Fracking Officially Banned in New York

After a seven year study, New York has formalized its ban on high-volume hydraulic fracturing. The decision to officially ban fracking in the state was announced on Monday by Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens, who said that “Prohibiting high-volume hydraulic fracturing is the only reasonable alternative.” The agency concluded after their multi-year study that current safety precautions for drilling are inadequate. In his announcement, Martens stated that “High-volume hydraulic fracturing pose significant adverse impacts to land, air, water, natural resources and potential significant public health impacts that…

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Fracking banned in Maryland

Governor Larry Hogan makes decision not to veto hydraulic fracturing ban. The bill that was passed in Maryland bans fracking for two and a half years, and during the moratorium, the state is required to write standards to regulate the natural gas extraction process once the ban is lifted. Maryland is the second state to ban hydrofracturing in recent months. Maryland’s state-wide ban follows New York’s ban, which occurred near the end of last year. Aside from New York, other states in America that have prohibited the controversial mining practice…

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New law in Germany to tighten fracking restrictions

Hydraulic fracturing will be permitted only in certain areas of the European nation. While fracking has not yet been fully banned in Germany, under a new law, the controversial mining practice will be heavily restricted and banned in certain regions of the country in order to protect the environment, health, and drinking water and would also lead to overall stricter rules for conventional oil and gas production. Hydrofracturing would be banned in national parks and nature reserves. In addition to national parks and nature reserves, the draft laws would also…

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Fracking banned for an additional five years in Tasmania

The government has extended its ban on hydraulic fracturing to protect the island state’s agricultural industry. Tasmania has extended its fracking ban for another five years, making it second to Victoria for outlawing the controversial mining practice that is most commonly used to source coal seam gas, and the ban was announced late this week, after a long review and over 150 submissions, reported The Guardian. Hydrofracturing was not worth risking Tasmania’s reputation for producing premium produce. Jeremy Rockliff, Tasmania’s primary industries minister, said that “There is considerable concern around…

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Statewide fracking ban wanted in California

Protesters in Oakland call on California governor to outlaw hydraulic fracturing in the state. Approximately 8,000 Californians protested in Oakland this past Saturday, urging Governor Jerry Brown to follow in the footsteps of Governor Andrew Cuomo, who recently enforced a statewide ban on fracking in New York, and prohibit the controversial natural gas and oil drilling process throughout California. Hydrofracturing has already been banned in two of the state’s counties. Local and individual fracking bans were passed last years during elections in both San Benito and Santa Cruz. The bans…

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Fracking ban in New York causes celebration and devastation

New York’s decision to ban the controversial mining practice makes it the second state in the country to do so. Last week, after a report concluded that hydraulic fracturing posed health risks, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration decided to outlaw fracking in New York State (a decision that took a long time make, as there has been a moratorium on the oil and gas extraction method in the state since 2008), making New York and Vermont the only two states in America to have completely prohibited the mining practice. There is…

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Fracking ban in Texas city approved by voters

Hydraulic fracturing has been outlawed in Denton. Denton, a north town in Texas, has become the first city in America’s top crude producing state to ban fracking, a decision that was reached Tuesday when voters of the town approved to prohibit the controversial mining practice. Denton is located within the Barnett shale formation. This makes the city’s ban quite significant because the Barnett shale formation is where fracking was first developed. Reuters reported that Earthworks energy program director, Bruce Baizel, said that “Denton, Texas is where hydraulic fracturing was invented.”…

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Fracking isn’t liked by New Yorkers according to new survey

Nearly 80% of poll participants were against hydraulic fracturing. A statewide survey that was commissioned by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) found that almost 8 out of 10 New Yorkers who took part in the poll were in favor of the state’s fracking moratorium, making it quite evident that concerns regarding the safety of the drilling practice are widespread. The survey also discovered that the majority of respondents strongly support more renewable energy development. The survey was commission from Franklin, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates – FM3 for the…

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Fracking ban is rejected by city in Texas

Denton, Texas will not be the first city in the state to ban hydraulic fracturing. Last week, Denton City Council members voted 5-2 against a bid to make their city, which is rich in natural gas, the first in Texas to ban fracking. State regulators and industry groups argue that a ban could hurt Denton’s economy. The vote took place after eight hours of over 100 residents speaking out in favor of prohibiting the mining practice, which resulted in passing the bid to a public vote in November. Although those…

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Fracking can now be banned by New York Communities

Towns and cities in New York State can prohibit hydraulic fracturing. A recent court ruling decided that NY municipalities can use zoning laws to ban fracking, a controversial natural-gas extraction method that has lead to an energy boom in the United States, which was a major step backward for the shale gas industry that has had hopes to grow its operations within the state for many years. Over 170 NY cities and towns have used zoning laws to pass bans or delay the process. In 2008, a moratorium was imposed…

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Fracking ban considered by Texas community

Denton has benefited economically for years from hydraulic fracturing for natural gas. Despite having prospered from its huge natural gas reserves for over a decade, this Texas city, which is located just north of Dallas, is seriously thinking about banning fracking and, if this should happen, Denton would become the first city in the state to prohibit the controversial mining practice permanently. Hydrofracturing has temporarily been put on hold by city leaders as an ordinance is considered. A college town and a former farming center, Denton has preserved a great…

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Fracking outlawed in Santa Cruz

The county in California becomes the first in the state to prohibit hydraulic fracturing. After Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors voted 5 – 0 to preemptively ban fracking in Santa Cruz, the county has become the first in California to outlaw the mining practice, as well as all other forms of onshore gas and oil development. Mandatory water rationing was established last month in the county. Although access to water and water sharing have been a continual struggle for the Golden State, In January of this year, a drought…

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