Pennsylvania's 'Clean and Green Act' Amended to Limit the Tax Consequences of Oil, Gas and CBM Development

Pennsylvania's Farmland and Forestland Assessment Act, more commonly known as the "Clean and Green Act," (72 Pa. C.S. § 5490.1 et seq. ) provides preferential tax treatment to property owners who agree to devote lands to agricultural, agricultural reserve, or forest reserve use under...

Troutman Sanders LLP: Chesapeake Energy Announces New, $1 Billion Gas Plan

On Monday, July 11, 2011, Chesapeake Energy Corporation ("Chesapeake") announced its plan to spend over $1 billion over the next 10 years in order to help spur the development and demand for domestic supplies of natural gas and oil. Chesapeake stated that it hopes that its plan will help create...

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...

Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law: New Report Published on Carbon Offshoring: The Legal and Regulatory Framework for U.S. Coal Exports

By Daniel Firger, Associate Director, Center for Climate Change, Columbia Law School Coal is the most polluting fossil fuel, releasing far higher levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) and conventional air pollutants-including sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, and mercury-per unit of energy than either oil...

State Net Capitol Journal: Renewable Energy Becoming Battleground Issue

Last month's "fiscal cliff" deal temporarily extended several federal renewable energy incentives, such as the tax credit for producers of wind energy. But with investor confidence in renewable energy still somewhat shaky in comparison to more established energy sources like natural gas...

Reservations in Favor of a Stranger to Title

By Lisa McManus Pursuant to common law, no interest in land may be created in favor of a stranger to the title by means of a reservation or exception in a conveyance of the land. Patrick H. Martin and Bruce M. Kramer, Williams & Meyers, Oil and Gas Law § 310 (LexisNexis Matthew Bender 2012...

William A. Ruskin: Among Environmentalists, Hydrofracking is Not a 'Yes or No' Issue

By William A. Ruskin On April 10, 2013, I participated in " Justice Speaks ," an event sponsored by the Justice Action Center at New York Law School on hydraulic fracturing. Joining me on the podium was Daniel Raichel , a Project Attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council ("...

Fulbright & Jaworski Releases Trade Secrets and the Regulation of Hydraulic Fracturing - Toward a Global Perspective

This Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. paper is in collaboration with the global law firm Norton Rose. Trade Secrets and the Regulation of Hydraulic Fracturing provides a global view of how governments have attempted to strike a balance between the benefits of hydraulic fracturing technology innovation...

William A. Ruskin: Balancing The Rights Of Landowners, Wind Power Developers And Mineral Rights Owners

By William A. Ruskin It is the dream of many landowners in the United States to one day have both oil wells and wind turbines on their land. For this happen, however, landowners must play an active role in keeping oil and wind companies from trying to overreach each other in concurrent development...