• Lawsuits Challenge Local Bans on Shale Gas Drilling
  • December 20, 2011 | Authors: Thomas Paul; Thomas J. Warth
  • Law Firms: Hiscock & Barclay, LLP - Syracuse Office ; Hiscock & Barclay, LLP - Rochester Office
  • 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 gas resources.