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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 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: 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: 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

Babst Calland: Pennsylvania Federal Court Holds 1961 Dual Purpose Lease Still In Effect
Posted on 4 Aug 2015 by Babst Calland

By Matthew L. Lambach | In the case titled Mason v. Range Res.-Appalachia LLC (2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 97471), the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania recently held that a 1961 oil and gas lease remained in effect pursuant... Read More

Babst Calland: EPA Announces Rulemaking Proposal to Curb Methane Emissions from Oil and Gas Sector
Posted on 19 Aug 2015 by Babst Calland

By Meredith Odato Graham Today [Aug. 18] the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) formally announced its highly-anticipated proposal to regulate methane emissions from the oil and natural gas sector. Specifically, EPA is proposing to amend the... Read More

Babst Calland: New York’s Highest Court Upholds Right of Municipalities to Ban Oil and Gas Activities
Posted on 8 Jul 2014 by Babst Calland

By Michael C. Murphy Today the New York Court of Appeals issued an opinion affirming local zoning laws adopted by two upstate towns that prohibited oil and gas-related activities within their borders. Specifically, the Court ruled that there was nothing... Read More

Babst Calland: Energy Transfer Partners Approves Construction of New Marcellus/Utica Pipeline
Posted on 7 Jul 2014 by Babst Calland

By Michael T. Altvater Energy Transfer Partners, L.P.’s board of directors has approved the construction of a new pipeline to transport gas to markets in the United States and Canada. The pipeline’s capacity is proposed to transport 2.2... Read More

Babst Calland: Gov. Tomblin Forms The West Virginia Commission On Oil And Natural Gas Industry Safety
Posted on 13 Jul 2015 by Babst Calland

By Briana J. Marino On July 9, 2015, Governor Tomblin announced the formation and appointment of members to the West Virginia Commission on Oil and Natural Gas Industry Safety. Publicized during Governor Tomblin’s State of the State address in... Read More

Babst Calland: Advocates From Pa., Ohio, West Virginia Urge Common Approach To Shale Gas Taxation
Posted on 28 Mar 2014 by Babst Calland

By Joshua F. Hall As reported by Pittsburgh’s NPR News Station, 90.5 WESA, three advocacy groups, Leaders of Policy Matters Ohio, the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, and the West Virginia Center on Budget & Policy, sent a letter to... Read More

Babst Calland: Ohio Supreme Court Accepts Major Oil and Gas Lease Busting Case for Review
Posted on 3 Mar 2015 by Babst Calland

By Michael T. Altvater The Ohio Supreme Court accepted jurisdiction over Hupp v. Beck Energy , an important Ohio case involving the interpretation of oil and gas leases. The case involves a challenge by landowners in Monroe County to a standard form... Read More