Elected officials in Trumbull County, OH, voted unanimously Wednesday in favor of a resolution asking Gov. John Kasich to declare a moratorium on drilling any new wastewater injection wells in the county.
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The issue of local control over oil/natural gas development is alive in California despite a new statewide regulatory process (SB 4) covering well stimulation practices, including hydraulic fracturing (fracking).
Activist and environmental groups petitioned California Gov. Jerry Brown Thursday to impose a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing (fracking), citing action taken by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo as an example.
The California state Senate on Thursday rejected a bill (SB 1132) seeking to establish a moratorium on the use of hydraulic fracturing (fracking), for which the state is in the process of finalizing new rules from a bill (SB 4) passed last year.
U.S. Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) blasted New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo from the floor of the House of Representatives on Wednesday, accusing the governor of stalling on a decision to possibly permit high-volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF) in the state.
Voters in three Colorado towns voted to place moratoriums on natural gas and oil exploration and hydraulic fracturing (fracking) Tuesday, and a moratorium on the ballot in a fourth town failed by just a few votes. The ballot initiatives were seen as largely symbolic efforts, since there is little to no drilling being done in any of the towns. Meanwhile, across the country in Ohio, a ban on fracking on Youngstown’s ballot failed for a second time.
A Michigan operator that wanted to drill for oil and gas in Bucks County, PA, is abandoning the effort and bringing a six-year-long legal battle to a close.
Pennsylvania State Universityresearchers who have been charged with monitoring 21 seismograph stations across the state are also reportedly studying the geological structure of the South Newark Basin. The $269,000 study is part of a federal program to research earthquakes nationwide, and was contracted to the university by theDepartment of Conservation and Natural Resources(DCNR) this summer, according to Philadelphia’sIntelligencernewspaper, which gathered the information through a series of right-to-know requests. In 2012 theU.S. Geological Survey(USGS) said the South Newark was one of three Mesozoic shale basins along the East Coast with the “most resource potential” for oil and gas producers (seeShale Daily,June 21, 2012). There is a 95% chance that at least 363 Bcf of undiscovered natural gas is locked in the formation, along with 1 million bbl of undiscovered natural gas liquids, USGS said. Following the USGS report, the General Assembly days later adopted a drilling moratorium for the South Newark Basin, which is located across upscale, ex-urban Philadelphia counties (seeShale Daily,July 3, 2012). The legislation forbid the state’sDepartment of Environmental Protectionfrom issuing well permits in the basin until DCNR completed a study of “the practical resource recovery implications” of the USGS report and the fiscal impact of oil and gas operations in the basin. Oil and gas operations in the South Newark Basin are already restricted by theDelaware River Basin Commission’s de facto moratorium on exploration and development (see Shale Daily,June 16, 2010).
The New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is proposing a permitting program for liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities and LNG transport within the state in light of increasing interest in the development of LNG facilities. Such a move could lift a 40-year ban on new LNG storage in the state.
A loose coalition of anti-hydraulic fracturing (fracking) groups is calling for a moratorium on the drilling practice in California, and is lobbying against the lone remaining bill (SB 4) related to unconventional drilling in the state legislature, which is in its final weeks before adjournment.