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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: 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 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

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: WVDEP Issues New Storm Water Construction General Permit for Oil and Gas Projects
Posted on 16 May 2013 by LexisNexis Communities Staff

By Armando F. Benincasa The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) issued its long-delayed Storm Water Construction General Permit for Oil and Gas projects this past Monday. The permit which will impact greatly oil and gas industry... 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: 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

Court Rebuffs Miners: Withdrawal Law Constitutional
Posted on 25 Mar 2013 by William Perry Pendley

By William Perry Pendley DENVER - An Arizona federal district court on March 20 rejected arguments by a 117-year-old nonprofit, non-partisan mining trade association with thousands of members that had argued that a federal law, which was used to lock... 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. 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

California Miner Appeals Denial of Attorneys' Fees
Posted on 30 Jan 2013 by William Perry Pendley

By William Perry Pendley DENVER - A California miner who won the right to engage in placer mining on his claim in the mountains of northern California after a February 2007 ruling by the Interior Board of Land Appeals (IBLA) on Jan. 24 appealed the... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal: Ohio's $500 Billion Oil Resource Frustrating Drillers
Posted on 14 May 2013 by State Net

The Utica Shale formation in eastern Ohio grabbed the national spotlight two years ago when the state's Department of Natural Resources estimated it held 5.5 billion barrels of recoverable oil, more than twice Yemen's oil resource and worth nearly... Read More

McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC: Department Issues Timely Guidance on Oil and Natural Gas Interests
Posted on 10 Dec 2012 by McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC

By Randy L. Varner On October 10, 2012, the Department of Revenue issued Informational Notice 2012-04, dealing with the Realty Transfer and Personal Income Tax treatment associated with the division and transfer of interests in oil and natural gas... Read More