Utica Operators Would Face Many Changes Under Ohio Budget Bill

Operators of horizontal oil and natural gas wells in Ohio face a bevy of regulatory changes — including quarterly production reports, a $25,000 per well impact fee, and new testing and disposal requirements for drilling waste — under Gov. John Kasich’s biennial budget proposal.

February 26, 2013

Lenape Sues New York Town and DEC Over Drilling Ban

Lenape Resources Inc., an oil and natural gas producer based in New York, has filed a lawsuit against a town in Livingston County for enacting a local drilling ban, and against the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) for failing to rein in the town over the ban.

December 3, 2012

Nova Scotia Enacts Two-Year Fracking Ban

Nova Scotia said it will extend its review of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) until mid-2014, enacting a moratorium on the practice for at least another two years.

April 23, 2012

Binghamton, NY, Enacts Two-Year Ban on Drilling

The City Council of Binghamton, NY, voted 6-1 Wednesday night in favor of enacting a two-year ban on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) within the city limits.

December 23, 2011

Dairy Company Sues New York Town Over Drilling Ban

A dairy company with an oil and gas lease has filed a lawsuit against the Town of Middlefield, NY, accusing the municipality of overstepping its authority by enacting a ban on oil and gas operations.

September 19, 2011

New Brunswick Enacts Tougher Rules, Won’t Ban Fracking

New Brunswick officials said Thursday that while the province was enacting tougher natural gas regulations in the emerging Frederick Brook Shale, it would not implement a ban on hydraulic fracturing (fracking).

June 24, 2011

No Marcellus Tax in Pennsylvania Budget

Pennsylvania could collect revenue from the natural gas industry by enacting a severance tax or by leasing more state forest land to drillers, but Gov. Tom Corbett’s first budget chose neither option.

March 14, 2011

Survey Results Reveal Public Fracking Anxiety

The debate over hydraulic fracturing (fracking) is sparking concerns about drinking water safety in the Marcellus Shale area and nationwide, according to the results of a trio of surveys released by the nonprofit Civil Society Institute (CSI).

December 28, 2010

Pennsylvania Lawmakers Ignore Calls for Severance Tax

The Pennsylvania House on Tuesday and the Senate on Wednesday separately voted in lame duck sessions to override Gov. Ed Rendell’s veto of an education bill. However, the severance tax on gas drillers that Rendell and some lawmakers had sought for more than two years was never considered.

November 18, 2010

Senate Energy Debates Reliability, Restructuring

The Senate Energy and Commerce Committee debated yesterdaywhether to get themselves off the hook for this summer by enactingstopgap electric reliability legislation or go for the gold of acomprehensive electric restructuring bill.

May 18, 2000