Challenging Local Bans On Shale Gas Drilling

Law360, New York (January 20, 2012, 3:57 PM EST) -- High-volume hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling are necessary to exploit the enormous reservoir of natural gas encased in the Marcellus and Utica Shale formations located thousands of feet beneath the surface of much of the western, central and southern tier regions of New York.

Although hydraulic fracturing is a common practice in many other states, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) is just now nearing the completion of its environmental review and rulemaking for hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling of New York’s shale...
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