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Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: FMLA Misstep Proves Costly to Energy Employer
Posted on 15 Jan 2014 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Lindsay M. Bouffard An oil and gas support services company recently paid more than $43,000 in back wages and agreed to reinstate a terminated employee after a Department of Labor (DOL) investigation revealed the company terminated an employee... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: The Impacts of the 2014 Elections on Colorado’s Energy Industry
Posted on 18 Nov 2014 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Lori A. Dawkins, Member, and Devin C. Daines, Associate The results and impacts of Colorado’s recent elections were widely regarded as positive by those in the energy industry. By narrowly winning a second term, Governor John Hickenlooper... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Overtime Issues Troubling the Energy Sector
Posted on 8 Oct 2013 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Lindsay M. Bouffard As a result of the expansion of oil and gas activities in the region and the increasing jobs associated with the expansion, the Department of Labor has been stepping up its enforcement initiative for oil and gas companies and... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: FERC Electric Transmission Line Rate Incentives Affirmed
Posted on 11 Feb 2014 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Kurt L. Krieger On January 24, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit upheld a 2012 order issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) denying rehearing of a 2008 order granting rate incentives to an... 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

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: EPA Releases Clean Power Plan
Posted on 5 Aug 2015 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Stephen L. Miller On August 3, 2015, President Obama and EPA Administrator McCarthy released the agency’s Clean Power Plan , regulations designed to significantly reduce CO 2 emissions from power plants, as well as promoting low-emitting power... 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

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: U.S. EPA Moves Forward with Potential TSCA Rulemaking Regarding Hydraulic Fracturing
Posted on 23 Sep 2014 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Armando F. Benincasa, Member The public comment period for USEPA’s Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding hydraulic fracturing chemicals and mixtures and potential regulation pursuant to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) came... 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

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: What Constitutes ‘Commencing a Well’ in Pennsylvania
Posted on 15 Jul 2013 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Lori A. Dawkins and Brian J. Pulito On May 24, 2013, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania issued a Memorandum Opinion in which it addressed what activities constitute “commencing a well” ( Good Will... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: OSHA: Coming to a Drilling Site Near You
Posted on 24 Feb 2014 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Lindsay M. Bouffard and David E. Dick In an effort to reduce fatalities in the oil and gas industry, OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) created an Oil and Gas Regional Emphasis Program . This program, implemented in 2012, applies... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: New York Court of Appeals Upholds Local Zoning Restrictions on Oil and Gas
Posted on 2 Jul 2014 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

On June 30, 2014, the New York Court of Appeals ruled that under the “Home Rule” principle, towns may ban oil and gas production activities, including but not limited to hydraulic fracturing, through the use of local zoning laws in the case... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Court Vacates FERC ‘Demand Response’ Final Rule
Posted on 30 May 2014 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Kurt L. Krieger On May 23rd, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit vacated a final rule of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) which sought to incentivize electricity customers to reduce electricity... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Energy Employers Face Increased Enforcement Activities
Posted on 8 Oct 2013 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By C. David Morrison and Rodney L. Bean Representatives of the West Virginia Department of Labor (WVDOL) have begun visiting drilling sites in the state to make sure that all people receiving 1099 income are registered to do business in West Virginia... Read More