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Horizontal Drilling in the Marcellus Shale: A “How-To” Video

I've been representing developers for a number of years and have an idea of how fracing works, even visiting some well sites to see operations in process. However, I'm impressed by the explanation of the process in this video from Citrus Energy . Hope you find it as informative as I did.

2010 Marcellus Summit: Building a Sustainable Future

The Interstate Oil & Gas Compact Commission, Penn State Cooperative Extension, and Penn State Outreach are partnering to host a summit on Marcellus Shale development next month. Here is more information on the conference from the 2010 Marcellus Summit: Building a Sustainable Future website: ...

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...

Troutman Sanders LLP: New York Moves To Allow, While New Jersey May Ban, Shale Fracking

On Friday, July 1, 2011, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation ("DEC") released its draft supplemental generic environmental impact statement ("SGEIS"), a proposal that would grant access to more than 80% of the shale formations within the state of New York. Notably...

New Mexico Oil And Gas Group Proposes Fracking Rule

ALBUQUERQUE N.M. - (AP) Looking to avoid the criticism that has dogged energy producers in other states, a New Mexico industry group introduced a proposal Monday that would require drilling companies to be more transparent when it comes to using hydraulic fracturing fluids to extract oil and gas. The...

DiNapoli Proposes New York Gas Drilling Protection Fund

ALBANY N.Y. - (AP) New York Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli proposed Tuesday establishing a fund supported by fees from drillers to clean up environmental damage from natural gas drilling using high-volume hydraulic fracturing. The program, which would require legislation and also apply to current drilling...

Fulbright & Jaworski LLP: Shale & Hydraulic Fracturing Litigation

Analysis of Litigation Involving Shale & Hydraulic Fracturing By Barclay Richard Nicholson , Stephen C. Dillard and Kadian Blanson Since August 2009, at least twenty-three (23) lawsuits complaining of alleged groundwater contamination have been filed by landowners in Arkansas,...

Fulbright & Jaworski LLP: Analysis of Litigation Involving Shale & Hydraulic Fracturing

By Barclay Richard Nicholson , Stephen C. Dillard and Kadian Blanson Since August 2009, at least twenty-three (23) lawsuits complaining of alleged groundwater contamination have been filed by landowners in Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, and West Virginia against oil &...

Prominent Energy and Private Equity Lawyer to Join Sidley in Houston

HOUSTON -- Sidley Austin LLP has announced that Cliff W. Vrielink will join the firm as a partner in the recently opened Houston office. Before joining Sidley, Vrielink was a partner at Vinson & Elkins, where his practice focused on mergers, acquisitions and private equity. Vrielink has a broad...

Study Concludes Hydraulic Fracturing Isn't Contaminating Groundwater; Poor Waste Management, Bore Wells Are

Prior posts have noted groundwater contamination associated with natural gas produced from deep shale deposits by hydraulic fracturing. A study by researchers (with no industry contributions) concludes that such pollution results not from liquids pumped down to the shale deposits to fracture the deep...

DLA Piper Energy Alert: Thinking Strategically on Pipe Build-out for the Shale Boom

By Lee A. Alexander, Stefan M. Krantz and Zachary S. Launer Recent developments in horizontal drilling techniques have propelled natural gas production from shale formations to the forefront of domestic oil and gas production today. This rapid expansion is presenting opportunities and challenges for...

California Energy Group Defends Oil and Gas Leasing

DENVER - A California nonprofit, non-partisan trade association that represents some 450 independent crude oil and natural gas producers, royalty owners, and service and supply companies on Juje 25 filed its brief with a California federal district court defending federal oil and gas leasing in the nation’s...

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...