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Babst Calland: Environmental Groups Plan Suit Over Absence of Regulation of Oil and Gas Waste
Posted on 21 Oct 2015 by Babst Calland

By Naeha Dixit On August 26, 2015, seven environmental groups sent the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) a Notice of Intent to Sue the agency in an attempt to force the agency to develop tailored rules for oil and gas wastes under the Resource... Read More

Babst Calland: ODNR Releases 2012 Ohio Oil And Gas Summary
Posted on 3 Dec 2013 by Babst Calland

By Michael T. Altvater The Ohio Department of Natural Resources released its annual oil and gas summary for 2012. The summary provides a comprehensive review of oil and gas permitting, drilling and production activity across the entire state of Ohio... Read More

Babst Calland: Ohio Judge Rules in Favor of Permitting Surveys in NEXUS Pipeline Case
Posted on 9 Oct 2015 by Babst Calland

By Michael T. Altvater The Medina County Court of Common Pleas issued a decision allowing surveys to be completed on tracts of land along the proposed NEXUS pipeline route. In Nexus Gas Transmission, LLC v. Houston , the Court ruled that the plain... Read More

Babst Calland: Ohio Oil And Gas Commission Affirms Orders Suspending Operation Of An Injection Well Due To Low-Level Seismic Events
Posted on 14 Aug 2015 by Babst Calland

By David E. Northrop The Ohio Oil and Gas Commission rendered a decision on August 12, 2015, affirming two orders of the Chief of the Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management that suspended operation of an injection well operated by American Water... Read More

Babst Calland: Natural Gas Fueled Powerplant Planned for Marshall County, West Virginia
Posted on 1 May 2014 by Babst Calland

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”... Read More

Babst Calland: Ohio Supreme Court Accepts Jurisdiction in Dormant Mineral Act Case
Posted on 28 Mar 2014 by Babst Calland

By Michael T. Altvater The Ohio Supreme Court has accepted jurisdiction of a discretionary appeal in Dodd v. Croskey , which involves Ohio’s Dormant Mineral Act (“DMA”). Under the DMA there are several “savings events”... Read More

Babst Calland: Ohio Adopts Oil And Gas Regulatory Changes In Its Biennial Budget Legislation
Posted on 10 Jul 2015 by Babst Calland

By David E. Northrop Ohio’s biennial budget legislation, House Bill 64 , signed by the Governor on June 30, 2015, includes changes and additions to Ohio’s oil and gas regulatory program appearing in Chapter 1509 of the Revised Code. The... Read More

Babst Calland: Pennsylvania DEP Releases Latest Revisions Of Oil And Gas Rulemaking
Posted on 14 Aug 2015 by Babst Calland

By Matthew L. Lambach The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently announced the draft final revisions to the “Environmental Protection Performance Standards at Oil and Gas Well Sites” rulemaking (Chapters 78 and... Read More

Babst Calland: Ohio Trial Court Issues Dormant Mineral Act Decision
Posted on 1 May 2014 by Babst Calland

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... Read More

Babst Calland: Ohio Supreme Court Schedules Oral Argument in Dormant Mineral Act Cases
Posted on 3 Mar 2015 by Babst Calland

By Michael T. Altvater The Ohio Supreme Court scheduled oral argument in two significant Dormant Mineral Act (“DMA”) cases. Oral argument has been scheduled on Corban v. Chesapeake Exploration, L.L.C. for May 6, 2015. As previously reported... Read More

Babst Calland: Pennsylvania House and Senate Pass Budget Without Marcellus Gas Severance Tax
Posted on 7 Jul 2014 by Babst Calland

By Matthew L. Lambach Marcellus Drilling News reports that the Pennsylvania House and Senate passed a budget that did not include a Marcellus Shale severance tax. Governor Tom Corbett withheld his signature while he continues to work with lawmakers... Read More

Babst Calland: Ohio Appellate Court Enforces Change In Ownership Clause in Lease
Posted on 24 Apr 2014 by Babst Calland

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... Read More

Babst Calland: Public Hearings Announced for EPA Air Rules Targeting Oil and Gas Sector
Posted on 1 Sep 2015 by Babst Calland

By Meredith Odato Graham [On Aug. 27] the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it will host three public hearings in September regarding proposed Clean Air Act rulemaking actions that will affect the oil and gas industry. Two hearings... Read More

Babst Calland: Pennsylvania High Court Prohibits Tolling of Oil and Gas Leases During Litigation
Posted on 3 Mar 2015 by Babst Calland

By Steven B. Silverman [On Feb. 17], the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued Harrison v. Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. , a significant opinion in which the Court refused to apply equitable tolling principles that other oil and gas jurisdictions have adopted... Read More

Babst Calland: EPA Proposes Amendments to Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule for Petroleum and Natural Gas Systems
Posted on 28 Mar 2014 by Babst Calland

By Meredith Odato Graham This week the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a proposal to amend Subpart W of the greenhouse gas reporting program rules, which affects the Petroleum and Natural Gas Systems source category. According... Read More