Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility


Jun 4, 2015

EPA: No widespread harm to water from fracking

WASHINGTON — Hydraulic fracturing to drill for oil and natural gas has not caused widespread harm to drinking water in the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday. But a draft report issued by the agency found several specific instances where poorly constructed drilling wells and improper wastewater management affected drinking water resources. It […]

Mar 26, 2015

Lawmakers unhappy with new fracking rules

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican and Democratic lawmakers in the House have found something in common. Many have issues with the Obama administration’s new regulations requiring companies that drill for oil and natural gas to disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing. Republicans say the new regulations, announced last week, will delay new drilling projects and take […]

Dec 18, 2014

Cuomo gets kudos, scorn for fracking ban

ALBANY —Gov. Andrew Cuomo is getting heaped with praise by environmentalists and scorn by business interests for a planned state ban on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, even as he insists the decision wasn’t his. Residents statewide remain almost evenly split on the issue, and the divisions are clear, pollsters said Thursday. The decision announced […]

Dec 17, 2014

New York will move to prohibit fracking

ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration will move to prevent fracking in the state, citing unresolved health issues and dubious economic benefits of the widely used gas-drilling technique. Environmental Commissioner Joe Martens said Wednesday that he was recommending a ban, and Cuomo said he would defer to Martens and Acting Health Commissioner Howard Zucker in […]

Jul 1, 2014

COA affirms home-rule authority on fracking

A split Court of Appeals decision Monday affirmed a lower court ruling on two cases last year that allows municipalities’ “home rule” authority to make land-use decisions when it comes to restricting the natural gas drilling method known as hydraulic fracturing. The court did not offer an opinion on the controversial practice, also known as […]

Jan 9, 2014

NY energy plan released; doesn’t include fracking

ALBANY — New York’s long-term energy plan focuses on increased use of renewable energy and clean technology, while reducing consumer utility bills. The plan, released Tuesday for a 60-day public comment period, calls for expanding use of natural gas instead of oil to reduce harmful air emissions. But it doesn’t include expanding in-state gas production […]

Nov 12, 2013

Dem senator seeks probe of GOP chief over fracking

ALBANY — A Democratic senator has asked for an investigation of state Republican Chairman Ed Cox for his campaign supporting hydraulic fracturing while he has a personal stake worth millions of dollars in a gas drilling company. Sen. Timothy Kennedy of Buffalo asked the state Joint Commission on Public Ethics to investigate Cox for “unethical […]

Oct 4, 2013

Group lays out tax relief plan

An $860 million plan advocates for high-volume natural gas drilling in the Southern Tier and calls for the phasing out and eventual elimination of certain taxes that would improve the upstate economy. The New ERA for Upstate plan — short for economic revitalization agenda — seeks to close the gap between the state’s two very […]

Jul 7, 2013

Fervent foes devote their lives to fracking fight

VESTAL — Big energy companies have been trying for five years to tap the riches of the Marcellus Shale in southern New York, promising thousands of new jobs, economic salvation for a depressed region, and a cheap, abundant, clean-burning source of fuel close to power-hungry cities. But for all its political clout and financial prowess, […]

May 27, 2013

Industry giant GE aims to improve fracking

PITTSBURGH — One of America’s corporate giants is investing billions of dollars in the new boom of oil and gas drilling, or fracking. General Electric Co. is opening a new laboratory in Oklahoma, buying up related companies, and placing a big bet that cutting-edge science will improve profits for clients and reduce the environmental and […]

Apr 2, 2013

Village prevented from selling water for fracking

The village of Painted Post in Steuben County will have to complete an environmental review before it can sell water to a gas company drilling for natural gas in Pennsylvania. Monroe County Supreme Court Justice Kenneth R. Fisher has ruled the village “short circuited” the environmental review process and that its February 2012 agreements approving […]

Mar 11, 2013

NY will make health call on gas drilling in weeks

ALBANY — New York’s health commissioner says he won’t wait for completion of any of the pending gas drilling studies and plans a recommendation “in weeks” on whether the state should approve hydraulic fracturing. Health Commissioner Nirav Shah says Monday he won’t wait for the final results, which could be years away. Instead, he says […]

Case Digests

See all Case Digests

Law News

See All Law News


How Is My Site?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...