Chapter 5: Updates
- May 1, 2011 – South Africa places a national moratorium on hydrofracking. Royal Dutch Shell has shown interest in drilling in the Karoo, a semi-arid region in the West of the country.
- July 1, 2011 - Moratorium on hydrofracking in New York State expires. Increasing attention and debate has surrounded hydrofracking in New York State and in the Delaware River Basin, with a public comment period for NY’s Supplemental General Environmental Impact Statement ending on December 12, 2011.
- July 1, 2011 – Texas Governor Rick Perry signs legislation mandating the disclosure of hydrofracking chemicals on sites within the state of Texas. The law follows similar laws passed in Wyoming, Michigan and Pennsylvania. None of these laws require disclosure of ingredient concentrations, a loophole that makes actual assessments of toxicity nearly impossible.
- November 2, 2011 – Bowland Shale Seismicity report is released, in which hydrofracking at a site in Lancashire, UK is conclusively linked to increased earthquakes.
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