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Babst Calland: Environmental Groups Plan Suit Over Absence of Regulation of Oil and Gas Waste
Posted on 21 Oct 2015 by Babst Calland

By Naeha Dixit On August 26, 2015, seven environmental groups sent the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) a Notice of Intent to Sue the agency in an attempt to force the agency to develop tailored rules for oil and gas wastes under the Resource... Read More

Babst Calland: Ohio Judge Rules in Favor of Permitting Surveys in NEXUS Pipeline Case
Posted on 9 Oct 2015 by Babst Calland

By Michael T. Altvater The Medina County Court of Common Pleas issued a decision allowing surveys to be completed on tracts of land along the proposed NEXUS pipeline route. In Nexus Gas Transmission, LLC v. Houston , the Court ruled that the plain... Read More

Babst Calland: Natural Gas Fueled Powerplant Planned for Marshall County, West Virginia
Posted on 1 May 2014 by Babst Calland

By Morgan Condra Plans by Moundsville Power LLC to build a natural gas power plant were approved by members of the Marshall County Commission on April 22, 2014. The proposed 549 megawatt natural gas power plant is considered the first “downstream”... Read More

Babst Calland: Ohio Supreme Court Accepts Jurisdiction in Dormant Mineral Act Case
Posted on 28 Mar 2014 by Babst Calland

By Michael T. Altvater The Ohio Supreme Court has accepted jurisdiction of a discretionary appeal in Dodd v. Croskey , which involves Ohio’s Dormant Mineral Act (“DMA”). Under the DMA there are several “savings events”... Read More

Babst Calland: Ohio Trial Court Issues Dormant Mineral Act Decision
Posted on 1 May 2014 by Babst Calland

By Michael T. Altvater A Harrison County trial court issued a decision in a Dormant Mineral Act case addressing the issue of whether a release of an oil and gas lease is a title transaction affecting and preserving a severed mineral interest from being... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Court Ruling a Victory for Kentucky Pipeline Eminent Domain Opponents
Posted on 28 Mar 2014 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By J. Kevin West On March 25, 2014, a Circuit Court in Kentucky ruled in favor of those opposed to an interstate natural gas liquids (“NGLs”) pipeline’s potential use of eminent domain under the laws of the Commonwealth of Kentucky... Read More

Babst Calland: Ohio Supreme Court Schedules Oral Argument in Dormant Mineral Act Cases
Posted on 3 Mar 2015 by Babst Calland

By Michael T. Altvater The Ohio Supreme Court scheduled oral argument in two significant Dormant Mineral Act (“DMA”) cases. Oral argument has been scheduled on Corban v. Chesapeake Exploration, L.L.C. for May 6, 2015. As previously reported... Read More

This Is Real Law: Collateral Damage: Falling Energy Prices Pose New Risks for Lenders
Posted on 26 Feb 2015 by Real Law Editorial Team

Where energy prices are going in 2015 is anyone’s guess. According to Goldman Sachs Group Inc. , Barclays and the Tokyo-based Marubeni Corp. , for example, the price of crude oil could soon plummet to $30 per barrel. Other predictions are even more... Read More

Babst Calland: Ohio Appellate Court Enforces Change In Ownership Clause in Lease
Posted on 24 Apr 2014 by Babst Calland

By Jessica L. Henry The Fifth District Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court’s decision in Trico Land Company, LLC v. Kenoil Producing LLC , upholding the right to have and enforce a change of ownership clause in an oil and gas lease. The... Read More

Babst Calland: Pennsylvania High Court Prohibits Tolling of Oil and Gas Leases During Litigation
Posted on 3 Mar 2015 by Babst Calland

By Steven B. Silverman [On Feb. 17], the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued Harrison v. Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. , a significant opinion in which the Court refused to apply equitable tolling principles that other oil and gas jurisdictions have adopted... Read More

Williams Mullen: EPA Finalizes Clean Power Plan: Now What?
Posted on 14 Aug 2015 by Williams Mullen

By: Channing J. Martin President Obama unveiled on August 3 what has been billed as the Administration’s biggest initiative yet to regulate carbon emissions. Although the final regulations that form the Clean Power Plan are ostensibly aimed at... Read More

Norton Rose Fulbright: D.C. Circuit Vacates Part Of Conflict Minerals Rule
Posted on 13 May 2014 by Norton Rose Fulbright

By Marsha Z. Gerber , Cristina K. Lunders and Christian Menefee On April 14, 2014, a divided panel of the US Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit found unconstitutional one part of the disclosure requirements in the Securities and Exchange Commission's... Read More

Babst Calland: New York’s Highest Court Upholds Right of Municipalities to Ban Oil and Gas Activities
Posted on 8 Jul 2014 by Babst Calland

By Michael C. Murphy Today the New York Court of Appeals issued an opinion affirming local zoning laws adopted by two upstate towns that prohibited oil and gas-related activities within their borders. Specifically, the Court ruled that there was nothing... Read More

Babst Calland: Pennsylvania Supreme Court Declines To Hear Appeal In Caldwell v. Kriebel
Posted on 3 Dec 2013 by Babst Calland

By Lawrence H. Baumiller On November 26, 2013, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal of the Superior Court’s decision in Caldwell v. Kriebel Resources Co. [ enhanced opinion available to subscribers ], which held... Read More