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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

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: 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: Energy Transfer Partners Approves Construction of New Marcellus/Utica Pipeline
Posted on 7 Jul 2014 by Babst Calland

By Michael T. Altvater Energy Transfer Partners, L.P.’s board of directors has approved the construction of a new pipeline to transport gas to markets in the United States and Canada. The pipeline’s capacity is proposed to transport 2.2... Read More

Babst Calland: Pennsylvania House and Senate Pass Budget Without Marcellus Gas Severance Tax
Posted on 7 Jul 2014 by Babst Calland

By Matthew L. Lambach Marcellus Drilling News reports that the Pennsylvania House and Senate passed a budget that did not include a Marcellus Shale severance tax. Governor Tom Corbett withheld his signature while he continues to work with lawmakers... 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

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

Arnold & Porter's Regulatory Chart and Case Chart Provide Monthly Updates On Hydraulic Fracturing
Posted on 8 Aug 2012 by J. Cullen Howe

By J. Cullen Howe, Environmental Law Specialist, Arnold & Porter LLP Hydraulic fracturing (fracking), a process used by the oil and gas industry for more than 60 years, has attracted the national spotlight. By injecting fluids and other materials... Read More

Fulbright Adds Marcellus Shale Team; Opens Western Pennsylvania Office
Posted on 5 Jul 2011 by LexisNexis Emerging Issues Community Staff

PITTSBURGH - A highly-regarded six-lawyer team has joined the energy and environmental practices of Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. as the global firm opened an office in Western Pennsylvania, the center of activity for Marcellus Shale natural gas production... Read More

William A. Ruskin: Hydraulic Fracturing Risks and Opportunities
Posted on 20 Apr 2012 by William A. Ruskin

On April 18, 2012, Winston & Strawn and the Environmental Law Institute co-hosted an informative seminar on, "Hydraulic Fracturing Risks and Opportunities: Regulator, NGO, Industry and Investor Perspectives," in New York City. The meeting... Read More

DLA Piper Energy Alert: Thinking Strategically on Pipe Build-out for the Shale Boom
Posted on 21 Mar 2013 by DLA Piper

By Lee A. Alexander, Stefan M. Krantz and Zachary S. Launer Recent developments in horizontal drilling techniques have propelled natural gas production from shale formations to the forefront of domestic oil and gas production today. This rapid expansion... Read More

Video: John Imse on Government Regulations for Fracking
Posted on 14 Dec 2011 by Gregg Lawson

John Imse, Principal at the ENVIRON Group, spoke at the Gas Drilling Operations Conference on Sept. 9 in Philadelphia sponsored by HB Litigation Conferences. In this clip, Imse contrasts how hydraulic fracturing is viewed and regulated in the Western... Read More

William A. Ruskin: Hydrofracking and The Battle Over Water in South Texas
Posted on 21 Oct 2012 by William A. Ruskin

By William A. Ruskin In an article titled, " Introduction to Hydraulic Fracturing Natural Gas Exploration ," Rebecca Jo Reser , an IADC member and partner at the San Antonio, Texas law firm of Davidson Troilo Ream & Garza, discusses the... Read More

Pennsylvania Gov. Corbett Gets Report From Panel On Marcellus Gas Drilling
Posted on 28 Jul 2011 by LexisNexis Emerging Issues Community Staff

HARRISBURG Pa. - (AP) A hand-picked panel on natural gas drilling gave Gov. Tom Corbett its recommendations on Friday, a report that included no surprises concerning what it sure to be a major topic of legislative debate this fall. The advisory panel... 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 subscribers ], the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court struck down portions of the state's new law - dubbed Act 13 - governing Marcellus shale... Read More