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Ohio City Won’t Appeal Ruling Striking Down Oil/Gas Drilling Ban

Ohio City Won’t Appeal Ruling Striking Down Oil/Gas Drilling Ban

More than two months after a Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas judge struck down a Cleveland suburb’s charter amendment that sought to ban oil and natural gas drilling, the city’s law director said it won’t be appealing the decision.

May 21, 2015

Oklahoma House Passes Bills Limiting Local Control of Oil/Gas Activities

The Oklahoma House of Representatives passed a pair of bills on Wednesday that would prohibit localities from restricting or placing outright bans on a long list of oil and gas activities, and spelling out that such regulations are the dominion of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission (OCC).

April 23, 2015

Oklahoma House Passes Bills Limiting Local Control of Oil/Gas Activities

The Oklahoma House of Representatives passed a pair of bills on Wednesday that would prohibit localities from restricting or placing outright bans on a long list of oil and gas activities, and spelling out that such regulations are the dominion of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission (OCC).

April 23, 2015

Texas House Lawmakers Preliminarily Approve Frack-Friendly Bill

At midday Friday, after three hours of debate, Texas state Rep. Drew Darby (R-San Angelo) had fought back 10 amendments to his House Bill 40, which is intended to prevent municipalities from enacting ordinances that interfere with oil/gas drilling. HB 40 was passed to engrossment on a vote of 122-18 and faces one more vote in the House before passing to the state Senate.

April 17, 2015

Texas House Lawmakers Preliminarily Approve Frack-Friendly Bill

At midday Friday, after three hours of debate, Texas state Rep. Drew Darby (R-San Angelo) had fought back 10 amendments to his House Bill 40, which is intended to prevent municipalities from enacting ordinances that interfere with oil/gas drilling. HB 40 was passed to engrossment on a vote of 122-18 and faces one more vote in the House before passing to the state Senate.

April 17, 2015

Texas Bill Targeting Fracking Ban Stumbles in House

After opponents of legislation to limit how much Texas municipalities may regulate oil/natural gas drilling activities had been rallying for hours at the state capitol, the bill’s author pulled it from the House floor Tuesday because of discrepancies in a committee report on the legislation and for further consideration of amendments.

April 14, 2015

Con Edison of New York Sets NatGas Consumption Record

Con Edison of New York (Con Ed) set a new record for natural gas consumption last week after a blast of cold weather hit its service area, which includes most of New York City and Westchester County, NY.

January 23, 2015
Denton, TX, Weighing New Rules on Drilling ‘Quality of Life’ Issues

Denton, TX, Weighing New Rules on Drilling ‘Quality of Life’ Issues

Denton, TX, the Barnett Shale town where earlier this year residents voted to ban hydraulic fracturing (fracturing), is considering tightening its ordinances on natural gas drilling — increasing scrutiny of wells and placing new requirements on operators.

December 15, 2014

Texas Fracking Case Draws National Environmental Groups

Denton, TX, anti-frackers are marshaling forces to defend the city’s voter-approved and recently enacted ban on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) against a challenge by the oil and gas industry as well as a Texas state agency.

December 5, 2014

UIL Abandons Deal to Buy Philadelphia Gas Works

UIL Holdings Corp. has terminated its $1.86 billion agreement to purchase Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW), the nation’s largest municipally-owned gas utility, after the city council’s decision in October to rule out what it deemed a risky sale.

December 5, 2014