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Steptoe and Johnson Update: Pennsylvania Regulation of Natural Gas Gathering and Midstream Activity

By Kurt Krieger On August 25, 2011, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission ("PaPUC") provided additional clarification in the Laser Northeast Gathering Company, LLC ("Laser") proceeding regarding the criteria used to determine when a natural gas gathering and midstream company's...

Steptoe & Johnson: Pennsylvania PUC Clarifies Public Utility Criteria

Continuing developments in the Laser Northeast gathering proceeding impact the regulation of gathering and midstream companies operating in Pennsylvania. By Kurt L. Krieger Background: Laser Northeast proposes to construct a gathering system in Pennsylvania extending into New York where it is...

McNees Client Alert: Act 127 of 2011 - The Gas and Hazardous Liquids Pipeline Act; Assessment of Pipeline Operators

By Jim Dougherty As you may know, on December 22, 2011, [Pennsylvania] Governor Corbett signed the Gas and Hazardous Liquids Pipeline Act ("Act 127 of 2011"). Act 127 provides the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission ("PUC" or "Commission") with authority to enforce...

McNees Client Alert: Pa. Act 127 of 2011 - The Gas and Hazardous Liquids Pipeline Act: Final PUC Implementation Order

By Jim Dougherty On December 22, 2011, [Pennsylvania] Governor Corbett signed into law the Gas and Hazardous Liquids Pipeline Act ("Act 127") that expands the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission's ("PUC" or "Commission") authority to enforce federal pipeline safety...

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Pennsylvania PUC Issues Order for Unconventional Well Impact Fees

By Russell L. Schetroma and Nathaniel I. Holland On May 10, 2012, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission ("PUC") issued its final implementation order for Chapter 23 of the Unconventional Gas Well Impact Fee Act (Act 13). The PUC has regulatory authority under Chapters 23 and 33 of Act...

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: Pa. PUC Decides Local Ordinance Violates Act 13

[Recently], the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) ruled that the South Fayette Township's ordinance governing oil and gas well development and processing violates provisions of Title 58 (Oil and Gas) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes ( Act 13 ), Pennsylvania's primary law regulating...