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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

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: 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

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

Babst Calland: Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Lease Act Signed Into Law, Addresses Joint Development
Posted on 18 Jul 2013 by Babst Calland

On July 9, 2013, Governor Corbett signed into law Senate Bill 259, also known as the Oil and Gas Lease Act (Act), amending the Guaranteed Minimum Royalty Act. In addition to providing new rights and requirements as to payments resulting from the production... 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 lexis.com 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

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

LAST CHANCE! Live Webcast Still Available For Sept. 9 Gas Drilling (Fracking) Operations Conference
Posted on 8 Sep 2011 by HB Litigation Conferences

BERWYN, Pa. - The seats are filled for HB Litigation Conferences ' Gas Drilling Operations Conference: Hydraulic Fracturing (Fracking) on Friday, Sept. 9, at the Hub Cira Centre , but the live Webcast is still available. Co-chairs are Marc Bern... 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

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: 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