Federal Judge Approves $22 Million Settlement of Royalty Class Action Litigation

On March 17, 2011, United States District Judge Sean J. McLaughlin approved a settlement that could be worth more than $22 Million between Range Resources and a class of over 25,000 landowners/lessors. Judge McLaughlin then issued an Order of Court amending the impacted leases in accordance with the...

Steptoe and Johnson: Ohio Announces Opening of Public Comment Period for New Air Emissions General Permit for Oil and Gas Operators and Interim Permitting Options

The Ohio EPA has announced that a draft oil and gas well site general air permit is available for review and comment. This general permit is designed to cover air emissions from equipment installed for use during the production phase of a Marcellus or Utica/Point Pleasant shale oil and gas well. While...

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Pa. General Assembly Set To Pass Marcellus Impact Fee Regulations

By Russell L. Schetroma Earlier today, the Pennsylvania Senate passed measures to govern the extraction of natural gas from the swath of Marcellus shale underlying the state. The plan now moves to the House of Representatives where it is expected to pass a final vote. The Senate approved H.B...

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Pennsylvania Gov. Corbett Signs Marcellus Legislation

By Russell L. Schetroma Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett signed into law yesterday [Feb. 13, 2012] sweeping measures to govern the extraction of natural gas from the swath of Marcellus shale underlying the state. The Governor's signature caps a three-year struggle in the Pennsylvania General...

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...

Mediation in Oil and Gas Law Disputes

By Lisa C. McManus, Esq. [1] | Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise wherever you can. Point out to them how the nominal winner is often a real loser – in fees, expenses, and waste of time. As a peacemaker, the lawyer has a superior opportunity of being a good man. There...