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Hydraulic Fracturing

Colorado Oil & Gas Ass'n v. City of Fort Collins

A Colorado court held that the state's Oil and Gas Conservation Act preempts a city's five-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing. The city is a "home-rule" city, meaning it has “the full right of self-government” on local and...

Colorado Oil & Gas Ass'n v. City of Longmont, Colorado

A Colorado court struck down a city's ban on hydraulic fracturing. In 2012, voters passed an amendment to the city charter that bans fracking and the storage and disposal of fracking waste within city limits. The oil and gas industry...

Robinson Township v. Commonwealth

A Pennsylvania court severed in part and struck down in part certain provisions of Act 13, pertaining to oil and gas operations in the Marcellus Shale, that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court left undisturbed in its December 2013 decision...

Wallach v. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

A New York court dismissed a lawsuit seeking to compel the state to finalize its supplemental EIS on hydraulic fracturing. The trustee to a bankrupt energy company filed the lawsuit, claiming that the company's bankruptcy and inability...

Joint Landowners Coalition of New York v. Cuomo

A New York court dismissed mineral rights owners' lawsuit seeking to compel the state to finalize its supplemental EIS on hydraulic fracturing. The owners filed the lawsuit under the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA),...

Energy Corp. USA v. Town of Dryden

New York's highest court held that local governments may ban oil and gas production activities, including hydraulic fracturing, through the adoption of local zoning laws. The case arose after two towns enacted zoning laws banning...

Rodriguez v. Abruzzo

A district court held that a doctor lacks standing to challenge a Pennsylvania law that prohibits doctors from disclosing the mixture of chemical fluids used during hydraulic fracturing when treating patients for chemical exposure....

Tug of War Over Colorado’s Energy Future: State Preemption of Local Fracking Bans

Colorado is one of the epicenters of hydraulic fracturing in the United States. In addition to promising a lower carbon fuel source and increased domestic energy security, this development has attracted opposition from local citizens...

LDAR: A Problem and a Solution for Hydraulic Fracturing

Valves, pumps, connectors, and other component parts are the crucial joints in an industrial plant’s skeletal system. Without them, movement—or in the case of a refinery or chemical manufacturing facility, processing—would be impossible...

What’s in a Name?: Legal Implications of the EU Recommendation on Shale Gas

On January 22, 2014, the European Commission published its Recommendation on Shale Gas calling on the Member States of the European Union (EU) to apply a set of common principles for the performance of exploration and production of...