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Babst Calland: West Virginia Cracker Plant Could Have Multibillion Dollar Impact on State Economy
Posted on 3 Mar 2014 by Babst Calland

By W. Brian Nickerson As reported in the Pittsburgh Business Times , the proposed ethane cracker plant near Parkersburg, West Virginia, could potentially have a multi-billion dollar positive effect on the state’s economy. Emeritus Professor of... 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: 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: Advocates From Pa., Ohio, West Virginia Urge Common Approach To Shale Gas Taxation
Posted on 28 Mar 2014 by Babst Calland

By Joshua F. Hall As reported by Pittsburgh’s NPR News Station, 90.5 WESA, three advocacy groups, Leaders of Policy Matters Ohio, the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, and the West Virginia Center on Budget & Policy, sent a letter to... 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

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Fayette County, W. Va., Commission Amends Code to Require Local Approval for UIC Wells
Posted on 3 Jun 2015 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

Operators of future underground injection wells in Fayette County, West Virginia will be required to obtain a permit from the county approving the placement of the well. The County Commission amended the development code to require permits for underground... Read More

Babst Calland: Gov. Tomblin Forms The West Virginia Commission On Oil And Natural Gas Industry Safety
Posted on 13 Jul 2015 by Babst Calland

By Briana J. Marino On July 9, 2015, Governor Tomblin announced the formation and appointment of members to the West Virginia Commission on Oil and Natural Gas Industry Safety. Publicized during Governor Tomblin’s State of the State address in... Read More

Babst Calland: West Virginia Office of Oil and Gas Proposes New Rule to Regulate Horizontal Wells
Posted on 8 Aug 2012 by Babst Calland

On June 28, 2012, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP), Office of Oil and Gas (OOG), proposed a new rule, 35 CSR 8, to regulate horizontal well development. This action by the OOG is the latest in a series of measures taken... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson: West Virginia Governor Will Call Special Session to Address Marcellus Shale
Posted on 7 Dec 2011 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

At a meeting this morning in Wheeling, West Virginia, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin stated his intention to call state legislators to Charleston next week for a special session to deal with Marcellus Shale policy. Governor Tomblin made the announcement during... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Judge Overturns City of Morgantown Fracking Ban
Posted on 16 Aug 2011 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Armando F. Benincasa In a ruling late on Friday afternoon, Circuit Court Judge Susan Tucker overturned the city of Morgantown's ordinance banning hydraulic fracturing within city limits and extending one mile outside the city's municipal... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: West Virginia Issues Section 401 Water Quality Certification Conditions for Nationwide Permits
Posted on 16 Jul 2012 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection has issued its Section 401 Water Quality Certification General and Special Conditions for the Army Corps of Engineers' (Corps) Nationwide Permits (NWPs) issued earlier this year pursuant to... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals Rules in Gas Utility Case
Posted on 26 Mar 2013 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Lori A. Dawkins and Allison J. Farrell The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals just issued an important decision for all natural gas utilities with operations in West Virginia with its Memorandum Decision No.11-1511 (Harrison County 10C391).... Read More

Free Steptoe & Johnson Webinar: Pipeline Safety in the Utica and Marcellus Shale: An Overview of Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia
Posted on 11 Aug 2011 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

You're invited to join this free webinar on Wednesday, August 17, 2011 from 12pm - 1pm EDT · Click here to register As natural gas development increases in the Utica and Marcellus formations, midstream or gathering pipeline and processing... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: West Virginia Supreme Court Clarifies Meaning of 'Surface' Deeds
Posted on 15 Jun 2013 by LexisNexis Communities Staff

By Ryan J. Morgan Yesterday the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, in Faith United Methodist Church v. Morgan , No. 12-0080, 2013 W. Va. LEXIS 691 (June 13, 2013) [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ] issued an important opinion... Read More