September 2, 2014

Carlucci urges fracking study after PA visit

Westchestesr/Rockland Newsday reports on a trip NY State Senator David Carlucci took to view hydrofracking sites in PA, a trip that has increased his determination to push a bill he has introduced to delay any permits on hydrofracking until three studies on health and environmental impacts have been completed.

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Fracked-up roads: Texas, NY

The Texas Tribune reported yesterday on legislative attempts to address the damage done to Texas roads by drilling:

“The Texas Department of Transportation has estimated that maintaining infrastructure impacted by the drilling boom will cost $4 billion a year. Advocates are urging lawmakers to tap the state’s Rainy Day Fund

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N.J. Senate Passes Fracking Ban

MARYANN SPOTO, State House Bureau, The Record –

The state Senate overwhelmingly passed legislation banning the use of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas exploration in New Jersey.

The 33-1 vote came after Sen. Joseph Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) unsuccessfully asked for a five-year moratorium instead of an outright ban.

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Regulation Is Lax for Water from Gas Wells

By Ian Urbina, New York Times

The American landscape is dotted with hundreds of thousands of new wells and drilling rigs, as the country scrambles to tap into this century’s gold rush — for natural gas. The gas has always been there, of course, trapped deep underground in countless tiny … Continue reading

Proposed legislation would benefit landowners forced into drilling units

The Marcellus Effect blog by Sue Heavenrich

New York isn’t allowing any horizontal drilling in the Marcellus Shale just yet, but that hasn’t stopped some companies from planning ahead. Epsilon Energy is drilling into the Oriskany (just below the Marcellus layer) and at the last meeting with the Van Etten … Continue reading

Bill to repeal the exemption for hydraulic fracturing in the Safe Drinking Water Act

111th Congress 1st Session H.R.

Ms. DeGette (for herself, Mr. Hinchey, and Mr. Polis of Colorado) introduced the following bill:

To repeal the exemption for hydraulic fracturing in the Safe Drinking Water Act, and for other purposes.

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