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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

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: 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

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

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: 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

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

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

Fulbright & Jaworski: Hydraulic Fracturing as a Subsurface Trespass, Part 4 in a Series of 5
Posted on 29 May 2012 by Norton Rose Fulbright

This article is the fourth 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 with... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Ohio General Assembly Enacts Energy Bill That Addresses Hydraulic Fracturing
Posted on 4 Jun 2012 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By R. Neal Pierce On May 24, 2012, the Ohio General Assembly enacted a comprehensive energy bill (Senate Bill 315) which addresses several provisions affecting the natural gas industry. The legislation has been forwarded to Governor John Kasich who... Read More

William A. Ruskin: Hydrofracking And The Debate Over Municipal Infrastructure
Posted on 9 Mar 2013 by William A. Ruskin

By William A. Ruskin On February 11, 2013, the IADC conducted a lively, interactive panel discussing the risks and benefits of shale oil and gas extraction at the IADC Mid-Winter Meeting . The panel represented the spectrum of political, regulatory... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Ohio DNR Sets New Brine Transport, Disposal Standards
Posted on 14 Mar 2012 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Armando F. Benincasa and J. Kevin West The new regulatory framework makes Ohio's rules for brine monitoring and disposal among the nation's toughest. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) developed the new regulations after researching... 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

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