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Babst Calland: Ohio Oil And Gas Commission Affirms Orders Suspending Operation Of An Injection Well Due To Low-Level Seismic Events
Posted on 14 Aug 2015 by Babst Calland

By David E. Northrop The Ohio Oil and Gas Commission rendered a decision on August 12, 2015, affirming two orders of the Chief of the Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management that suspended operation of an injection well operated by American Water... Read More

Babst Calland: West Virginia Senate Passes Future Fund Bill
Posted on 3 Mar 2014 by Babst Calland

By Ben Milleville The West Virginia Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 461 , known as The Future Fund Bill, on February 21 st . The Bill, as described in an Associated Press story published in the Charleston Gazette, would create a new fund that... Read More

Babst Calland: Ohio Adopts Oil And Gas Regulatory Changes In Its Biennial Budget Legislation
Posted on 10 Jul 2015 by Babst Calland

By David E. Northrop Ohio’s biennial budget legislation, House Bill 64 , signed by the Governor on June 30, 2015, includes changes and additions to Ohio’s oil and gas regulatory program appearing in Chapter 1509 of the Revised Code. The... Read More

Babst Calland: 3 Oil and Gas Bills Pass Pennsylvania Senate Panel
Posted on 9 Feb 2015 by Babst Calland

By Elena L. Rorabaugh | A Pennsylvania senate committee recently unanimously approved two bills regarding oil and gas royalty calculations. StateImpact Pennsylvania reported that Senate Bills 147 and 148 were approved by the Senate Environmental Resources... Read More

Babst Calland: EPA Announces Rulemaking Proposal to Curb Methane Emissions from Oil and Gas Sector
Posted on 19 Aug 2015 by Babst Calland

By Meredith Odato Graham Today [Aug. 18] the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) formally announced its highly-anticipated proposal to regulate methane emissions from the oil and natural gas sector. Specifically, EPA is proposing to amend the... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Ohio Court Favors Surface Owner in Dormant Mineral Act Ruling
Posted on 21 Apr 2014 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

Walker v. Noon was recently decided by the Ohio Seventh District Court of Appeals. Walker is noteworthy because it is the first appellate level decision addressing the automatic reversion provision under the 1989 version of the Ohio Dormant Mineral Act... Read More

Babst Calland: Pennsylvania DEP Releases Latest Revisions Of Oil And Gas Rulemaking
Posted on 14 Aug 2015 by Babst Calland

By Matthew L. Lambach The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently announced the draft final revisions to the “Environmental Protection Performance Standards at Oil and Gas Well Sites” rulemaking (Chapters 78 and... 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: 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

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: FERC Takes Further Action to Promote Gas and Electric Industry Coordination
Posted on 24 Mar 2014 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

B y Kurt L. Krieger On March 20, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) issued three separate but related items as part of FERC’s ongoing efforts to address gas and electric industry coordination issues arising from the... Read More

Babst Calland: Pennsylvania Federal Court Holds 1961 Dual Purpose Lease Still In Effect
Posted on 4 Aug 2015 by Babst Calland

By Matthew L. Lambach | In the case titled Mason v. Range Res.-Appalachia LLC (2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 97471), the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania recently held that a 1961 oil and gas lease remained in effect pursuant... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Water Service to Marcellus Natural Gas Wells for Fracturing - PSC Provides Further Guidance
Posted on 30 Aug 2012 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Kurt Krieger and Todd Swanson Earlier this year an administrative law judge (ALJ) for the Public Service Commission of West Virginia (PSC) ruled that a public service district (PSD) violated various state laws and regulations by refusing to provide... Read More

Pennsylvania Landowners Settle Groundwater Contamination Suit Against Chesapeake Energy Corp. for $1.6 Million
Posted on 9 Jul 2012 by LexisNexis Emerging Issues Law Community Staff

DALLAS - Attorneys with Allen Stewart, P.C. announced June 25 that a group of Pennsylvania landowners represented by the Dallas-based law firm have settled their claims against oil and gas giant Chesapeake Energy Corporation for $1.6 million. The settlement... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Pennsylvania DEP Repurposes Rules for Oil and Gas Wells – Industry Concerns Increase
Posted on 3 Apr 2015 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Gary E. Slagel | As was previously noted on this blog site, the PA Department of Environmental Protection embarked on an effort several years ago to revise its Chapter 78 rules pertaining to the permitting and environmental issues associated with... Read More

Fulbright Briefing: Pa. Commonwealth Court Overturns Significant Portions of Act 13; Appeal Filed Next Day
Posted on 9 Aug 2012 by Norton Rose Fulbright

By Kenneth S. Komoroski , Matthew H. Sepp and Michael P. Gaetani The Pennsylvania General Assembly enacted the Oil and Gas Act ("Act 13"), which substantially revises the Oil and Gas Act of 1984, 58 P.S. § 601.101 et seq., and was signed... Read More