Fracking in the Spotlight: What Regulatory Developments Can Be Expected and How Companies Can Best Position Themselves

By Jim Rubin, SNR Denton US LLP and Jennifer Morrissey, SNR Denton US LLP Hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," is increasingly making natural gas a major part of the nation's energy portfolio. But the process does not come without risk, impact or controversy. Regulations apply and...

Fulbright & Jaworski: West Virginia DEP Issues Emergency Rules For Horizontal Drilling, Hydraulic Fracturing

By Jeremy A. Mercer and Cecil C. Kuhne, IIIa On August 22, 2011, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection ("WVDEP")-pursuant to Governor Ray Tomblin's Executive Order 4-11, issued July 12, 2011- promulgated emergency rules related to horizontal drilling and hydraulic...

William A. Ruskin: Hydraulic Fracturing Risks and Opportunities

On April 18, 2012, Winston & Strawn and the Environmental Law Institute co-hosted an informative seminar on, "Hydraulic Fracturing Risks and Opportunities: Regulator, NGO, Industry and Investor Perspectives," in New York City. The meeting was expertly chaired by May Wall , a partner in...

Ohio Amends the Oil and Gas Law

On June 11, 2012, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed Senate Bill 315 (S.B. 315), found at http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/bills.cfm?ID=129_SB_315 , into law, making significant amendments to various aspects of Ohio's Oil and Gas law, R.C. 1509. The amendments impose additional permitting requirements...

William A. Ruskin: Hydrofracking And The Debate Over Municipal Infrastructure

By William A. Ruskin On February 11, 2013, the IADC conducted a lively, interactive panel discussing the risks and benefits of shale oil and gas extraction at the IADC Mid-Winter Meeting . The panel represented the spectrum of political, regulatory and scientific views on the issue and debated perceived...

Babst Calland: Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Lease Act Signed Into Law, Addresses Joint Development

On July 9, 2013, Governor Corbett signed into law Senate Bill 259, also known as the Oil and Gas Lease Act (Act), amending the Guaranteed Minimum Royalty Act. In addition to providing new rights and requirements as to payments resulting from the production under oil and gas leases, the Act authorizes...

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: The Impacts of the 2014 Elections on Colorado’s Energy Industry

By Lori A. Dawkins, Member, and Devin C. Daines, Associate The results and impacts of Colorado’s recent elections were widely regarded as positive by those in the energy industry. By narrowly winning a second term, Governor John Hickenlooper will be able to keep intact his oil and gas task force...