Ending a two-year tug-of-war between St. Tammany Parish and Louisiana’s Office of Conservation, the Louisiana Supreme Court decided it will not hear an appeal of a Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that declared only the state government has the authority to regulate hydraulic fracturing, commonly called “fracking.”
The decision puts an end to a 2014 St. Tammany ordinance prohibiting oil and gas exploration, including fracking, in the parish.
Fracking Bans Failing Everywhere
Local anti-fracking ordinances have sprung up across the United States, frequently backed by environmental groups, including the Sierra Club, Earthworks, and Food and Water Watch. Recent court decisions in Colorado, West Virginia, and now in Louisiana have overturned them. In each case, the courts have upheld a state’s authority to regulate fracking within its borders.
“The Louisiana Supreme Court decision is a welcome one,” said Marita Noon, executive director of Energy Makes America Great. “It adds...
North Carolina, home to three military airbases, is emerging as a major battleground in the ongoing war over wind farms.
On June 20, the North Carolina Senate passed the Military Operations Protection Act of 2016 (MOPA), which prohibits wind turbines from being built in military flight paths. MOPA would make much of the state off-limits to wind farms.
Commenting on the bill in an e-mail to the Winston-Salem Journal, Brown wrote, “The intent of this bill is a common-sense effort to ensure the...
With little fanfare, on June 30 the Obama administration overhauled how it calculates royalties for fossil fuel extraction on federal land closing what it referred to as a "loophole."
Current regulations allow coal and other fossil fuel companies can sell what they produce from public lands to their own affiliates or subsidiaries for a lower price than they would charge to outside buyers reducing the royalty payments they owe the federal government.
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