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Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Regulatory Changes Coming to Oil and Gas Industry in Ohio
Posted on 7 Mar 2012 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By R. Neal Pierce Ohio Governor John Kasich announced plans to propose significant statutory and/or regulatory changes to the state's energy policies. The Governor announced in a speech in Cleveland that he is working with lawmakers to prepare... Read More

Troutman Sanders: China Finance: Venture Capital and Private Equity Cleantech Fund Structures for China Investments
Posted on 19 Oct 2011 by Troutman Sanders

This article is written by Edward Epstein , Office Managing Partner of Troutman Sanders' Shanghai Office. It appeared first in ACORE's Summer 2011 US-China Quarterly Market Review and is reprinted with ACORE's permission. To access the full... Read More

Study Concludes Hydraulic Fracturing Isn't Contaminating Groundwater; Poor Waste Management, Bore Wells Are
Posted on 5 Jul 2012 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

Prior posts have noted groundwater contamination associated with natural gas produced from deep shale deposits by hydraulic fracturing. A study by researchers (with no industry contributions) concludes that such pollution results not from liquids pumped... Read More

Cadwalader Client & Friends Memo: FERC Enforcement Director Calls for Legislative Fix to Address Hunter Decision
Posted on 18 Feb 2014 by Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

On January 15, 2014, Mr. Norman Bay, Director of the Office of Enforcement at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ( FERC ), testified at a Senate Banking Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection hearing entitled “Regulating... Read More

Bill Aims To Upgrade Security At Power Plants
Posted on 16 Aug 2011 by LexisNexis Emerging Issues Community Staff

ALBANY, N.Y. - (AP) A loophole in law doesn't require workers hired at most power plants to undergo FBI background checks even though a federal report warns the plants are a likely route for terrorists, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer said Sunday in unveiling... Read More

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

BP Announces $7.8 Billion Settlement Of Gulf Oil Spill Claims
Posted on 6 Mar 2012 by LexisNexis Emerging Issues Law Community Staff

NEW ORLEANS - (Mealey's) BP PLC and plaintiffs in the federal multidistrict litigation court in Louisiana for claims arising from the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig and ensuing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico reached an agreement on March... 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

Fulbright & Jaworski: Hydraulic Fracturing as a Subsurface Trespass, Part 1 in a Series of 5
Posted on 23 May 2012 by Norton Rose Fulbright

This article is the first in a series of five posts. Hydraulic fracturing activities continue to rise, and are at the center of much debate and litigation focusing on the potential health risks associated with the process. But an emerging issue... 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 subscribers may view the enhanced opinion | Lexis Advance ] . In Dewing... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: NIOSH and Fracking
Posted on 10 Aug 2012 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Janis P. White, M.D. Based on recent presentations by NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) one can surmise that the agency is taking a very active interest in hydraulic fracturing (fracking). Silica exposure seems to be... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: DOJ Ramps Up Interest in Oil and Gas Industry
Posted on 23 Aug 2013 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Gordon H. Copland, Russell D. Jessee and Nathaniel I. Holland Last year, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division reached an agreement with two natural gas producers who each paid fines of over one-half million dollars to settle claims... Read More

Cadwalader Clients & Friends Memo: FERC Office of Enforcement Issues 2011 Report on Enforcement
Posted on 15 Dec 2011 by Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

On November 17, 2011, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ( FERC ) Office of Enforcement issued its 2011 Report on Enforcement ( Report ). The annual Report provides an overview of and statistics regarding FERC's enforcement activities 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