Nicholas Fox and Scott M. Press, associates in the firm’s Environmental Law and Toxic Tort groups, wrote an article for Law360 discussing a proposed bill in New York State that would ban high-volume hydraulic fracturing and promote a clean energy economy.
In “NY Should Reject Bill That Would Permanently Ban Fracking,” Nick and Scott talk about the state’s proposed legislation codifying the moratorium on fracking into law, the clean energy initiative, and the Fracking Ban Act introduced by Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders that would ban fracking throughout the country.
“With the 2020 presidential election looming, bans or restrictions on hydraulic fracturing are a hot-button topic nationally. New York’s climate change initiatives and proposed fracking legislation preceded a Jan. 28 bill introduced in the U.S. Senate by Vermont senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, which would ban fracking throughout the nation. The Fracking Ban Act would prevent the issuance of any permits for existing or new hydraulic fracturing operations and fracking-related infrastructure. On Feb. 1, 2021, the law would require the revocation of permits for fracking wells, and well operators would need to immediately cease production. The bill would also prohibit hydraulic fracturing on all onshore and offshore land in the United States by Jan. 1, 2025.”
“NY Should Reject Bill That Would Permanently Ban Fracking,” Law360, March 9, 2020
Nicholas Fox focuses his practice on counseling and defending clients in all stages of complex toxic tort, environmental, and asbestos litigation. His background includes handling claims related to personal injury, workers’ compensation, and medical malpractice, as well as litigating business, commercial, and construction matters. Additionally, Nick possesses experience in several other areas of law, such as contract disputes, product liability, premises liability, negotiable instruments, Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) Law, business torts, and business fraud.
Scott M. Press focuses his practice on complex litigation involving environmental law and land use, representing clients in environmental litigation claims, regulatory and compliance counseling, and enforcement. Scott provides clients with an in-depth knowledge of state and federal environmental regulations including the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), Clean Water Act, and others. He routinely handles complex environmental litigation matters, as well as regulatory enforcement and compliance matters including hazardous waste, site remediation and federal and state cost recovery and contribution claims. He also litigates matters involving contamination and exposure to chemicals and substances such as lead, PFAs, 1,4-Dioxane, TCE, and mold, and advises clients in environmental due diligence related to the purchase and sale of commercial property.