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Termination of Pooling Units through Lease Termination

Does the pooling of a unit terminate when a lease within the unit terminates? In the case of a compulsory unit, the answer is clearly no. This is because the pooling or establishment of the drilling/spacing unit operates on the right to produce throughout the tract, not simply upon a particular lease...

Legal Bases for Opposing Wind Farms

Wind energy is the fastest growing source of energy in the United States. In 2006 the country's wind power generating capacity increased by 27 percent. In 2007 the total wind power generating capacity shot up by 45 percent. According to the American Wind Energy Association, by the end of 2008 the...

Feds Settle “Sweetheart Suit” and Kill Search for Energy

One hundred and fifty years ago this month, the first successful commercial oil well was drilled in Titusville, Pennsylvania, thus beginning an oil and gas industry that has thrived both across the country and within forty miles of Titusville in the Allegheny National Forest (ANF). Just weeks ago, the...

Petroleum Land Titles: Title Examination & Title Opinions

By: Joseph Shade This Article represents a broad overview of the process of examining title and rendering legal opinions on title in the context of oil and gas property development. However, it is not intended to be a comprehensive treatise which answers all questions that might be encountered in...

Lifecycle Water Management Considerations & Challenges for Marcellus Shale Gas Development

At the Independent Oil & Gas Association of New York 2009 Summer Meeting, J. Daniel Arthur, P.E., of ALL Consulting gave a presentation on lifecycle water management considerations and challenges for Marcellus Shale gas development. Read his PDF presented in conjunction with the program by clicking...

Renewable Energy Around the Web: January 4, 2010

Welcome to our first “around the web” summary for the new year. Renewable Energy Around the Web is a weekly compilation of renewable energy news and information. Please write to us with idea or suggestions for topics at “editor at renewableenergymemo.com”. Top Ten Biofuels...

Exxon/XTO's Fracking MAE

There is a piece in December 17‘s WSJ on the Exxon/XTO deal . The piece centers on the controversial practice of hydraulic "fracking" in the drilling process and whether the deal might be stopped in the event Congress moves legislation to ban or limit the practice or otherwise make the...

Kuntz, Law of Oil and Gas: Failure to release of record oil and gas lease interests which are terminated or forfeited

Kuntz, Law of Oil and Gas Copyright 2009, Matthew Bender & Company, Inc., a member of the LexisNexis Group. CHAPTER 12 OTHER INTERFERENCE WITH OIL AND GAS RIGHTS -12 Kuntz, Law of Oil and Gas § 12.4 § 12.4 Failure to release of record interests which are terminated or forfeited...

Pennsylvania Dormant Oil and Gas Act

A. Pennsylvania Dormant Oil and Gas Act Purposes and Standing On July 11, 2006, the Pennsylvania legislature enacted the Dormant Oil and Gas Act, 58 P.S. § 701.1 et seq. The purpose of the Act is to permit the development of oil and gas reserves when all owners of oil or gas interests cannot...

An Overview of Modern Shale Gas Development in the United States

Natural gas production from tight shale formations, known as “shale gas”, is one of the most rapidly expanding trends in onshore domestic oil and gas exploration and production today. In some cases, this has included bringing drilling and production to regions of the country that have seen...

Steve Jones, Partner at Marten Law, on a Hot Global Warming Topic - Federal Preemption of Regional Climate Compacts

By Steve Jones. "With Senators Kerry (D-Mass.), Graham (R-S.C.) and Lieberman's (I-Conn.) climate change legislation reportedly set to be introduced in the near future", writes Steve Jones, "a number of state officials have openly expressed concern about the effect the legislation...

Green Building Blogger Shari Shapiro on Energy Regulation, Renewable Energy and Green Building Law, and LEED Decertification

Shari Shapiro, an attorney and LEED Accredited Professional, focuses her practice on green building law, which includes sustainable project financing, regulatory drafting, land use approvals, contracts, and conflict resolution. Shapiro is the Sustainability Coordinator for Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell...

