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Maryland House, Senate Pass Fracking Bills

Legislation that limits when and how fracking could take place in Maryland passed Tuesday in both chambers of the state legislature. Senators voted 29-17 for a bill that holds drilling companies strictly liable for injuries to residents or their property, …

Maryland Bill Moves Ahead to Protect Residents From Fracking Damage

Maryland senators on March 20 showed signs of cooperation on the topic of fracking, adopting two amendments to a bill opponents worried was another way of banning the natural gas drilling method. The amendments to the bill lower the number …

Oil Industry Sues to Block U.S. Fracking Regulations

U.S. drillers already reeling from a six- month drop in oil prices denounced new U.S. fracking regulations as costly and unnecessary, and quickly met them with a lawsuit. After three years of debate, the U.S. Interior Department said Friday that …

Obama Administration Releases Regulations on Fracking on Federal Lands

The Obama administration issued the first federal regulations for fracking since the drilling technique fueled a domestic energy boom, requiring extensive disclosures of the chemicals used on public land. After years of debate and delay, the Bureau of Land Management …

North Carolina Governor Signs Air Pollution Mandate Change for Fracking

Environmental legislation that gives leeway to a North Carolina state panel in creating air pollution rules for fracking has been signed into law by Gov. Pat McCrory. The governor signed the measure soon after the Senate gave final General Assembly …

Conservationists’ Lawsuit Challenges North Carolina Fracking Rules Panel

A lawsuit filed January 5 by conservationists asks that rules on fracking in North Carolina be thrown out, arguing the panel that developed the rules was formed in violation of the state Constitution. Lawyers representing the Haw River Assembly argue …

Oil Industry Releases Fracking Standards for Local Communities

An oil industry lobbying group this week unveiled voluntary standards aimed at tamping down concerns about the oil and gas production process known as horizontal drilling, or fracking, in communities around the United States. The American Petroleum Institute said it …

States Collaborating on Rules to Address Earthquake Risks of Fracking

Several U.S. states are banding together to combat the mounting risks of earthquakes tied to the disposal of wastewater from hydraulic fracturing for natural gas. Regulators from Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma and Ohio met for the first time this month in …

Obama Administration Releases Proposed Fracking Regulations

The Obama administration on Thursday unveiled a new proposal for regulating hydraulic fracturing on federal lands, rolling back some measures from its original, abandoned draft as it sought to ease concerns the rules would be too burdensome for producers. The …