Thomas Puchner

Thomas Puchner

Phillips Lytle LLP

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Lawsuits Over Hydraulic Fracturing SGEIS Imminent: Joint Landowners Threaten Suit Before Year End

It appears that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (“DEC”) will very likely face multiple legal challenges to its long-delayed issuance of a final Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement...more

12/6/2013 - Department of Environmental Conservation Department of Health Environmental Claims Fracking SGEIS

Appeals Court Upholds Drilling Bans

In twin decisions handed down today, the Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Department upheld two local zoning laws that prohibit activities related to oil and gas development (commonly referred to as “hydraulic...more

5/3/2013 - Fracking Fracking Bans Oil & Gas

Unconventional Compromises on Natural Gas Regulation

While New York’s natural gas resources remain locked down between perpetual regulatory limbo and extreme polarization among interest groups, recent events have proven that compromise is possible....more

3/25/2013 - Fracking Natural Gas Shale Gas

DEC Groundhog Sees Shadow - More Delay for New York Natural Gas Development - But Permits for High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing May...

Like the famous Punxsutawney Phil seeing his shadow, DEC has not timely emerged from its long-running study of environmental and health impacts of High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing (“HVHF”), suggesting that there will be at...more

2/14/2013 - Fracking Natural Gas Permits

DEC Commissioner Suggests SGEIS May Be Delayed...Again

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (“DEC”) Commissioner, Joseph Martens, spoke to legislators about his agency’s 2013-2014 budget on Monday. During the sometimes-feisty hearing, legislators peppered...more

2/11/2013 - Department of Environmental Conservation Environmental Impact Report Fracking SGEIS

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