Tom Wolf’s Severance Tax Political Disaster Part II

naturalgasnow.org by Charles A. Schliebs Rather than the Wolf Administration reaching out to the industry to create a solution to the severance tax issue that can appropriately provide funding to the state and its future budgets in a fair and reasonable manner (as suggested in our last issue), for some inexplicable reason, the Wolf Administration not […]

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Uncommon legal concept may surface in New York after fracking ban

Power Source By Anya Litvak For six years while shale gas extraction in New York was in a state of indefinite hold pending environmental and health reviews, landowners and oil and gas firms talked about “takings.” It’s a legal concept that, like eminent domain, requires the government to compensate private property owners for assets taken […]

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Disagreement On Legal Authority Complicates Local Fracking Bans

Power Source By Daniel Moore Last week in eastern Ohio, where natural gas production in the Utica Shale has been booming, voters in three towns rejected ballot proposals to ban hydraulic fracturing. While Athens overwhelmingly passed a fracking ban, Gates Mills, Kent and Youngstown voted down their measures. The ballot issues highlight the disparity in responses […]

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Railroad Commissioner Christi Craddick

Craddick: Railroad Commission will continue permitting in Denton, not ruling out action against ban

Update at 5:00 p.m.: This blog has been updated with a response from the vice president of Denton Drilling Awareness Group. By Marissa Barnett AUSTIN–Railroad Commission Chairwoman Christi Craddick came out strongly against a fracking ban passed this week in North Texas, pledging to continue giving permits to companies that seek to drill in Denton. Craddick […]

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Energy industry, Texas sue Denton over fracking ban

by Max B. Baker Less than 24 hours after Denton voters approved a ban on hydraulic fracturing, the Texas Oil and Gas Association and the state’s General Land Office filed lawsuits to stop the city’s effort to prohibit the controversial drilling method. Both the association and the land office acted shortly after the courthouse doors […]

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Electrolysis Treats Fracking Produced Water

Denton Fracking Ban Passes, But for How Long?

Dallas Observer By Emily Mathis By the time Denton’s city offices opened this morning, officials already had two brand new lawsuits waiting for them. As Denton’s attorneys begin the weary post-election process of sorting through a legal defense against this inevitable barrage of suits, it’s clear the battle over the ban on fracking voters approved […]

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Oil, gas interests sue Denton over fracking ban

By Chuck Lindell The measure, supported by 59 percent of voters Tuesday, bars hydraulic fracturing — a process in which water, sand and chemicals are pumped under high pressure to crack open the Barnett Shale deposits that have fueled much of the Texas oil and gas boom. Advocates of the statute complained that fracking pollutes […]

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Denton fracking ban quickly draws two lawsuits after passing

by James Osborne and Marissa Barnett A day after voters decided to make Denton the first city in Texas to ban hydraulic fracturing, the reaction by the energy industry and government was swift. By 9:09 a.m. Wednesday, both the Texas Oil and Gas Association and the Texas General Land Office had filed lawsuits to prevent […]

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