Green Building Law Blogger Shari Shapiro on LEED Decertification

(Please visit the site to view this video) Shari Shapiro, an attorney and LEED Accredited Professional, focuses her practice on green building law, which includes sustainable project financing, regulatory drafting, land use approvals, contracts, and conflict resolution. Shapiro is the Sustainability...

Green Building Law Blogger Shari Shapiro on Renewable Energy & Green Building Law

(Please visit the site to view this video) Shari Shapiro, an attorney and LEED Accredited Professional, focuses her practice on green building law, which includes sustainable project financing, regulatory drafting, land use approvals, contracts, and conflict resolution. Shapiro is the Sustainability...

Green Building Law Blogger Shari Shapiro on Energy Regulation

(Please visit the site to view this video) Shari Shapiro, an attorney and LEED Accredited Professional, focuses her practice on green building law, which includes sustainable project financing, regulatory drafting, land use approvals, contracts, and conflict resolution. Shapiro is the Sustainability...

Svend Brandt-Erichsen and Dustin Till of Marten Law PLLC: EPA Issues Final Tailoring Rule Regulating GHGs From New and Modified Sources

By Svend Brandt-Erichsen and Dustin Till, Attorneys, Marten Law PLLC “With a one-two punch, EPA on May 13, 2010 issued permitting requirements for larger stationary sources of greenhouse gases (GHGs), just one day after Senators Kerry and Lieberman released cap and trade legislation in the...

Shari Shapiro, LEED Accredited Professional and Green Building Law Blogger, Discusses LEED Decertification

(Please visit the site to view this video) Shari Shapiro, an attorney and , focuses her practice on green building law, which includes sustainable project financing, regulatory drafting, land use approvals, contracts, and conflict resolution. Shapiro is the Sustainability Coordinator for Obermayer...

Videocast - Shari Shapiro of Green Building Law Blog looks at Renewable Energy & Green Building Law

(Please visit the site to view this video) Shari Shapiro, an attorney and LEED Accredited Professional, focuses her practice on green building law, which includes sustainable project financing, regulatory drafting, land use approvals, contracts, and conflict resolution. Shapiro is the Sustainability...

Video by Shari Shapiro, Sustainability Coordinator and Green Building Law Blogger, on Green Building Law and Energy Regulation

(Please visit the site to view this video) Shari Shapiro, an attorney and LEED Accredited Professional, focuses her practice on green building law, which includes sustainable project financing, regulatory drafting, land use approvals, contracts, and conflict resolution. Shapiro is the Sustainability...

Regional Cap-and-Trade Programs Issue White Paper that Recommends Standardized Guidelines for Offset Programs, by Dustin Till

By Dustin Till, Associate, Marten Law Group PLLC “With the fate of federal climate change legislation uncertain, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), the Western Climate Initiative (WCI), and the Midwest Greenhouse Gas Reduction Accord (MGGRA) continue to collaborate on options for...

Exploration and Production Waste Site Evaluation and Remediation Procedures (SERP)

By Linda E. Cummings D.V.M., Ph.D., and Kai David Midboe J.D., L.L.M. “On January 20, 2010, the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources, Office of Conservation (Office of Conservation), published a Notice of Intent to promulgate Site Evaluation and Remediation Procedures (SERP) for evaluating...

Reed Smith Gets High Profile Energy Partner from Patton Boggs

REED SMITH ADDS LEADING ENERGY INDUSTRY LAWYER Amy Koch Joins Firm’s Corporate & Securities Practice in the D.C. Office Amy Koch, a partner in the D.C. office of Patton Boggs, has joined Reed Smith LLP as a partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. Ms. Koch has served...

Clean Development Mechanism for Indonesia's Geothermal Industry

by Sigit Ardianto, Gita Syahrani and Ahmad Fikri Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has not received enough priority within Indonesia's legislation after its Kyoto Protocol ratification in 2004. Despite the "Bali Action Plan" and the 3rd Meeting of Parties to the Protocol in Bali...

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: DOE Study: Fracking Didn't Contaminate Water

By Brian J. Pulito A landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) shows no evidence that chemicals from the natural gas drilling process moved up to contaminate drinking water aquifers at a Western Pennsylvania drilling site. Richard Hammack, a geologist with the Department of Energy’s...