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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 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

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

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

Duane Morris LLP: D.C. Circuit Ruling Has Potential Implications for Natural Gas Pipeline and LNG Projects Under FERC Environmental Review
Posted on 8 Jul 2014 by Duane Morris LLP

A recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected certain portions of an environmental analysis conducted by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or "Commission"). This turn of events is likely... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Ohio Appellate Court Adopts Fixed ‘Look Back’ Period For 1989 Dormant Mineral Act
Posted on 23 Sep 2014 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

In the recent 7th District Court of Appeals case of Eisenbarth v. Reusser , 7th Dist. Monroe No. 13 MO 10, 2014-Ohio-3792 [ enhanced opinion available to lexis.com subscribers ], the court determined that the “look back” period for the 1989... Read More

Babst Calland: Ohio Supreme Court Accepts Major Oil and Gas Lease Busting Case for Review
Posted on 3 Mar 2015 by Babst Calland

By Michael T. Altvater The Ohio Supreme Court accepted jurisdiction over Hupp v. Beck Energy , an important Ohio case involving the interpretation of oil and gas leases. The case involves a challenge by landowners in Monroe County to a standard form... Read More

Babst Calland: Ohio Decision Results in Victory for Oil and Gas Producers
Posted on 24 Apr 2014 by Babst Calland

By Jason M. Zoeller An Ohio trial court issued a decision in Marshall v. Beekay Company . The case involved an action seeking declaratory judgment as to leasehold rights for formations below the Germantown Sand Formation. The court ruled that there... Read More

Babst Calland: Pa. Court Upholds Zoning Ordinance Permitting Oil and Gas Well Development In Agricultural/Residential Zoning District
Posted on 3 Nov 2015 by Babst Calland

By Lawrence H. Baumiller | On October 21, 2015, Judge Richard McCormick, President Judge of the Westmoreland County Court of Common Pleas, issued a decision and order upholding the validity of Allegheny Township’s zoning ordinance, which permits... Read More

Babst Calland: Pennsylvania Court Rules Seneca Has Rights On Game Land
Posted on 13 Feb 2014 by Babst Calland

By Matthew L. Lambach On January 27 th , 2014, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania overruled in part and sustained in part the preliminary objections of Seneca Resources Corporation (Seneca) to a complaint filed by the Pennsylvania Game Commission... Read More

Babst Calland: Ohio Trial Courts Issue Additional Rulings on the Dormant Mineral Act
Posted on 13 Feb 2014 by Babst Calland

By Michael T. Altvater | Two Ohio trial courts issued new decisions on Ohio’s Dormant Mineral Act (“DMA”) addressing an unsettled issue of law concerning whether the 1989 or 2006 version of the DMA should apply to current disputes... Read More

Will Lawsuits Related to Shale Gas Drilling be the 'Next Big Thing?'
Posted on 14 Sep 2011 by Gregg Lawson

PHILADELPHIA - Shale drilling for natural gas is big business in several states, but will it be "the next big thing" for litigators? It may be too early to tell, but the plaintiff and defense bars are gearing up. About 110 attorneys, insurance... Read More