Recent Posts

Babst Calland: Cincinnati Bans UIC Wells Within City Limits
Posted on 10 Aug 2012 by Babst Calland

On August 1, 2012, Cincinnati became the first locality in Ohio to ban underground injection wells. The City Council, citing an inability to assess the risks to public health, safety and welfare of injected waste, voted unanimously on Ordinance No. 314... Read More

U.S. EPA Creates Uncertainty in Appalachia with Air Quality Permitting Memorandum
Posted on 31 Jan 2013 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Armando F. Benincasa In the face of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals decision in late 2012 which struck down United States Environmental Protection Agency's (USEPA) use of "functional relatedness" in determining whether sources of... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Ohio Court Limits Surface Rights from Mineral Reservation
Posted on 4 May 2012 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By R. Neal Pierce and Lyle B. Brown On January 17, 2012, the Harrison County (Ohio) Court of Common Pleas ruled that a 1959 mineral reservation did not authorize the use of a well on the surface of the premises to remove oil and gas located beyond its... Read More

Babst Calland: Ohio Trial Courts Issue Additional Rulings on the Dormant Mineral Act
Posted on 13 Feb 2014 by Babst Calland

By Michael T. Altvater | Two Ohio trial courts issued new decisions on Ohio’s Dormant Mineral Act (“DMA”) addressing an unsettled issue of law concerning whether the 1989 or 2006 version of the DMA should apply to current disputes... Read More

Babst Calland LLC: Ohio City Will Not Appeal Court Order Overturning Drilling Ban
Posted on 21 May 2015 by Babst Calland

By Michael T. Altvater The City of Broadview Heights will not appeal the ruling of the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court overturning the city’s voter-approved ban on new oil and gas drilling. The trial court relied on a recent decision from... Read More