AP Enterprise: Lowball Natural Gas Drilling Leases Haunt Pennsylvania

FORKSVILLE, Pa. - (AP) A few short years after agreeing to lease their land to a natural gas company for $2 an acre, Dave and Karen Beinlich could do little but watch, and wait, as an overnight drilling boom turned fellow Pennsylvania landowners into millionaires. While other landowners were striking...

FREE DOWNLOAD -- Beinlich v. Chief Oil & Gas May Serve as Bellwether Suit

Dave and Karen Beinlich commenced an action on March 14, 2011, in the Court of Common Pleas for Sullivan County, Pennsylvania, asserting causes of action against Chief Oil & Gas LLC and others relating to the Beinlichs' oil and gas lease. The Beinlichs claim, in essence, that the developer acted...

Pennsylvania Appellate Court Opinion Injects Uncertainty in Marcellus Shale Gas Ownership (Free Download)

On Sept. 7, 2011, the Pennsylvania Superior Court issued an opinion in Butler v. Charles Powers Estate , 2011 PA Super 198, 2011 Pa. Super. LEXIS 2710 (Pa. Super. Ct. 2011), that creates uncertainty for developers and gas/mineral owners alike ( Click here to download the opinion in Butler v. Charles...

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Pa. PUC Releases Shale Impact Fee Data

By Russell L. Schetroma and Adam Curtis The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) released its first report on Monday on the impact fees resulting from the state's new Marcellus shale law, dubbed Act 13 . The PUC is the agency in charge of collecting and disseminating the fees. According...

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: West Virginia Supreme Court Rules Surface Owners Have No Right to Appeal Well Work Permits

By Armando Benincasa and Bridget Furbee [On Nov. 21] the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals issued an important decision regarding whether surface owners have a right to appeal well work permits issued by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection in the state's circuit courts...

McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC: Department Issues Timely Guidance on Oil and Natural Gas Interests

By Randy L. Varner On October 10, 2012, the Department of Revenue issued Informational Notice 2012-04, dealing with the Realty Transfer and Personal Income Tax treatment associated with the division and transfer of interests in oil and natural gas. While the Department does not break any new ground...

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Pennsylvania Judge Orders Marcellus Development Settlement Unsealed

By Brian Pulito and Jamie Little On March 20, 2013, in a 32-page opinion, President Judge Debbie O'Dell-Seneca of the Court of Common Pleas for Washington County, Pennsylvania ordered that a sealed, court-approved settlement between Plaintiffs, Stephanie and Chris Hallowich, and Defendants, Range...

DLA Piper Energy Alert: Thinking Strategically on Pipe Build-out for the Shale Boom

By Lee A. Alexander, Stefan M. Krantz and Zachary S. Launer Recent developments in horizontal drilling techniques have propelled natural gas production from shale formations to the forefront of domestic oil and gas production today. This rapid expansion is presenting opportunities and challenges for...

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Pennsylvania Supreme Court Reaffirms Dunham Rule

By Russell L. Schetroma and Nathaniel I. Holland In a unanimous opinion ( Butler v. Charles Power Estate , No. 27 MAP 2012) by Justice Baer issued April 24, 2013, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court reaffirmed the Dunham Rule, holding that a reservation of minerals in a deed does not reserve the gas in...

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Mechanical Integrity Assessment in Pennsylvania

By Stephen C. Smith Well operators in Pennsylvania must inspect each operating well at least quarterly to ensure it is in compliance with the well construction and operating requirements as required by Pa. Code title 25, § 78.88 . At a minimum, inspections must determine: (1) The well-head...

Babst Calland: Energy Transfer Partners Approves Construction of New Marcellus/Utica Pipeline

By Michael T. Altvater Energy Transfer Partners, L.P.’s board of directors has approved the construction of a new pipeline to transport gas to markets in the United States and Canada. The pipeline’s capacity is proposed to transport 2.2 billion cubic feet per day and may be expanded up...