New York Formally Bans High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing to Develop Marcellus Shale

On June 29, 2015, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation issued its Findings Statement which officially prohibits high-volume hydraulic fracturing to develop natural gas resources in the Marcellus Shale.  The issuance of the Findi(…)

New York Issues Final Environmental Review on High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing

On May 13, 2015, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) released its Final Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (SGEIS) on the Oil, Gas and Solution Mining Regulatory Program, signaling the completion of it(…)

Congressman Introduces Bill to Allow Landowners to Sue New York Over Hydraulic Fracturing Ban

U.S. Representative Tom Reed (R-NY) recently introduced into Congress the Defense of Property Rights Act (H.R. 510), which would allow landowners affected by New York’s hydraulic fracturing ban to sue the government over agency action that “unreasonab(…)

New York Will Prohibit Hydraulic Fracturing for Shale Gas Development

On December 17, 2014, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration said it would ban hydraulic fracturing for shale gas development throughout the state.   Dr. Howard Zucker, the Acting Commissioner of Health, announced that the state Department of(…)

New York Court Declines to Re-Hear Land Use Case as Governor Anticipates Health Report by End of 2014

On October 16, 2014, the New York Court of Appeals denied a request by the bankruptcy trustee for Norse Energy to re-hear arguments in the landmark case affirming local zoning laws adopted by two upstate towns that prohibited oil and gas-related activ(…)

New York Attorney General Seeks Dismissal of Lawsuits

The New York Attorney General’s office has filed motions to dismiss two lawsuits that seek to force Governor Cuomo to end a delay in deciding the future of shale drilling within the State.  The two lawsuits, filed separately by a group of landowners a(…)

Draft New York State Energy Plan Does Not Include Marcellus Shale Drilling

The New York State Energy Planning Board released its Draft 2014 State Energy Plan on January 7, 2014.  Although one of the draft plan’s key initiatives includes expanding access to natural gas as an alternative to petroleum products for heating and p(…)

Sen. Ferlo Intends to Introduce Pennsylvania Moratorium Bill

WFMJ reports that  State Sen. Jim Ferlo (D-Allegheny) announced that he will introduce Senate Bill 1100 next week, which will place a moratorium on new permits for hydraulic fracturing.  The bill, known as the Natural Gas Drilling Moratorium Act, will(…)

Companies End Fight to Extend New York Leases

Chesapeake Energy Corp. and lease partner StatoilHydro have reportedly agreed to end a two-year legal battle to extend 200 natural gas drilling leases covering approximately 13,000 acres in southern New York, near the Pennsylvania border.  In a settle(…)

New York DEC Official: Still No Timetable on Hydraulic Fracturing Decision

On September 6, 2013, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Deputy Commissioner for Administration told a legislative committee there is no timeframe for a decision on whether to lift a state moratorium on hydraulic fracturing.(…)

New York’s Highest Court to Review Decisions Upholding Local Gas Drilling Bans

On August 29, 2013, the New York Court of Appeals announced that it has granted appeals to review two cases which upheld local natural gas drilling bans in the upstate towns of Dryden and Middlefield.  The lower court decisions, both of which were iss(…)

New York Governor: Hydrofracking Alone Not Answer for Upstate Economy

During a recent radio interview, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said that additional initiatives beyond hydrofracking, including reducing taxes and increasing tourism and manufacturing, will be required to improve the economy of Upstate New York.  “If(…)

Eighteen Democrats from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Write Letter of Disagreement to Pennsylvania Democratic Party

As we previously reported in June, the Pennsylvania Democratic Party voted to pass a resolution supporting a statewide moratorium on hydraulic fracturing.  We recently learned that on June 15, 2013, eighteen Democrats from Pennsylvania’s House of Repr(…)

Five-Year Anniversary of New York’s Hydraulic Fracturing Moratorium

New York’s moratorium on hydraulic fracturing has entered its sixth year.  On July 23, 2008, former Governor David Paterson directed the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to conduct an environmental review of high-volume hy(…)

DRBC Outlines Steps Being Taken In Natural Gas Drilling Decision

Michele Siekerka, the chairman of the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) who represents New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on the commission, recently issued a statement outlining the steps being taken by DRBC to reach a decision on natural gas dr(…)

Environmental Group Defends DRBC Moratorium

Responding to Governor Corbett’s recent letter urging the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) to take action to end its moratorium on gas development, the Delaware Riverkeeper Network sent DRBC a memorandum defending the moratorium and responding t(…)

New York County Legislators Target Fracking Ban

Democrats in the Monroe County Legislature are seeking to permanently ban fracking on county-owned land.  If they succeed, Monroe County would join 13 other counties in New York that have enacted similar fracking bans on county land.  However, the Dem(…)

New York’s Highest Court Asked to Review Cases Upholding Local Bans on Gas Drilling

Lawyers for parties challenging local gas drilling bans enacted in two upstate towns filed briefs on May 31, 2013 asking the New York Court of Appeals to review recent intermediate appellate court decisions.  Permission to review the decisions is requ(…)

New York Governor Says Decision on Hydraulic Fracturing Moratorium Will Come Before 2014 Election

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently stated that he would make a decision on whether to lift the state moratorium on hydraulic fracturing before the 2014 election.  Cuomo said that the results of a review of potential health effects from hydraulic(…)

New York Town Extends Natural Gas Drilling Moratorium

On May 20, 2013, the Town of Canandaigua, New York, adopted a local law to extend by nine months a moratorium on all natural gas exploration and extraction activities within the town.  The new local law extends the initial 18-month moratorium passed b(…)

"No Timetable" for Fracking Decision in New York

New York State officials said on May 1, 2013 that there is “no timetable on a decision” to lift the state moratorium on hydraulic fracturing.  The Commissioner of the New York Department of Health said that new information obtained during a recent mee(…)

New York County Passes Fracking Moratorium on County-Owned Lands

On April 10, 2013, the Oneida County Board of Legislature reportedly approved a resolution that prohibits the extraction of shale gas on property owned by the county.  Oneida County is located in central New York to the east of Syracuse.  The resoluti(…)

Third Local Ban on Gas Drilling Upheld by New York Court

On March 15, 2013, the Town of Avon reportedly became the third upstate New York municipality to prevail in a court challenge of a local zoning ordinance banning gas drilling.  The trial court rejected the argument that New York’s Oil, Gas and Solutio(…)

Pennsylvania Representative Introduces Legislation to Ban Drilling on DCNR Lands

On March 8, 2013, Pennsylvania State Representative Greg Vitali (D-Delaware County) introduced legislation, House Bill 950, to permanently ban Marcellus Shale leasing on “lands owned and managed by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources”(…)