A bill that would increase regulations on natural gas and oil drillers in Illinois is awaiting Gov. Pat Quinn’s signature after state lawmakers passed the bipartisan legislation.
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Legislation to extend tax credits that support the conversion of conventional vehicles to run on cleaner fuels, such as natural gas, is awaiting the signature of Oklahoma’s governor after passage by the state House. The incentive, which covers about half the cost of converting a typical vehicle and three-quarters of the cost of establishing an alternative fueling station, will be extended until 2020. The incentives are expected to cost the state — a major natural gas producer — $1.5-2 million per year.
Texas legislation to require public disclosure of the contents of hydraulic fracturing (hydrofracking) fluid was awaiting the governor’s signature last Friday. Regulators in a handful of other states — Arkansas, Colorado, Wyoming and Michigan — require some form of disclosure, but Texas would be the first state to mandate public disclosure through legislation.
A bill that would have changed West Virginia’s regulation of Marcellus Shale drilling was not brought up for a final vote by the House of Delegates during the final day of its 2011 regular session Friday and so will not become law this year.
A signature from outgoing New York Gov. David Paterson is all that is required for a temporary ban on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) to become effective in the Empire State following the New York State Assembly’s approval of the measure on Monday.
The House last Wednesday approved by a two-to-one majority the $10-11 billion lands bill on its second try, sending the measure to the White House for President Obama’s signature following a contentious, protracted debate in Congress.