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Pennsylvania DEP Reorganizes in Response to Gas Drilling
Posted on 23 Sep 2011 by LexisNexis Emerging Issues Community Staff

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- A major reorganization within the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection will refocus the agency on its core mission of protecting the environment while improving efficiency and regulatory consistency. "These organizational... Read More

McNees Wallace & Nurick: Who Pays for Road Damage in Pennsylvania After Act 13?
Posted on 5 Oct 2012 by McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC

By Jim Franklin The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania continues to experience dramatic increases in heavy-truck transportation activity associated with Marcellus Shale. So much so that approximately one-quarter of all PA-state routes are now posted with... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Regulatory Lead Time an Important Consideration in Development of Ohio Drilling Units
Posted on 23 Jan 2013 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Kathy Milenkovski and Neal Pierce During the past year, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources has conducted hearings on three applications for unitized operation under Ohio Revised Code 1509.28. Additional hearings are on the schedule for January... Read More

Babst Calland: Pennsylvania Court Rules That Gas Lease Was Not Forfeited
Posted on 11 Sep 2015 by Babst Calland

By Elena L. Rorabaugh The Pennsylvania Superior Court ruled on Friday that an oil and gas lease was not forfeited by the failure of the operators to pay delay rentals lexis.com subscribers may view the enhanced opinion | Lexis Advance ] . In Dewing... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Pennsylvania Appeals Act 13 Decision
Posted on 31 Jul 2012 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Russell L. Schetroma and Nathaniel I. Holland On Friday, July 27, the Commonwealth appealed the July 26, 2012 4/3 decision of the Commonwealth Court that struck down the provisions of Act 13 of 2012 that attempted to assure statewide uniformity... Read More

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

USGS Boosts Amount Of Marcellus Shale Gas Reserves
Posted on 24 Aug 2011 by LexisNexis Emerging Issues Community Staff

PITTSBURGH - (AP) The U.S. Geological Survey said Tuesday that the Marcellus Shale region contains some 84 trillion cubic feet of undiscovered, recoverable natural gas, far more than thought nearly a decade ago. Tuesday's figure is much higher than... Read More

New Pennsylvania Policy to Address Spills and Releases from Oil and Gas Wells and Related Operations
Posted on 15 Dec 2011 by Babst Calland

The Bureau of Oil and Gas Management (BOGM), within the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, has drafted a new policy, Addressing Spills and Releases from Oil and Gas Wells and Related Operations (Policy). The Policy is notable because... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: W.Va. Supreme Court to Decide Rights of Surface Owners
Posted on 9 Oct 2012 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Bridget Furbee The Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia will decide a certified question sent by the Doddridge County Circuit Court. On September 25, 2012, oral argument was held before the Court in the case of James Martin, Director DEP and... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: DOE Study: Fracking Didn't Contaminate Water
Posted on 22 Jul 2013 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

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... Read More

McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC: Department Issues Timely Guidance on Oil and Natural Gas Interests
Posted on 10 Dec 2012 by McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC

By Randy L. Varner On October 10, 2012, the Department of Revenue issued Informational Notice 2012-04, dealing with the Realty Transfer and Personal Income Tax treatment associated with the division and transfer of interests in oil and natural gas... Read More

Pennsylvania Appellate Court Opinion Injects Uncertainty in Marcellus Shale Gas Ownership (Free Download)
Posted on 16 Sep 2011 by Lisa McManus

On Sept. 7, 2011, the Pennsylvania Superior Court issued an opinion in Butler v. Charles Powers Estate , 2011 PA Super 198, 2011 Pa. Super. LEXIS 2710 (Pa. Super. Ct. 2011), that creates uncertainty for developers and gas/mineral owners alike ( Click... Read More

Learn More About Fracking - White Paper and Complimentary CLE Webinar: Best Practices for Avoiding Common Issues Arising from Hydraulic Fracturing (Fracking) Extraction Agreements
Posted on 12 Dec 2011 by LexisNexis Emerging Issues Community Staff

Register for a complimentary CLE webinar: Best Practices for Avoiding Common Issues Arising from Hydraulic Fracturing (Fracking) Extraction Agreements - Tuesday Dec. 20 th 2PM EST http://www.eventsvc.com/LexisNexis_HB/register/8aa10302-64b8-4d6d-87aa... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Pennsylvania Superior Court Challenges Dunham Rule for Marcellus Shale
Posted on 21 Sep 2011 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Russell L. Schetroma In 1882, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court announced a presumption that a reservation of "minerals" does not include oil absent evidence within the four corners of the deed of a contrary intent. Dunham v. Kirkpatick... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Pa. PUC Releases Shale Impact Fee Data
Posted on 27 Sep 2012 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Russell L. Schetroma and Adam Curtis The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) released its first report on Monday on the impact fees resulting from the state's new Marcellus shale law, dubbed Act 13 . The PUC is the agency in charge... Read More