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Update: On March 22, 2013, President Obama accepted Caitlin Halligan’s request to withdraw as a nominee to the D.C. Circuit. Senate Republicans had blocked a yes-or-no vote on Ms. Halligan’s nomination for more than two years. As the President emphasized in his statement, the D.C. Circuit “is considered the Nation’s second-highest court, but it now has more vacancies than any other circuit court.
There will be no fracking in Avon of Livingston County, New York. A judge ruled in favor of the town’s ban on the extreme efforts to extract fossil fuels. The court denied Lenape Resources’ challenge to the town’s ban on fracking. Courts have upheld similar bans in the towns of Dryden and Middlefield, and this decision comes just before oral arguments in appeals to those earlier rulings.
A federal appellate court reinforced an important precedent by upholding a lower court’s decision to withhold drilling leases on public lands in Utah and Wyoming pending thorough environmental reviews.
Said Earthjustice attorney Melanie Kay, “Industry doesn’t get to call the shots here, the secretary does. These are all of our public lands.”
The technological advance of horizontal drilling was a game changer for the oil and gas industry. When oil and natural gas were previously being harvested, vertical drilling was the only way to extract the fossil fuel. With horizontal drilling, wells can now be fracked and re-fracked, at different depths and in all directions. By increasing the area of exploration for natural gas, many previously untouched landscapes are now being scarred due to the fracking boom.