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(…)

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(…)

"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 Assembly Votes to Extend Fracking Moratorium to 2015

The New York State Assembly recently passed legislation to extend the moratorium on high-volume hydraulic fracturing until May 2015, but the measure faces an uncertain future in the state Senate.  Supporters of the moratorium, which has been in place(…)

New York Landowners Seeking Plaintiffs for "Takings" Lawsuit Against State

This week the Joint Landowners Coalition of New York, Inc. (JLCNY) announced that they are seeking landowner plaintiffs for a lawsuit against New York State.  JLCNY announced in early February its plan to sue the state.  According to JLCNY, the lawsui(…)

New York Agency Misses Deadline for Proposed Fracking Regulations

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) missed a Wednesday, February 27th deadline to issue a final version of its proposed regulations for high-volume hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.  DEC Commissioner Joe Martens reported(…)

Fate of New York Fracking Rules Remains Uncertain Amidst Demands for Additional Public Comment

The fate of New York’s fracking moratorium remains uncertain.  According to the Huffington Post, if the rules proposed by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) are not finalized by February 27, 2013, the proposal will expir(…)

New York Health Department Analysis Concluded Fracking is Safe

The New York Times recently uncovered an eight-page New York Health Department analysis which concluded in early 2012 that fracking could be conducted in a safe manner in New York.  The analysis states, “the Department expects that human chemical expo(…)