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Steptoe & Johnson: Pennsylvania Supreme Court Grants Appeal of Butler Case

By Russell L. Schetroma On April 3, 2012 in Butler v. Charles Powers Estate ex rel. Warren, 760 MAL 2011, 2012 Pa. LEXIS 716 (Pa. Apr. 3, 2012) [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], the Pennsylvania Supreme Court entered a per curiam order granting an Allowance of Appeal of the...

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: FERC Issues First Authorization to Export LNG from Domestic Production

By Kurt L. Krieger On April 16, 2012, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved a Sabine Pass Liquefaction, LLC and Sabine Pass LNG, L.P. proposal to site, construct and operate facilities at Cameron Parish, Louisiana, to export up to 2.2 billion cubic feet per year of liquefied natural...

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: Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, West Virginia Ranked Globally in Petroleum Survey

By Kurt Krieger West Virginia ranked tenth, down from sixth in 2011; Ohio ranked 14th, down from second; and Pennsylvania ranked 34th, an improvement from 65th place in 2011 in the sixth annual Fraser Institute Global Petroleum Survey, published by the Canada-based think tank. Out of 147 jurisdictions...

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: West Virginia Issues Section 401 Water Quality Certification Conditions for Nationwide Permits

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection has issued its Section 401 Water Quality Certification General and Special Conditions for the Army Corps of Engineers' (Corps) Nationwide Permits (NWPs) issued earlier this year pursuant to section 404 of the Clean Water Act for dredge and...

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Pennsylvania Court Throws Out Zoning Provisions Governing Marcellus Shale Activities

By Russell L. Schetroma and Nathaniel I. Holland In a 4-3 decision [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court struck down portions of the state's new law - dubbed Act 13 - governing Marcellus shale activities as unconstitutional. In their decision...

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: W. Va. DEP Issues Modified Oil and Gas Horizontal Well Rule

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection filed a modified version of 35 CSR , Series 8, the agency's new oil and gas horizontal well legislative rule, with the Secretary of State on September 14, 2012. The modified rule includes a response to comments previously filed by various industry...

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: EPA Accepting Data Regarding Hydraulic Fracturing Study

By Armando F. Benincasa In an update on its study of the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it would be accepting data and analyses from the public to supplement data which it is already collecting and...