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Fracking, Methane And Drinking Water
Posted on 27 Jun 2011 by Dianne Saxe

By Dianne Saxe, Ontario Environmental Lawyer The Ernst v. Encana fracking lawsuit gained strength last month with the publication of Rob Jackson's peer-reviewed paper: Methane contamination of drinking water accompanying gas-well drilling and hydraulic... Read More

Babst Calland: Pa. Court Upholds Zoning Ordinance Permitting Oil and Gas Well Development In Agricultural/Residential Zoning District
Posted on 3 Nov 2015 by Babst Calland

By Lawrence H. Baumiller | On October 21, 2015, Judge Richard McCormick, President Judge of the Westmoreland County Court of Common Pleas, issued a decision and order upholding the validity of Allegheny Township’s zoning ordinance, which permits... Read More

Conservationists Sue To Block TransCanada Pipeline
Posted on 7 Oct 2011 by LexisNexis Emerging Issues Community Staff

OMAHA, Neb. - (AP) Three conservation groups are suing to halt preliminary work on a proposed 1,700-mile-long oil pipeline from the tar sands of western Canada to Texas Gulf Coast refineries. The lawsuit filed Wednesday in federal court in Nebraska contends... Read More

Oil and Gas Lawyer Karl V. Hopkins and Team Join SNR Denton
Posted on 14 Mar 2012 by LexisNexis Emerging Issues Law Community Staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. - SNR Denton has announced that Karl V. Hopkins has joined the firm as a partner, Shon C. Ramey has joined as counsel and Sinan Pismisoglu has joined as a Foreign Legal Specialist. The group continues the growth of SNR Denton's... Read More

Troutman Sanders: Multiple Parties Seek One-Year Delay of EPA MACT Rule
Posted on 21 Oct 2011 by Troutman Sanders

On October 13 and 14, 2011, the National Mining Association ("NMA"), twenty-five states and Guam, and other public interest groups submitted amicus briefs to the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, in support of Utility... Read More

Mac's Shell Service And Application Of The Petroleum Marketing Practices Act
Posted on 30 Sep 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

By Philip Ashley The Petroleum Marketing Practices Act was enacted by Congress to address abuses in the termination or non-renewal of the franchisee relationship between independent franchisees and their franchisor oil companies. Since then, some circuit... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Trial Lawyers Targeting Oil and Gas Industry Layoffs
Posted on 19 Feb 2015 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

There have already been social media campaigns targeting laid off oil and gas workers. Trial lawyers are looking for claims to bring against companies that make mistakes in laying off workers. On its face, the WARN Act appears to be simple and straightforward... Read More

California Energy Group Defends Oil and Gas Leasing
Posted on 8 Jul 2013 by William Perry Pendley

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... Read More

Gas Drilling Operations Conference & Live Webcast Set For Dec. 13
Posted on 7 Dec 2011 by HB Litigation Conferences

HB Litigation Conferences is holding a Hydraulic Fracturing (Fracking) Conference and live Webcast Dec. 13. Date: December 13, 2011 Location: Cityplace Conference and Event Center, Dallas, TX Chairs: Marc Bern , Napoli Bern Ripka Shkolnik LLP and Joshua... Read More

Babst Calland: 3rd Circuit Rules In Favor Of Shell Because Of Lease Unitization Clause
Posted on 26 Nov 2013 by Babst Calland

By Alana E. Fortna | On November 18, 2013, the Third Circuit affirmed a summary judgment ruling out of the Middle District of Pennsylvania in favor of Shell Western Exploration and Production, LP (Shell) in a case captioned as George W. Linder, et... Read More

AP Enterprise: Lowball Natural Gas Drilling Leases Haunt Pennsylvania
Posted on 28 Jul 2011 by LexisNexis Emerging Issues Community Staff

FORKSVILLE, Pa. - (AP) A few short years after agreeing to lease their land to a natural gas company for $2 an acre, Dave and Karen Beinlich could do little but watch, and wait, as an overnight drilling boom turned fellow Pennsylvania landowners into... Read More

Babst Calland: Pa. Commonwealth Court Reverses Controversial Lycoming County Decision
Posted on 16 Sep 2015 by Babst Calland

By Robert Max Junker Earlier [Sept. 14], the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court issued a unanimous decision in the much-anticipated case of Gorsline v. Board of Supervisors of Fairfield Township , reversing the decision of the Court of Common Pleas of... Read More

Marcellus Shale - Anticipating Toxic Torts
Posted on 7 Jun 2011 by Babst Calland

One of our litigation attorneys, Kathy Condo, has a practice focused on handling the defense of large toxic tort litigation. Recently, she shared with our team an article from The West Virginia Record ( Jan. 20, 2011 ) in which a statewide group known... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Pennsylvania Supreme Court Affirms Good Faith Test of Production in Paying Quantities
Posted on 5 Apr 2012 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Russell L. Schetroma , Nathaniel I. Holland On Monday, March 26, 2012, in T.W. Phillips Gas & Oil Co. v. Jedlicka , No. 19 WAP 2009, 2012 Pa. LEXIS 627 (Pa. Mar. 26, 2012) [ enhanced version available to subscribers ], the Pennsylvania... Read More