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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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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New report discovers some permitted fracking chemicals are more dangerous than diesel

Not all dangerous chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing operations need to be disclosed. A recent report – “Fracking’s Toxic Loophole” – that was released by the Environmental Integrity Project, describes how there is a major loophole in the regulations that govern fracking because while permits are required for diesel fuel if it is used in wells, other petroleum-based products that have higher toxicity levels than diesel, can be used without permits or safeguards. It is common practice for hydrofracturing operations to use hazardous petroleum-based chemicals. Even though companies are still…

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Fracking agreed to be kept off November ballot in Colorado

A last minute deal made between two of the state’s top democrats lead to the withdrawal of two anti-fracking initiatives. On Monday, at a press conference, Democratic Representative Jared Polis announced that he would drop his support for ballot initiatives that would restrict fracking in Colorado, which came as quite a relief to fellow Democrats who were concerned that the ballot initiatives would have cost them votes in the fall elections. The congressman intends to support a new plan from Colorado Governor, John Hickenlooper. Rep. Jared Polis was a strong…

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