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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: Pennsylvania DEP Finds No Link Between Hydraulic Fracturing and Methane Contamination
Posted on 3 May 2013 by LexisNexis Communities Staff

By Armando F. Benincasa, Brian J. Pulito and Thomas J. Sengewalt After a 16-month investigation, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection announced Monday that hydraulic fracturing for natural gas by WPX Energy, Inc. was not responsible... 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

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

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

Pennsylvania Agency Could Make Millions From Gas Drilling
Posted on 28 Jul 2011 by LexisNexis Emerging Issues Community Staff

PITTSBURGH - (AP) The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission could make millions of dollars selling water from a public lake to gas drilling companies or it could wind up with far less if water levels are persistently low. The commission in April signed... 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

William A. Ruskin on State Fracking Disclosure Requirements
Posted on 1 Aug 2012 by William A. Ruskin

By William A. Ruskin Opponents of fracking argue that it is necessary for the public, and health and safety professionals, to have full access to information on the constituents of hydraulic fracturing fluids and waste. In a report released on July... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Pennsylvania PUC Issues Order for Unconventional Well Impact Fees
Posted on 16 May 2012 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Russell L. Schetroma and Nathaniel I. Holland On May 10, 2012, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission ("PUC") issued its final implementation order for Chapter 23 of the Unconventional Gas Well Impact Fee Act (Act 13). The PUC has... Read More

Hold U.S. Forest Service in Contempt, Energy Group Urges
Posted on 10 Jan 2012 by William Perry Pendley

DENVER - Energy operators in Pennsylvania on Dec. 21 filed post-hearing documents urging a federal district court to hold the U.S. Forest Service in contempt of the district court's December 2009 ruling requiring it to process oil and gas lease development... 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

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

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