Babst Calland: Allegheny County Council Rejects Proposal To Ban Drilling In County Parks

By Matthew L. Lambach The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Allegheny County Council rejected a proposed three-year moratorium on natural gas drilling within county parks. The measure failed 2-9, with four council members abstaining because of conflicts of interest. The bill was originally proposed...

Babst Calland: Another Ohio Trial Court Issues Dormant Mineral Act Ruling

By Michael T. Altvater The Belmont County Court of Common Pleas ruled that a recorded will is a title transaction for purposes of Ohio’s Dormant Mineral Act. In Albanese v. Batman the trial court held that a will recorded in the county recorder’s office qualifies as title transaction and...

Babst Calland: Legislation Concerning Seismic Testing in Pennsylvania to be Introduced

By Joshua F. Hall On April 24, 2014, Representative Robert Matzie of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, indicated in a statement that he will introduce legislation concerning liability for damage caused by a party conducting seismic testing. The statement indicates that the soon to be proposed...

Babst Calland: New York High Court Asked to Re-hear Arguments in Case Banning Oil and Gas Activities

By Michael C. Murphy Citing a recently decided case in Colorado, the bankruptcy trustee for Norse Energy filed a motion in early August urging the New York Court of Appeals to re-hear arguments in the case. In June, the Court of Appeals issued an opinion which affirmed local zoning laws adopted by...