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Steptoe & Johnson: West Virginia Governor Will Call Special Session to Address Marcellus Shale
Posted on 7 Dec 2011 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

At a meeting this morning in Wheeling, West Virginia, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin stated his intention to call state legislators to Charleston next week for a special session to deal with Marcellus Shale policy. Governor Tomblin made the announcement during... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Judge Overturns City of Morgantown Fracking Ban
Posted on 16 Aug 2011 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Armando F. Benincasa In a ruling late on Friday afternoon, Circuit Court Judge Susan Tucker overturned the city of Morgantown's ordinance banning hydraulic fracturing within city limits and extending one mile outside the city's municipal... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: W. Va. DEP Issues Modified Oil and Gas Horizontal Well Rule
Posted on 5 Nov 2012 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection filed a modified version of 35 CSR , Series 8, the agency's new oil and gas horizontal well legislative rule, with the Secretary of State on September 14, 2012. The modified rule includes a... 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

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: West Virginia DEP Files Emergency Rule For Horizontal Drilling
Posted on 24 Aug 2011 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Armando F. Benincasa Pursuant to Governor Earl Ray Tomblin's July 12, 2011 Executive Order , the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection late yesterday filed an emergency rule that will apply to horizontal wells in West Virginia... 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: 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

Pennsylvania Would Let Counties Set Natural Gas Drilling Fees
Posted on 7 Oct 2011 by LexisNexis Emerging Issues Community Staff

PITTSBURGH - (AP) Gov. Tom Corbett released a plan for Pennsylvania's natural gas boom Monday that would allow the state's counties to impose a fee on drilling to help pay to regulate it and fix environmental damage in communities where it is... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, West Virginia Ranked Globally in Petroleum Survey
Posted on 9 Jul 2012 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Kurt Krieger West Virginia ranked tenth, down from sixth in 2011; Ohio ranked 14th, down from second; and Pennsylvania ranked 34th, an improvement from 65th place in 2011 in the sixth annual Fraser Institute Global Petroleum Survey, published by... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: West Virginia DEP Proposes Permit Regulating Stormwater For Oil and Gas Operations
Posted on 8 Mar 2012 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Armando F. Benincasa The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) issued a draft State General Water Pollution Control Permit proposing to regulate the discharge of stormwater runoff associated with oil and gas construction activities... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson: West Virginia House of Delegates Passes Legislation to Lure an Ethane Cracker Facility
Posted on 24 Jan 2012 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By L. Gil White In ongoing attempts to best position the state to attract an ethane cracker facility to the state, the West Virginia House of Delegates passed House Bill 4086 yesterday which grants substantial tax incentives for large investments of... Read More

Range Resources Appalachia Wins Dismissal of 'Dear Property Owner' Contract Case (Download Opinion and Docket FREE)
Posted on 24 Aug 2011 by LexisNexis Emerging Issues Community Staff

Yesterday, a federal district court in West Virginia dismissed a suit against Range Resources - Appalachia, LLC, without prejudice. The suit had alleged that, in the fall of 2008, representatives from Range approached the plaintiff landowners to discuss... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Production 'Irrelevant' Under Flat-Rate Leases
Posted on 20 May 2013 by LexisNexis Communities Staff

By Bridget D. Furbee A good outcome for oil and gas operators in West Virginia was provided by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on May 7, 2013. Referencing "... longstanding West Virginia law," the Court affirmed the validity... 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

Fulbright & Jaworski: West Virginia DEP Issues Emergency Rules For Horizontal Drilling, Hydraulic Fracturing
Posted on 30 Aug 2011 by Norton Rose Fulbright

By Jeremy A. Mercer and Cecil C. Kuhne, IIIa On August 22, 2011, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection ("WVDEP")-pursuant to Governor Ray Tomblin's Executive Order 4-11, issued July 12, 2011- promulgated emergency rules... Read More