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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

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Kentucky Oil and Gas Modernization Act of 2015 Will Become Effective June 24
Posted on 15 May 2015 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Sarah M. Lange and J. Kevin West e | The Kentucky Oil and Gas Modernization Act of 2015 was enacted by the Kentucky General Assembly during the 2015 Legislative Session and will take effect on June 24, 2015. The legislation provides regulatory certainty... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Court Reverses EPA Decision to Aggregate Air Sources from Natural Gas Operations
Posted on 9 Aug 2012 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Armando Benincasa In an important decision on August 7th related to the aggregation of air emissions in the oil and gas industry, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a decision by the United States Environmental Protection Agency [EPA] which... 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

Western Legal Group Wins Property Rights Ruling in Pennsylvania Court
Posted on 11 Sep 2012 by William Perry Pendley

DENVER - Energy operators in Pennsylvania, after winning at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia in September 2011, which upheld a December 2009 ruling by a Pennsylvania federal district court regarding the property rights of... Read More

Babst Calland: Plain Meaning Prevails - 6th Circuit Overturns EPA's Single Source Determination. What's EPA's Next Step?
Posted on 10 Aug 2012 by Babst Calland

On August 7, 2012, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit published a decision that appears to be a victory in terms of how permitting authorities must decide which air permitting requirements apply to the oil and gas industry. However, a closer... Read More

West Virginia State University Designs Energy Management Concentration to Support West Virginia’s Growing Natural Gas Industry
Posted on 18 Feb 2014 by Babst Calland

By Briana J. Marino West Virginia State University has developed a new academic program designed to educate the next generation of oil and gas employees, developers, and industrialists in the Appalachian region. WVSU now offers a Concentration in Energy... 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

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

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Pennsylvania DEP Repurposes Rules for Oil and Gas Wells – Industry Concerns Increase
Posted on 3 Apr 2015 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Gary E. Slagel | As was previously noted on this blog site, the PA Department of Environmental Protection embarked on an effort several years ago to revise its Chapter 78 rules pertaining to the permitting and environmental issues associated with... Read More

Energy Operators Contend Environmental Groups are Wrong in Pennsylvania Energy Case
Posted on 4 May 2012 by William Perry Pendley

By William Perry Pendley DENVER - Energy operators in Pennsylvania, after a victory before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia in September 2011, which affirmed the December 2009 ruling of a Pennsylvania federal district... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Pa. DEP’s Latest Revisions to Chapter 78a for Unconventional Wells – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Posted on 2 Sep 2015 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s long, drawn out effort to promulgate new rules for oil and gas activities took another turn on August 12, 2015. On a DEP webinar on that day, the DEP announced several significant changes... Read More

U.S. Forest Service Not In Contempt, Pennsylvania Federal Judge Rules
Posted on 29 Mar 2012 by William Perry Pendley

By William Perry Pendley DENVER - A Pennsylvania federal district court on March 23 denied a motion by energy operators in Pennsylvania to hold the U.S. Forest Service in contempt of the district court's December 2009 ruling that requires the agency... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Water Service to Marcellus Natural Gas Wells for Fracturing - PSC Provides Further Guidance
Posted on 30 Aug 2012 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Kurt Krieger and Todd Swanson Earlier this year an administrative law judge (ALJ) for the Public Service Commission of West Virginia (PSC) ruled that a public service district (PSD) violated various state laws and regulations by refusing to provide... Read More

Pennsylvania Landowners Settle Groundwater Contamination Suit Against Chesapeake Energy Corp. for $1.6 Million
Posted on 9 Jul 2012 by LexisNexis Emerging Issues Law Community Staff

DALLAS - Attorneys with Allen Stewart, P.C. announced June 25 that a group of Pennsylvania landowners represented by the Dallas-based law firm have settled their claims against oil and gas giant Chesapeake Energy Corporation for $1.6 million. The settlement... Read More