Laws & Regulations

Court Tosses Pa. Ban on Zoning Limits To Shale Drilling

"HARRISBURG, Pa. -- A Pennsylvania appellate court panel yesterday struck down provisions in a new law regulating the state's booming natural gas industry that opponents said would leave municipalities defenseless to protect homeowners, parks and schools from being surrounded by drilling sites or waste pits."

Source: AP, 07/27/2012

Got Corruption? Data on State Lawmaker Conflicts Hard To Get

A large and diverse array of businesses have an interest in the environmental and energy laws that state legislatures consider: including coal, oil, plastics, chemicals, mining, forest products, and others. The possible financial stake lawmakers may have in the bills before them is fertile ground for investigation. Here's help in finding story ideas.

State Fracking Disclosure Rules Don't Protect Public: Report

A new OMB Watch report calls full advance disclosure of fracking fluid ingredients "the necessary first step" to protecting people's drinking water and concluded "no state has yet established all of the elements of a chemical disclosure policy strong enough to ensure the quality of the water and the health of communities near gas wells."

June 29, 2012

USFWS Wind Energy Guidelines Implementation Workshop

This interactive workshop in Washington DC, co-sponsored by the Environmental Law Institute, Hogan Lovells LLP, and Defenders of Wildlife, will provide an overview of the recently published final FWS Onshore Wind Guidelines. Open to the public but registration is required by June 22nd.

Enviros Challenge Transparency of Virginia Uranium Mining Deliberations

A company wants to mine Virginia's major uranium deposit so the state formed a multi-agency panel to study ending the three-decade ban on uranium mining. That panel hired a consulting firm that critics say was stacked with experts affiliated with the nuclear industry.

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