It appears that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (“DEC”) will very likely face multiple legal challenges to its long-delayed issuance of a final Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (“SGEIS”) for the High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing (“HVHF”) regulatory program. Lawyers representing the Bankruptcy Trustee of Norse Energy Corp.
On December 3, 2013, the Colorado Oil and Gas Association (“COGA”) filed suits challenging citizen-passed initiatives that ban oil and gas activities in the cities of Fort Collins and Lafayette.
Fracking Insider Readers: We are pleased to bring you the first volume of our Federal Legislative Roundup, including updates on three pieces of legislation currently under consideration in the House: “The Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act,” “The Federal Lands Jobs and Energy Security Act,” and “The North American Energy Infrastructure Act.”
Fracking Insider Readers: We are pleased to bring you Volume 28 of our State Regulatory Roundup, including updates in Colorado, Illinois, and Pennsylvania.
House Passes Bill Accelerating Oil and Gas Permits and Federal Lease Sales; White House Threatens Veto
On November 20, 2013, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1965 (“Federal Lands Jobs and Energy Security Act”) by a vote of 228 to 192. H.R. 1965 is primarily aimed at accelerating the oil and gas permitting process.
On November 20, 2013, the House passed Protecting States’ Rights to Promote American Energy Security Act (H.R. 2728), giving state law primacy over federal regulation of hydraulic fracturing.
White House Threatens Veto of House Bill Giving States Primacy Over Federal Regulation of Hydraulic Fracturing On Federal Lands
On November 20, the U.S. House of Representatives began floor debate on a bill giving state law primacy over federal regulation of hydraulic fracturing on federal lands: H.R. 2728 (“Protecting States’ Rights and Preventing Federal Red Tape on American Energy Act”).
Last month, a high-profile Texas case involving hydraulic fracturing returned to the news. On October 10, Texas’s Second Court of Appeals in Fort Worth overruled requests for rehearing and en banc reconsideration.
A number of local ballot measures targeting hydraulic fracturing in Colorado and Ohio were put to a vote in the 2013 election. The results have been tabulated, and we are providing a summary of each measure and how it fared with voters on election day.
Comment Periods Open On California’s New Fracking Regulations and Scope of Statewide Environmental Impact Reviews
In the face of mounting public pressure to address the potential perils of hydraulic fracturing, California has embarked upon a multi-faceted program to strengthen its oil and gas regulations, perform comprehensive environmental studies, and increase public disclosure.