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Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Ohio EPA Could Change Air Permits for Oil and Gas Well Sites
Posted on 25 Feb 2013 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Katerina E. Milenkovski Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recently proposed several changes to its general permits for oil and gas well site production operations. These changes would: Incorporate requirements from the recently... 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: FERC Allows Pipeline to Prohibit Backhaul Shippers From Nominating Forward Haul Service
Posted on 30 Oct 2012 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Kurt Krieger Shippers with firm transportation capacity on interstate pipelines often nominate their contracts to move gas in numerous directions on the pipeline on a secondary point basis, subject to the pipeline's tariff scheduling priorities... 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

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Pennsylvania Court Delays Act 13's Preemption of Local Zoning Ordinances
Posted on 11 May 2012 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Russ L. Schetroma On April 11, 2012, a senior judge of the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court entered a preliminary injunction deferring the effective date of the provisions of Pennsylvania's Act 13 of 2012 affecting the authority of local governments... 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: Opportunities in International Shale Gas Development
Posted on 12 Sep 2012 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Philip D. Vasquez In a recent white paper, I have outlined how India has proposed lucrative terms for foreign companies to come into India to help with shale gas development. As gas prices fall domestically, gas demands in countries such as India... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Manchin Takes the Public Lands, Forests and Mining Subcommittee
Posted on 23 Feb 2013 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By L. Gil White U. S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Democrats have given the public lands subcommittee gavel to Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), his office said. Manchin takes the Public Lands, Forests and Mining Subcommittee gavel from... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: West Virginia House Judiciary Amends Horizontal Well Legislative Rule
Posted on 12 Apr 2013 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Armando F. Benincasa and G. Kurt Dettinger On April 9, 2013, the House Judiciary Committee amended SB 243, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection ("WVDEP") rules bill which includes the promulgation of permanent legislative... 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

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

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

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Legislative Changes to Ohio’s Dormant Mineral Act and Lease Forfeiture Statute
Posted on 21 Nov 2013 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Timothy M. McKeen and Jason Lucas | Ohio House Bill 72 (“ HB 72 ”), effective January 29, 2014, outlines important changes to filing for lease forfeiture or mineral abandonment under Ohio's Dormant Mineral Act by making an individual... 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

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Pa. PUC Decides Local Ordinance Violates Act 13
Posted on 9 Nov 2012 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

[Recently], the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) ruled that the South Fayette Township's ordinance governing oil and gas well development and processing violates provisions of Title 58 (Oil and Gas) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes... Read More