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Report Finds Shale Development Improves Local Economies

Researchers with the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC) report finding the economic benefits to local communities for allowing hydraulic fracturing (fracking), on average, outweigh any negative health and social impacts from the practice.

December 23, 2016

California County Voters Pass Ban on Oil/Gas Drilling, Fracking

Although it has little oil/natural gas activity, voters in California’s central coast Monterey County approved a ballot measure banning new oil/gas development in the county, including the use of well stimulation techniques such as hydraulic fracturing (fracking).

November 10, 2016
Colorado Supreme Court Strikes Down City Fracking Bans

Colorado Supreme Court Strikes Down City Fracking Bans

Siding with the oil/natural gas industry, the Colorado Supreme Court on Monday struck down a ban and moratorium on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) by the cities of Longmont and Fort Collins, respectively. The state’s high court affirmed that the local government actions were preempted by state law and therefore were invalid and unenforceable.

May 3, 2016
Colorado Supreme Court Strikes Down City Fracking Bans

Colorado Supreme Court Strikes Down City Fracking Bans

Siding with the oil/natural gas industry, the Colorado Supreme Court on Monday struck down a ban and moratorium on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) by the cities of Longmont and Fort Collins, respectively. The state’s high court affirmed that the local government actions were preempted by state law and therefore were invalid and unenforceable.

May 3, 2016

Colorado Sets New Local Control Rules; Industry Is ‘Disappointed’

Colorado’s Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) on Monday established new rules proposed by a statewide task force last year that are designed to give local governments more of a role in siting large oil/gas facilities near communities and to “bridge the regulatory roles” between state and local officials.

January 26, 2016

Colorado Oil/Gas Board to Decide on Two Local Rules

Decisions on proposals to turn two of the governor’s local control task force recommendations into statewide rules are scheduled to be made Monday when the Colorado Oil/Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) reconvenes hearings that began last fall on the proposed rules.

January 22, 2016

Colorado Regulators Drop Time-Out Provision in Draft Drilling Rules

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) said this week it doesn’t plan to include a time-out provision for mandated short drilling lulls under draft local control rules undergoing public comment because regulators already have that authority.

December 9, 2015

Colorado Regulators Move Ahead on Two Local Control Rulemakings

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) will hold hearings Monday and Tuesday in Denver to hammer out new rules to implement two recommendations made early this year by Gov. John Hickenlooper’s statewide local control task force (see Shale Daily, Feb. 25).

November 13, 2015

Pennsylvania Lawmaker Introduces Bill to Tax NatGas Pipelines

A Democratic state senator has introduced legislation in the Pennsylvania General Assembly to allow local municipalities and school districts to tax natural gas pipelines.

June 23, 2015

North Dakota Lawmakers to Decide Oil, Gas Tax Redistribution

The North Dakota House will review Senate changes to a bill that would create a new formula for distributing some oil and natural gas production and extraction tax revenues after the state Senate unanimously passed its version on Monday.

April 8, 2015
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