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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: 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

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Pennsylvania Supreme Court Reaffirms Dunham Rule
Posted on 25 Apr 2013 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Russell L. Schetroma and Nathaniel I. Holland In a unanimous opinion ( Butler v. Charles Power Estate , No. 27 MAP 2012) by Justice Baer issued April 24, 2013, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court reaffirmed the Dunham Rule, holding that a reservation... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, West Virginia Ranked Globally in Petroleum Survey
Posted on 9 Jul 2012 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Kurt Krieger West Virginia ranked tenth, down from sixth in 2011; Ohio ranked 14th, down from second; and Pennsylvania ranked 34th, an improvement from 65th place in 2011 in the sixth annual Fraser Institute Global Petroleum Survey, published by... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: West Virginia Supreme Court Rules Surface Owners Have No Right to Appeal Well Work Permits
Posted on 27 Nov 2012 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Armando Benincasa and Bridget Furbee [On Nov. 21] the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals issued an important decision regarding whether surface owners have a right to appeal well work permits issued by the West Virginia Department of Environmental... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: FERC Considering Quarterly Reporting and Disclosure of Every Physical Natural Gas Transaction
Posted on 8 Dec 2012 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Kurt Krieger On November 15, 2012, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC") issued a Notice of Inquiry ("NOI") - a pre-cursor to a possible notice of proposed rulemaking - seeking comments on whether it should require... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: EPA Accepting Data Regarding Hydraulic Fracturing Study
Posted on 12 Nov 2012 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Armando F. Benincasa In an update on its study of the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it would be accepting data and analyses from the public to... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals Rules in Gas Utility Case
Posted on 26 Mar 2013 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Lori A. Dawkins and Allison J. Farrell The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals just issued an important decision for all natural gas utilities with operations in West Virginia with its Memorandum Decision No.11-1511 (Harrison County 10C391).... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Pennsylvania Court Throws Out Zoning Provisions Governing Marcellus Shale Activities
Posted on 27 Jul 2012 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Russell L. Schetroma and Nathaniel I. Holland In a 4-3 decision [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court struck down portions of the state's new law - dubbed Act 13 - governing Marcellus shale... Read More