Babst Calland: Ohio Supreme Court Accepts Jurisdiction in Dormant Mineral Act Case

By Michael T. Altvater The Ohio Supreme Court has accepted jurisdiction of a discretionary appeal in Dodd v. Croskey , which involves Ohio’s Dormant Mineral Act (“DMA”). Under the DMA there are several “savings events” which may occur in the previous twenty years that...

Babst Calland: Pa. House Panel Approves Bill To Reform Guaranteed Minimum Royalty Act

By Elena L. Rorabaugh As reported by legal news website Law360 , a Pennsylvania bill was approved by the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee that would amend the Guaranteed Minimum Royalty Act of 1979 (GMRA) and will move to the House floor. House Bill 1684 would amend the GMRA to clarify...

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Court Ruling a Victory for Kentucky Pipeline Eminent Domain Opponents

By J. Kevin West On March 25, 2014, a Circuit Court in Kentucky ruled in favor of those opposed to an interstate natural gas liquids (“NGLs”) pipeline’s potential use of eminent domain under the laws of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The interstate pipeline is not subject to regulation...

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Ohio Court Favors Surface Owner in Dormant Mineral Act Ruling

Walker v. Noon was recently decided by the Ohio Seventh District Court of Appeals. Walker is noteworthy because it is the first appellate level decision addressing the automatic reversion provision under the 1989 version of the Ohio Dormant Mineral Act (ODMA) [ enhanced version available to lexis.com...

Babst Calland: Ohio Decision Results in Victory for Oil and Gas Producers

By Jason M. Zoeller An Ohio trial court issued a decision in Marshall v. Beekay Company . The case involved an action seeking declaratory judgment as to leasehold rights for formations below the Germantown Sand Formation. The court ruled that there was no breach of the implied covenant to reasonably...

Babst Calland: Ohio Appellate Court Enforces Change In Ownership Clause in Lease

By Jessica L. Henry The Fifth District Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court’s decision in Trico Land Company, LLC v. Kenoil Producing LLC , upholding the right to have and enforce a change of ownership clause in an oil and gas lease. The case involved a property subject to a 2008 oil and...

Babst Calland: Natural Gas Fueled Powerplant Planned for Marshall County, West Virginia

By Morgan Condra Plans by Moundsville Power LLC to build a natural gas power plant were approved by members of the Marshall County Commission on April 22, 2014. The proposed 549 megawatt natural gas power plant is considered the first “downstream” project of its kind in West Virginia,...

Babst Calland: Ohio Trial Court Issues Dormant Mineral Act Decision

By Michael T. Altvater A Harrison County trial court issued a decision in a Dormant Mineral Act case addressing the issue of whether a release of an oil and gas lease is a title transaction affecting and preserving a severed mineral interest from being abandoned. The trial court in Schucht v. Bedway...

Norton Rose Fulbright: 10 Things To Know About The New EU Guidance On State Funding In The Energy Sector

Introduction On 9 April, the European Commission adopted a new set of guidelines: the “Guidelines on State aid for environmental protection and energy – 2014-2020”. 1 These Guidelines are intended to assist the EU Member States to design State schemes that help them reach their climate...

Norton Rose Fulbright: D.C. Circuit Vacates Part Of Conflict Minerals Rule

By Marsha Z. Gerber , Cristina K. Lunders and Christian Menefee On April 14, 2014, a divided panel of the US Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit found unconstitutional one part of the disclosure requirements in the Securities and Exchange Commission's (the "SEC" or the "Commission"...

Norton Rose Fulbright: UKCS - Offshore Bareboat Chartering – Draft Legislation Published

In the Autumn Statement (5 December 2013), one announcement causing surprise and consternation to the UK North Sea oil and gas sector ( UKCS ) was that a ring fence was to be introduced in relation to certain UKCS profits made by an oil contractor, and that, within that ring fence, a cap was to be imposed...

Norton Rose Fulbright: SEC Issues New Conflict Minerals Guidance Post NAM

By Marsha Z. Gerber , Cristina K. Lunders and Christian Menefee On April 29, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC" or the "Commission") issued additional guidance (“April 29 Guidance”) on the Conflict Minerals 1 Rule (“The Rule”) 2 following...

