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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

Pennsylvania Appellate Court Opinion Injects Uncertainty in Marcellus Shale Gas Ownership (Free Download)
Posted on 16 Sep 2011 by Lisa McManus

On Sept. 7, 2011, the Pennsylvania Superior Court issued an opinion in Butler v. Charles Powers Estate , 2011 PA Super 198, 2011 Pa. Super. LEXIS 2710 (Pa. Super. Ct. 2011), that creates uncertainty for developers and gas/mineral owners alike ( Click... Read More

Pennsylvania Energy Operators Argue Energy Exploration Merits Permanent Relief
Posted on 8 Mar 2012 by William Perry Pendley

By William Perry Pendley DENVER - Energy operators in Pennsylvania, after a victory before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia in September 2011, on March 5 urged a Pennsylvania federal district court to issue a final ruling... Read More

McNees Client Alert: Pa. Act 127 of 2011 - The Gas and Hazardous Liquids Pipeline Act: Final PUC Implementation Order
Posted on 24 Feb 2012 by McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC

By Jim Dougherty On December 22, 2011, [Pennsylvania] Governor Corbett signed into law the Gas and Hazardous Liquids Pipeline Act ("Act 127") that expands the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission's ("PUC" or "Commission"... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal: States Cooling on Renewable Energy
Posted on 14 May 2013 by State Net

States' recent passion for renewable energy appears to be running out of steam. Sixteen of the 29 states with renewable portfolio standards are considering legislation that would scale back those mandates, according to the North Carolina Solar Center... Read More

Pennsylvania's 'Clean and Green Act' Amended to Limit the Tax Consequences of Oil, Gas and CBM Development
Posted on 21 Jun 2011 by Babst Calland

Pennsylvania's Farmland and Forestland Assessment Act, more commonly known as the "Clean and Green Act," (72 Pa. C.S. § 5490.1 et seq. ) provides preferential tax treatment to property owners who agree to devote lands to agricultural... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: PUC of Ohio Finalizes Rules Implementing SB 315’s New Requirements For Gas Gathering
Posted on 5 Nov 2013 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Kathy Milenkovski. On October 30, 2013, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (“PUCO”) finalized rules proposed late last year to implement new requirements brought about by the enactment of Senate Bill 315 and to clarify the applicability... Read More

Potential Risks of Fracking and the Extent That Homeowners Policies Protect Against Damages
Posted on 27 Feb 2012 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

My partner Dean Pappas and I recently had an article published by Best's Review (February 2012) that looks at the potential risks that arise from hydrofracking operations, and the extent to which a typical homeowner's insurance policy covers the... 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

U.S. Continental Shelf Mining Policy Influenced By International Environmental Law
Posted on 5 Mar 2013 by LexisNexis Emerging Issues Law Community Staff

By Lawrence A. Kogan Excerpt: This article questions the extent to which U.S. continental shelf seabed mining policy, as reflected in the U.S. administration's recently issued five-year OCS development plan and accompanying agency regulations... 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

Fulbright & Jaworski LLP: New EPA Report Again Ties Wyoming Water Pollution To Fracking
Posted on 5 Nov 2012 by Norton Rose Fulbright

On October 10, 2012, as a follow-up to its December 2011 draft report concerning allegations of groundwater contamination in Pavillion, Wyoming, the EPA released the methodology and results for additional water samples collected from two monitoring wells... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Pennsylvania Judge Orders Marcellus Development Settlement Unsealed
Posted on 21 Mar 2013 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Brian Pulito and Jamie Little On March 20, 2013, in a 32-page opinion, President Judge Debbie O'Dell-Seneca of the Court of Common Pleas for Washington County, Pennsylvania ordered that a sealed, court-approved settlement between Plaintiffs... Read More

Keller and Heckman LLP: EU Bans Exports to Syria for Oil and Gas, Electricity Production and Telecom
Posted on 26 Jan 2012 by Keller and Heckman LLP

In response to the continued violence in Syria, today the European Union expanded its sanctions against that country by banning exports for critical sectors. The new sanctions provide a list of equipment, technology and software for the oil and gas industry... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Final NSPS for Oil and Gas Industry Published in Federal Register
Posted on 29 Aug 2012 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Armando F. Benincasa The final New Source Performance Standard (NSPS) for the oil and natural gas sector was published in the Federal Register and will become effective on October 15, 2012. The key component of the final rules is a requirement... Read More