After exploring the issue of fracking for over seven years, New York State officially banned the drilling practice this week.
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In May, New York’s Department of Conservation (DEC) released its findings in a 1,448-page report after receiving over 260,000 comments from concerned citizens who urged the Department to severely restrict the practice of high-volume hydraulic fracturing or to prohibit it altogether. The report outlined the pros and cons of fracking and alternate ways that state regulators might deal with the drilling technique. The release of the DEC’s formal Finding Statement on Monday effectively bans fracking throughout the state.
Commissioner Joe Martens commented that “High-volume hydraulic fracturing poses significant adverse impacts to land, air, water, natural resources and potential significant public health impacts that cannot be adequately mitigated. This decision is consistent with DEC’s mission to conserve, improve and protect our state’s natural resources, and to enhance the health, safety and welfare of the people of the state.”
Proponents and opponents of the ban both said they expect lawsuits to be filed.
Earlier this month, the EPA announced that they found no evidence that fracking have led to widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water in the United States.
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Mineral royalty owners in Pennsylvania are getting another chance for fair payments thanks to State Rep. Garth Everett, who re-introduced a bill that will make sure owners receive what they deserve.
House Bill 1391 addresses complaints that gas companies are cheating leaseholders by charging exorbitant post-production fees for things such as processing and transporting gas. The bill amends the Oil and Gas Lease Actt of July 20, 1979 and provides for minimum royalty payment for unconventional gas well production and remedies for failure to pay the minimum royalty.
One resident of Susquehanna County, told stateimpact that he “has lost more than six figures in royalty payments.” Stories like this have prompted several lawsuits and garnered the attention of Everett who says that “When PA landowners signed leases for a percentage of the value of the gas produced from their property, they were assured by the gas companies that they would receive no less than the statutory one-eighth – not something significantly less than that because of deductions.”
Land have prompted several lawsuits and garnered the attention of Everett and 37 others lawmakers who are co-sponsoring the bill. cost landowners a great
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Read about the bill at state.pa.com