislators have proposed a law that would require energy developers to pay a 4.9% severance tax on natural gas produced within the commonwealth. As proposed, the law would tax the...more

12/23/2013 - Fracking Natural Gas Oil & Gas Severance Tax

Texas Supreme Court Set to Hear Case Involving Subsurface Trespass Claim

Last week, the Texas Supreme Court agreed to hear a suit that could determine whether landowners in the state have a cause of action for trespass when water from underground injection wells migrates onto their property. The...more

12/2/2013 - Energy Exploration Environmental Claims Oil & Gas Subsurface Estates Trespass

A Summary of the Protecting States’ Rights to Promote American Energy Security Act (H.R. 2728)

On November 20, 2013, the House passed Protecting States’ Rights to Promote American Energy Security Act (H.R. 2728), giving state law primacy over federal regulation of hydraulic fracturing. The key provisions of the bill...more

11/25/2013 - Energy Energy Policy

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