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Fracking bill would repeal forced pooling

One of the most contentious policies related to fracking would be repealed in a bill introduced Thursday that seeks to end a practice known as “forced pooling” or “compulsory pooling.” The bill would not require property owners to consent to shale gas exploration under their land, as is currently required under North Carolina’s rarely-invoked 1945 oil-and-gas statute. The bill was ...

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Erie strikes down fracking ban

Encana

Oil and gas companies Anadarko Petroleum Corp. and Encana Corp. are now free to seek operation permits in the city of Erie, according to a Denver Business Journal report. The city’s board of trustees struck down an oil and gas moratorium on Tuesday. Mayor Trina Harris encouraged further negotiation between the city’s staff and the corporations regarding new Memorandums of ...

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Boulder County extending drilling moratorium

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BOULDER, Colo. — Boulder County is extending a ban on new oil and gas development in unincorporated parts of the county. The moratorium had been set to end on Jan. 1 but county commissioners voted Thursday to continue it for another 3 ½ years. The Longmont Times-Call reported that the vote drew applause from about 50 people who gathered for the ...

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N.C. fracking panel to revise some safety rules after public comments

The N.C. Mining and Energy Commission was flooded with more than 200,000 public comments on its proposed safety standards for shale gas exploration in the state, but the commissioners are not likely to act on the public’s most sweeping demands to curtail fracking. The commission will consider tightening several important safety standards, however, such as the minimum distance required between ...

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Report: Cuomo meddled with fracking study

Several area residents interested in hydrofracking had mixed reactions Wednesday about a recent news report that found that a federal study commissioned by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration was edited or delayed before it was published. The changes were first reported by Capital New York. Cuomo has repeatedly delayed a decision on whether to allow hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in ...

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Most back drill ban

ALBANY — Most New Yorkers support the state’s ongoing moratorium on natural gas hydrofracking, with people worried about potential damage to air and water widely outnumbering those who see added jobs and taxes as an economic boost, according to a poll released Monday by a prominent environmental group. Support for the moratorium, which will remain in place unless and until ...

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State-mandated scientific study of fracking to be delayed six months

Timm Herdt | Ventura County Star (Camarillo, Calif.) SACRAMENTO, Calif. — An independent scientific study mandated by last year’s landmark California law regulating oil industry well-stimulation techniques such as fracking will not be completed by the Jan. 1 deadline established by the law. The Natural Resources Agency, in a memo dated Aug. 1, informed the Legislature the study will instead ...

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