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Court Vacates FERC ‘Demand Response’ Final Rule

By Kurt L. Krieger On May 23rd, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit vacated a final rule of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) which sought to incentivize electricity customers to reduce electricity consumption when economically efficient. The...

DLA Piper Climate Change Alert: EPA Announces Carbon Regulations For Existing Power Plants

By Deborah E. Jennings , Andrew B. Schatz and Catherine B. Campbell The Environmental Protection Agency has announced long-awaited regulations to reduce carbon-dioxide (CO 2 ) emissions from existing power plants pursuant to the Clean Air Act. EPA's Clean Power Plan would for the first time establish...

DLA Piper: DOE Proposed Major Changes To LNG Export Rules, Comments Due July 21

By: Lee A. Alexander and Philip Angeli The US Department of Energy is proposing to change its rules and procedures for reviewing applications to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) to countries that do not have a free trade agreement with the US (non-FTA countries). The proposed change, announced...

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Mineral Lessees Have Surface Rights Across Non-Producing Pooled Tracts

By Christina A. Denmark, Of Counsel, and Russell L. Schetroma, Member On June 20, 2014, the Texas Supreme Court held that a mineral lessee has the right to use a road to cross the surface of non-producing pooled tracts. This decision is critical for oil and gas producers , as it clarifies the ability...

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: New York Court of Appeals Upholds Local Zoning Restrictions on Oil and Gas

On June 30, 2014, the New York Court of Appeals ruled that under the “Home Rule” principle, towns may ban oil and gas production activities, including but not limited to hydraulic fracturing, through the use of local zoning laws in the case of Wallach v. Town of Dryden . The Court ruled that...

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...

Babst Calland: Ohio Oil and Gas Production Soars

By Michael T. Altvater Oil and gas production increased by 640% from 2012 to 2013 according to a report published by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. The one year increase was the largest in Ohio history and is the most natural gas that Ohio has produced since 1982. Much of the increase is...

Babst Calland: Pennsylvania House and Senate Pass Budget Without Marcellus Gas Severance Tax

By Matthew L. Lambach Marcellus Drilling News reports that the Pennsylvania House and Senate passed a budget that did not include a Marcellus Shale severance tax. Governor Tom Corbett withheld his signature while he continues to work with lawmakers on pension reform. Copyright 2014 • Babst...

Babst Calland: New York’s Highest Court Upholds Right of Municipalities to Ban Oil and Gas Activities

By Michael C. Murphy Today the New York Court of Appeals issued an opinion affirming local zoning laws adopted by two upstate towns that prohibited oil and gas-related activities within their borders. Specifically, the Court ruled that there was nothing within the plain language, statutory scheme...

Duane Morris LLP: D.C. Circuit Ruling Has Potential Implications for Natural Gas Pipeline and LNG Projects Under FERC Environmental Review

A recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected certain portions of an environmental analysis conducted by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or "Commission"). This turn of events is likely to cause anyone with, or planning to have, a...

Norton Rose Fulbright: Commerce Announces Russian Oil Industry Export Controls

By Stephen M. McNabb , Stefan Reisinger , Kimberly Hope Caine and Gwen S. Green On August 1, 2014, the US Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security ("BIS") issued a final rule imposing a licensing requirement for the export of a wide range of items to Russia that are intended...

Norton Rose Fulbright: U.S. Proposes Stringent Standards For Rail Transport Of Flammable Liquids

By Eva Fromm O'Brien , Bob Greenslade , Jennifer Blair Caplan , Alan Harvie and Jean Piette On July 23, 2014, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration ("PHMSA"), an agency within the US Department of Transportation ("DOT"), issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking...

Cadwalader: Gloves Are Off: FERC Issues Public Notice of Alleged Violations in Powhatan Investigation

On August 5, 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ( "FERC" ) issued a public Staff Notice of Alleged Violations ( "NAV" ) regarding alleged manipulative Up To Congestion trading by Powhatan Energy Fund (Powhatan) in the PJM energy market. The NAV states that FERC’s...